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Six Section Champions Crowned at 2017 55 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships

AUBURN, ALA. – March 6, 2017 – USTA Southern crowned six champions at the 2016 55 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, played March 3-5.

South Carolina was the clear winner, taking home four of the six championships. Louisiana had two finalists.

The weekend event featured 60 men’s and women’s teams with more than 585 players from nine states competing in three levels. The Yarbrough Tennis Center served as tournament headquarters. Other matches were played at Moore’s Mill Club Fitness Center in Auburn and the Grand National Marriott Resort in Opelika, Ala.

Southern Combo 18 & Over and 40 & Over teams will compete March 10-13 in Mobile, Ala. More than 1,500 players are scheduled to play.

In Combo Doubles, the two teammates on court ­must have a combined National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating that does not exceed the level in which the team competes. More information can be found on the tournament’s website, This is the 2016 tournament because teams qualified in local play last year.

Champions and finalists were:




Men’s 6.5

Little Rock, Ark.
Co-captains: John Cloud &
Marc Sherman

Pelham, Ala.
Captain: Mike English

Men’s 7.5

Greenwood, S.C.
Captain: Bill Womble

Chattanooga, Tenn.
Captain: David Snyder

Men’s 8.5

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Co-captains: Wes Breinich &
James Malkin

Baton Rouge, La.
Captain: Guy Forrest

Women’s 6.5

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (A)
Captain: Carrollee Gunnarson

Durham, N.C.
Captain: Donna Webb

Women’s 7.5

Mount Pleasant, S.C. (A)
Co-captains: Rebecca Williamson &

Debra Mullholland

Monroe, La.
Captain: Virginia Eddleman

Women’s 8.5

Charlotte, N.C.
Captain: Debbie Carmazzi

Ashland, Ky.
Captain: Tina Hellyer


The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, earned the right to represent one of nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The leagues were established to provide adult recreational tennis players with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by USTA Southern. The league groups players by using six NTRP levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.5 (advanced). Combo Doubles is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. It features an 18 & Over, a 40 & Over and a 55 & Over divisions.

Team photos are available on request. Email Ron Cioffi at


Men's 7.5 Greenwood, SC Captain: Bill Womble55_7.5M_Champ_Greenwood_SC

Men's 8.5 Hilton Head Island, SC Co-captains: Wes Breinich & James Malkin

Women's 6.5 Myrtle Beach, SC Captain: Carrollee Gunnarson


Women's 7.5 Mount Pleasant, SC Co-Captains: Rebecca Williamson & Debra Mullholland