Recreation Briefs, July 29: Haig Point tennis facility honored by USTA

info@islandpacket.comJuly 29, 2012 

HAIG POINT TENNIS FACILITY HONORED BY USTA

Haig Point Club's tennis facility was selected this week as one of seven venues to earn the 2012 Outstanding Tennis Facility Award from the U.S. Tennis Association. The Daufuskie Island tennis club was the only facility in South Carolina chosen this year for the award, which will be presented Sept. 2 at the USTA's semi-annual meeting in New York.

Established in 1981, the award seeks to recognize facilities on the basis of the quality of court areas and surface, court enclosures and lighting, accessories and amenities, and environmentally sound maintenance.

Haig Point earned distinction in the private club category along with four other clubs. Two public facilities also were chosen.

This honor comes on the heels of Haig Point Club director of tennis Ron Gwyn receiving the 2012 Tester of the Year Award for the Southern Division from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.

HILTON HEAD JUNIOR TEAM WINS STATE TENNIS TITLE

The Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Land Sharks captured a state title last weekend in Florence in the Junior Team Tennis state championships, winning the 14-and-under division. The victory qualifies the team for the USTA sectional JTT championships, which will be held Aug. 17-19 in Auburn, Ala.

Members of the winning squad were: Cameron Clark, Madison Dillon, Alex Ittenbach, Molly Lucci, Tate Lucci and Samantha Kriney. The Land Sharks are coached by Eric Wammock, Edward Wood and Jennifer Friend-Kerr.

Hilton Head Beach and Tennis also finished second in the U18 division. That team consisted of Maddy Bauer, Matthew Feldman, Shane Judge, Brad Malool, Shay McAulife, Katie Rankin and Ian Schenkel.

Other PTI Beaufort County teams competing in the state tournament were the U18 Bluffton Bad Cats, coached by Bob Brown, and another U14 Beach and Tennis Land Sharks squad.

LEWIS SISTERS LEAD PACK AT GEORGIA STATE JR. OPEN

Several tennis players from Beaufort County had strong showings in the USTA Georgia State Junior Open held July 14-19 in Rome, Ga., led by a pair of sisters from the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island.

Carolina Lewis, 15, won a three-set battle to win the championship of the Girls 18 Red division, and her sister Jade Lewis, 13, defeated Beaufort's Mary McNeal, 7-6, 6-1, in the Girls 16 Red final. The New Zealand natives then teamed up to defeat Sydnee Wheeler of Hilton Head and her partner Molly Paradies in the Girls 16 doubles final, 8-3.

McNeal was the tournament's Sportsmanship Award winner.

Hilton Head Island's Shannon O'Brien, the top seed in the Girls 14 Blue division, defeated second-seeded Elizabeth Graves of Atlanta to win the Blue championship, 1-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Bluffton's Catie Meighan defeated Hilton Head's Elizabeth Williams in the Girls 14 Blue consolation semifinals.

IJTA'S BERAN WINS TOURNAMENT IN CANADA

Martin Beran of Oakville, Ontario, a 17-year-old rising senior at Hilton Head Island's Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy, recently won the Ontario U-18 championship. He dropped only one set during the tournament, in the process avenging a loss earlier this year to Filip Peliwo, one of the top-ranked juniors in the world.

Beran, who will be competing in the Canadian Championships later this year, begins school in mid-August at Ivan Lendl IJTA.

BLUFFTON BLAZE WIN IN MYRTLE BEACH

The Bluffton Blaze 13-and-under baseball team took first place in the USSSA Global World Series held July 11-15 in Myrtle Beach. The Blaze competed against teams from Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and the Carolinas.

Members of the Blaze are: Tim Ortega, Tad Zmarzly, James Brighton, Grayson Lowe, Trenton Dailey, Kyle Adkins, Shane Clark, Cooper Morgan, Collin Kaiser, Micheal Thigpen and Bryce Denaux. The team is managed by John Major with coaches Kevin Morgan and Ryan Adkins.

HILTON HEAD 'BACK TO THE NEST' SET FOR AUG. 25

The Hilton Head Island High School All Sports Booster Club is sponsoring "Back to the Nest" on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 4-9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Park. The back-to-school event will feature games, slides, food and music. Low Country Boil will be playing from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The event is in need of sponsors. For more information or to become a sponsor, please call Joe Monmonier at 843-689-4806 or Bob Rozek at 843-683-7204.

GATOR FOOTBALL PROGRAM NEEDS COACHES

The Hilton Head Gator Football program is seeking volunteer coaches for the upcoming season. The Gator teams, which participate in the Low Country Youth Football League, need coaches in all four age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Knowledge and experience with the game is preferred.

For more information, call Steve Ruiz at the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center at 843-681-7273.

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