USTA Southern Announces Award Recipients
Atlanta, GA — USTA Southern has announced its recipients for the 2009 awards given for tennis excellence on and off the court. With over 25 categories, winners will be recognized during the USTA Southern Annual Meeting in January at the Atlanta Perimeter Marriott Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The awards luncheon will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2010.
Volunteer members of the Awards Subcommittee and numerous other USTA Southern committees have selected winners from candidates nominated by USTA district staff and volunteers in the nine states which represent the section.
Winners of two of the most prestigious awards — the Jacobs Bowl and the Charlie B. Morris Jr. Service Award — will not be announced until the Hall of Fame banquet on the evening of Saturday, January 16. USTA Southern has added two awards to the list this year giving recognition to the growing success of the Tennis on Campus program, with a Club of the Year and a Leader of the Year award. Those will be given on Friday, January 15.
Winners for the DeWitt Redgrave III Junior Achievement award will be announced later in the year. The award is given to a male and female ranked in the 18s division in recognition of their tennis performance and sportsmanship. A decision can not be finalized until competition is complete for 2009.
Here are our 2009 USTA Southern award winners:
- Adult Tournament of the Year: Pink Ribbon Tournament; Gulfport, MS
- Bill Ozaki Junior Sportsmanship Award: Caroline Price; Duluth, GA
- Charity Tennis Event of the Year: 2009 Baton Rouge St. Jude Classic; Baton Rouge, LA
- DeWitt Redgrave III Junior Achievement Award: TBA
- Educational Merit Award: Paul M. Pautsch; Bella Vista, AR
- Gerrie Rothwell Award: Kathy Hinrichs; Kenner, LA
- Jr. Team Tennis Organizer of the Year: Lisa Bowen; Watkinsville, GA
- Junior Tournament of the Year: Georgia Junior Qualifying Championships; Macon, GA
- Local League Coordinator of the Year: Chris Walling; Atlanta, GA
- Marc Kaplan Media Excellence Award: Larry Simpson; New Orleans, LA
- Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award: Mark Sari; Sumter, SC
- Member Organization of the Year: Western Arkansas Tennis Association; Fort Smith, AR
- Mickey McNulty Family of the Year: The Carter & Bernadette Boyd Family; Shreveport, LA
- NJTL Chapter of the Year: James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation, Inc.; Birmingham, AL
- Slew Hester Female Player of the Year: Mariana Hollman; Winston-Salem, NC
- Slew Hester Male Player of the Year: Gordon Hammes; Durham, NC
- Southern Tennis Professional of the Year: Bobby Walker; Lake Charles, LA
- Special Tennis Event of the Year: Harrison/Hancock Community Tennis Association Quickstart Tennis Event; Biloxi, MS
- Team Tennis Event/Program of the Year: USTA South Carolina Jr. Team Tennis State Championships; Sumter, SC
- Tennis Official of the Year: Linda Duke; Hot Springs Village, AR
- Tennis On Campus Club of the Year: University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
- Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year: Alex Tuna; Duke University, Durham, NC
- Wheelchair Player of the Year: Johnny McGinn; Jackson, MS
- Wheelchair Tournament of the Year: PTR/ROHO 14,000 Wheelchair Tennis Championship; Hilton Head, SC
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