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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. During his years at Baylor High in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the team captured state titles from 1987-1990. Cook won three Sportsmanship Awards in his career as a junior player. He also played on the 1991 Boys 18's USTA Southern Intersectional Team that finished second to Florida, and played twice on the South Carolina Junior Davis Cup team.

Cook graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1995, where he played numerous singles and doubles positions and helped lead the Gamecocks to consecutive NCAA appearances in 1994 and 1995.  In 1993, he and partner Richard Lynch led the team in doubles victories, and were one point away from winning the Southern Intercollegiate’s "A" Doubles title in Athens, Georgia. Cook was named the team MVP in 1995.

Cook now occasionally participates in local tournaments, having recently teamed with Charly Rasheed to win the South Carolina Men's Open Doubles title in Anderson this past summer.  In addition, he won the 1998 Men's Open Singles and Doubles titles at the South Carolina Clay Courts Championships at Wachesaw Plantation.

 

 
 
 
 
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