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Bud Spencer

James "Bud" Spencer
President

Bud Spencer of Mt. Pleasant took office as USTA South Carolina President and Chairman of the Board in December 2003, and will serve a two year term until December of 2005. As President, he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the USTA Southern Section. Spencer recently served a two-year term as the USTA South Carolina Executive Vice-President and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past four years. Full

David Honeycutt

David Honeycutt
Executive Vice President

David Honeycutt, of Myrtle Beach, SC is entering his first term in 2004 as Executive Vice President of USTA-South Carolina. He was most recently the East Area Director for two consecutive terms. Honeycutt is the Officer in Charge of the Adult Player Division and serves as the Board’s liaison for the Adult Competition Council, the Adult Ranking Committee, the Senior Cup Committee, and the Adult League Council. Full

Nelson Smith

Nelson Smith
Vice President

Carey Washington

Carey Washington
Vice President

Carey Washington, of Columbia, is not only entering his second term as Vice-President, but he is also in his tenth year with USTA South Carolina. Since 1999 Washington has served as chair for USTA-SC’s Discipline and Grievance Committee. His duties as a tennis official go back nearly a decade. He served for 10 years on the USTA National Officials Committee, and he chaired the Southern Officials Committee. He has been officiating for the U.S. Open since 1995. Full

William Thompson

William Thompson
Vice President

William Thompson was appointed Vice President of the USTA South Carolina for a second term after serving as a presidential appointee. He has chaired the association’s Multicultural Committee, and serves on that committee for the Southern region. He led Columbia’s Free Tennis Lesson Program, finishing with the fourth highest participation rate in the nation. Thompson was also instrumental in developing a statewide program for multicultural player development. Full

Laura Sawyer

Laura Sawyer
Secretary

2004 marks Laura Sawyer’s first year as secretary for USTA South Carolina. She is also currently serving on the Marketing and Public Relations Committee and is an avid 3.5 player. Her life’s work thrives on sports. In 1993, she received her BS from the University of South Carolina in Sport Administration. She earned her MS in Sport Management two years later from Georgia Southern University, and she received her Ed.D. in Physical Education – Sport Management from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. Full

Robin Wilkes

Robin Wilkes
Treasurer

This is Robin Wilkes’ inaugural term as treasurer for USTA/SC, although his expertise in finance goes back nearly 34 years. Wilkes is a licensed CPA in both North and South Carolina and is a Certified Government Financial Officer here in South Carolina. He is currently the director of the S.C. Department of Transportation. He is also an adjunct accounting professor at Midlands Technical College. Wilkes was a close professional associate and friend of our former state tennis association treasurer, Mel Cummings. Full

Larry Rizzo

Larry Rizzo
Immediate Past President

Gary Agardy Gary Agardy
SCPTA President
Kurt Wassen

Kurt Wassén
Officials Chairman

Kurt Wassén took office as Chairman of the Officials Council in October 1996 and has served in that capacity since then. He also served on the Sanctions & Scheduling, Disciplinary & Grievance, and Adult Competition Committees. Kurt has been a certified USTA tennis official since 1983. He worked as an umpire at the US Open for 10 years from 1985 to 1994 in addition to working at the Family Circle Cup, US Clay Court Championships, Federation Cup, US Pro Indoor and numerous USTA Satellite tournaments, during that time. Full

Dennis Malick

Dennis Malick
South Area Director

Dennis Malick’s love for tennis began at age 40, and he has made significant contributions to the sport for more than 20 years. He currently chairs the association’s Information Technology and Website Committee and also serves on the Publications Committee. Malick has been an integral part of the inner workings of Hilton Head Island tennis. As a leader of Tennisaction, he helped operate Spring Break Tennis for collegiate varsity teams. Full

Martha Wilder

Martha Wilder
Northwest Area Director

Martha Wilder is entering her fourth year as Northwest Area Director for the USTA South Carolina. She also serves on the steering committee of the community development committee as the area director liaison for the state. Wilder has been involved with the sport in some capacity for almost 13 years. She is the founder and president of the Clinton-Laurens-Newberry Tennis Association (CLNTA), which was formed in 1997. The CLNTA was rewarded with the very first Kids-at-Risk grant, which helped introduce tennis to youth who were involved in a juvenile offenders program at Piedmont Wilderness Institute. Full

Calvin Woods

Calvin Woods
Central Area Director

Neal Peterson

Neal Peterson
East Area Director

From his college years to adulthood, tennis has run through Neal Peterson’s blood. He played USTA Team Tennis for 15 years, and this is his first term as East Area Director for the USTA South Carolina. Peterson played varsity tennis for both N.C. State University and Chowan College and was named MVP at Chowan in 1971, where he also received his associate of arts degree. He graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in physical education. He received his Masters in physical education at East Carolina while serving as assistant coach for the varsity tennis team. Full

Bonnie Fitz Bonnie Fitz
North Area Director
Ben Cook

Ben Cook
West Area Director

2004 marks Ben Cook’s third year on the USTA South Carolina Board of Directors. Since 1998, he has been the Director of Tennis at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, SC. He also served as an Assistant Professional for two years there. A native of Kershaw, SC, Cook has been around the sport of tennis all of his life. As a junior player, he was ranked as high as #1 in South Carolina, #3 in the South, and #45 in the United States. He won the Boys 18 Singles title in 1991 at the Palmetto Championships and ranked in the top 24 in the Boys 16's Nationals in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Full

Ron Charron

Ron Charron
Southeast Area Director

Ronald (Ron) H. Charron is serving in his second year on the USTA- SC board, representing the Southeast Area. He is also in his second year as State League Coordinator for Senior USA League Tennis. He is a member of the Adult Leagues Committee, Adult Competition Council and the Building Committee. Charron, a native of New Hampshire, began playing tennis in his late twenties for exercise and recreation but became more involved in the sport after moving to Mt. Pleasant, SC from Pittsburgh in 1993. Full

Cam Littlejohn Cam Littlejohn
Legal Advisor
Dewey Caulder Dewey Caulder
Presidential Appointee
Harriet Hewitt Harriet Hewitt
Presidential Appointee
Robb Thompson Robb Thompson
Presidential Appointee
 

 
 
 
 
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