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2004 USA Tennis Florida Awards - SPECIAL CATEGORIES

December 22, 2004 07:31 AM

Jim Martz Media Excellence Award
This award is presented by Florida Tennis magazine annually in recognition for excellence in informing the tennis community and general public about state and local tennis news.

Carol Wolff of Naples
“Writer Whiz”

Over the past four years, Carol Wolff has earned a sterling reputation in her role as District 18’s official publicity person. According to District Director Connie Kormanyos, “Tennis in this district has never been so recognized in print as it has been since Carol came on board,” she stated. “She will call clubs on a fairly regular basis to see what is going on. In fact, she has recognized in print individuals here in our district that most of us wouldn’t have known about.” Because Carol is so dedicated to sniffing out a story and providing all the necessary information, she will even enlist the help of her husband Jay and bring along their digital camera to capture images that help illustrate her articles. Whether it be composing articles for Florida Tennis or other tennis publications, Carol can always be counted on to utilize her dedication and enthusiasm to provide the most comprehensive tennis coverage possible.

Official of the Year
This award is presented to the tennis official based on years of service and contributions to officiating.  The recipient is recognized for hard work, professionalism, technical ability, and cooperative attitude.

Malcolm McGregor of Gainesville
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

By his own admission, Malcolm McGregor’s introduction to tennis officiating was a less-than- auspicious one. When he was asked in the early 1990s to be a volunteer scorekeeper at the Women's NCAA National Championships, which were held Gainesville at the time, he readily agreed. However, during his second match, one of the players looked up at him angrily and barked that if he couldn’t update the on-court scoreboard more accurately, he should leave. Although it turned out she was referring to the wrong scoreboard, it certainly wasn’t the warmest of welcomes Malcolm ever received. Nevertheless, his interest was piqued enough to become a certified official and work most of the University of Florida collegiate matches as well as a number of other regional and national NCAA tournaments. Malcolm, who volunteers his officiating skills during exhibitions at his local club, also does a stellar job of umpiring at many junior, adult, and professional tournaments throughout the southeastern United States. He has also earned kudos for his contributions as scholastic chair of the USA Tennis Florida’s Officials Committee. In this volunteer role, he developed tables of pay scales and staffing levels for collegiate duel matches in Florida as well as recommended pay scales for high school tournaments.

Member Organization of the Year
The award is given to an organization in recognition of exceptional service to the tennis community and to its members through junior and adult programs.

Accepting – Dave Beerman
Beerman Family Tennis Center
“Excellence Personified”

Dave and Susie Beerman
June 18, 2004 proved to be a milestone day for Dave and Susie Beerman, for it was on this date that the Lakeland City Courts at Veteran’s Park were officially renamed to honor a beloved tennis family that has been involved with the facility since its inception in 1957. Back then, it was Dave’s father, Carlyle Davis Beerman, who became the first tennis professional at Veteran’s Park. A number of years later, Dave took over the reigns and helped create what has become one of the most anticipated junior events of the year— the USA Team Tennis (y) Summer Sectionals. Over the past 25 years, the Beerman Family Tennis Center has done a stellar job of hosting this prestigious event, which has grown to include over 120 teams and nearly 1,000 players. The facility has also served as a fertile training ground for a number of exemplary players like 2001 USA Tennis Florida Hall of Fame recipient Ben McKown, who has himself come full circle by providing top-notch tennis lessons at the tennis center where he first honed his own precise strokes. 

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