Belton Tennis

57th Palmetto Championships held
in Belton May 24 - 28, 2013

The 2013 Chick-fil-A of Anderson Palmetto Championships was played over the Memorial Day weekend. The earlier time was necessary due to the late date public schools in the state dismissed for the summer. Champions were crowned in singles and doubles for boy and girls in 5 age divisions.

Action PhotoThe following were the singles finals results:

  • Boys 10U: Davis Phillips def. Robbie Young 4 - 1, 5 -3
  • Boys 12U: Phillip Jordan def. Anuraag Govindarajan 6 - 4, 6 - 2
  • Boys 14U: Spencer Brown def. Paul Hendrix 6 - 3, 6 - 3
  • Boys 16U: Robert Loeb def. Kyle Barr 6 -3, 6 -3
  • Boys 18U: Adam Steryous def. Alexander Miller 6 -3, 4 - 6, 6 - 2
  • Girls 10U: Suzette Smit def. Sophie Young 4 -0, 4 - 1
  • Girls 12U: Maggie Cubitt def. Elise Mills 6 -0, 6 - 4
  • Girls 14U: Ali Despain def. Lauren Joch 6 - 1, 6 - 4
  • Girls 16U: Makenna Jones def. Natalie Kitchen 6 - 4, 6 -1
  • Girls 18U: Hayley Carter def. Ansley Speaks 6 - 0, 6 - 0.

The following were the doubles finals results:

  • Boys 10U: Rivers Cahill & William Vaught def. Davis Phillips & Robbie Young 6 - 4
  • Boys 12U: Anuraag Govindarajan & Phillip Jordan def. Luke Prendergast & Albert Zhu 8 - 0
  • Boys 14U: Paul Hendrix & Jared Pratt def. Spencer Brown & Chambers Easterling 9 - 8 (4)
  • Boys 16U: Kyle Barr & Robert Loeb def. Mark Carnes & Jaffrey Dayton 9 - 8 (4)
  • Boys 18U: Wood Benton & Adam Elliget def. Alexander Miller & Alexander Santiago 8 - 4
  • Girls 10U: Saige Severance & Sydney Severance def. Jordan White & Ellie Zimmermann 6 - 3
  • Girls 12U: Maggie Cubitt & Elise Mills def. Madison Dillon & Gianna Pielet 8 - 3
  • Girls 14U: Ali Despain & Emma Navarro def. Lauren Joch & AnnMartin Skelly 8 - 4
  • Girls 16U: Makenna Jones & Cameron Kriscunas def. Natalie Kitchen & Sydnee Wheeler 8 - 5
  • Girls 18U: Hayley Carter & Ansley Speaks def. Olivia Lucas & Rachel McNeely 8 - 0

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Three sportsmanship winners were also selected:

  • Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Ansley Speaks
  • Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Gracie Walls
  • Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Phillip Jordan

The tournament had a special 8U event on Saturday, June 1 that included 6 boys and 5 girls. Winners, runners up and sportsmanship recipients in the 8U competition were:

  • Boys - Connor Brown (champion); Noah Johnston (runner up)
  • Girls - Allie Bittner (champion); Paige Geiger (runner up)
  • Sportsmanship Awards - Andy Ballentine (boys) and Ansley Minnich (girls)

Several tournament records were set:

  • Carter won her 15th and 16th Palmetto titles, giving her 16 for her career, a tournament record. Hayley already held the girls record with 14, but surpassed Ryan Young who won 15 Palmetto titles between 1994 and 2003. Her 8th doubles title ties her with Katie Coleman, who won her titles between 1992 and 2000
  • Brown won his 6th consecutive singles title, also a new record. Spencer was tied with 4 other players who each had 5 straight singles titles.

The tournament was played in only 4 days this year. Fortunately, the weather was perfect and the tournament finished on schedule with singles finals and a few doubles finals on Tuesday, May 28. Tournament Director Rex Maynard said: "This year's Palmetto was shortened by two days and player earlier. That, combined with the fact this was our first year in quite a while without Jim Russell, presented challenges. The staff did a super job. We had 430 players and used 50 courts and 10 different sites, and with this there will be issues. We kept the problems to a minimum and handled them well every time an issue arose. We placed a special emphasis on good sportsmanship this year. Each of our officials had 4 "Great Sports Make a Sports Great" pins, and gave them to players when they saw an outstanding example of good sportsmanship. We were very pleased with the way this was accepted and the positive effect it had on players and parents. We're proud of our players and wish them the best at the Southern Closed Championships. I know they will represent South Carolina well!"

Russel FamilyThe 2013 Palmetto Championships was dedicated to the memory of Jim Russell, the long-time Tournament Referee who died suddenly last June. Russell worked with the Palmetto for almost 40 years, and was a stalwart for tennis in the City of Belton, the state South Carolina the Southern Section and the USTA. He was a former president of USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern and a member of the Board of Directors of the USTA. He was active in refereeing top junior and collegiate tournaments throughout the country. The City of Belton renamed South Holmes Street "Jim Russell Way" and the Belton Tennis Association dedicated the gazebo which is used as tournament headquarters as "Big Jim's Gazebo." A plaque sits beside the gazebo with these words: "Dedicated to the memory of Big Jim Russell in recognition of his dedication to the Palmetto Championships and his passion for and contributions to junior and collegiate tennis and his efforts to grow the game in the City of Belton the state of South Carolina, the Southern Section and the United States....May 25, 2013."

Photos of 2013 PC Award Winners:
Singles Champions (All Ages)
Sportsmanship Award Winners
Doubles Champions (All Ages)
18's Party & Dunlop Scholarship
Palmetto Fling
8U Boy's & Girl's Tournament

More 2013 PC Tournament Information:

Draws & Competition Results


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