Originally created 08/02/97

Tennis championship begins today



The Georgia State Closed Tennis Championships begins today at various sites around the area.

The event for boys and girls 10-18 will be held at Newman Tennis Center, Forest Hills Racquet Club, West Lake Country Club, Petersburg Racquet Club, Fleming Park and North Augusta's Riverview Park.

Forty-three area tennis players will be participating in the event that begins today and concludes on Thursday. This is the last two-point tournament of the year for junior players which helps determine a player's state ranking.

Colt Gaston, the No. 1 ranked 12-and-under boys player in the state, from Rome will be here. Gaston, who received a bye, will take on Kevin Sprague, who also received a bye, in a round of 32 battle at 1 p.m. at West Lake Country Club.

"He (Gaston) was late entering the tournament," said Dick Hatfield, who helps runs the tournament. "If we had not re-worked the draw, he wouldn't have gotten in."

Area players in the 12-and-under boys draw include Peyton Bell, Woody Blount and Harley Nalley.

Augusta's Neil Shine is seeded No. 1 in the boys 10-and-under draw. Shine, who received a first-round bye, will meet the morning survivor of Kevin King and Edward Inscoe at noon at Riverview Park.

Walter Jordan is also in the draw and received a bye into the quarterfinals. Jordan will have a quarterfinal match against the survivor of Pierce Spencer and Tom Hollis at 12:30 p.m. at Riverview Park.

Augusta's Cary Gibson is seeded No. 1 in 10-and-under girls. Gibson, who received a bye, will meet the morning winner of Cat Dunleavy-Shannon Logsdown at noon in a quarterfinal match at Newman Tennis Center.

The other area player in the bracket is Martha Nalley, who will take on Mallory Moye at 8 a.m. at the Newman Tennis Center. If Nalley wins, she would face No. 2 seed Alexandr Raffalouich at noon in the quarterfinals.

Will Hudson is seeded No. 4 in boys 14-and-under and received a bye into the round of 32. Hudson will meet the Westin Galloway-Morgan Moye survivor at 2:30 p.m. at Petersburg.

Other area players in the bracket include Nathan Tingen, Viet Nguyen, Andrew Bigham and Paul Michael.

In boys 16-and-under action, Evans' Anil Chawla will take on John Held at 8 a.m. at Forest Hills. If Chawla wins, he would take on top-seeded Subash Patel at 2 p.m.

Area player Donald Jones takes on Pete Parekh in an 8 a.m. match in the bracket.

Evans' Ricky Makerson is seeded No. 2 in boys 16-and-under and has a bye into the round of 32. Makerson will face the Wesley Davila-Arjun Jayaraj survivor at 5:30 p.m., Newman Tennis Center. In boys 18-and-under, Martinez's Trey Perdue takes on Rakash Parekh at 10:30 a.m.

If Perdue wins, he would face No. 2 seed Bo Bryant Mewhorter in a Round of 32 battle at 3:30 p.m., Newman Tennis Center.