SIKESTON ? The Ed Nunnelee Memorial Tennis Tournament not only showcases some of the area?s best tennis talent, but also benefits a great cause.
Tournament organizer Tom Nunnelee started the event 15 years ago in memory of deceased brother Ed, a former Sikeston High School tennis and basketball player.
Proceeds from the tournament go toward the Ed Nunnelee Scholarship Fund, which each year awards a college scholarship to a Sikeston High School senior boy and girl.
Chris Matthews serves as this year?s tournament director, assisted by co-
directors Joe Childress and Bob McCord III.
Tournament play begins today at 8:30 a.m. with the junior division, then continues with adults on Saturday and Sunday. Matches will be contested at the Sikeston High School and Sikeston Country Club tennis courts.
Junior age brackets for boys and girls are as follows: 12-and-under, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18, with both singles and doubles in each group.
The adult brackets include men?s open singles and doubles, men?s ?A? singles and doubles, men?s ?B? singles and doubles, women?s open singles and doubles, and mixed open doubles.
All matches are best two of three sets with a 12-point tie-breaker.
Last year?s junior winners included a local flavor with Campbell Moore of Sikeston in the 12-and-under singles and Kara True of Charleston in the 15
Lindsey Pingel of Cape Girardeau won the girls 13-14 singles and Mallory Barks and Candace Bowman of Poplar Bluff teamed for the girls doubles title.
A Brazilian exchange student Felipe Santos, then living in Poplar Bluff, was a double winner, claiming the 15-16 boys singles title, then joining Andy Clark, also of Poplar Bluff, to win the boys doubles.
Zach Hotz of St. Petersburg, Fla., while visiting relatives in Sikeston, captured the 13-14 boys singles championship.
The adult division was washed out after one match. Jason Conley of St. Louis defeated Drew Mustin of Olney, Ill., for the singles crown.
In the event of rain, this year?s event will be rescheduled for June 10, 11 and 12 at the same venues.