When Lindsay Benton became Director of Tennis at the Chapel Hill Country Club in 1988, the state’s USTA chapter had just two teams registered on its books.
Now, Chapel Hill fields USTA-affiliated tennis teams for juniors ranging from 6 through 18 years old, making it the most successful juniors team program in North Carolina. For spring 2015, the Chapel Hill Country Club already has registered 21 total adult teams, by far the most ever for the club.
Those are just some of the reasons the U.S. Professional Tennis Association has named Benton its North Carolina Tennis Director of the Year.
The award, bestowed at the 2015 USTA-NC Tennis Weekend on Jan. 23 in Pinehurst, acknowledges Benton’s accomplishments over the past 35 years as a tennis professional and as the Director of Tennis for CHCC for the past 26 years.
Benton was presented with the award by fellow USPTA pro Aaron Peterson, who grew up taking lessons from him at Kiawah Resort in S.C. and then continued with him when Benton joined CHCC.
Under Benton’s direction, the Country Club steadily has increased its adult USTA and Triangle tennis participation each year, with 40 teams in 2013 and 45 in 2014.
In 2013, CHCCs 8 & under team won the USTA Junior Team Tennis State Championships and in 2014, CHCCs junior team tennis 10-Under team was the state and Southern Section State champion.
The CHCC’s program grew in December when Mic Wallace was named its new head tennis pro.