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Honor the Pros Event Held on Hilton Head Island

February 10, 2010 08:49 PM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SC (TENNIS E-News) --  Hilton Head Island's "Greatest Tennis Generation" was celebrated Wednesday night at the Tennis Association of HHI’s annual banquet at HHI Beach & Tennis Resort. {[(How many times can you use Hilton Head Island in one sentence?)]}

More than 150 TAHHI members and guests turned out for the “Honor the Pros” festivities that recognized particularly the pros and directors who have served on the island for 15 to more than 30 years. Eight display tables showed scrapbooks of news clippings and photos from 1985 through 1998 that will be part of a National Tennis Month exhibit at the Hilton Head Island Library during May. Amidst the dining and honors, members filled the DJ-led music for dancing that continued later until all that was left was the DJ and the dancers. A rockin' crowd.

With TAHHI President Jim Purcell presiding and Dennis Malick emceeing, pros offered some of their favorite experiences. Noted honorees were Keith Ferda of Spring Lake for being in the same job for 31 years and Patrick Mason of Wexford for being on island the longest among active pros, albeit having arrived as a 2-year-old with parents Allan and Kathy Mason. 

Purcell, who again will lead TAHHI's hosting of the USTA League South Carolina Senior League Championships in May, pledged a continued effort to raise the community's awareness of tennis' impact on the island economy through events like the Seniors Championships, Professional Tennis Registry's headquarters and activities, Spring Break Tennis and the variety of facilities that make up the more than 350 on-island tennis court.

TAHHI is revamping its website, Purcell announced, and will include rotating features on HHI clubs.

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