LCTA September 2023 News and Notes

Notes from Dee Mack

Just a quick note to say “Thank you” to all our LCTA volunteers. 

This includes LCTA Coordinators, Board Members and Captains. Your time and talents are truly appreciated. 

Again, “Thank you” and I hope to see you at the 2024 Annual Captains and Players Meeting on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 at 6:00PM at Daniel Island Club.  

Fee Increase Notification

Beginning in 2024, the LCTA Board has approved a registration fee increase – from $15.00 to $20.00.

As you know over the last several years, the player count within the LCTA has grown dramatically – to the point we are at capacity tennis – meaning every court available to play league tennis is being used.

This has created wear and tear, friction, and the need for improved infrastructure within our tennis facility community.

Given this, the significant majority of the fee increase will be allocated back to our tennis facilities to use for improved court conditions for our players.

The LCTA established a funding mechanism this year to help subsidize our tennis facility costs and our first allotment was a $5,000 allocation to the Summerville Recreation Department to help fund a tennis court refinishing project. All major municipal tennis facilities will be a beneficiary in 2024, and this will improve our LCTA player conditions as well.

The LCTA has always considered itself a “Peoples League” with low costs and a deep seated belief in a Healthy Competitive Tennis Environment

At $15.00, we had one of the lowest registration fees in the country and state of South Carolina:

For example – various USTA League Fees

Northern California – $54.00

Northern Ohio – $43.00

Orlando, Florida – $39.00

Austin, Texas – $35.00

Rock Hill, South Carolina – $25.00

Mid Carolina, South Carolina – $25.00

We appreciate your understanding and we continue our commitment to be the highest quality, value oriented tennis league for our players.

Mixed Doubles State Championships

We had 23 teams with close to 250 LCTA players attend Mixed Doubles State Championships over the last weekend in August, and LCTA teams showed well across the board. 

Two teams emerged victorious, while 3 other teams were runners up. And numerous teams throughout made it to the championship rounds. 

The winning teams were:

William Barrett’s 40 and Over 8.0 Maybank team

Chris Jones’ 65 and Over 7.0 LTPDI team

Runners up were:

Joe Sciortino’s 40 and Over 6.0 Hamlin team

Daniel Strickland’s 40 and Over 8.0 Maybank team

(which lost in the finals to their Maybank compatriots)

Michelle Crivella’s 55 and Over 7.0 Maybank team 

We are pleased to announce that the USTA South Carolina awarded State Championship Sportsmanship Awards to:

Peter Finger
65 and Over Mixed Doubles Captain
(and LCTA photographer – see photo below)

Terry Linker
65 and Over Mixed Doubles Captain

Thank you Peter and Terry for your unique display of sportsmanship and your representation of the LCTA!

LCTA Board candidates 2024/2025

LowCountry Tennis Association Board candidate nominations can be submitted from October 15th until November 15th, 2023.

Candidates must have significant LCTA experience.

Please send nominations to Nancy Pitcairn – chair of LCTA Nominating Committee at: ncpit2@gmail.com

The 2024 Annual Captains and Players Meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 at 6:00PM at Daniel Island Club

Cash Bar

Please RSVP to billennis2@aol.com

See you then!

Journalist Search

The LCTA has been offered the opportunity to publish articles in the Post and Courier on a monthly basis.

We are looking for a talented writer/journalist to help write and edit articles.

This is a compensated position.

If you are interested in being a candidate for this position, please email – billennis2@aol.com.

Thanks!

Junior Player Tournament

Please see flyer below – this is an excellent Junior Player Tournament being supported by the Low Country Youth Tennis Association.

Register: https://bit.ly/LYTACreekside 

“The great part about tennis is you can’t run out the clock – as long as we were playing – I still had a chance”
– Andre Agassi