Belton Tennis

61st Palmetto Championships
May 26 - 30, 2017

The Palmetto Championships was completed on Tuesday afternoon in Belton with the singles and doubles finals. The tournament, which began Friday and is the South Carolina Junior Qualifying Tournament, had a record 475 players from throughout the state, and 1,046 matches were played on 57 courts in Belton, Anderson and Clemson. Championships were determined in 5 age divisions in singles and doubles for both boys and girls.

The tournament experienced rain delays on 3 of the 5 days, but managed to complete play as scheduled on Tuesday.

The results of the championship singles matches were:

  • 10U Boys - Noah Johnston (Anderson) def. Gibson Goodroe (4) (Myrtle Beach) 4-1, 4-2
  • 12U Boys - Jacob Smith (2) (Daniel Island) def. Lucas Acevedo (5) (Daniel Island) 6-4, 6-2
  • 14U Boys - Matthew Rundle (4) (Simpsonville) def. Maxwell Smith (1) (Daniel Island) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
  • 16U Boys - Matthew Kandel (1) (Hilton Head) def. Callen Hein (5) (Isle of Palms) 7-6, 6-2
  • 18U Boys - Chambers Easterling (2) (Spartanburg) def. Marcus Ferreira (3) (Hilton Head) 6-7, 6-1, 6-1
  • 10U Girls - Allie Bittner (3) (Greer) def. Lauren Harrelson (5) (Anderson) 4-2, 4-0
  • 12U Girls - Brooke Wrigley (1) (Bluffton) def. Mckenzie Davis (5) (Florence) 6-0, 6-3
  • 14U Girls - Sophie Williams (1) (Charleston) def. Shianna Guo (2) (Mount Pleasant) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
  • 16U Girls - Avery Durham (3) (Hilton Head) def. Anna Ross (1) (Mount Pleasant) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • 18U Girls - Katherine Lyman (1) (Mount Pleasant) def. Madison Dillon (4) (Hilton Head) 6-4, 7-5

The results of the championship doubles matches were:

  • 10U Boys - Noah Johnston (Anderson) & Jacobus Smit (4) (Fort Mill) def. Gibson Goodroe (Myrtle Beach) & Jack Green (3) (Myrtle Beach) 6-1
  • 12U Boys - Brandon Mercado (Pawleys Island) & Otto Sewell (3) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Lucas Acevedo (Daniel Island) & Jacob Smith (2) (Daniel Island) 8-5
  • 14U Boys - Will Cubitt (Spartanburg) & Brolin Dorsey (5) (Anderson) def. Matthew Pitts (Greer) & Matthew Rundle (1) (Simpsonville) 9-7
  • 16U Boys - Brendan Healey (Charleston) & Matthew Kandel (3) (Hilton Head) def. James Qu (Greer) & Stanley Waters (2) (Mt. Pleasant) 9-8
  • 18U Boys - Jack Kelly (Hilton Head Island) & Luke McClelland (2) (Rock Hill) def. Chambers Easterling (Spartanburg) & Thomas Jahn (1) (Mt. Pleasant) 8-6
  • 10UGirls - Sarah Anne Smoak (Camden) & Harper Stone (1) (Abbeville) def. Caitlyn Jackson (Okatie) & Grayson Rowley (4)(Mt. Pleasant) 6-2
  • 12U Girls - Emily Ruckno (Hilton Head) & Brooke Wrigley (1) (Bluffton) def. Allie Murrell (Florence) & Keira Stewart (2) (Simpsonville) 8-0
  • 14U Girls - Saige Severance (Daniel Island) & Logan Voeks (2) (Sullivans Island) def. Shianna Guo (Mt. Pleasant) & Alice Otis (1) (Charleston) 8-3
  • 16U Girls - Avery Durham (Hilton Head Island) & Anna Ross (1) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Sayda Hernandez (Hilton Head) & Samantha Johns (2) (Simpsonville) 8-3
  • 18U Girls - Madison Dillon (Hilton Head Island) & Anna Letto (1) (Hilton Head Island) def. Zoe Cauthen (Timmonsville) & Elizabeth Truluck (2) (Myrtle Beach) 9-8

Three sportsmanship awards were presented:

  • Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Keira Stewart, Simpsonville
  • Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Nathan Pitts, Greer
  • Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Madison Dillon, Hilton Head

Belton's Lauren Harrelson became the first local player to make it to the singles finals since 2007, where she lost to Allie Bittner of Greer 4-2, 4-0 in the championship match. Marissa Trumbull was the last local player to make the singles finals, also in the Girl's 10U division. Harrelson's was the #5 seed and won four singles matches (including two upsets of higher seeded players) before falling to Bittner, which included:

  • First Round: Defeated Hailey Poplin, Hilton Head 4-0, 4-0
  • Second Round: Defeated Lani Sturgeon, Columbia 4-2, 4-0
  • Quarterfinals: Defeated #4 seed Harper Stone, Abbeville 4-0, 4-0
  • Semifinals: Defeated #1 seed Mia El-Kheddiwi, Charleston 5-3, 1-4, 1-0
  • Finals: Lost #3 seed Allie Bittner, Greer 4-2, 4-0

Lauren partnered with Chandler Dailey of Clinton in doubles where they were seeded third. After a first round bye they defeated Briana Bird and Marissa Strickland of Mt. Pleasant 6-1. They lost in the semifinals to Sarah Anne Smoak of Camden and Harper Stone of Abbeville 6-1. Smoak and Stone went on to win the doubles championship in the next match.

OfficialDuring the Palmetto Fling on Saturday night the tournament awarded their Honorary Chairman's Award to Kai Nitsche with Dunlop Sports. Nitsche competed in the Palmetto during his junior years and has been with Dunlop as their Director of Racket Sports for over 15 years. Dunlop has been a presenting sponsor of the Palmetto Championships for over 30 years and Nitsche has worked closely with Maynard in promoting and selecting the Dunlop Scholarship each year. When presenting the award Maynard said: "Our Honorary Chairman's Award goes to someone who has contributed their time and effort to the success of the Palmetto Championships. Dunlop and Kai have been loyal supporters of the Palmetto Championships for many years. Since the early 1980's our slogan has been 'Only a Dunlop Bounces On A Belton Court!' Kai has been instrumental in continuing Dunlop's support and he is great to work with and very helpful with the selection and presentation of the scholarship each year. We're proud to have him as our 2017 honoree!"

The tournament is presented by the Belton Tennis Association and sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Anderson. The players who performed well in the Palmetto Championships will advance to the 9-state Southern Championships. Tournament Director Rex Maynard said: "The large number of entries this year made playing the event a real challenge, but we were fortunate to have enough courts to get it done on schedule. The rain was a real nuisance and caused some scheduling issues. We appreciate the patience of the players, parents and coaches as we worked through the delays. We had some great matches, with the players from the coast dominating the winners this year. South Carolina is fortunate to have so many great junior players with high level on-court skills and good sportsmanship!"


Photos of 2017 PC Award Winners:
Singles Champions (All Ages)
Sportsmanship Award Winners & Dunlop Scholarship Recipient
Doubles Champions (All Ages)
Palmetto Fling

More 2017 PC Tournament Information:

Draws & Competition Results


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