A group of tennis players from Clarke-Oconee Tennis Association last month traveled to Surprise, Az., to participate in the National Invitational Tournament for the 3.5 level.
The players, competing in the 65-and-over age group, defeated 17 other teams to win their age group and win the championship.
The team consisted of Allan Armitage, Robert Baird, HD Cannington, Ronnie Boggs, Les Conway, Bill Hoyt, Lamar Moss, Danny Parkinson and Charlie Smith.
“It is crazy what we had to go through to do this,” Armitage said. “Anybody can do anything if they put their mind to it. This age thing, we are old but we hit it pretty well. We managed to bring a national championship home to Georgia, and that is pretty cool.”
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Pictured above: Dr. Allan Armitage, left, and his teammates after winning the national championship in their age group. Photo courtesy of Maria Zampini.