The 32nd annual Bucky Copeland three day Tennis Tournament was recently held at Sweetwater Country Club on December 5th. The tournament, named after well-known local tennis player Bucky Copeland, was established to raise money to yearly fund a full ride scholarship to a member of the Rollins College tennis team. The scholarship, valued at $70,000, represents the Copeland family’s commitment to the memory of their son and the sport he loved.
Bucky Copeland was destined to be a tennis player. His father Norm was the tennis coach at Rollins College and Bucky, along with his siblings Terry, Kevin, and Candie, spent their days on the tennis court with their Dad and his students. Bucky developed his game playing #1 singles and doubles at Lyman High School. He, along with his tennis partner, local professional Stan Aranda were All Americans in doubles and Bucky played #2 in singles. Upon graduation he went to Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College) on a full ride scholarship. Bucky continued to compete after college and rose to #3 in singles and #1 in doubles for the Men’s Open division all while working as the head tennis professional at Sweetwater Country Club under the direction of tennis directors Bill and Nata Triese.
Spending time on the tennis court was not all that Bucky enjoyed. He was also an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish and surf. Unfortunately, his life was tragically cut short in a car accident while driving home from a day of surfing at Sebastian Inlet.
Bucky’s parents Norm and Harriett Copeland along with Bill and Nata Treise wanted to find a way to remember Bucky as well as give back to the game he loved, so they founded the Bucky Copeland Tennis Tournament. The event not only gives tennis players an opportunity to compete and contribute to the local scholarship but honors the memory of a man that loved life and the great game of tennis.
And the winners were…
Mens 65 Champions- Pete Corum & Jay Nelson
Runners Up- Jeff Zuick & Ed Carpenter
Mixed Doubles Champions- Art Raptoulis & Elissa DeCampli
Runners Up- Alan Connery & Fiona Shannon
Men’s Open Champions- Sam Eubanks & Ryan Rogers
Runners Up- Kevin Copeland & Trip Porterfield
Club Champions- Brian Smith & Rocky Gentile
Runnners Up- George Duryea & Frank Volice