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Local Tennis Notebook, April 27: Tennisclub of Lowcountry team takes 3rd in Maui

sports@islandpacket.comApril 27, 2014 

The 9.0 Mixed Doubles 40 and over team out of Tennisclub of the Lowcountry at Rose Hill finished third April 15 in the USTA Mixed National Invitational in Maui, Hawaii.

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The 9.0 Mixed Doubles 40 and over team out of Tennisclub of the Lowcountry at Rose Hill finished third April 15 in the USTA Mixed National Invitational in Maui, Hawaii.

Fifty-three teams and more than 700 players across four divisions (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0) were invited to the national tournament.

"The competition was strong and it was very close," team captian Mike O'Regan said. "A few points kept us out of the finals, but that's tennis. We are so proud to have represented our section and proud to say we finished third in the nation."

In its opener April 11,TLC at Rose Hill fell 2-1 to Southern California. But the team bounced back to win two matches April 12 -- 3-0 over Hawaii and 2-1 against Middle States -- and win its flight to advance to the semifinals.

Facing eventual champion Pacific Northwest in the semifinals, TLC at Rose Hill lost a 2-1 heartbreaker. TLC later defeated Northern California, 2-1, to lock up third place.

Team players included O'Regan, Pat Child, Matt Wuller, Donna Bierschenk, Michele Clark, Gavin Cox and Julie Child.

HAIG POINT QUALIFIES MEN'S TEAM FOR STATE

Next month, a men's team will be representing Haig Point in the S.C.State Championships for the first time.

The state championships will be held May 3 through May 5 at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, though numerous facilities in the area will be utilized.

The Haig Point Ferry Guys qualified in the age 55-and-older category (3.5 division) by winning their league flight and then winning a playoff against South Beach, the top team from the other flight in the Hilton Head league.

The team consists of captain Kris Kelley, Frank Blanchette, Chris Butler, Jerry Campbell, Chuck Fowler, Ravi George, Art Helmus, Reagan Hull, Mike Loftus, Dave McKeeman, Bill Miller and Bill Nickels.

GRIDER/MEALS ON WHEELS BENEFIT SET

Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center will host a round-robin doubles tournament from 1 to 6:30 p.m. May 24 to benefit Meals on Wheels and honor the late senior coordinator Don Grider.

Grider was men's coordinator of a pilot U.S. Tennis Association super senior league that evolved from its 1995 beginning here to current national championships in men's and women's divisions.

Proceeds from the round robin and associated silent auction will go to Meals on Wheels/Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. The nonprofit provides noontime meals to 85 to 100 home-bound residents in the HHI, Bluffton and Pritchardville areas.

The tax-deductable entry fee is $35 for players not members of the Tennis Association of HHI and $30 for TAHHI members. Fee include player refreshments and a reception and happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the tennis center. Non-playing guests are welcome at $10 each.

Play for the 1 to 5 p.m. competition will be in two divisions: age 18 and older and age 55 and older in USTA rating levels of 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 and Open.

Entry deadline is 6 p.m. May 21. Forms are available at area tennis clubs, centers and tennis businesses.

Register/details: Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center at www.palmettodunes.com or 785-1152.

BILLY BOB ADDS 160 AGE DIVISION

The 29th annual BillyBob Century Cup Doubles, set for May 9 through May 11 at South Beach Racquet Club, has added a 160-year category to its combined-age playing divisions.

Men's, women's and mixed doubles will be contested with players of combined ages of 80, 100, 120, 140, 150 and 160 years. Individual ages as of Dec. 31, 2014, apply. In addition, rating levels are in effect for all divisions. The 80s combined-age category offers an Open and a 4.0 and below category.

Entry fee is $45 per player for one event; $55 per player if entering two events. Fees include a traditional BillyBob logo shirt and a Friday night player party.

Matches will begin at noon on May 9 in divisions with larger draws. Play will resume May 10 at 8:30 a.m. with finals and some semifinals starting at 8:30 a.m. May 11.

Entry deadline is May 5. Entry forms are available at HHI tennis clubs and shops.

Register/details: South Beach Racquet Club at www.southbeachracquetclub.com or 671-2215.

PTR MOVES

Professional Tennis Registry has moved its international headquarters offices to the PNC Bank Building just off Sea Pines Circle.

PTR, which hosts the International Tennis Symposium, Spring TennisFest, Wheelchair Championships, Special Olympics National Tennis Championships and educational conferences for tennis teachers and coaches, was previously headquartered at Shipyard Resort.

PTR's physical address, previously 116 Shipyard Drive, will be 4 Office Way, Suite 200, Hilton Head Island 29928.

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