Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. June 18 –BallenIsles Country Club’s Director of Tennis, Trish Faulkner has been awarded by the United States Professional Tennis Association as USPTA Florida Professional of the Year.
“This is a highly deserved recognition for Trish who is not only tireless in her commitment to teaching the sport but has always added tremendous value to the strength of the tennis program at BallenIsles,” General Manager Derrick Barnett said.
The award comes in the wake of a banner year for Faulkner that includes her work as Tournament Chairperson for the 2014 ITF Senior World Championships, one of the largest international Amateur Tennis Events in the world.
The tournament brought together a record 197 teams from 37 different countries for two weeks of exciting tennis competition in Palm Beach County earlier this year.
An international tour player from 1962-1974, winning nine international titles, Faulkner has since been ranked No. 1 in three senior age divisions – 45s, 50s and 55s – for eight years in a row and has won 36 U.S.A. national senior titles. Her greatest accomplishment, she says, was winning the 55-and-over International Tennis Federation World Championship in Perth, Australia, in 2001. She’s also a five-time winner of the World Team Championship for Team U.S.A., ITF Veterans. The recipient of a WTA Special Service Award as well as the Margaret M. Russo National Sportsmanship Award, Faulkner has previously earned special recognition from the USPTA Florida Division and has served on its board of Directors. She has served as the WTA Tour liaison for the USPTA Women’s Committee and was named the USPTA national women’s 45-and-Over Player of the Year in 1998 and 2001. Faulkner has also had her share of personal victories, beating breast cancer twice.
Nestled in the heart of South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles (www.BallenIsles.org) is highly regarded as a unique, private residential community with a distinguished history. Home to some of the world’s top professional athletes and business leaders, it boasts 3 championship courses with 54 holes of golf, 22 world class tennis courts and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex. Pictured: BallenIsles Country Club’s Director of Tennis, Trish Faulkner receiving the USPTA FLORIDA PRO OF THE YEAR Award.
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