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Georgia Sends Five Teams to 2016 Finals

September 20, 2015 10:59 PM


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Five teams from Georgia reached the finals of the 2016 USTA League Adult 55 & Over Southern Sectional Championships. which was played in Asheville, N.C., Sept. 16-18.

An Atlanta team won the Men’s 4.0 crown while Georgia teams from Athens, Marietta, Snellville and Tyrone fell in the final three-match contest. Two teams from metro Birmingham, Ala., were victors in the tournament of teams from nine Southern states.

Approximately 720 players on 72 teams competed in the tournament. The 55s teams battled for the right to represent USTA Southern in the USTA League Adult 55 & Over National Championships in Surprise, Arizona. The 3.0 and 4.0 teams will play Oct. 21-23 and the 3.5 and 9.0 combined teams will play Oct. 28-30.

The Asheville Racquet Club Downtown served as the tournament headquarters. Matches were also played at the club’s South facility, Aston Park Tennis Center, Henderson Racquet Club, TC Roberson High School and Erwin High School.

Champions and finalists were:


Hometown - Captain/s

Hometown - Captain

in final

Men’s 3.0

Pelham, Ala.
Mike English

Wilmington, N.C.
Michael Smith


Men’s 3.5

Baton Rouge, La.
Randy Braud

Jackson, Miss. (B)
James Brown


Men’s 4.0

Atlanta (B)
Terry McCain

Athens, Ga. (A)
Tal Hutto/Nick Nickerson


Men’s 9.0 combined

Louisville, Ky.
Bryon Miller

Marietta, Ga.
Danny Carlson


Women’s 3.0

Nashville, Tenn.
Susan Castelli/Louise Davis

Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
Mary Bonsall/Elizabeth Morey


Women’s 3.5

Little Rock, Ark.
Debbie Worthington

Snellville, Ga.
Debra Shannon


Women’s 4.0

Birmingham, Ala.
Linda Metrock/Mindy Long

Rock Hill, S.C.
Madlen Barnett


Women’s 9.0 combined

 Charlotte, N.C.
Debbie Carmazzi

Tyrone, Ga.
Jan Kirkland-Cochran


This year’s event drew the top teams from throughout the section’s nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Many of the teams – which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations – have finished at the top of their local leagues or are noted as top teams in their respective states.

The 2016 tournament is presented by USTA Southern in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 27th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.