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Wachovia Palmetto State Closed Championships

June 21, 2007 12:29 PM

The 2007 Wachovia Palmetto Championships ended on a high note June 11 with championship singles matches and an awards ceremony at the Belton Tennis Center.  This concluded seven days of tennis play on more than 65 courts throughout Belton and Anderson.  Over 500 players participated in this year's tournament.  Singles and doubles championships were decided for both boys and girls in five age divisions (10s, 12s, 14s, 16s & 18s).  Championships were also decided in six Belton Classic singles divisions, which included players who did not make the main draw of 32.  The tournament ran on schedule throughout the week, with no rain delays.
 A highlight of the week was the awarding of the Dunlop Scholarship to Will Guzick of Greer.  This $1,500 scholarship is provided each year by Dunlop, and the name of this year's recipient was announced at the annual 18s party on June 7.
 Several champions added to previous Palmetto titles.  Guzick, playing in his final Palmetto, also won both the singles and doubles in the Boys’ 18s.  This gives him six singles and four doubles titles since 2001.  His ten total titles moves him into a tie for third place on the all-time total titles list for boys.  Shelby Rogers of Mt. Pleasant won the Girls’ 16s singles and Girls’ 18s doubles.  Her singles title was her fourth straight, and fifth in the last six years, while her doubles title was her first.  Her six total titles places her only one championship from the top 10 on the all-time girls list.  Rogers has four years of junior eligibility remaining.  Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island won her second straight Girls’ 12s titles in both singles and doubles, and third overall in both events.  This also gives Hayley six total titles, and she has six years of junior eligibility remaining.  The other seven singles champions all earned their first Palmetto singles title.
 Three sportsmanship awards were presented at the conclusion of the tournament.  Ansley Speaks of Simpsonville received the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the Girls’ 12s and Brent Lett of Columbia received the Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the Boys’ 12s.  The overall tournament award, the Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award, went to Zachary Sprouse of Hilton Head Island, who played in the Boys’ 18s.