Belton Tennis News
South Carolina Men's Collegiate Tennis Invitational Played October 4-5, 2014 in Belton
The South Carolina Men's Collegiate Tennis Invitational, held in memory of Big Jim Russell, was played October 4-5 in Belton. Russell was the long time Referee of the Palmetto Championships and was one of the top college tennis officials in the country. He served as the Referee of the ACC, MEAC and NCAA Men's Championships and was an inductee of the South Carolina, Southern and ITA Halls of Fame.
Ten teams sent players to this year's tournament, including Anderson University, Citadel, Clemson, Erskine, Furman, Lander, Presbyterian, Spartanburg Methodist, Winthrop and Wofford. Forty-two players participated in three singles and doubles draws. A compass draw was used so all players had four singles and three doubles matches during the two day tournament. The different brackets were named in honor of former college coaches who are inductees in the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, which is located in the Belton depot.
Rob Galloway of Wofford and Tremayne Mitchell of Winthrop won both a singles and doubles title. The results of the championship matches in each bracket were:
The tournament committee presented the Big Jim award to the person who gave the most to the tournament. This year's award went to Wofford coach Rod Ray. Tournament Director Rex Maynard said: "Rod Ray was the first person I went to when I had the idea for this tournament last spring, and his support and input has been invaluable. He was always there to help and his Wofford players were great at the event. We're pleased to honor him as our first Big Jim award recipient."
Maynard added: "We saw some great competitive tennis this weekend in Belton. The guys were all great, and it was fun having them here. Many played for years in the Palmetto Championships in Belton and it was good to have them back. We had a kids play day Saturday afternoon, and the players from Citadel, PC and Wofford were on court with the children. It was a great experience for everyone! We hope the word will get out to the other coaches and schools about what a great event this was, and we'll have even more players representing more schools next year. We plan to stay on the first weekend in October so the tournament will be played the same time as the Standpipe Festival each year."