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Top SC Juniors Crowned at Wachovia Palmetto Championships

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Play concluded in the 2010 Wachovia Palmetto Championships Thursday, June 10th with singles and doubles finals. Several players added to early singles titles. Chip Cox from Myrtle Beach won the Boy's 18U, his third singles title in the last four years. Spencer Brown from Spartanburg won the Boy's 12U singles and doubles, his third straight year he has won both singles and doubles championships. Brent Lett of Elgin won the Boy's 14U to go with an earlier 12U title. Haley Carter of Hilton Head won the Girl's 16U singles and doubles championships, which gives her a total of 10 Palmetto titles. Alex Martin of Mount Pleasant won the Girl's 18U singles, a title she also won in 2008. She also won the 18U doubles, her third doubles championship. Other singles champions include Matthew Mendez, Mount Pleasant (Boy's 16U), Brant Fenno, Charleston (Boy's 10U), Laura Dean, Georgetown (Girl's 14U), Ashby Bland, Mount Pleasant (Girl's 12U) and Ali Despain, Georgetown (Girl's 10U)

Three Sportsmanship Awards Presented
Three sportsmanship awards were presented during the awards ceremony Thursday. The Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award was presented to Patrick Tobacco from Spartanburg, who played in the Boy's 12U. The Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award was presented to Savannah Gantt from Beech Island who played in the Girl's 12U. The Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award was presented to Elliott Speer from Charleston. Elliott, who played in the Boy's 18U, was playing in his last Palmetto Championships, which was his 11th.

Congratulations and good luck to all players who qualified to play in the Southern Closed Championships! We're proud of you and know you will represent South Carolina well. Good luck in Lexington, S. C. (10U), Carey, N. C. (12U), Macon, GA (14U), Rome, GA (16U) and Little Rock, Arkansas (18U).
10's Champions Crowned Wednesday Morning
The finals of the 10U singles were played at 8:00 Wednesday morning in Belton. Brant Fenno of Charleston won the boys championship, defeating Luke McClelland of Rock Hill 6-2, 6-1. Ali Despain of Georgetown won the girls championship, defeating Elizabeth Truluck of Myrtle Beach 6-0, 6-1. Despain was a finalist in last year's Palmetto Championships.

Cook Receives Dunlop Scholarship
Joel Cook of Easley was named the 20th recipient of the Dunlop Scholarship during the 18's party held in Belton Monday night. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded for the freshman year only. Cook is a basketball and tennis standout at Easley High School and will be attending Furman University where he will play both sports. The scholarship was presented by Steve Hall, Director of Marketing for Dunlop Racquet Sports. Dunlop has been a presenting sponsor of the Palmetto Championships for over 25 years, and it is often said "Only a Dunlop bounces on Belton courts!" Joel graduated from Easley in the top 2% of his class, and his SAT scores are in the top 5% in the nation. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Freshman Scholars, Rotary Scholars and is a section leader in the Symphonic Band. He was named Mr. Green & White as the best all-around student at Easley High School, an award chosen by the faculty. He was also voted the most athletic senior. He was a 2-time All Region basketball player and captain of his team. He was All Region in tennis 6 years, All state 3 years and team MVP 5 years. He has been ranked in the top 5 in South Carolina in his age division since he was 13 years old, and has been a singles finalist twice and has won 2 doubles titles at the Palmetto Championships. He won the USTA South Carolina Most Improved Junior Boy in 2008. Darelyn Holliday, who coached Joel since he was 6 years old, said: "Joel has always had an unwavering love for the game, and an unfaltering commitment to do what is necessary to play it well. It is his work ethic and his perseverance that has enabled him to achieve the level of play that has attracted the eye of many college coaches in both basketball and tennis. He posses exceptional character and leads by example. Joel is fair-minded, and he displays exceptional sportsmanship. His behavior both on and off the court is exemplary. He is a worthy recipient of the Dunlop Scholarship." In his essay about Tennis and My Life Joel said: "A tennis player must never give us, but fight tenaciously for every point, no matter what the score. He should also have an intense focus that cannot be interupted by unforseen challenges. Because tennis is an individual sport, all the credit in victory or blame in defeat rests upon one person. My performance is almost always directly proportional to the amount of time and energy I spend in preparation for my matches. I believe that my circumstances are not dependent on someone else or on luck, but on what I make of them. This has given me a strong work ethic, which is the main ingredient for success." The Palmetto Championships congratulates Joel and all the scholarship applicants on outstanding high school and junior tennis results, and thanks them for their participation in the tournament. Three additional $2,000 scholarships are awarded by the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundaton. The application is available on line at under Grants & Scholarships. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is June 30.