Champions Crowned at 2015 55 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships

March 14, 2016 12:26 PM


See photos of champion and finalists teams.

AUBURN, ALA. – March 14, 2016 USTA Southern crowned six champions at the 2015 55 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, played March 11-13.

South Carolina had three champion teams and two finalists. Hilton Head Island was represented with two of the champions. North Carolina had two finalists.

Men’s and women’s teams with more than 550 players from nine states competed in three levels at the Yarbrough Tennis Center (tournament headquarters) and the Moore’s Mill Club Fitness Center.

Southern Combo 18 & Over and 40 & Over teams will compete March 18-21 in Mobile, Ala. More than 1,500 players are scheduled to play.

In Combo Doubles, the two teammates on court ­must have a combined National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating that does not exceed the level in which the team competes. More information can be found on the tournament’s website, This is the 2015 tournament because teams qualified in local play last year.

Teams emerging victorious were:




Men’s 6.5

Diamondhead, Miss.
Captain: Michael Wellman

Shreveport, La. (A)
Captain: William Hurst

Men’s 7.5

Greenwood, S.C.
Captain: Rodney McAlister

Wake Forest, N.C.
Captain: Jeffrey Kaplan

Men’s 8.5

Hilton Head Island, S.C. (A)
Captain: David Dockum

Mooresville, N.C. (A)
Captain: Mark Robson

Women’s 6.5

Hot Springs Village, Ark.
Captain: Barb Skarshaug

Irmo, S.C.
Captain: Sandra Penland

Women’s 7.5

Sharpsburg, Ga.
Captain: Nancy Jones

Brentwood, Tenn.
Captain: Edna Caldwell

Women’s 8.5

Hilton Head Island, S.C. (B)
Captain: Shannon Lurkin

Mount Pleasant, S.C. (A)
Captain: Patricia Boyd