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Sports Last Updated: Nov 7, 2012 - 10:21:14 AM


DI tennis pros score big in SC USTA Awards
By Elizabeth Bush
Nov 7, 2012 - 10:18:34 AM

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Family Circle Tennis Center's Dewey Caulder is the USTA 2012 South Carolina John Newcome Pro of the Year.
Daniel Island Club Pro Ann Harrah was recently named 2012 USTA South Carolina Adult Female Player of the Year.

Two Daniel Island-based tennis pros have earned prestigious recognitions from the South Carolina USTA.  Family Circle Tennis Center pro Dewey Caulder recently received the 2012 USTA SC John Newcome Pro of the Year Award, while the Daniel Island Club’s Ann Harrah was named Adult Female Player of the Year.
Caulder, a Mount Pleasant resident, was recognized by the USTA for being a “vibrant part of the tennis scene at Family Circle Tennis Center.” He was also commended for his “welcoming approach and innovative teaching,” stated a USTA press release on the awards, and for helping to make the FCTC “an exciting nexus of tennis which caters to new players and seasoned veterans alike.”  Caulder, who has been on the Charleston tennis scene for some 25 years, said this is the first time he has received the “Pro of the Year” award. He served at the Charleston Tennis Center from 1987-89, Snee Farm from 1989 to 2003, and from 2003 to the present he has been teaching tennis at FCTC.
“I have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Caulder. “From the youngest kid to the oldest adult, each has something they need and I try to make it fun for them.  I enjoy the interaction with people, and the relationships. It’s more friendship first!”
Harrah, who lives on Daniel Island, has been a pro at the Daniel Island Club for seven years. She has been teaching tennis since 1985, first in Ohio and then New Orleans before coming to Daniel Island. She also serves as the team coordinator for all the Daniel Island Club’s teams. But it was her status as a local tennis player that caught the attention of the USTA 2012 award judges. Harrah plays on several Charleston-based teams, including a mixed doubles team that recently made it to a national competition. The South Carolina USTA recognized her for being “an outstanding player in both league and tournament competition.” Harrah was also part of the championship winning South Carolina team which competed at the Southern Senior Cup. In addition, she helped her league team win both state and sectional titles. Harrah was thrilled to learn she had won the “Adult Female Player of the Year” award, an honor bestowed on her fellow Daniel Island resident and friend, Deanna Vroman, last year.
“I was absolutely flattered!” said Harrah. “I’m flattered to chase Deanna Vroman’s skirt tails! This just proves we really are the best tennis town.”
Recipients will be recognized and receive their awards at the 2012 USTA SC Annual Meeting, presented on December 8 by the City of Aiken.
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