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Belton to Host Two Fall Tournaments

Belton will be hosting two major tournaments this fall, the Chick-fil-A Hall of Fame Classic September 27-28 and the South Carolina Men's Collegiate Invitational October 3-5.

The Chick-fil-A Hall of Fame Classic was started in 1987 and features eight of the top high school girls teams in the state. This year's field includes all three 2013 state championship teams, T. L. Hanna (AAAA), Travelers Rest (AAA) and Christ Church (AA). Other teams participating are Greer, Clinton, Irmo, Greenville and Belton-Honea Path. T. L. Hanna is the defending tournament champion.

The South Carolina Men's Collegiate Invitational is being played in memory of Big Jim Russell. Russell was a longtime Belton tennis volunteer who was considered among the top collegiate officials in the country. Players from most colleges in the state will be sending players. The tournament will be played the same weekend as the Standpipe Festival.

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Palmetto Championships Has Record Entries

Palmetto 2014 18U WinnersThe 58th Palmetto Championships presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson ended Saturday with 8- and-under matches played at the Belton Tennis Center. A record 457 players entered this year's tournament. Play began on Friday, May 23 and continued through the finals on Tuesday morning, May 28 followed by the 8-and-under tournament Saturday. Matches were played on 56 courts throughout Anderson County.

Palmetto 2014 JudgesTournament Director Red Maynard stated the large number of entries provided both a challenge and an opportunity to the tournament. "We used every hard court I know about in Anderson County....55 of them at 11 different sites....and we needed them to get all the matches played. Thank goodness for great weather. We had thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon, but we were far enough along in the day that it didn't cost us many matches and we caught up early on Monday. The main part of the tournament finished on schedule with singles finals Tuesday morning followed by 5 doubles finals. When you're as spread out as we are it's a real challenge, but I have to credit our staff and officials for again doing a wonderful job. There will always be some problems and issues when you have this many players Action Photoand matches, but we held them to a minimum and handled them as best we could. The players, parents and coaches were all great in helping us make it work. Chick-fil-A was great as always. They were on site constantly welcoming the players, giving away lemonade and cookies and helping with special events. We especially enjoyed having The Cow with us many times. He's a true legend! Having such a large turnout provided us a great opportunity to showcase our tournament and our area. We're especially proud of the new tennis courts at Leda Poore Park, and we received many compliments what we did there."

Only a few local players participated in this year's tournament. Marissa Trumbull entered the Girl's 18-and-under, but was unable to play as she was a Marshall at B-HP's graduation on Saturday morning which conflicted with her first match time. Ethan Smith played in the 10-and-under and Maggie LeCroy and Boyd Maynard participated in the 8-and-under.

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Archived Photos & Details of Previous Palmetto Championships Tournaments


Rex Maynard Receives Charles Morris Award

Rex Maynard receives Charles Morris AwardBelton's Rex Maynard was named the Charles Morris Award recipient during the USTA Southern Annual Meeting in Atlanta on January 18. The award is presented annually to the volunteer who best exhibits exemplary volunteer spirit at the local, state, sectional or national levels. Maynard is the second person from Belton to receive the award; Jim Russell was the recipient in 1999.

Maynard has been active as a tennis volunteer over 35 years. Locally he serves as the Tournament Director of the Palmetto Championships and the Special Population Unified Doubles tournament. He established and continues to be the chairman of the Hall of Fame Classic. He has served numerous terms on the Belton Tennis Association Board, and as president and treasurer. He continues to work with children in the local 10-and-under Quickstart program. This year Rex secured a $100,000 grant from a local company and worked with the City of Belton to begin rebuilding and enlarging the tennis facility at Leda Poore Park.

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T. L. Hanna Sweeps 27th Hall of Fame Classic
in Belton September 28 - 29, 2013

2013 Hall of Fame Classic - Group PhotoT. L. Hanna won every match to earn 42 team points and the 2013 Hall of Fame Classic Championship. The Yellow Jackets, coached by Rob Spencer, were the defending tournament champion, having won in 2012 with 32 team points. Their 21 match wins and 42 team points both set tournament records. The previous best was Myrtle Beach in 1990 when they won 19 of 21 matches and earned 39 team points.

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Archived Photos & Details of Previous Hall of Fame Classics


2013 SPUD Tournament Played June 21 - 22

Belton hosted the 4th SPUD (Special Populations Unified Doubles) tennis tournament June 21 & 22.

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Archived Photos & Details of 2011 SPUD Tournament


Belton, South Carolina: Free public tennis but not during church
Article reprinted with permission from Tennis stories,
July 22, 2012

Stories of people's lives in tennis

Click for larger viewFirst Baptist Church of Belton owns the land across the street, where the Belton Tennis Center is located. The church leases the property for $500 a year to the privately funded public Tennis Center, where anyone from anywhere can play anytime for free on the courts, any day of the year. Except Sunday before noon.

“You can’t play while church is going on,” said Rex Maynard, who runs Maynard’s Home Furnishings nearby. “I’ve walked out of the Baptist church some morning and somebody’s over there playing tennis. And I’m over there saying, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t play till after noon.’

“Somebody from out of town doesn’t know. They don’t mean any harm. They just saw tennis courts and went and played.”

Maynard (above in red, with Drew Durden at the Special Populations Unified Doubles [SPUD] tournament in Belton) began playing tennis at 8 years old.

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