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Nunnelee tourney numbers explode

Wednesday, June 4, 2003

SIKESTON - The 13th Annual Ed Nunnelee Memorial Tennis Tournament concluded over the weekend.

The tournament drew 155 participants which is the largest turnout in the 13-year history of the event.

The turnout was so large that they had to make use of private tennis courts throughout the city to accommodate the contestants.

"Everyone commented on how well everything went despite the number of people," said Tom Nunnelee, brother of the late Ed Nunnelee. "We're very, very pleased with the number of people and in the caliber of players that were here. We really had the best tournament that we have had to this day."

Even though the turnout was larger than expected, it was a welcome site to Nunnelee.

Extra participants means extra scholarship money for students.

"With the larger numbers of people we had, we've added money to the scholarship foundation," said Nunnelee. "With numbers like this, we can certainly hope to raise the scholarship fund every year. We give $750 a year to two high school graduates. It all started at $500. Hopefully we can increase that again. I was very pleased with all the help that we received, especially with the tournament directors and sponsors. We have had a good group of people help make this a successful event."

The tournament was played out without any hitches other than a rain delay on Saturday.

"The tournament went real smooth -- except for a about an hour-and-a-half rain break on Saturday," said Nunnelee.