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2004-10-22 / Sports

Tennis

By Ellen Fortson

Scott Powers and Pro Barney Berrier 
welcome league players
Scott Powers and Pro Barney Berrier welcome league players

Columbia League Tennis began this fall with women players armed with powerful rackets, team spirit, and beautiful fall weather. The Plantation Club’s team, Forty–Love Tennis Girls battled Bad Form, a Forest Acres 3.0 team to spin off a season of success for the Plantation Club’s daytime 3.0 tennis team. Adele Wyatt, co–caption of the Forty Love Tennis Girls, predicted a winning season this year.

“Last year we played at the 3.5 level. We gathered some good experience. We should be strong at the 3.0 level this year,” Adele said after the match.

Jane Beach, Lee Rambo, and Linda Rogers are rookies this season.
Jane Beach, Lee Rambo, and Linda Rogers are rookies this season. Linda Rogers, energetic rookie captain of the Bad Form team, considered their first league play a brand new adventure. “The other teams were very gracious winners. They’re really good. They have good serves. We love being out here, though. We hope to give them a good rematch.”

Win or lose, refreshments ease into a social hour that is light–hearted fun. “I love meeting new people and seeing old tennis friends,” said Denise Dunn as she munched on some fruit. “It’s great to be out here. Each match, win or lose, I get something new out of it.”

Adele Wyatt, Beatrice King, and Janet Regan begin fall season.
Adele Wyatt, Beatrice King, and Janet Regan begin fall season. Gathering tennis experience is what league tennis is all about. Bad Form took the plunge into the competition arena, which takes courage, fortitude, and a sense of adventure. But the rewards of learning how to improve your game, play new people, and travel to different courts is always a challenge and very available in the city of Columbia.”

According to Scott Powers, director of membership at The Plantation Club, 85–95% of the members plays league tennis. “Columbia loves tennis, and Columbia seems to be moving towards our Blythewood area. People like its small town charm and the 20–minute accessibility to the downtown area.

To accommodate this growth, The Plantation Club presently has reduced their initiation fee to become the most affordable tennis club in the area. It has four covered courts for rain days, clay courts and hard courts, social facilities, mixers, clinics, and a strong junior program.

Barney Berrier has been the head tennis professional at The Plantation Club for almost six years. His junior program of approximately 50 youths merits the winning players in the CTO Junior tennis league. The Plantation Club’s men’s and women’s league play always has representative teams at the city and often the state level.

“We’re a tennis community,” Scott and Barney agreed.

Fall tennis season swings into motion

Dennis Dunn sweeps low for a winner.

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