56th Palmetto Championships held
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.
Haley 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:
The 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.
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