The 2003 Mark Brown Memorial Tennis Tournament will be at Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez and The Club at Raes Creek in Augusta. The Club at Raes Creek will play host to the adult event July 9-13, and Petersburg will play host to the junior event July 11-13.
The tournament serves as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society's Richmond-Columbia Unit. The Central Savannah River Professional Tennis Association will run the event with other local volunteers.
The junior division is a sanctioned, Georgia Tennis Association Challenger event. Juniors will compete in boys and girls 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under, 16-and-under, and, 18-and-under divisions. The adult compete in men's and women's singles and doubles in 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and open divisions.
Juniors will have a first- and second-round consolation, and adults will play a single elimination format. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 5. All entries need to be mailed or delivered to the appropriate club.
The tournament was named for Dr. Mark Brown, professor of radiology at the Medical College of Georgia for 20 years until his death from cancer. In addition to his dedication to helping people fight cancer, Brown was an exceptional tennis player, serving as director of the Georgia-Carolina Tennis Tournament for many years.
Brown's affiliations and accomplishments included membership on the Junior Davis Cup Team (1946), Eastern Intercollegiate Singles champion, captain of the University of Miami tennis team, and a listing in Who's Who in America.
The upcoming Mark Brown Memorial Tournament will include several fund-raisers throughout the week of play. There will be a silent auction Wednesday through Sunday, July 9-13, at The Club at Raes Creek, where people can bid on various items, most of which are not tennis-related. Also, paper rackets are being sold at the tournament in memory of a loved one or to honor a survivor.
A pro-am tournament will be Saturday, July 12 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the pro-am can be purchased for $5 each, and names will be drawn to pair amateurs with tennis professionals.
All of the fund-raising activities are open to the public, even if you do not play in the tournament.
For more information regarding the adult tournament, call M. Richard Cutler at 738-4122. For information on the junior tournament, call Dave Gleason at 860-9288.
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