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Super Senior State Championship Results

November 15, 2007 01:13 PM

The USTA League South Carolina State Super Senior Championships wasn't exactly another war between the North and the South. For one thing, no cities were burned to the ground and it was more a battle of the Grey and the Bald -- women excepted, of course.
            Plenty of netcords were singed, however, and there were walking wounded in knee braces, thigh wraps and ice packs when the sun finally set on the fourth beautiful day of super action tennis at The Racquet Club at Seabrook Island. The final tally from the 85 teams and 787 players showed Upper Piedmont and Hilton Head Island each with four team championships of the 11 contested divisions.
            The championships marked the eighth and final year at Seabrook and Kiawah. (Bids are out for next year's site.) "Fantastic tournament -- good weather; great hospitality; super Seabrook staff under Mike Kiser," said State Super Senior Coordinator Bonnie Sue Duncan. "Play was phenomenal, with many matches being determined by third-set match tiebreaks."
            UPTA dominated in the 60s, with champions in Women's and Men's 3.0 and Men's 4.0 and the 70s Women's 3.5. HHI won three 70s championships -- Men's and Women's 3.0 and Men's 3.5 in addition to the 60s 2.5. The latter was played earlier in the week on Hilton Head Island among four HHI teams that were the only entries.
            Low Country, Grand Strand and Lexington each won one division in the 60s. In addition to its four champions, Hilton Head Island had five finalist teams -- three in 60s and two in 70s. LATA and LCTA had two finalists each and UPTA and GSTL one each. Aiken, Columbia , Foothills, Greenwood , PeeDee, Spartanburg and York County teams also competed but didn't make the finals.
            Next stop: Southern Sectional Super Senior Championships, Columbus GA , March 28-30, 2008, then the Nationals in Mobile AL , April 25-27, 2008 (6.0 & 8.0 Levels) and April 28-30, 2008 (7.0 & 9.0 Levels).

And now the 75s --
            State Coordinator Duncan noted that this year showed increased play, especially in the Men's 3.0 70s, with a 6% overall increase in participation from 2006 to 2007. 
            New this year: Don Grider, Hilton Head Island senior men's coordinator and a Super Senior co-founder, started a pilot 75s league with six teams playing a double round robin in 3.0 and two teams competing at 3.5. Of the eight teams, 20% of the players are in their 80s. If senior memory serves correctly, that's how Super Seniors started late in the last century. Grider anticipates more than 100 players in next year's 75s and hopes that other local leagues across the state will have teams. HHI Senior Women's Coordinator Mary Ellen Arboe has women clamoring for a 75s league in '08.

            Here are the 2007 South Carolina Super Senior champion and finalist teams listed with captains in (parentheses):

Men's 2.5 -- Champion -- HHI #2/Moss Creek Raging Bulls (David Teschner); finalist -- HHI #1/Sea Pines Falcons (Richard Jenkins)
Women's 3.0 -- Champion -- UPTA #1/Cardinal (Sally Lomax); finalist -- HHI #2/Country Club of Hilton Head Tiebreakers (Carolyn Brookmeyer)
Men's 3.0 -- Champion -- UPTA/Keowee Key Krabs (David Harvey); finalist -- HHI #3/Dataw dawgs (Terry Lurtz)
Women's 3.5 -- Champion -- LCTA #1/Seabrook (Hutchinson Cummin); finalist -- GSTL #1/Grande Dunes (Barbara Glass)
Men's 3.5 -- Champion -- GSTL/Prestwick (Kirkland McQuiddy); finalist -- LATA/Topspin Deceptively Slow (W.R. Geddings)
Women's 4.0 -- Champion -- LATA/Murraywood Super Gals (Jeannie Watson); finalist -- LCTA/Lowcountry Super Women (Sophia McAllister)
Men's 4.0 -- Champion -- UPTA/Spindle Tree (Stephen Hedetniemi); finalist -- LATA/Old Guard (Bob Holleman)

Women's 3.0 -- Champion -- HHI #1/Sun City Golden Girls (Jean Podgorski); finalist -- HHI #2/Spring Lake Volley Dollies (Barbara Kiebler) 
Men's 3.0 -- Champion -- HHI #1/Spring Lake Cruisers (Bob Pentz); finalist -- HHI #2/Sea Pines Imposters (Bob Hilton)
Women's 3.5 -- Champion -- UPTA/Tryon Park Ageless Grannys (Betty Carter); finalist -- LCTA/Grandes Dames (Janet Hanchrow)
Men's 3.5 -- Champion -- HHI/IR Golden Bear Claws (Don Ross); finalist -- UPTA (Gene Griffin)



3.0 Super Duper Senior Champions, Capt. Robert Pentz


3.0 Super Duper Senior Champions, Capt. Jean Padgorski


3.0 Super Senior Champions, Capt. Sally Lomax


3.0 Super Senior Champions, Capt. Dave Harvey


3.5 Super Duper Senior Champions, Capt. Don Ross


3.5 Super Duper Senior Champions, Capt. Betty Carter


3.5 Super Senior Champions, Capt. Hutchison Cummin


3.5 Super Senior Champions, Capt. Kirkland McQuiddy


4.0 Super Senior Champions, Capt. Jeannie Watson


4.0 Super Senior Champions, Capt. Stephen Hedetniemi