Holding Court!

by Matt McConnell

 Mar 17, 2018 at 12:47 AM

Game, set, dinner!

Exhibition matches have long been a celebrated occasion across the tennis facilities of McConnell Golf; however starting last year, a new twist was added — members can enjoy great food, service, and entertainment right on the court.

“What can be better than dining under the stars while watching local collegiate and professional tennis players compete?” asks Kyle Thortsen, director of tennis operations. “These Dining on the Courts events are a night for the entire family to enjoy.”

In Charlotte, members said “Hola!” to a Mexican-themed menu and matches from local tennis pros.

One of the most exciting matches was the Battle of the Sexes. Former Director of Tennis Eric Winn and current Head Tennis Pro Josh Oxendine represented the men. The women’s team included former Director of Junior Tennis Ana Ruzir and camp counselor Morgan Ingram, who currently plays at UNC-Asheville. The women put up a good fight, but the men prevailed 6-3.

“My husband and I had such a great time at Dining on the Courts,” says member Claire Daniels. “The food was fabulous, and watching the pros play was absolutely a highlight. This was a new, great way to enjoy the club.”

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Title Time

by Brad King

 Apr 25, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Big Winners at Providence 

In Charlotte, Providence Country Club’s 40-and-over women’s team brought home the state championship title in December 2016. This 3.0 team won the USTA State Championship in Goldsboro, NC. “This is a really special team,” says Eric Winn, director of tennis at Providence CC, who won the USTA National Championships in 2016. “One of the players, Alison Priory, was diagnosed with cancer, and that’s why they formed this team last summer.” Priory underwent treatment and was able to play. The team won the city tournament in Charlotte, advanced to the playoffs, then went to State and won the highest prize. They went 3-0 to reach the playoff round. Winning the semi-final match against SET Murray, they advanced to the finals, where they took all three lines against Piedmont Glenn to capture the state title.

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