The Palmetto Dunes Men's 3.5 tennis team will represent South Carolina in the USTA regional championships later this summer after capturing the USTA 40 and over state championship at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center last weekend.
The group defeated city championship teams from Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Greenwood on their way to the title. The team includes captain David Blair, Burt Willey, Todd Kriney, Rick Radcliffe, Walt Cutsall, Coco Kessler, Curt Batistelli, Barry Bryant, Tom Cambron, Billy Glover, Tim Wolf and co-captains Lee Oppenheimer and John Batson.
The group now moves on to the USTA Southern Section Championships, which will be held Aug. 23-25 in Mobile, Ala. This is the first year of the new 40 and over leagues, which was implemented to give more players more opportunities to participate.
Adult 40 and over league state championships
May 17-20, at Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island
3.0 Men champion: Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club
3.0 Men runner-up: Palmetto Bluff Plantation
3.0 Women champion: Thornblade Club
3.0 Women runner-up: Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club
3.5 Men champion: Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
3.5 Men runner-up: Cobblestone Park
3.5 Women champion: Thornblade Club
3.5 Women runner-up: Topspin Racquet and Swim Club
4.0 Men champion: Rock Hill Tennis Center
4.0 Men runner-up: Spartanburg Athletics Club
4.0 Women champion: Columbia Tennis Center
4.0 Women runner-up: Holly Tree Club
4.5 Men champion: I'on Club
4.5 Men runner-up: Riverside Tennis Club
4.5 Women champion: LTP Tennis
4.5 Women runner-up: South Beach Racquet Club