Tennis Pros at Kiawah

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Roy Barth

Roy Barth

Director of Tennis

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 www.TennisResortsOnline.com. 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.

Johnathan Barth

Jonathan Barth

Head Tennis Professional | West Beach Tennis Club

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.

David Boyd

David 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 1998 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 Brockinton

Langdon 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 Blankenbaker

Ryan 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.

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George Handy

Teaching Professional

George is from Aiken, SC. He was ranked in the top ten among South Carolina Junior players from 1008-2011 and in the top 60 in the South. George was named to the All-State and Region high school teams while playing for Aiken Prep. He competed at Wofford College in 2011 and Coker College in 2012. This is George’s fourth year teaching at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

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Santiago 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.

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Trevor Gotkowski

Teaching Professional

Trevor is from Cartersville, Georgia. As a junior player he was ranked as high as five in Georgia and twenty-five in the South. He excelled in doubles as a junior by winning the Southern 18 & under Doubles Championship in 2012. Trevor played four years of collegiate tennis at Wofford College in South Carolina. His senior year he played number three singles and number one doubles. During his summers in college he taught top level juniors at the Rod Ray/Wofford Junior Tennis Camp and the Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy in Atlanta.

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Brandon Blankenbaker

Teaching Professional

Brandon is from Casey, Illinois where he was a top junior performer receiving High School All-American Honors in 1998. Brandon played collegiate tennis at Eastern Illinois University where he received All-Conference honors both his junior and senior year at #1 doubles and #2 singles. He has been nationally ranked as high as six in father/son national tournaments. Brandon has won three USTA National Men’s Doubles titles with partner, Matt Hane. They include the 2013 Men’s 30 Men’s Doubles Grass Court Championship, and the 2013 and 2017 Men’s 30 Doubles Indoor Championships. Brandon with his brother, Ryan came in 3rd place (bronze ball) in the 2014 Men’s 30’s Doubles Grass Court Championship. He was also a member of the winning SC Senior Cup Team in 2016. Brandon became the National 35 and Over Indoor Doubles Champion in 2017. He has been with Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2005 and is a certified PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) professional.