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The Icy Hot USTA Southern Level 2 Championships BG 12 – 18s were completed April 22 – 25 at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, AL. This Level 2 sanctioned event had 493 players including one from the Grand Strand.

His results were:

— Paul Hendrix, seeded No. 5 in the Boy’s 18 Singles, won his first round 6-4, 6-4 over a player from Vestavia, Ala., and then lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to a player from Hilton Head Island in the main draw. In the consolation, Hendricks won his first match 6-2, 4-6, (10-8) over a player from Duluth, Ga., and then won 6-3, 6-4 over a player from Roswell, Ga. Next, he won 3-6, 6-4, (11-9) over the No. 3 seed from Calhoun, Ga., to reach the quarterfinals where he won 6-4, 6-0 over the No. 9 seed from Suwanee, Ga., but then Hendricks lost  6-3, 6-1 to another No. 5 seed from Daniel Island in the finals.

In the Boy’s 18 Doubles, No. 1 seeds Paul Hendrix and his Calhoun partner lost their first match 8-6 to a team from Daniel Island and Snellville, Ga.   

Greenville Adult Classic

Marion Harris “Smash Cancer” Adult Classic (STA 150 PT) SC L 2 was completed April 21-24 at the Greenville Country Club in Greenville. This L 2 sanctioned event had 270 players including one from the Grand Strand.

His results were:    

— Marion Crolley and John Lineberger (Dallas, N.C.) won both their matches in the round-robin event with three teams in the Men 60 Doubles to take the title. Crolley/Lineberger also won their first match 6-4, 5-7, (12-10) against a team from Saint Helena Island/Saint Simons Island, Ga., to reach the finals where they won 6-1, 6-0 over a Camden/ Greenville team in the Men’s 65 Doubles to capture their second championship title.    

 Camden Junior Championships  

The Camden “Classically Carolina” Junior Championships — presented by KershawHealth SC L 3 — were completed April 22-24 at the Camden Country Club in Camden. This Level 3 sanctioned event had 124 players including five local juniors.

Their results were:

— Boy’s 12 Singles: No. 4 seed Jude Wilkey won his first round 6-0, 6-0 over a player from North Augusta and then won 6-0, 6-1 over a Florence player. In the semifinals he lost 6-1, 6-1 to the No. 1 seed from Clinton.       

— Boy’s 14 Singles: Zander Kiskunas lost in the first round 6-2, 6-2 to a player from Fort Mill. In the consolation, Kiskunas lost 2-6, 6-2, (1-0) to a player from Columbia.   

— Girl’s 10 Singles: No. 3 seed Olivia Bull won her first match 4-1, 4-1 over a Camden player and then won 4-0, 4-0 over a Columbia player. But in the semifinals, Bull lost 5-4, 4-1 to the No. 2 seed from Camden. No. 6 seed Anna Roof won her first match 4-0, 4-2 over a player from Lexington and then lost 4-1, 4-2 to the No. 2 seed from Camden. Kate Fico won her first match 4-0, 4-1 over a Camden player and then lost 4-2, 4-2 to the No. 1 seed from Greenville.

— Girl’s 10 Doubles: Olivia Bull/Anna Roof won 6-0 over a Camden team and then lost 6-1 to the No. 1 seeds from Camden/Greenville.     

Rising Stars

The MW Tennis Rising Stars Tournament Series No. 1 was completed April 23 at the Family Circle Tennis Club on Daniel Island. This entry Level 5 non-sanctioned event had 16 players including one from the Grand Strand. Her results were:

— Anna Brown won all four of her matches in the round-robin event with five players in the Girl’s 12 Singles – Red to win the title.   

Prestwick news

Another Sunday Fun Day will be held this Sunday at 4 p.m. Please RSVP online or call Prestwick today.

Prestwick’s Member Guest Tournament will be held May 13-14 with matches beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday. Levels offered are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open Divisions. No mixed divisions will be offered. Cost is $80 per team.

For more information, check out their website at or call their new Prestwick Tennis Club number, 843-831-0117.

GSTA Summer Fun League

The Grand Strand Tennis Association, made up of all local pros, will sponsor the 20th annual Adult Women’s Summer Fun League to begin in June. This inter-club league was created and organized by the GSTA in 1997 and has approximately 200 players every year.

Matches are played every Monday evening at 6 p.m. and the season last for approximately 10 weeks.

Although this non-sanctioned league is open to men or women, thus far only women have participated in the league. Teams are divided into three divisions: A (4.0), B (3.5) and C (3.0) levels. Matches consist of three doubles teams. Cost for one team is $125.

Since this is a non-sanctioned league, winning teams do not advance to any playoffs or state championships. But all participants are entitled to an end of the season tennis clinic taught by the pros and a catered dinner held in late August.

Also, last year was the second Winter Fun League held from late September to mid-November and it, too, was a great success.

Proceeds from the league are used for the GSTA to support other worthy tennis projects along the Grand Strand.    

If you are interested in forming a team, call Neal Peterson at 650-5505 or email: Neal.Peterson to declare your team.

Upcoming local tournaments

— Dual Surface Tourney: A Dual Surface Tournament will be held in late April for juniors 18 and under in Myrtle Beach. This non-sanctioned singles only tournament will be played on one hybrid court, which is half hard court and half clay court.

The high school girl’s event will be held April 29 – May 1 with an entry deadline of April 26. The dual surface tennis court is located at 3833 Socastee Blvd (inside RH Acres) in the south-end of Myrtle Beach.

For more information, contact Renata Marcinkowska, tournament director at or call 843-455-8364 or 803-524-3308. 

— Grande Dunes Classic: The Grande Dunes Tennis Club Spring Classic (STA 150) will be held May 6-8 at the Grande Dunes Tennis Club in Myrtle Beach. This Level 2 sanctioned tournament will offer singles, doubles and mixed events. Entry fee is $53.71 for first singles and $27 for additional singles and $53.71 for first doubles and $27 for additional doubles. Deadline is May 1.

For additional information, check out their Tournament ID: 700029116 or call 843-449-4486.

— Prestwick Junior Tourney: The Prestwick Country Club Beach Blast Junior Tournament – SC L 3 will be held June 17-19 at the Prestwick Tennis Club in Myrtle Beach. This Level 3 sanctioned event offers singles and doubles for juniors 18 and under. Entry fee is $48.88 for first event and $9 for second event. Deadline is June 13.

For more information, check out their Tournament ID: 700124216 or call 843-831-0117.    

Neal Peterson, a former college tennis player, has been writing about the local tennis scene for more than a decade. He can be reached at 650-5505 or email


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