Belton Tennis Announces 2018 Tournament Schedule

Belton Tennis Sets 2018 Tournament Schedule

The Belton Tennis Association will host four major tournaments during the 2018 year.

  • Palmetto Championships presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson May 25-29
  • Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) July 13-14
  • Chick-fil-A of Anderson Hall of Fame Classic September 29-30
  • South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Championships October 5-7
  • Chick-fil-A of Anderson Hall of Fame Classic October 14-15

The Palmetto Championships is the South Carolina junior qualifying tournament and has been played in Belton since 1957.  Players who do well in the Palmetto advance on to the Southern and National championships. The tournament attracts 475 of the state’s top junior players.  Championships are determined for both boys and girls in 5 different age divisions (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U).  The Palmetto was recognized with the 2016 9-state USTA Southern Jim Russell Junior Tournament of the Year Award.  More information on the 2018 Palmetto may be accessed at www.beltontennis.com.

Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) features special athletes playing with unified partners in team competition.  The tournament is sponsored by the USTA Southern Adaptive Committee and was started in 2010.  Over 50 special athletes are expected to participate in the 2-day event.  Players come from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

The Chick-fil-A Hall of Fame Classic began in 1987 and features 8 of the state’s top high school girls teams.  Players compete as individuals in their respective flights (1 through 5 singles and 1 & 2 doubles) and wins earn points for their team.  Christ Church is the defending team champion.

The South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Championships began in 2014 and is played in memory of long time local tennis volunteer and official Jim Russell.  Varsity players from state colleges play to determine South Carolina singles and doubles champions.  Participating teams in 2017 included Clemson, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Wofford, Furman, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Winthrop, PC, USC Sumter, North Greenville and Newberry.

Matches will be played at the Belton Tennis Center, Leda Poore Park and Belton-Honea Path High School.  All events are open to the public at no charge.

The Belton Tennis Association operates the 5-court Belton Tennis Center and offers facilities, programs lesson and clinics throughout the year.  The courts are available for public use at no charge both day and night.

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