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BTA Will Host Five 2014 Tournaments

The Belton tennis Association is scheduled to host 5 tournaments in 2014. Included in the schedule are:

  • April 12
Upstate 10 U Circuit at Belton's Chili Cook-off: This USTA sanctioned tournament is for 10-and-under boys and girls and features a compass draw. The tournament will be played in one day and will take place during the Chili Cook-off in Belton.
  • May 23 - 27
Palmetto Championships presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson: This USTA sanctioned tournament is the state qualifying tournament for junior players in South Carolina. Championships will be determined in both singles and doubles in 5 age divisions...10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U. Matches are played in Belton and Anderson. This will be the 58th consecutive year the tournament has been hosted by Belton. Click on the tabs to the left for detailed tournament information.
  • June 6 - 7
Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD): This doubles tournament features a special athlete and unfied partner in doubles competition. Players are divided into teams, and in the end everyone is a winner! Players come from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama to compete for two days. The tournament is sponsored by the USTA Southern Special Populations Subcommittee. This will be the tournament's fourth year.
  • Sept. 27 -28
Chick-fil-A of Anderson Hall of Fame Classic: This girls high school tournament features eight of the top girls teams in the state. The tournament is flighted and players earn points for their team with wins. Championships will be determined in 5 singles flights and 2 doubles flights. A team champion is named as well as a team sportsmanship award winner. This will be the tournament 28th year.
  • October 3-5
South Carolina Men's Collegiate Invitational - In Memory of Big Jim Russell: This collegiate tournament will feature singles and doubles competition for players competing on a South Carolina college team and will be played over the weekend of the Standpipe Festival in Belton. Most state schools are expected to send players to compete in the 2 1/2 day tournament. The tournament will be played in memory of Jim Russell of Belton. Jim was the Referee of the Palmetto Championships for over 30 years and was a top college tennis official who ran both the ACC and NCAA Men's Championships for many years. Jim died in the summer of 2012.


Michael Dublin's After School Tennis Program [PDF file]


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. Locallly 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


2013 Palmetto Championships
Crowns New Champions
Memorial Day Weekend....May 24 - 28, 2013

The 2013 Chick-fil-A of Anderson Palmetto Championships was played over the Memorial Day weekend. The earlier time was necessary due to the late date public schools in the state dismissed for the summer. Champions were crowned in singles and doubles for boy and girls in 5 age divisions.

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Archived Photos & Details of Previous Palmetto Championships Tournaments


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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