June 11, 2003
Camilla- Two former University of Georgia All-American's top the list of this year's field in the 28th annual Camilla Pro Tennis Invitational. Jamie Laschinger and Steven Baldas are two of four newcomers to this year's event which is widely known as the top senior event in the nation.
The Camilla Invitational begins this friday at the Mitchell-Baker service center with a draft dividing the twenty pro's into four teams. Over its 28 years, the invitational has raised close to six hundred thousand dollars for local charities including the service center.
Tournament founder Eddie Williamson says players always love coming to Camilla, not only because of the level of talent, but also the southern hospitality. "It became successful because of south Georgia hospitality. People love to eat in south Georgia and ladies are incredible cooks. So the players come here, and they usually eat in restaurants in large cities, and they just don't eat the home cooking like we do here in south Georgia," Williamson said.
"These guys absolutely love working with the people from the center, with the youth and with the ladies. They give good information and they enjoy it," Tourney Director Jim Hodges said.
The Camilla Pro Tennis Invitational begins Friday morning at 8:30 with pro matches. There will also be a free youth clinic for players ages 18 and under from 4 to 5pm at the Mitchell-Baker service center.
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