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Rising Stars Tournaments are a Great Success

April 26, 2007 02:39 PM

Stars Rise over Timrod Park
The Florence Tennis Association held the first ever Rising Stars at Timrod Park junior tennis tournament Saturday, March 17th. Forty-one junior tennis players from Florence, Hartsville, Timmonsville, Murrells Inlet, Columbia, Darlington, and Myrtle Beach braved the cool temperatures and chilling winds to play in the one day event. When the round robin play completed champions were crowned in 11 divisions. The event, a new tournament format being piloted in South Carolina, is one of the first of its kind in the state. The purpose of the Rising Star Series is to provide beginning tennis players, aged 18 and under, an opportunity to compete against players of the same level while learning what it is like to compete in a United States Tennis Association sanctioned event. Competitors in the Rising Star Series cannot have a high state ranking and cannot be seasoned tournament players. The emphasis is on the kids learning what tournament play is like and having fun.
Timrod Boys

Winners of the inaugural Rising Stars at Timrod Park are as follows:
Boys’ 14 Singles - George Atkins (Darlington)
Boys’ 12 Singles - Benjamin Liu (Florence)
Boys’ 10 Singles -Jeffrey Dayton (Murrells Inlet)
Boys’ 8 Singles - Nicholas Wheeler (Myrtle Beach)
Boys’ 10 Doubles - Jeffrey Dayton (Murrells Inlet)/David Fornseca (Florence)
Boys’ 8 Doubles - Tyler Jackson (Florence)/Zachary Zhao (Florence)

Timrod Girls
Girls’ 14 Singles - Taylor Yarnal (Florence)
Girls’ 12 Singles - Megan Maney (Timmonsville)
Girls’ 10 Singles - Graysen Elms (Florence)
Girls’ 8 Singles - Brooks Buyck (Florence)
Girls’ 10 Doubles - Graysen Elms (Florence)/Sydnee Wheeler (Myrtle Beach)

Greenwood Gives Great Event
The first ever Rising Stars Tennis Tournament held at the Greenwood Country Club Tennis Facility Saturday March the 17th was a wonderful event. Gary Agardy, Director of Tennis at the Greenwood Country Club serves as the Chairman of the Rising Stars Junior Circuit Committee for USTA South Carolina. 32 Juniors from around the area played in today's event. Greenwood Winners were Hunt Watkins in the Boys 14s and Jared Schwartz in the Boys 12s.
Other players from Greenwood who competed in the tournament include Phoebe Agardy, Catie Collins, Kelsey Dunn, Mathew Gottlieb, Alex Guareschi, Jackson Nickles,Grayson Glanton,Colman Moore, & Connor Fagan.
The next Rising Stars tournament held at the Greenwood Country Club will be September 22nd.

Winners of the inaugural Rising Stars at Greenwood Country Club are as follows:

Kelsey Dunn Greenwood

Boys' 16 Singles - Brendle, Seth
Boys' 10 Singles Red - Powell, Robert
Boys' 14 Singles - Watkins, M.
Boys' 12 Singles Red - Schwartz, Jared
Girls' 14 Singles - Wagner, Leslie
Girls' 12 Singles - Burroughs, Delayna
Girls' 10 Singles (TIE) - Waldron, Elizabeth; Moye, Caitlin; Gambrell, Mason-Paige
Boys' 12 Singles Blue - Powell, Alexander
Boys' 10 Singles Blue - Craven, Matthew
Boys' 12 Singles Final (Final Round) - Schwartz, Jared
Boys'10 Singles Final (Final Round) - Craven, Matthew

Greenwood Everyone