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2006 State Association's Annual Meeting
The USTA South Carolina Board of Directors has approved the 2006 schedule for our state association's Annual Meeting. It will take place at the Westin Hotel on Hilton Head Island Nov. 30 thru Dec. 3. The pros of SC will be honored at a cookout on Thursday, November 30, the first USTA SC Board meeting of the weekend is scheduled for 8:00 - 9:00 am on Friday, December 1 (rather than Thursday as in previous years) and the Pros meeting and workshop is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am that same day. The USTA SC President's Welcome Reception will be Friday evening. The SC Tennis Patrons Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet and USTA SC Awards Ceremony is set for Saturday evening, December 2. USTA SC committee meetings will run throughout Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. As a USTA member, you're invited to participate in most of these activities (a few meetings are closed for working sessions). Make plans now to join us at the Westin Resort Hotel in the Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island at the end of the year. Reservations can be made through the Westin Resort by clicking Here. Simply click on the "Book Now" button at the bottom left of the page, then use the search for room function on the left column of the next page. Make sure to book your room soon, and we look forward to seeing you there.
USTA SC Sets Course for 2006 at the 2005 Annual Meeting

COLUMBIA SC – The USTA South Carolina annual meeting Dec. 1-4 on Hilton Head Island celebrated the accomplishments in growing tennis in the state in 2005 and set in motion programs and marketing strategies for 2006. The annual get-together of some 150 volunteers at The Westin Resort included a pros’ training workshop, hosted by the SC Professional Tennis Association; 26 committee meetings, a golf tournament, two tennis round robins and three social gatherings, largest of which was the South Carolina Patrons Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet and USTA SC awards presentation. Full

The 2005 USTA South Carolina Award Winners

COLUMBIA SC – USTA South Carolina held its annual meeting, training and planning sessions and awards presentations Dec. 1-4 at The Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island. The SC Tennis Patrons Foundation inducted Bill Jolly and Ben Varn into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and USTA SC honored its outstanding players and organizations of the year. Full

The 2005 Award Winners -- Adults, Juniors, Families and Firms
The recipients paraded into the banquet ballroom to music and a slide presentation featuring highlights of the year in SC tennis. The awards and their recipients:

The John Newcomb Pro of the Year is awarded for contributions to South Carolina tennis, including involvement with USTA South Carolina, South Carolina Professional Tennis Association and the pro's community. This year’s winner, Cornelius Jordan of Spartanburg, was involved with junior development in South Carolina as a Southern coach, a Davis Cup coach, and an All-Star coach. He is director of tennis at the Country Club of Spartanburg.

The Pete Conklin Official of the Year award is given to the person who has made outstanding contributions to the tennis officiating at the state, sectional and national levels. The winner this year is Pat Garren of Travelers Rest.

The Member Club of the Year award is presented to the club that has supported USTA South Carolina through USA Tennis programs, tournaments, leagues, volunteer work, etc. This year’s winner is the Family Circle Tennis Center, Rob Eppelsheimer, tennis director, of Charleston. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a year-round, 32-acre state of the art public tennis facility. The Tennis Center serves as the home of the Family Circle Cup, one of the oldest and most successful events in women’s professional tennis. In 2005 Family Circle Tennis Center hosted the USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships as well as the BMW Combo Doubles State Championships.

The Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year is given to the association that has supported USTA South Carolina through USA Tennis programs, tournaments, leagues and volunteer work. The winner: Public Tennis, Inc. of Hilton Head Island, founded by Ed Bernier and Paul Braden.

The Adult Tournament of the Year is awarded to the tournament that offers outstanding organization and officiating on the court and amenities off the court. The winner: Alan Fleming Senior Clay Court Championships, Club at Seabrook Island, Michael Kiser, tennis director.

The Coach of the Year is presented to the high school or college coach who has an outstanding record of producing top players, good students and successful teams. The winner: Hardeep Judge of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. The SCSU men’s team went 20-4 overall and the women’s team went 23-1, which earned the team a final national ranking of 72. Coach Judge was named the MEAC Tournament Coach of the Year for both teams in 2005.

The Community Service Award is given to the person or organization that has devoted his/her/its time and energy to promote an outstanding tennis program beneficial to the community and USTA South Carolina. The winners this year are Martha & Dan Wilder of the Clinton-Laurens-Newberry Tennis Association in Clinton. This year the Wilders, working in conjunction with the new Laurens city mayor, spearheaded a campaign to replace the dilapidated Laurens city tennis courts with six brand-new, light blue colored, courts by implementing a city accommodations tax.

The Adult Player of the Year awards go to those who have an outstanding year reflected in state, sectional and national ranking. The winners:Tom Foster of Woodruff and Rita Anderson of Anderson. This year, Foster won the 65s Southern hard courts singles and the Southern clay court doubles. Anderson won the 50s singles at the SC State Closed Clay Courts in September and currently holds a #4 national ranking in 50s doubles.

The League Volunteer of the Year award is given to the person who possesses an outstanding dedication and service to the SC USA League Tennis programs. This individual must be a motivator to players and league coordinators and provide enthusiastic leadership with special involvement in promoting tennis at the grassroots level. The winner: Joyce Harrison of Lexington Area Tennis Association. Harrison has been working with league tennis for 20 years and is currently a member of the LATA Board.

The Media Award goes to the individual or company making an outstanding contribution to reporting or promoting tennis in South Carolina. The winner: Vicki Needham of Bluffton, a writer for The Island Packet.

The Company of the Year is recognized for outstanding achievement in promoting tennis through sponsorship and donations. The winner, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, is title sponsor of the Pepsi Junior Open in Florence in addition to sponsoring the majority of tournaments held in Florence. Pepsi provides shirts and drinks for all participants and trophies to the winners. Recently, Pepsi-Cola provided the funding for new fences for the tennis courts at West Florence High School.

The Tennis Family of the Year award is given to the family that has done the most to promote tennis in South Carolina through playing, coaching and officiating. The winner: Burt and Carol Fowles & the Britt family of Columbia. This extended family has nine members participating in USTA tennis from league coordinators, officials, tennis newspaper columnist to top junior players. Additionally, the first office for South Carolina Tennis Association (now USTA South Carolina) was in the Fowles’ home with Carol serving as its the first executive secretary.

The Junior Tournament of the Year award is presented to the tournament that offers outstanding organization and officiating on the court and amenities off the court. The winner: Sea Pines Junior Tournament on Hilton Head Island, Eric Wammock, director.

The Junior Player of the Year awards are given to the players who have an outstanding year that is reflected in state, sectional and national rankings. The winners: Laurianne Henry of Anderson and Christopher Britt of Columbia. In 2005, Britt won the Wachovia Palmetto Championships, the State Jr. Closed Tournament in the 16s and is currently ranked #1 in the Boys’ 16 singles for South Carolina. Henry is currently ranked #1 in South Carolina, #2 in Southern and #64 in the nation for Girls’ 18s.

The Kimberly Hampton Most Improved Junior Girl and the Most Improved Junior Boy awards are bestowed upon those players who have made the most improvement in their game with consideration given to their improvement in state, sectional and national ranking. The winners: Ryan Reichel of Hilton Head Island and Bobby Browning of Florence. Browning won the 14s at Belton this year and is the #1 ranked Boys’ 14s player. Reichel was a finalist in the 16s at Belton in June and is a member at the Stan Smith/Billy Stearns Tennis Academy.

The Mark Hodgin Junior Sportsmanship awards are given to a boy and a girl who have demonstrated behavior that is considered courteous and exemplary on and off the court. The winners are Troy Freeman of North Augusta and Amanda Malatek of Blythewood. Freeman was ranked in the Southern top 32 and has played in the National Clay Court Championships in Rockville, MD and the National Hardcourt Tournament in Kalamazoo, MI. Malatek was named Most Valuable Player of her high school tennis team and plays #1 varsity singles and doubles.

The Wilton McKinney award is given to the player who best exemplifies traits of Wilton McKinney: outstanding play, exemplary sportsmanship, positive attitude, dedicated work ethic and community support. This award includes a $1000 college scholarship contributed by Wachovia Bank of South Carolina. This year’s winner is Will Guzick of Greer. Guzick is currently ranked #1 in South Carolina and #5 in the South in the Boys’ 18s.