Click for Belton, South Carolina Forecast
Belton Tennis News

60th Palmetto Championships Sets New Records
May 27 - 31, 2016

Christ Church - 2014 Team ChampionThe Palmetto Championships, presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson, was played in Belton and Anderson for the 60th straight year May 27-31. The Palmetto is the national qualifying tournament for junior players in South Carolina. This year's event attracted a record 443 entries, including most of the top players in the state. Almost 1,000 matches were played over 5 days on 48 courts in Belton and Anderson, a new tournament record. The tournament finished on schedule in spite of losing a day to rain.

Titles were decided for boys and girls in singles and doubles in 5 age divisions. The results of the championship singles matches were:

  • Girl's 14U Finalist 10U Boys - Gibson Goodroe (3) (Myrtle Beach) def. Trevor Novotny (1) (Pawleys Island) 5-4, 4-1
  • 12U Boys - Ian Rasheed (2) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Nikhil Kulkami (9) (Simpsonville) 6-2, 6-1
  • 14U Boys - Ashe Ray (2) (Spartanburg) def. Christopher Johns (3) (Simpsonville) 6-2, 6-1
  • 16U Boys - Huntley Allen (4) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Chad Nash (5) (Daniel Island) 7-5, 6-4
  • 18U Boys - Spencer Brown (1) (Spartanburg) def. Omar Williams (5) (Spartanburg) 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-3
  • 10U Girls - Breeze Simon (1) (Charleston) def. Bella Payne (Taylors) 4-1, 2-4, 1-0
  • 12U Girls - Mattie Grace Dermody (1) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Saige Severance (2) (Daniel Island) 6-4, 6-3
  • 14U Girls - Sayda Hernandez (4) (Hilton Head) def. Robin Alston (2) (Rock Hill) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
  • 16U Girls - Anna Letto (2) (Hilton Head) def. Katherine Lyman (1) (Mt. Pleasant) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • 18U Girls - Lauren Joch (1) (Irmo) def. Elise Mills (3) (Prosperity) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3

Click here for more details...


Archived Photos & Details of Previous Palmetto Championships Tournaments


Belton Tennis Sets 2016 Tournament Schedule

The Belton Tennis Association will host four major tournaments during the 2016 year.

  • Palmetto Championships presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson May 27-31
  • Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) July 15-16
  • Chick-fil-A Hall of Fame Classic September 24-25
  • South Carolina Men's Collegiate Championships September 30 - October 2

The Palmetto Championships is the South Carolina junior qualifying tournament and has been played in Belton since 1957. Players who do well in the Palmetto advance on to the Southern and National championships. The tournament attracts 430 of the state's top junior players. Championships are determined for both boys and girls in 5 different age divisions (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U). More information on the Palmetto may be accessed by clicking on the different headings to the left on this home page.

Click here for more details...


Christ Church Wins 29th Hall of Fame Classic Tennis

2015 Hall of Fame Classic - Group PhotoChrist Church of Greenville won 5 of 6 flights to earn 34 points and capture their second straight Chick-fil-A of Anderson Hall of Fame Classic high school girls tournament played in Belton September 26-27. Rain Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning forced the tournament to cancel all consolation matches Sunday and go to a shortened scoring format to complete the event. T. L. Hanna had the only other flight champion and finished second with 22 points. This was Christ Church's third tournament title; they won in 2010 and 2014.

Click here for more details...

Archived Photos & Details of Previous Hall of Fame Classics


South Carolina Dominates S. C. Men's Collegiate Championships

Four players from the University of South Carolina dominated play during the South Carolina Men's Collegiate Tennis Championships played October 2-4. The weather caused the event to be moved from Belton to the indoor courts at Furman University.

Players competed for individual state titles in singles and doubles. Forty-three players representing eight state teams participated, including Anderson University, Clemson, Citadel, Furman, Lander, Presbyterian, South Carolina and Wofford.

Thomas Mayronne defeated teammate Andrew Schafer in the finals of the Championship Singles 6-3, 6-4. Mayronne and Schafer teamed together to win the doubles championship 7-6 over fellow Carolina players Yancy Dennis and Sam Swank. Swank was named the recipient of the Big Jim Russell Award for sportsmanship. Two Lander players competed in the finals of the Russell Singles Bracket. Alexandre Springer defeated Liam Roos 7-5, 6-4 in the championship match.

Click here for more details...

Archived Photos & Details of Previous South Carolina Men's Collegiate Tennis Invitational Tennis Invitational


Belton Tennis Association Receives
State and Section Recognition

2013-14 BTA President Hack ClinkscalesThe Belton Tennis Association has been selected to receive the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year by both the United States Tennis Association South Carolina and the 9-state Southern Section.

BTA, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, was formed as the Belton Tennis Club in 1954 and assumed management and upkeep of the town courts and began to sponsor an annual Anderson County tournament. Later the tournament expanded to five nearby counties and was known as the Piedmont Championships, and in 1957 it became the Palmetto Open, now the Palmetto Championships, and has been played in Belton every year since. The Palmetto became the state's junior qualifying tournament in the early 1970's, making it the strongest and largest junior tournament in the state. The Palmetto is also the largest sporting event in Anderson County.

Click here for more details...


Archived Photos & Details of Previous SPUD (Special Populations Unified Doubles) Tournaments


Belton, South Carolina: Free public tennis but not during church
Article reprinted with permission from Tennis stories,
July 22, 2012

Stories of people's lives in tennis

Click for larger viewFirst Baptist Church of Belton owns the land across the street, where the Belton Tennis Center is located. The church leases the property for $500 a year to the privately funded public Tennis Center, where anyone from anywhere can play anytime for free on the courts, any day of the year. Except Sunday before noon.

“You can’t play while church is going on,” said Rex Maynard, who runs Maynard’s Home Furnishings nearby. “I’ve walked out of the Baptist church some morning and somebody’s over there playing tennis. And I’m over there saying, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t play till after noon.’

“Somebody from out of town doesn’t know. They don’t mean any harm. They just saw tennis courts and went and played.”

Maynard (above in red, with Drew Durden at the Special Populations Unified Doubles [SPUD] tournament in Belton) began playing tennis at 8 years old.

Click here for more details...


BTC NewsDirector of TennisContact Us Today Classifieds
News Admin Classifieds Admin BHP Admin