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Awards & Achievements, May 2011

May 1, 2011 09:41 AM
Kiawah Island named No. 1 tennis resort.
Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in May 2011.
 
Townsend Reaches Semifinals at 50K USTA Pro Challenger Event
Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, GA made her way through quailfying and into the semifinals of the tournament. In qualifying she defeated the top seed in the first round and continued on to win two more matches, earning herself a spot in the main draw. In the main draw of the tournament, Townsend defeated three fellow Americans, before falling to the second seed and world number 203, Alexa Glatch 7-6(1), 6-2.
 
The tournament was held the week of May, 23rd in Carson, CA. Townsend is only a sophomore in high school competing in the challenger level pro tournaments. This result in California is a major step in her young career.
 
Hodge named coach of USTA men's collegiate team
The USTA announced Bo Hodge was among four coaches chosen to lead the 2011 USTA Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Teams, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. The program is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year.
 
University of Alabama’s Bo Hodge, who also coached last year’s team, will be joined by Notre Dame’s Ryan Sachire in leading the men’s team. Hodge, 29, is in his third year as an assistant coach for the University of Alabama’s men’s team, where he has helped lead the Crimson Tide to its 15th and 16th NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two years. Following a brief stint as a touring professional, Hodge served as a coach and hitting partner for Venus and Serena Williams in 2006 and for Mardy Fish in 2007. Hodge played collegiately at the University of Georgia, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2001 NCAA title. Hodge finished both 2001 and 2004 ranked No. 2 in the country, and reached the 2004 NCAA doubles final with current American standout John Isner.
 
Kiawah Island Golf Resort named top resort for fifth time
For the fifth time in six years, readers of the leading on-line tennis travel website, TennisResortsOnline.com has named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world and ranked #1 in Instruction and Programs. The rankings are based on the overall tennis program including instruction, teaching staff, facilities, as well as other resort facilities such as lodging, cuisine, service and value. TennisResortsOnline.com rated Kiawah as the No. 1 resort in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, it dropped to No. 3 before returning to the top spot in 2009, 2010 and in the latest poll that was released this May.
 
Under the direction of Roy Barth since 1976, the tennis program at Kiawah Island has become one of the finest tennis programs in the country. The combination of Barth’s teaching experience and professional background has made him an integral part of Kiawah’s tennis programs. Barth played professionally for seven years during which time he was ranked in the top 50 in the world and competed against such tennis greats like Borg and Connors. In 1990, he was awarded the PTR Pro of the Year, in 1997, Barth was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. He is currently Chairman of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Davis Cup Committee and on the board of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
lete instructional facilities, and are beautifully landscaped with lush shrubbery separating the courts for privacy.
 
For more information, visit www.kiawahresort.com or call 800-654-2924.
 
 
 
 

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