Palmetto Championships has Record Entries
The 58th Palmetto Championships presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson ended Saturday with 8- and-under matches played at the Belton Tennis Center. A record 457 players entered this year's tournament. Play began on Friday, May 23 and continued through the finals on Tuesday morning, May 28 followed by the 8-and-under tournament Saturday. Matches were played on 56 courts throughout Anderson County.
Tournament Director Red Maynard stated the large number of entries provided both a challenge and an opportunity to the tournament. "We used every hard court I know about in Anderson County....55 of them at 11 different sites....and we needed them to get all the matches played. Thank goodness for great weather. We had thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon, but we were far enough along in the day that it didn't cost us many matches and we caught up early on Monday. The main part of the tournament finished on schedule with singles finals Tuesday morning followed by 5 doubles finals. When you're as spread out as we are it's a real challenge, but I have to credit our staff and officials for again doing a wonderful job. There will always be some problems and issues when you have this many players and matches, but we held them to a minimum and handled them as best we could. The players, parents and coaches were all great in helping us make it work. Chick-fil-A was great as always. They were on site constantly welcoming the players, giving away lemonade and cookies and helping with special events. We especially enjoyed having The Cow with us many times. He's a true legend! Having such a large turnout provided us a great opportunity to showcase our tournament and our area. We're especially proud of the new tennis courts at Leda Poore Park, and we received many compliments what we did there."
Only a few local players participated in this year's tournament. Marissa Trumbull entered the Girl's 18-and-under, but was unable to play as she was a Marshall at B-HP's graduation on Saturday morning which conflicted with her first match time. Ethan Smith played in the 10-and-under and Maggie LeCroy and Boyd Maynard participated in the 8-and-under.
Cubitt won her second straight singles title after winning the Girl's 12U in 2013. Fenno was a third time singles winner; he won the Boy's 10U in 2010 and 12U in 2012. All the other champions were first time winners.
The results of the doubles championship matches were:
Four sportsmanship awards were presented. Anna Bell Kleinfelt of Clemson received the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award, Robbie Young of Greenville the Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award, Jonathan Edwards of Isle of Palms the Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award and Drew Sharpe from Greenville the 8U Sportsmanship Award.
During the Palmetto Fling on Saturday night, former USTA South Carolina President Al Marshall received the tournament's Honorary Chariman Award. Marshall has been working at the Palmetto the past 19 years, and stepped in as the Tournament Referee after Jim Russell's death in 2012. The City of Belton also named the newly reconstructed tennis courts at Leda Poore Park the Timken Foundation Courts. Timken provided a $100,000 grant to help fund the project, which cost $250,000. Former junior player and current Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller, was in attendance and made remarks about the difference tennis made in her life.
The players who did well in the Palmetto will advance on to the 9-state Southern Championships to be held June 8-15 in various locations throughout the south.
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