2007 Wachovia Palmetto Championships
The Wachovia Palmetto Championships ended on a high note June 11 with championship matches and an awards ceremony at the Belton Tennis Center. This concluded seven days of tennis played on over 65 courts throughout Belton and Anderson. Over 500 players participated in this year's tournament. Singles and doubles championships were decided for both boys and girls in five age divisions (10's, 12's, 14's, 16's & 18's). Six additional Belton Classic singles championships were awarded for players who did not make the top main draw of 32. The tournament ran on schedule throughout the week, with no rain delays.
A highlight of the week was the awarding of the Dunlop Scholarship to Will Guzick of Greer. This $1,500 scholarship is provided each year by Dunlop, and this year's recipient was announced at the 18's party on June 7.
Several champions added to previous Palmetto titles. Guzick, playing in his final Palmetto, also won both the Boy's 18's singles and doubles. This gives him 6 singles and 4 doubles titles since 2001. His 10 titles moves him into a tie for third on the all-time total titles for boys. Shelby Rogers of Mt. Pleasant won the Girl's 16's singles and Girl's 18's doubles. Her singles title was her fourth straight, and fifth in the last six years, while her doubles title was her first. Her six total titles is only one from the top 10 on the all-time girls list. Rogers has four years of junior eligibility remaining. Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island won her second straight Girl's 12's titles in both singles and doubles, and third overall in both events. This also gives Hayley six total titles, and she has six years of junior eligibility remaining. The other seven singles champions all earned their first Palmetto singles title
Three sportsmanship awards were presented at the conclusion of the tournament. Ansley Speaks of Simpsonville received the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the Girl's 12's and Brent Lett of Columbia received the Matthew Strange Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the Boy's 12's. The overall tournament award, the Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award, went to Zachary Sprouse of Hilton Head Island, who played in the Boy's 18's.
Jim Russell and Stephanie Hammond served as Tournament Referees. Maxine LeCroy was the Referee for the 12's and Mary Burgess for the 10's. Carey Washington was the chief umpire, and was joined by 25 USTA certified officials. Rex Maynard and Mark Smith were Tournament Directors, and Rita Anderson the Tournament Chairman.
Maynard had this to say: "It was another great Palmetto, thanks to the players, parents, coaches, staff, volunteers and sponsors. A special thanks to Wachovia, our title sponsor, and to Dunlop and Pepsi, our presenting sponsors. The weather was warm and dry, and that always helps run a good tournament. The players were great; they all played hard, and for the most part displayed great sportsmanship. It was a big week in Belton, and we wish all of our players good luck at the Southern Closed Championships and in other tournaments the rest of the year. We look forward to having them back in Belton for the 52nd Palmetto Championships next June."
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