The Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament Starts returns to Seabrook Island today, Wednesday, October 2! Approximately 240 players from 20 states will compete. Many of the players are ranked Seabrook and Kiawah players, as well as numerous professional tour players including Bret Garnett, whose career includes competing at the Australian and US Opens, as well as Wimbledon. Brett is paired with a life-long friend, Mike Kiser, Director of Tennis at Seabrook. Their opening debut is Friday at 2:00 pm.
Come, cheer on the players and watch competitive tennis! You will also have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for some incredible gifts including a 50 inch television, a generous basket from Kiawah Medical Spa as well as Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery, a four-night stay at the Yonahlossee Resort in Boone, NC, tickets to the Volvo Open, and original artwork just to name a few. Money raised from the raffle will benefit this year’s beneficiary, Sea Islands Blessing Basket. Play opens on Wednesday and continues through the finals on Sunday. Admission is free.
Two Seabrookers kick off play on Wednesday: John Burich and Charlie Septer at 4:00 pm.
Thursday begins a full day of play starting at 9:00 am. Highlights include:
Bernie McGuire, SC Hall of Fame player, playing at 9:00 am
Terr Cherry playing singles at 9:00 am
Walt Kennedy playing at 9:30 am
Andrea Hines and Gail Warden at 10:45 am
Robert Cherry and Grady Willis start at 12:15 pm
Rich Goheen and Chip Olsen playing at 12:30 pm
Gary Bowers and Barry Goldstein at 12:30 pm
Paul Tateo and Jeb Courtney playing at 1:30 pm
Kathy Bruce and Nan Steen playing at 1:45 pm
Sue Carpenter and Jackie Cocchiola at 2:30 pm
Andrea and Harvey Hines playing at 3:30 pm
Jack and Diane Barker also at 3:30 pm
Ken Steen and Ron Ross are scheduled for Thursday afternoon (awaiting specific time).
The tournament committee would also like to thank J McLaughlin for the sip and shop event held at the store last week. They donated 15% of the proceeds from the event to the Sea Islands Blessing Basket.
-Submitted by Patti and Dale Leibach