Belton Tennis

Belton Hosts Palmetto Championships
May 22 - 26, 2015

Christ Church - 2014 Team ChampionThe 59th Palmetto Championships ended on Saturday with 8-and-under competition. The tournament had 440 players, and matches were played on over 50 courts in Belton, Anderson and Clemson. The major part of the tournament was played May 22 - 26 when championships were decided for boy and girls in singles and doubles for 5 age divisions. The 2015 Palmetto singles champions included:

  • Girl's 14U FinalistBoy's 10U: Brandon Mercado (3) (Pawleys Island) def. Gibson Goodroe (Myrtle Beach) 4-0, 4-1
  • Boy's 12U: Jackson Armistead (1) (Hilton Head Island) def. Matthew Rundle (2) (Simpsonville) 6-4, 7-5
  • Boy's 14U: Phillip Jordan (1) (Spartanburg) def. Reilly Wilson (2) (Charleston) 6-3, 6-2
  • Boy's 16U: Jared Pratt (1) (Daniel Island)def. Thomas Jahn (3) (Mount Pleasant) 6-1, 6-3
  • Boy's 18U: Beau Pelletier (1) (Hilton Head Island) def. Kyle Barr (3) (Myrtle Beach) 6-1, 6-1
  • Rose presentation prior to 18U Girl's Championship matchGirl's 10U: Mary Stricklin (2) (Columbia) def. Karsyn Misenheimer (1) (Columbia) 4-1, 4-0
  • Girl's 12U: Mary Grace Armistead (1) (Hilton Head Island) def. Carri Hayes (2) (Mount Pleasant) 6-4, 6-0
  • Girl's 14U: Sara McClure (1) (Bluffton) def. Robin Alston (2) (Rock Hill) 6-0, 6-2
  • Girl's 16U: Lauren Joch (1) (Irmo) def. Madison Dillon (2) (Hilton Head Island) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
  • Girl's 18U: Jacqueline Pelletier (4) (Hilton Head Island) def. Elizabeth Williams (2) (Hilton Head Island) 7-5, 6-4

Doubles championships were:

  • Boys 10U: Brandon Mercado (Pawleys Island) & Logan TomovskGirl's 12U Championi (Murrells Inlet) def. Alexander Ruckno & Jacobus Smit 6-2
  • Boys 12U: Will Cubit (Spartanburg) & Brolin Dorsey (3) (Anderson) def. Matthew Pitts & Matthew Rundle (2) (Simpsonville) 9-7
  • Boys 14U: Phillip Jordan (Spartanburg) & Campbell Wildrick (1) (Spartanburg) def. Anuraag Govindarajan & Timothy Pitts (2) 8-6
  • Boys 16U: Bryce Keim (Spartanburg) & Earl Navarro (3) (Charleston) def. Thomas Jahn & Chad Nash (2) 8-4
  • Boys 18U: Mark Carnes (Sumter) & Jeffrey Dayton (1) (Murrells Inlet) def. Elijah Elie & Hunter Horton 8-6
  • Boy's 16U ChampionGirls 10U: Karsyn Misenheimer (Columbia) & Mary Stricklin (1) (Columbia) def. Grace Baker & Ella Fallaw (3) 6-1
  • Girls 12U: Mary Grace Armistead (Hilton Head Island) & Carri Hayes (1) (Mount Pleasant) def. Natalie Bassett & Shianna Guo (2) 8-4
  • Girls 14U: Robin Alston (Rock Hill) & Katherine Lyman (2) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Emma Smith & Erica Zippel (4) 8-4
  • Girls 16U: Samantha Calais (Irmo) & Lauren Joch (2) (Irmo) def. Lauren Quinn & Jenna Vroman (3) 8-4
  • Girls 80U: Sydney Patton (Simpsonville) & Elizabeth Williams (1) (Hilton Head Island) def. Valerie Droop & Samantha Schuster 8-0 Girl's 18U Champion

Three sportsmanship awards were presented:

  • Kimberly Hampton Award: Mary Cage Carter (Greenville)
  • Matthew Strange Award: Ike Waldron (Clinton)
  • Malloy Evans Award: Curren Carver (Columbia)

Girl's 14U ChampionMercado, Jordan, Stricklin, Mary Grace Armistead and Joch each won titles in both singles and doubles. Jordan won his second Palmetto singles title having won the 12U in 2013 and his third straight doubles title. Armistead won her second straight 12U doubles title and Joch won her 2nd straight 16U singles title. Players from the coast dominated play this year, winning 7 of the 10 singles titles.

Boy's 18U ChampionThe tournament started with 10U singles matches in Belton on Friday, May 22, followed by the first 2 rounds of doubles in the older age divisions. A special party was held for the 10U players late Friday afternoon and a block party for all participants began at 7:00 at the Belton Tennis Center. All 18U players participating in their final Palmetto were honored and the Dunlop Scholarship was presented to Mary Hampton McNeal from Beaufort who will attend Washington & Lee in the fall.

Palmetto 2015 Officials & StaffTournament Director Rex Maynard said: "We were challenged with having enough courts when the bad winter weather put the new Anderson University project behind. That's going to be a wonderful facility and that will help moving forward, but we had to make some changes when we realized we would not have those 8 new courts. We moved the 14U divisions to Clemson University Saturday and Sunday, and that worked out well. We appreciate Clemson helping us out in a time of need, and I think the players really enjoyed Boy's 14U Championplaying on the courts at a major university. We were blessed with perfect weather throughout the tournament, and that's really important for us since we are so spread out. Our staff did a wonderful job keeping things running smoothly and within the rules, and the players were great! The courts at Leda Poore Park continue to get rave reviews. That has gone from a facility where nobody wanted to play to one that is most in demand. This is a big event for Belton and Anderson County, and we appreciate everyone's support. It's a joint effort, and everyone has to do their part to make it work. We appreciate our sponsors, especially Chick-fil-A of Anderson who is much more than a sponsor.....they're a true partner that helps in so many ways to insure we provide a top quality event for the players."

Boy's 18U FinalistThose players who finished in the top 8 of their age division qualified for the Southern Closed Champsionships, which begin this weekend in several locations around the south. Players who do well in the Southern Champsionships will qualify to move on to the National Championships later this summer.

Girl's 16U ChampionLauren Harrelson, who lives in Honey Creek just outside Belton, fared well in 10U play. She lost her first round singles match to Brooke Rogers, a #5 seed from Myrtle Beach, 4-0, 4-2 to drop into the west consolation where she won 3 matches:

  • 4-0, 4-1 over Anson Daniel of Beaufort
  • 5-3, 4-2 over Chandler Dailey of Clinton
  • Walkover due to personal decision over Allie Eskridge of Anderson
  • She lost the West Consolation championship match to Jeanette Smith of Fort Mill 4-1, 4-0

The tournament ended Saturday with 8U matches. Ten children entered this younger division and each was allowed to play five matches on the 36' short courts using smaller rackets and low compression balls. Following the competition Mary-Catherine Brunson of Belton received the Sportsmanship Award.

Photos of 2015 PC Award Winners:
Singles Champions (All Ages)
Sportsmanship Award Winners
Doubles Champions (All Ages)
Block Party & Dunlop Scholarship
Palmetto Fling
8U Boy's & Girl's Tournament

More 2015 PC Tournament Information:

Draws & Competition Results


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