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Annual Awards

2022 CORTA Awards Committee

Jennifer Williams, Chair • Kristine McCalla, Co-Chair
Contact awards@corta.org with any questions!

Each year CORTA takes time out to recognize the tennis community for their love of the game, sportsmanship and dedication to the community.   

 To nominate someone, click the associated link below. Submission of a nominee does not necessarily guarantee presentation of an award. When submitting nominations, you must include the name of the person nominated and fully complete the form for your nominee to be considered.

This perpetual cup is our special friend of tennis award. It is named in honor of Lenora J. Garrard for her unselfish commitment and contribution to the growth of tennis in Columbus and the region. It is presented to the person or persons who have similarly made an individual and unique contribution toward expanding and promoting tennis in our community.

Past Winners:
2001 Mat Swift/John Turner
2002 Judy Pearce
2003 Brenda & Gene Oswalt
2004 Chuck Cumiskey
2005 Helen Martin
2006 Deby Caldwell
2011 John P. Illges, IV Family
2013 Chris Schuster
2016 William White
2017 Bernard Francis
2019 Lauren Isom

This award is given to the person who (a) participates in league tennis, (b)achieves an exemplary win/loss record during the league year, (c) displays high levels of cooperation and unusually good sportsmanship throughout the league year, (d) shows good practice ethics, and (e) possesses a team spirit beyond expectations. Click here to submit your nomination!

Past Female Winners:
2001 Penny Dillon
2002 ChaCha Parmer
2003 Jeri Stewart
2004 Penny Dillon
2007 DeAnne Martin
2008 Michelle Fuller
2009 Donna Foster
2010 Jennifer Vasilescu/Sara Dismuke
2011 Mary Nell Frick
2012 Valorie Harbour
2013 Linda Samples
2015 Jennifer Vasilescu
2016 Penny Dillon
2017 Debi Dinwiddie-Johnson
2018 Valorie Harbour
2020 Ann Mitchell
2021 Helen Powell
2022 Anne Resty

Past Male Winners:
2001 Roger Pearce
2002 Terry Scott
2004 Ed Adams
2005 Terry Scott (USTA Georgia Winner)
2006 Kevin Gunnels
2008 Wayne Keene
2009 Daniel Alvite
2009 Roger Pearce/Steve Thiel
2010 Chris Womack/Canyon Bowie
2011 Kevin Gunnels
2012 Ted Preston/Roger Pearce
2013 Tony Hamilton
2014 Michael Ta
2014 Roger Pearce (USTA Georgia Winner)
2015 Michael Dixon
2016 Mark Hudson
2017 John Crenshaw
2018 Jay Curlee
2019 Blake Tanner
2020 Ned Milstead
2021 Sagar Mody
2022 Matthew Boles

This award is given to the junior who (a) participates in league tennis, (b) achieves an exemplary win/loss record during the league year, (c) displays high levels of cooperation and unusally good sportsmanship throughout the league year, (d) shows good practice ethics, and (e) possess a team spirit beyond expectations. Click here to submit your nomination!

Past Female Winners:
2009 Laura Chapman
2010 Chantel Riley
2011 Abigail Courville
2012 Moksha Doshi
2013 Abbie Dillon
2015 Ruth Wade
2016 Bay Chapman
2017 Caroline Calhoun
2019 Riley Faircloth
2020 Kendall Isaacs
2021 Katelyn Nix
2022 Sally Fowler

Past Male Winners:
2009 Walt Trussell
2010 Brendon Farber
2011 Kristopher Hill
2012 Win Cawthorne
2013 Preston Morpeth
2015 Kyle Zumztein
2016 Lane Cannon
2017 Harry Graham
2019 Sammy Buracker
2020 Connor Landreth
2021 Arkan Gandhi
2022 Ryan Boynton

This award is given to the junior who (a) participates in tournament level tennis, (b) holds a state, sectional, or national ranking, (c) participates in CORTA tennis programs, (d) demonstrates good sportsmanship, and (e) participates in CORTA service projects, thereby demonstrating a willingness to give back to the sport that has given her or him so much. Click here to submit your nomination!

Past Female Winners:
2001 Everett King
2002 Lowrey Williams
2003 Elizabeth White (USTA Georgia Winner)
2004 Sarah Cassman
2005 Elizabeth White
2006 Katherine White
2008 Katherine White
2009 Katherine White
2010 Laura Chapman
2011 Katherine White
2013 Haley Powell
2014 Mary Weston Courville
2015 Gracie Hemmings
2016 Lillie Norred
2017 Mary Weston Courville
2018 Katelyn Greer
2019 Katie Jones
2020 Anna Steiner
2021 Finley Jeffers
2022 Ava Chang

Past Male Winners:
2001 Warren Woolfolk
2002 Mason Stewart
2003 Daniel Harden (USTA Georgia Winner)
2004 Brian Garber
2005 Brian Garber
2006 Adam Sexton
2008 Christian Garay (USTA Georgia Winner)
2009 Christian Garay
2010 Christian Garay
2011 Preston Morpeth
2012 Jonathan Dreelin
2013 Luke Harden
2014 John Wesley Carlson
2015 Edward Tymes
2016 Marcel Dawson
2017 Michael Vance Mercer
2018 Marcel Dawson
2019 EJ Tymes
2021 Marcel Dawson
2022 Andy Jung

This award is presented to the family who in recent years has done the most to promote amateur tennis, primarily on a volunteer basis. All members of the family should participate in some way, either as players or by offering their services in running programs, tournaments, or junior development. Click here to submit your nomination!

2002 The Mike Stewart Family (USTA Georgia Winner)
2003 The William Heard White Family
2004 The Chris Schuster Family
2005 The Adam Centerbar Family (USTA Georgia Winner)
2008 The Adam Centerbar Family
2009 The John P. Illges, IV Family
2010 The John P. Illges, IV Family (USTA Georgia Winner, USTA Southern Winner, USTA National Winner)
2012 The Raj Arora Family (USTA Georgia Winner)
2013 The John P. Illges, IV Family
2014 The Craig Courville Family (USTA Georgia Winner, USTA Southern Winner)
2016 The J. Menza Dudley Jr. Family
2017 The Nathan Guerrero Family
2019 The Evan Isaacs Family
2020 The Ramon Scott Family
2021 The Sungwoo Jung Family
2022 The Glenn Davis Family

This award is presented to the person who exemplifies an unselfish attitude with her or his personal commitment to CORTA by promoting tennis in our community through exemplary volunteer efforts. Click here to submit your nomination!

2001 Sara Dismuke/Jeri Stewart
2002 Helen Martin
2003 Ken Smith
2004 Mary Blackmon (USTA Georgia Winner)
2005 Brenda Oswalt (USTA Georgia Winner, USTA Southern Winner)
2006 Steve Scheer (USTA Georgia Winner)
2007 Dwan Grooms
2008 Barbara Farish
2009 Bernard Francis
2010 Lynn Reis
2011 Russ Hagberg
2012 Adam Centerbar (USTA Georgia Winner)
2013 Michelle Fuller
2014 Bernard Francis (USTA Georgia Winner)
2015 Sandy Pirkle
2016 Linda Gordon/Claudia Smith
2017 Ashley Williams
2018 Brian Smith
2019 Linda Gordon (USTA Georgia Winner, USTA Southern Winner)
2020 Linda Gordon
2021 Mike Williams (USTA Georgia Winner)
2022 Janet Hart

This award is presented to the captain who (a) has been a captain during two seasons in the year under consideration (i.e. fall, winter, spring or summer), (b) has displayed exemplary leadership ability, (c) has great enthusiasm for tennis, (d) has good organizational skills, (e) has served as a good role model for sportsmanship, and (f) has shown a dedication to achieving the goals of CORTA. This award will be selected by the CORTA Adult League Committee.  Click here to submit your nomination!

Past Female Winners:
2002 Jeanne Hackaday
2003 Nancy Ray
2004 Gail Burgos
2005 Susan Culpepper
2006 Bonnie Whitt
2007 Teresa Douthit
2008 Sarah Mathis
2009 Stephanie Lee
2010 Niki Gedroic
2011 Christy McAdams
2012 Joy Shellnutt
2013 Nancy Beach
2014 Noelle Brena
2015 Alexis Miller
2016 Wanda Morpeth
2017 Ashley McCoy
2018 Teresa Ellison
2019 Danielle Ernst
2020 Victoria Green
2021 Melanie Smith
2022 Connie Philips

Past Male Winners:
2003 Bill Douglas/Mark Mims
2004 Adam Centerbar/Richard Galbraith
2005 Sidney Crews
2006 Gene Oswalt
2007 Adam Centerbar
2008 Jeff Ammerman (USTA Georgia Winner)
2009 Richard Galbraith and Al Dean
2010 Doug Gibson
2011 Chris Addison
2012 Greg Yates (USTA Georgia Winner)
2013 Chuck Tharpe (USTA Georgia Winner)
2014 Richard Galbraith (USTA Georgia Winner)
2015 Hal Casion
2016 Ben Malo
2017 David Barrett
2018 Michael Ta
2019 Rob Schwoebel
2021 Bruce Lee
2022 Walter Henry

This award is presented to the captain who (a) has captained at least two seasons of Jr. Team Tennis, (b) provides a safe environment for the players, (c) communicates in a positive way, (d) teaches the fundamentals of tennis through drills and practices, (e) teaches the rules of tennis, (f) directs players in competition, (g) helps players become fit and value fitness for a lifetime, (h) helps players to develop character by demonstration and encouraging behaviors that express traits of caring about others, honesty, respectfulness, fairness, and taking responsibilities. This award will be selected by the CORTA Junior Committee. Click here to submit your nomination!

Past Winners:
2011 Natasha Arora
2012 Charlie Clippinger (USTA Georgia Winner)
2013 Alpna Arora
2014 Meika Hilsman
2015 Nancy Boren
2016 Mike Greer
2017 Kimberly Udy
2018 Sandy Pirkle
2019 Christy Lynch
2020 Eliza Brewer
2021 Sandy Pirkle
2022 Carrie Sigman

2001 Val Boddie
2002 Iana Gibson
2003 Gabriella Brown
2004 Jabez Beazer
2005 Chanceton Scott
2006 Laniese Ross
2007 Ronnie Flores
2008 Kristopher Hill
2009 Jeremiah Harrison
2010 Suleiman Bilal
2011 Jazmine Moody
2012 Kenneth Johnson
2013 Eman Cohen
2014 Jarib Beazer
2015 Ragan Faircloth
2016 Bonnie Kelly
2017 Milagros Tavera
2018 Daniel Torres
2019 Daniel Torres
2020 Arianna Williams
2021 Rose Stephens
2022 Christopher Walker

Past Female Winners:
2009 Anne Lyle Illges
2010 Anne Lyle Illges
2011 Mary Grier Illges
2012 Mary Grier Illges
2013 Mary Grier Illges
2014 Mary Grier Illges
2015 Annslee Reis
2016 Caroline Brown
2017 Caroline Brown
2019 Anna Steiner
2020 Pranati Yadlapalli
2021 Ankita Nukala
2022 Ankita Nukala

Past Male Winners:
2008 Kevin Jacobson
2009 Kevin Jacobson
2010 John Illges
2011 John Illges
2012 John Illges
2013 John Ferguson
2014 Kyle Zumstein/John Fergusson
2015 Kyle Canady
2016 Kyle Canady
2017 Varun Nukala
2019 Taylor Davis
2020 Oscar Jones
2021 Harris Fox
2022 Harris Fox

Past Winners:
2007 Marcos Rivera
2008 Blair Prescott
2009 Blake Bowden/Kevin Jacobson
2010 Laura Chapman
2011 Randee May
2012 Hennsey Ngo
2013 Ellis Bunn
2014 Kazuki Onoe
2015 Yujin Hicks
2016 Rachel Hemmings
2017 Mary Weston Courville/Jacob Yates
2018 Mary Weston Courville
2019 Mary Weston Courville
2020 Maya Boynton
2021 Marcel Dawson
2022 Ben Davis

2003 George Panos
2004 Ken Smith (USTA Georgia Winner)
2005 Bob Offer
2006 Nita Perry
2009 Ken Smith
2010 Ken Smith
2011 Ken Smith
2012 Ron Morrison
2013 Gary Ruzeski
2014 Ken Smith

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