Tennis Pros at Kiawah

Our Tennis Pros

Jonathan_BarthJonathan Barth
Director of Tennis

Jonathan is from Charleston, South Carolina. As a junior player he was ranked in the top ten for South Carolina and was a member of the Bishop England High School tennis team, which won the South Carolina State High School Championships four consecutive years. He played college tennis at the College of Charleston. In 2005 and 2006 Jonathan and his wife Meredith won the USTA National Husband/Wife Indoor Championships and are currently ranked #1 in the United States in the Husband/Wife division. He was also ranked #5 in the United States in the Father/Son division with his father, Roy in 2003. He is a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff and the K-Swiss Advisory Staff, and is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Jonathan has been with the Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1993. Jonathan received the 2016 USTA-SC Pro of the Year and the 2016 USTA-Southern Pro of the Year awards at each respective annual meeting.

Roy_BarthRoy Barth
Director Emeritus

Roy Barth, Director of Tennis – Roy Barth has been Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for over 37 years. Roy has an outstanding tennis background as a player, teacher, professional, and administrator. He won numerous national titles as a junior player out of San Diego, California. He attended UCLA where he received a BA in Economics. As an All-American at UCLA he reached the doubles semi-finals and finals of the NCAA Championship. Barth ranked as high as #8 in men’s singles and #2 in men’s doubles and reached the top 50 in the world in men’s singles on the pro tour.

He settled down in Charleston, SC in 1976 as Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. He currently manages two tennis centers at Kiawah with twenty-eight courts. Kiawah’s tennis operation has been ranked #1 in the United States of the Top 50 US Tennis Resorts by Tennis magazine and #1 in the world by Barth was a founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as well as President of the USTA-South Carolina and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundations. He was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999, and the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Also in 2007 the Roy Barth Family won the USTA Family of the Year award.

Barth has been a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) member for over twenty-five years. He was honored PTR Pro of the Year in 1990 and was selected as a PTR International Master Pro in 2007. He currently is serving on the PTR Board as the Treasurer.

Barth’s articles have been published in Tennis magazine:

  • Improve Without Changing Your Strokes
  • 5 World Class Moves
  • Use ‘Hand Leverage’ To Power Your Game
  • Hit a Forehand Volley – Having both hands working together is the key to this shot
  • Doubles Clinic: On Guard – Adjust your ready position against big hitters

In addition, Barth has authored an instructional booklet entitled Tips For Better Tennis. In the instructional program on Kiawah Island, the pupil’s past instructional concepts are complemented and not contradicted by emphasizing certain concepts he has developed, which automatically help improve one’s game. Barth believes that the player must master control first, before attempting to increase power in the game. The booklet is given out to all vacationers who participate in the camps. It can also be purchased in the tennis shops.

david boydDavid Boyd
Head Tennis Professional Roy Barth Tennis Center

David is from Atlanta, Georgia where he was a highly ranked junior tennis player. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 where he walked-on making the 1988 Men’s Tennis Team. He is a member of the Prince Pro Team, K-Swiss Advisory Staff, and is a certified tennis professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). David has been with Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1998.

Langdon_BrockintonLangdon Brockinton
Teaching Professional

Langdon is from Charleston, S.C. where he became one of the top juniors in Charleston and South Carolina. He was ranked as high as #5 in Boy’s 18’s singles and #1 in the 21-and-under singles in South Carolina. He won the City of Charleston Men’s Singles Open title twice and competed in his collegiate career at Furman University where he played #3 singles and #2 doubles. Forman won the Southern Conference team title twice during Langdon’s collegiate career. He was a three-time all-Southern Conference player at Furman. He teamed with Roy Barth to win the 50’s doubles title at the 2009 Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship and was a member of the winning 2016 South Carolina Senior Cup team. Langdon has been at Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2006.

ryan blankenbakerRyan Blankenbaker
Teaching Professional

Ryan is from Casey, Illinois. In high school tennis his team reached the state finals for three years. He played his collegiate tennis at Eastern Illinois University for three years. He achieved a top 10 national ranking while competing in the USTA National Father/son Championship. Ryan has been working at Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2007.

santiago fallaSantiago Falla
Teaching Professional

Santiago was born in Colombia, South America. He was the national Colombian Junior Champion in 1998 and 1999. In 2000, he started his college career at Charleston Southern University. While playing at CSU, Santiago was ranked 18th in the south, and his team won the Big South Conference title in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He taught at Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Florida and Seabrook Island Club before coming to Kiawah in 2014. He has also worked with Colombian ATP and WTA touring professionals during the grand slam tournaments such as the French, Wimbledon, and the US Open. He has been a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) since 2006.

Lauren NeeleyLauren Neeley
Teaching Professional

Hailing from Redding, Connecticut, Lauren played Division I tennis at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she captained her senior year. She was the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Endicott College. Lauren then became a Fitness and Tennis Coordinator at Tenacity, a nonprofit organization in the Boston Public Schools that teaches tennis to inner city kids. Afterwards, Lauren became the Head Tennis Pro at Snowmass Club in Aspen, Colorado for three years. Lauren, a PTR certified pro, has taught at various clubs around the country, including Chatham Bars Inn, Rolling Hills Country Club and The Washington Club.  She joined the Kiawah Island Golf Resort staff in the summer of 2018.

jackson keithJackson Keith
Teaching Professional

Jackson Keith, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, joined the Roy Barth Tennis Center in the spring of 2018. He grew up playing USTA tournaments and attained top-five state and top-50 South rankings in Juniors. As a high school senior in 2011, he won a state championship with Dorman High School. He played Division I college tennis at Wofford College, where he primarily played number-three singles and number-two doubles. Jackson served as an assistant tennis pro for two summers at DeBourdieu Tennis Club in Georgetown, South Carolina and, while still at Wofford, also taught tennis camps with Rod Ray.

“The clay tennis courts were beloved by my husband and son.”
–Deege  |  Herndon, VA

“The structure of the tennis pros was wonderful. We loved the pro doubles game on Monday night.”
–Uhl  |  Sparkill, NY