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USTA SC, Aiken to welcome 900 players to championship

May 14, 2015 01:09 PM

Jonathon Braden
USTA South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Kim McFall had experienced Charleston and Hilton Head Island, the more popular South Carolina tourist spots that draw thousands of visitors from across the country every year. Then last year, she and her USTA league team experienced Aiken during the 2014 USTA South Carolina 40 and Over State League Championship.

Her entire Greenville team stayed at the downtown Rose Hill Estate. They enjoyed dinner at the estate and at Malia’s. They also met Aiken citizens who watched their matches and complimented their strong play.

“We have come to love Aiken,” McFall said.

They loved it so much they’re coming back. McFall, her dozen teammates, and about 900 other USTA league players will visit Aiken again this weekend for the 2015 USTA South Carolina 40 and Over State League Championship, which starts Saturday. The three-day event will feature almost 90 teams from all over the state, including Greenville, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island.

The teams will compete for pride and chances to advance to the USTA Southern championships in August.

“We’re thrilled to again welcome hundreds of USTA South Carolina league players for another weekend of great tennis,” said Jenny Burghardt, tourism supervisor for the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

McFall’s team is glad to be back as well. Last year, they won a state league championship in Aiken, and they hope to have similar results this year. But win or lose, McFall knows the team will have a memorable time. “The winning is always fun but the fellowship is really what you remember in the long term,” she said.

Play starts Saturday morning. Odell Weeks Tennis Center is the official host site of the championship. The following facilities also will host matches: Woodside Plantation, The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation, Riverview Park, Houndslake Country Club and Fermata Club.

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McFall, far left in second row, and her team in May 2014 after winning a state league championship at the Odell Weeks Tennis Center in Aiken. (USTA SC photo)