Belton Tennis

56th Palmetto Championships held
in Belton June 2 - 7, 2012

The 2012 Chick-fil-A of Anderson Palmetto Championships ended with one new tournament record and two more tied records. This year's tournament featured 431 entries. Matches were played on 54 courts at 12 different sights in Belton and Anderson. Rain delayed play two hours on Monday morning, and six hours Tuesday, but additional courts were put back in play and matches were played into the evening so the tournament finished on schedule with the singles finals Thursday morning and doubles finals Thursday afternoon. The tournament played 128 matches Tuesday after 2:00, a significant accomplishment.

Action PhotoHaley Carter of Columbia set a new tournament record for titles by a girl by winning the Girl's 18-and-under singles and doubles. Her total of 14 titles surpasses the record set by Janice Durden of Charleston in 1991. Carter has one year of junior eligibility remaining, and can surpass the singles and doubles titles in 2013. Several records were tied:

  • Chris Cox of Myrtle Beach won his fourth consecutive 18-and-under singles championship. He joins Jean Evans of Belton (1960-1963) and Chuck Hodgin of Sumter (1974-1977) as the only players to win one age division four times. Cox is in his final year of junior elligibility, and first won the 18-and-under division at age 15.
  • Spencer Brown of Spartanburg won the Boy's 14-and-under singles title, for his fifth consecutive championship. This sets a record held by four other players. Brown will return to competition in the 14-and-under age division next year as he tries to break the record.

Action PhotoThree sportsmanship awards were presented during the Awards Ceremony Thursday:

  • Thomas Spratt of Charleston won the Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award, the overall tournament award normally presented to a player participating in the 18-and-under divisions. Spratt finished seventh in singles and was a finalist in doubles.
  • Sam Kavarana of Charleston won the Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award, presented to a boy competing in the 12-and-under age division. Kavarana finished sixth in singles and was a semi-finalist in doubles.
  • Elise Mills of Prosperity won the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award, presented to a girl competing in the 12-and-under age division. Mills finished third in singles and was a quarterfinalist in doubles.

Palmetto OfficialsThe Palmetto is the South Carolina junior qualifying tournament. The Players who did well at the Palmetto will advance to the 9-state Southern Closed Championships which begin this weekend. Chick-fil-A of Anderson was this year's title sponsor. Presenting sponsors were Wells Fargo, Dunlop, Pepsi, Smith Stearns Tennis Academy and Play Safe. The tournament is presented by the Belton TEnnis Association. Jim Russell served as Tournament Referee; Rex Maynard and Mark Smith are Tournament Directors.

Photos of 2012 PC Award Winners:
Singles Champions (All Ages)
Sportsmanship Award Winners
Doubles Champions (All Ages)
18's Party & Dunlop Scholarship
Palmetto Fling

More 2012 PC Tournament Information:

Draws & Competition Results


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