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Ben Cook started serving on the USTA South Carolina Board of Directors in December  2001.  He is director of tennis at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, a position  he has held since January of 1998.  Prior to becoming director, he was an assistant professional for two years at Woodside Plantation.

A native of Kershaw, 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. In 1989, he capped a stellar summer by finishing second in the Boys 16s Palmetto Championships, fourth at the Boys 16s Southerns and in the top 24 at the Boys 16s Nationals in Kalamazoo MI.

While Cook was In high school at The Baylor School in Chattanooga TN, the Red Raiders captured state titles from 1987-1990. He won two USTA Southern Sportsmanship Awards as a junior player and also played on the 1991 Boys 18s USTA Southern Intersectional Team that finished second to Florida, He played on several South Carolina Junior Davis Cup teams.

Cook played college tennis at the University of South Carolina, 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 Doubles title in Athens GA. Cook was named the team
MVP in 1995.

Cook still occasionally participates in various tennis events, recently teaming with several tennis professionals from around the state to finish second at the 2005 USTA 6.0 League Championships in Las Vegas.  After winning numerous state and sectional titles in 2004, he was named Male Player of the Year by USTA SC.

He and wife Suzanne are very active in the Aiken tennis community, playing hosts to various local events, state junior and adult tournaments, pro-ams and charity events. He also serves as the head tennis coach for the South Aiken High School girls' tennis team.

 

 
 
 
 
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