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2007 Award - Adult Tournament of the Year Award

Adult Tournament of the Year Award
Awarded annually to a sanctioned adult tournament within the USTA Southern Section which has shown excellence in all aspects of tournament administration.

In 25th Year, Snow Hill/ LLC Tennis Classic
Snow Hill, NC

In eastern North Carolina, you can find a small town between Greenville and Goldsboro with a population of roughly 1700. Not many know about Snow Hill, but when the last weekend of August arrives, most tennis-playing Carolinians look forward to its local tennis event. In 1982, the first ever “Snow Hill Tennis Classic” took place so that tennis players would not have to travel out of town to play in a tournament. Tournament Director Bobby Taylor had 40 participants from the surrounding counties who competed in men’s open singles/doubles and men’s over 35 singles. They raised approximately $300 to benefit the area high school tennis team.

Taylor, still as Tournament Director, set the records this year with the “25th Annual Snow Hill/Lenoir Community College Tennis Classic” at Green Ridge Racquet Club, the tournament site for the last seven years. With 167 participants, proceeds benefiting the LCC Foundation exceeded $9,000. The tournament had a 10% increase in players since 2006 and raised 250% more to assist with scholarships that allowed over ten incoming freshmen to attend the community college in the fall of 2007.

The tournament featured NTRP singles, doubles and mixed at the men’s and women’s levels 3.0 thru 4.5. Players paid a flat entry fee of $25 in honor of the 25th anniversary. At registration, they were given tournament t-shirts, goody bags filled with information and samples from sponsors and consolation brackets. After evening matches, players enjoyed dinner on Friday evening prepared by several volunteers followed by the Snow Hill signature pig-picking with all the fixings featured on Saturday night.

Other nominees include: Banana Open, GA; Michelob Ultra Tennis Classic, LA; Burroughs Diesel Spring NTRP Classic, MS; Litchfield Racquet Club-SC Closed, SC.


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