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The 2007 USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles Championships were held October 25th – 29th at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island, and the Grand Strand had three state champions crowned from the 18 teams that represented our area. These three winners will advance to Baton Rouge, LA to compete for the sectional championships in January 25th -29th, 2008.
 Winning at the Combo Level 5.0 were the ladies from Riverfront Tennis Center with captain Sue Simonds and her state champions are: Allyson Hudson, Katherine Geris, Jennifer Dozier, Elisabeth Bischoff, Victoria Vaught, Robyn Rabon, Elizabeth Smith, Rene Smith, Sallie Marie Walbourne, Karen Butcher, Kelly Covington, Pam Hamilton and Lisa Dent.
 Winning at the Combo 7.5 Senior level were the ladies from the Prestwick Tennis Club with captain Andy Stanford and her state champions are: Brenda Varnum, Marilyn Grigas, Millie Dixon, Debbie Dempsey, Esther Goroski, Patricia Gaynor, Sherry Gould, Marie Wade, Carolyn Urban, Sue Rapp, Jane Milley, Susan Soberano.
 Winning at the Combo 7.5 Super Senior level were the men from the Prestwick Tennis Center with captain Lynn Hunt and his state champions are: David Honeycutt, John Semmens, Dave Hobson, Bob Goroski, Laurence Simeon, Don Winter, Dick Wardman, Kirkland McQuiddy, Ronnie Jones, and Joseph Palminteri.
Mixed Double Champion
 The Mixed-Up Conway/ Grand Dunes Senior 8.0 Mixed Doubles team won the state championship at the USAT Mixed Doubles District Championships held at the Charleston Tennis Center last September 8th- 10th. Members of this combination team included captain Bonnie Task with Montaree Caponiti, Bill Jagger, Jeri Lindsey, Fritz Gildermeister, Rita Gray, Tom Lackey, Debbie Jones, Price Branch, Ellen Vaught, Mike Jones and Ronnie Jones.
SCTA Tennis Awards
 The 2007 USTA south Carolina Awards have been released and the Grand Strand garnered three of these 22 prestigious honors. Our winners were:
 Chip Cox – “Junior Boy Player of the Year” for being the player who has had an outstanding year which will be reflected in state, sectional, and national rankings.
 The South Carolina Closed at the Litchfield Racquet Club – “Adult Tournament of the Year” for being the adult tournament which offers outstanding organization and officiating on the courts and amenities off the court.
  The Kingston Plantation Junior Classic – “Junior Tournament of the Year” for being the junior tournament which offers outstanding organization and officiating on the court and amenities off the court.
Moran plays Bullfrog
 Wesley Moran, seeded No. 2, finished second in the Boy’s 18 Singles in the Bullfrog USTA Southern Section Designated held in Mobile, Alabama last October 27th-29th. Moran won 5 matches in this Level 1 singles event with 507 players before loosing in the finals.
Richmond wins Kentucky Derby
 Harrison Richmond, seeded No.1, won the Boy’s 14 Singles Championships by winning five straight matches in the Kentucky International Junior Derby held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. This national Level 3 singles event had 280 juniors entered in the hardcourt singles tournament.
Senior State Closed
 The South Carolina Senior State Closed Tennis Championships- Clay was completed in September at the Litchfield Racquet Club. This Level 1 event had 171 total players including 37 local adults playing in the 26 divisions.
Prestwick’s Tennis Extravaganza
 Martin’s Tennis Extravaganza was completed last September at the Prestwick Tennis Center with a 136 total players including 119 locals. This Level 3 event had top-ranked players from five different states.
Wachesaw Junior Open
 The Wachesaw Plantation Club Junior Open completed their Level 3 event with 33 total players including 14 local juniors.
Prestwick’s Clay Court Championships
 The first annual South Carolina State Closed NTRP Clay Court Championships sponsored by McQuiddy properties were completed October 12th-14th at the Prestwick tennis Club. This event had a total of 108 players including 75 local players. Grand Strand players did extremely well as they won 14 out of the 17 total events.
Rice wins Kiawah
 Tolley Rice seeded No.1, won four matches to win the Girl’s 12 Singles Championships in the K-Swiss Kiawah Junior Clay Court Championships completed in October at the Kiawah Island Resort with 310 junior players.
Kingston Pro Doubles Invitational
Kingston’s Will Bull and partner Bret Garnett from Hickory, NC won the 11th annual Leonard Call Pro Doubles Invitational for an unprecedented fourth time in a row last October.
McWaters goes to Grande Dunes
 Bobby McWaters joined the Grande Dunes Tennis Club staff September 24th as assistant manager and teaching pro. The Lancaster native had previously been the tennis pro at the Prestwick Tennis Center since 2000.
Florence News
 The Wachovia Greater Florence Tennis Championships were completed October 10th-22nd at the several area clubs in Florence. This Level 3 for juniors and Level 4 for adults events had a total of 190 players.
The T.J.Spurling Junior Championships were played last September at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence. This Level 3 event had a total of 54 players including four local juniors
The Florence Tennis Association and the Francis Marion University Man’s and Ladies tennis team united to hold the FMU Junior Development Clinic on Saturday, September 15th at the university campus. This free clinic had approximately 30 kids do various tennis drills, play games and have fun. Later they enjoyed a pizza and are now anxiously waiting for the next clinic.
 

 
 
 
 
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