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Randy Bernard - SC Tennis Hall of Fame
February 01, 2013
 The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and USTA South Carolina are proud to announce two new inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.  These dedicated individuals will be honored at the USTA South Carolina Annual meeting and after their induction their portraits will be hung at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton, SC.
                       James I. (Bud) Spencer is a powerful example of how passion for tennis on a local level can lead to an individual to positions of national importance. Since taking his first office as Vice President of the Low Country Tennis Association in 1993, Spencer has held more than two dozen positions on local, state, regional, and even national committees and foundations. Currently, among other duties, he is a member of the USTA SC Board of Directors, Executive Vice President of USTA Southern, and Chairman of the USTA League Committee.
            Spencer first became involved with tennis in 1976 while on a tour of duty with the Army in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Since travel for Westerners was restricted, he convinced a contracting company to build a couple of tennis courts to help keep his detachment entertained. Spencer continued to play socially throughout his Army career and when he retired he kept his can-do attitude and quickly became involved in the USTA. Through his involvement he has overseen the foundation of four USTA League Programs: Super Seniors, Combo Doubles, Tri-Level, and Flex Leagues. 
            Spencer has been instrumental in the growth of tennis both in South Carolina, and nationally. His influence can be felt in all aspects of the game, and he continues to help grow the game for all players, just as he helped to procure courts for his Army detachment in far-off Saudi Arabia.
            Randy Bernard has dedicated much of his adult life to helping others to learn and love the game of tennis. Bernard has been a teaching pro for over three decades and has been certified by both the US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry for over 30 years. He has been named USPTA Pro of the Year and has received the Pro of the Year Award twice from USTA SC. His expertise has helped his tennis clubs win the USTA SC Club of the Year Award twice, and he was named the Southern Tennis Association State Volunteer Service Award winner in 2004.
            Bernard’s contributions aren’t limited to the tennis court, however. He has been a tireless advocate for tennis in the media, with dozens of articles and interviews to his name. He has also worked extensively with junior players, serving as a coach for the USTA SC All-Star Camp and as a coach at Player Development Camps. His talent in working with younger players was a deciding factor in his selection as the USTA SC Player Development Chairman in 1989. In addition, as a member of the SC Tennis Patrons Foundation’s Board of Directors, Bernard was vital in the establishment of the Kids at Risk Grants, which help underprivileged youth to participate in tennis events and camps. 
            Bernard’s leadership both on and off the court led to his election as the President of the SC Professional Tennis Association for four years. In addition, his dedication to the sport of tennis granted him one of the most prestigious awards in tennis, the Lucy Garvin Award. Bernard has made teaching tennis his life’s passion, and through his efforts he continues to instill a passion for tennis in others.
 
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