GC Tennis Courts Rededicated During Homecoming

A rededication ceremony of the Greenville College Scott Burgess Tennis Courts was held during homecoming weekend.

When the court is not being used for a ceremony, you will probably find a lot of people taking part in Tennis Lessons on it, however, this weekend this was not the case.

The courts at the complex have been resurfaced. The memorial to Burgess, at the courts, has been renovated and was unveiled Friday.

Major contributors to the project were Jay and Shay Burgess, parents of Scott, and John and Marsha Hammond. John was Scott’s roommate and best friend at Greenville College.

Scott Burgess died in November of 1972 after colliding with another player while practicing basketball at G.C.

The tennis courts, named in his honor, were completed in 1975. Jay Burgess said a large portion of the life insurance proceeds after his son’s death, were donated to Greenville College for the original courts.

G.C. Athletic Director Kent Krober began a campaign this year to resurface the tennis courts. He contacted the Burgesses and Hammonds and they presented their large donations.

At the rededication ceremony, Jay Burgess said Greenville College has meant a lot to him through the years. His wife attended the school and worked there and he personally served on the college board.

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An emotional Hammond said Scott Burgess was a “wonderful guy, a gracious guy, just like his father.”

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Among those speaking at the ceremony were Brett Brannon, Pam Craig, Carl Brannon and Jim Keaster.

The tennis courts are used by the college teams, high school teams and the public.

John Hammond
John Hammond
John Hammond (left) and BJ Schneck, GC Director of Athletic Event Management and Sports Information
John Hammond (left) and BJ Schneck, GC Director of Athletic Event Management and Sports Information
L to R: Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner, Tom Morgan, John Hammond, former GC President Dr. Robert
L to R: Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner, Tom Morgan, John Hammond, former GC President Dr. Robert “Ish” Smith

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John Hammond
John Hammond
Jay Burgess
Jay Burgess
Jim Keaster
Jim Keaster
Carl Brannon
Carl Brannon
Brett Brannon
Brett Brannon
GC Athletic Director Kent Krober (left) and John Hammond
GC Athletic Director Kent Krober (left) and John Hammond