62nd Palmetto Championships
The Palmetto Championships experienced rain during 4 of the 5 days of the tournament, but the main draw singles competition was played to conclusion. The second largest number of players in the tournament's 62 year history, 450, competed this year. Fifty-five courts at nine sites were used for tournament matches. Most of Friday's doubles matches were rained out and Saturday morning started with wet courts causing a 2-hour delay. The tournament committee accelerated the match schedule on Sunday to get in an extra round of play based on the Monday forecast. Monday was a total wash out and plans were to move matches to the four indoor courts at Furman University Tuesday. Unfortunately work on the electrical system on campus caused a power outage on campus so the courts were not available. The doubles and feed-in consulaton were cancelled Monday afternoon and short scoring was used on Tuesday to complete the singles semifinals and finals. Tuesday's matches were interrupted numerous times by rain showers and the last point of the last match was played as rain began to fall at the Belton Tennis Center at 5:15.
The 10U divisions, which were played on clay courts at Brookstone Meadows, were able to play Friday night and complete both singles and doubles on Sunday afternoon as scheduled.
Several sportsmanship awards were presented:
During the Palmetto Fling on Saturday night Jon Holmes with Chick-fil-A of Anderson was named the tournament's Honorary Chairman. The award is not presented every year and is given to someone who had made a substantial contribution to the success of the Palmetto Championships. Chick-fil-A of Anderson has been a long time sponsor of the tournament and the title sponsor since 2011.
Tournament Chairman Rex Maynard had this to say: "I've been involved with the Palmetto since 1976, and I've never experienced this much rain during the tournament. It took a combination of hard work and good luck to finish what we did. We appreciate the efforts and patience of our staff and the players, coaches and parents. We would have never gotten it done without their cooperation and patience. Fortunately Saturday and Sunday were nice days, and once we got the courts dry Saturday morning we were rolling. Escalating the schedule Sunday based on the Monday forecast really saved us. It was only fitting that the tournament ended just as the rain began to fall again!"
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