BARBARA HORAN: Yellow With Envy: Tennis Heating Up in Sandhills
From one end of the county to the other, it's yellow. No, not pollen this time -- tennis balls.
The Adult Leagues have completed play and eight teams are on their way to the State Championships which will be played July 2-5.
Here is a rundown on our local winners that will represent the local league, The Pines, in this huge tournament.
Two men's teams will compete. Doug Hedges and his 3.5 team will advance, thanks to a solid 5-1 record. The team represents the Mazarick Tennis Center.
The other men's team will be the 4.0 squad from Lawn and Tennis Club captained by Alan Terry. They have a 7-1 record.
The local ladies will have six teams at the tournament. Marge Nurnberg and her ladies out at the Seven Lakes CC took the 2.5 league with a 6-0 season. It is their first league play, ever. Over at CCNC Courtney McGuirt led her 3.0 team to an impressive 10-2 season.
In the ladies 3.5 division two teams will compete. Tove Dolittle and her team from Lawn and Tennis and Mary Bowman's ladies out of Dark Branch each had a 9-3 season. It doesn't get much closer than that.
Ladies 4.0 was a blowout with Meredith Wileses ladies from Highland CC winning with an awesome 11-1 season. At the highest level of play, ladies 4.5, Marion Boyette's team from Legacy Lakes with a 4-1 record.
Another team worth mentioning that recently went to the State Championships and did extremely well was the team of 3.0 Senior Ladies from the Seven Lakes CC Tennis Center. Captain Ally Vogel did a tremendous with her team. During their final match they defeated the team from Lake Norman which actually won the 3.0 level. SLCC just didn't have enough wins to advance.
So it sure looks like the 4th of July weekend will be busy here. If you want to see some pretty exciting matches, drop by any of the following facilities: CCNC, Legacy Lakes, Mid Pines, National Club, New Century Middle School, O'Neal School, Parks and Rec Downtown, Parks and Rec Memorial, Pinecrest HS, Pinehurst No. 6, Pinehurst Resort, Sandhills CC, Seven Lakes CC Tennis Center, Southern Middle School and West Pine Middle School.
Tennis has taken over our county, and we will never be the same. So until next time, we'll see you on the courts.
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