Beaufort Summer Splash!! Tennis Tournament returns to Dataw Island

By Tess Malijenovsky
The Beaufort Summer Splash!! Tennis Tournament is back. Now in its seventh year, the competitive USTA-sanctioned tennis tournament returns to Dataw Island on June 22-24. So far, 133 players have entered the adult tournament hailing from Savannah to Charleston to Columbia and, of course, Beaufort.
The Beaufort Summer Splash!! is one of the three adult tournaments in Beaufort, the other two being at Fripp Island. This is the second year the Beaufort Tennis Association is hosting the anticipated event at Dataw Island Club where contestants will able to play tennis on clay courts and enjoy the resort amenities such as the pool, pub and proshops. For the first time, the tournament will feature “The Player’s Party” at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sweetgrass Restaurant at the Dataw Island Marina. There will be a cash
bar and reservations are mandatory (843-838-2151).
The champion of the tournament wins a large cooler and finalists will receive a smaller cooler. “Every year we try to have different prizes because adults aren’t real into trophies,” said Cathy McGill, tournament director. “We try to find something practical that they can use.” All players get a T-shirt, goodie bag and catered lunch from the Dataw Island Club on Saturday.
Cathy said interested spectators who want to watch the tournament just need to say so at the gate and they will receive a day pass.
For more information, contact Cathy McGill at 843-271-0074 or catmcgill@embarqmail.com.

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