Neal Peterson

The Dunes Sparks Toyota Junior Open was completed April 15-17 at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. This Level 3 sanctioned event had 136 players including 84 local juniors. Last year they had 112 players including 78 local juniors.

Results of the finals were:

— Boy’s 10 Singles: No. 1 seed Gibson Goodroe won his first match over Alexander Knight 4-1, 4-1 and then won 4-0, 4-0 over Jordan Mercado and then defeated Addison Gordon 4-1, 4-1 in the finals. Addison Gordon defeated Talin Patel 4-1, 4-2 and then won 4-1, 4-2 over the No. 2 seed Nolan Cahill to reach the finals where he lost to Goodroe.  In the consolation, Joseph Cunningham (Campobello) defeated Foster Cahill 4-1, 4-2 in the finals. 

— Boy’s 12 Singles: No. 1 seed Brandon Mercado won twice to reach the finals where he defeated a Wilmington, NC player 6-0, 6-1 to take the title. In the consolation, Andrew O’Brien defeated Christian Duerk 6-4, 6-1 to reach the finals where he defeated Lleyton Mendieta 6-1, 6-2 to claim the title. Earlier, Mendieta defeated Jaxson Melton 6-2, 6-0 to reach the finals.

— Boy’s 12 Singles: Trevor Novotny won twice to reach the finals where he defeated Lap Fung Chan 6-1, 6-2 to take the title. In the consolation, the No. 1 seed Henry Hyden (Mount Pleasant) defeated the No. 2 seed Joseph Ramirez (Mount Pleasant) in the finals 6-3, 6-4. 

— Boy’s 14 Singles: William Baly (Goose Creek) won his first match 6-1, 6-1 over William Duerk and then won 6-3, 6-3 over the No. 3 seed Rivers Cahill. Advancing to the semifinals, Baly upset the No. 2 seed Zachary Blais (Mount Pleasant) 6-4, 5-7, (10-6) to reach the finals where he won 6-3, 7-6(4) over William Vaught to capture the title.

In the consolation, William Duerk defeated the No. 4 seed Ryan Burch 6-1, 6-4 in the finals.  

— Boy’s 16 Singles: No. 1 seed Matthew Miller (Rock Hill) defeated Osbaldo Duarte (Johns Island) in the finals 6-2, 6-4 to claim the title. In the consolation, John Ed Cahill defeated Braden McCauley 6-1, 6-1 in the finals. 

— Boy’s 18 Singles: Jeffrey Dayton defeated Joseph Horn (Charlotte) in the finales 6-0, 6-0. In the consolation, Allen Butler won over Ian McCauley 6-1, 6-0 in the finals.  

— Co-ed 8 Singles: Mary Morrison and Isabella Dozier were declared the winners in the round-robin event with 10 players. 

— Girl’s 10 Singles: Olivia Corcoran (Cary, N.C.) defeated Olivia Bull 4-0, 5-4(2) in the finals. In the consolation, Anna Brown defeated Stephanie Davis 4-2, 5-3 in the finals.

— Girl’s 12 Singles: No. 1 seed Hannah Myers (Columbia) defeated Sydney Mims (Daniel Island) in the finals 5-7, 6-1, (10-8). In the consolation, Cassidy Cocca defeated Caroline Brothers 6-4, 6-4 in the finals.

— Girl’s 12 Singles: No. 2 seed Wae Man Chan defeated the No. 1 seed Siona Sturgeon (Columbia) in the finals 3-6, 6-1, (10-7). In the consolation, Anika Paudel won over Rachel Blais (Mount Pleasant) in the finals 6-1, 6-2.

— Girl’s 14 Singles: Chloe Narboni (Columbia) defeated the No. 1 seed Carrington Callihan 6-0, 6-2 in the finals. In the consolation, the No. 2 seed Caroline Lively (Daniel Island) defeated Olivia Kingman (Wilmington) in the finals 6-1, 6-0.

— Girl’s 16 Singles: No. 2 seed Gabriella Loflin (Rock Hill) defeated Juliana Strobing (Mount Pleasant) in the finals 6-1, 6-0. In the consolation, Morgan Wiemer (Monroe, N.C.) defeated Tessa Thomas 6-3, 6-4 in the finals.  

Tennessee Southern 

The 2016 KRC Mid-Spring (BG 18-10) Southern L 3, TN L 2 was completed April 16-17 at the Knoxville Racquet Club in Knoxville, Tenn. This Level 3 sanctioned event had 277 players and one from the Grand Strand.

Her results were: 

— Tatiana Harrelson, seeded No. 4, won her first match 6-2, 6-4 over a player from Brentwood, Tenn., and then won 1-6, 6-1, (10-4) over a player from Loganville, Ga., in the Girl’s 16 Singles Red. In the finals, Harrelson lost 6-1, 6-3 to a player from Charlotte. In the Girl’s 16 Doubles, Tatiana Harrelson and Day Nuckolls (Greenville) lost 9-8 to a team from Tennessee. 

Charleston Challenger

The St. Andrew’s Spring Junior Challenger was completed April 15-17 at the St. Andrew’s Parks & Playground in Charleston. This Level 4 sanctioned event had 71 players including two from the Grand Strand.

Their results were:

— Katherine Harper lost in the first round 6-3, 6-0 to the No. 3 seed from Charleston in the Girl’s 12 Singles Green Dot. In the consolation, Harper won twice to reach the finals where she lost 6-1, 4-6, (1-0) to a player from Daniel Island.

— Sydney Allison lost in the first round 6-0, 6-2 to the No. 2 seed from Johns Island in the Girl’s 12 Singles Green Dot. In the consolation, Allison won her first round and then lost in the semi-finals 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 1-0 to a player from Daniel Island.  

In the Girl’s 12 Doubles, Katherine Harper/Sydney Allison lost 8-0 in the finals to a team from Charleston/Johns Island.

Late results - In the recent Randall Heffron Memorial Tournament held April 8-10 in Mount Pleasant some late results came in with 8-year-old Mia El-Kheddiwi and 10-year-old  Laurel Case winning two matches including the finals to claim the Girl’s 12 Doubles Green Dot Championship title.

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 1977 and has approximately 200 players every year.

Matches are played every Monday evening at 6pm 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 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 843-650-5505 or email: to declare your team.

Prestwick news

Prestwick’s Member Guest Tournament will be held May 13-14 with matches beginning at 8:30am 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.   

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 boy’s event will be played this weekend, April 22-24 and the 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 more information, check out their Tournament ID: 700029116 or call 843-449-4486.     

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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