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Champions determined in Spring Tennis League

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Brunswick County Tennis Association (BCTA) held its end of the Spring Tennis League round robin May 17 at South Brunswick High School. The round-robin format includes a random pairing of players who play five games then rotate to the next partner. There were 48 players (which is a record number for BCTA) attending the event and the six courts at SBHS were full all morning. It was a picture perfect day for tennis with the temperature in the 70s and not much wind.

The BCTA has two men’s leagues consisting of an Advanced League with six teams and a Regular League with four teams. The women have three leagues consisting of an Advanced League with seven teams, a Regular League with four teams and a Friendly League consisting of two teams.

Scoring for this year’s league play was changed to number of courts won and number of courts lost. A league match consists of two doubles teams competing for a potential of two points per match. The women’s Advanced League was a close race with Barbara Accurso’s Winding River team winning by a margin of two points over Karen MacKinnon’s St. James team. The women’s Regular League was won by Nancy Fultz and Connie Neuner’s St. James team edging Mitzi Liekweg’s St. James team by three points. The women’s Friendly League was won by Carla Garr’s St. James team over Mary Brown’s St. James team by four courts.

In men’s action, Karl Busch’s Oak Island team won the Advanced League, beating Dave Gongora’s Calabash team by three points. The men’s Regular League ended in a tie between Jim McLoughlin’s St. James team and Jerry Ramsey’s Southport team. McLoughlin’s team was declared the winner by edging Ramsey’s team in head-to-head competition.

The BCTA now consists of more than 330 members with more than 200 participating in leagues. The BCTA leagues are active in spring and fall competition. The Association is actively seeking more members to increase tennis play in Brunswick County. Sarah Benjamin is the membership chairperson and she can be reached at www.bcta.net.

The tennis organization is going to attempt to establish ladder matches for both singles and doubles as well as continue the summer round-robin play at WBHS. Mike Richardson, current BCTA President, said, “We are planning to survey members with the intent of expanding our special event offerings.”

Karen Holbrook is the youth tennis chairperson and is adding programs for other age groups in cooperation with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

“We are adding programs for more age groups and skill levels,” she said, “We hope to increase the number of children we serve and build a base for increased tennis participation in Brunswick County.”

Additional information and sign-up can be accomplished by contacting Brunswick County Parks and Recreation at brunsco.net or calling 253-2670.