In 2017, the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis Board welcomes four new board members:
Molly Willis: Molly grew up in Decatur where she attended Lakeside HS and played tennis at Twin Lakes. Retiring board member Lee King remembers the entire family as athletes, having coached her mother’s ALTA team and having played on the same soccer team as her sister, Beth, who was the goalie on the team for 20 years.
Molly has lived on Greystone Road off Collier for the last 25 years. She attended UGA, and has two children, Anne Marie 20 ( AU) and Adam 21 (UVA). Her husband, Jeff, is an attorney at Rogers and Hardin. She plays on a 4.0 USTA and B6 ALTA team at Bitsy.
Clay Scofield: An Atlanta native, Clay grew up in Ansley Park. He played junior tennis at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, and was a ranked Georgia junior player. He won the Jim Causey Award as most promising left hander at the Crackerland Championships run by legendary coach Dan Magill. He was the tennis professional at Ansley Golf Club in 1970 before attending law school.
He played college tennis at Duke University, & got his law degree at UGA. He started his law practice with Hurt, Richardson where he practiced for 23 years before being appointed a US Magistrate Judge in the District of Atlanta until his retirement this past June. He was President of the Atlanta Bar Association.
He is married to Eileen & has 3 children: Augustine, Olivia & Connor. He has been a great supporter of Bitsy over the years, and we look forward to having him on the Board.
Bill Earnest: Bill Earnest is a long-time resident of the Peachtree Battle neighborhood and former resident of the Collier Hills neighborhood. Bill plays tennis at Bitsy three times a week and has for many years, as part of the Bitsy Grant Seniors Group. He loves tennis and thoroughly enjoys the camaraderie at Bitsy with his fellow players.
Bill and his wife Eve have three sons: Merrill, Andy, and Lewis. He is a retired labor and employment attorney and labor arbitrator. He is active in his church, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, and has a weekly radio program “Senior Scene,” which is broadcast by the Georgia Radio Reading Service for blind and visually-impaired folks.
Sam Daniels: Sam is a retired international businessman who teaches in the MBA program at UGA, where he serves on the panel for doctoral candidates. He plays tennis regularly (twice a week at Bitsy, but other places too), and has played with Bitsy local Bailey Brown for over 10 years.
A Special “Thank You” to Justin Boller and Lee King!
We bid a fond farewell and a huge “Thank you!” to departing board members Justin Boller and Lee King. Some highlights from their tenure:
Justin: Justin joined the Board for its first Strategic Plan in 2012. He went on to become Board President, where he has worked to get the Board thinking about broader community issues. In particular, Justin helped to nurture important community partnerships that have resulted in major improvements at Bitsy. Major partner-led initiatives completed during his tenure include the new paddle tennis courts, the new PATH/Beltline connection, and the Atlanta Memorial Park Master Plan (where Justin advocated for Bitsy’s interests, negotiating for 12 tennis courts instead of 10, as well as new bathrooms). He has also worked to increase engagement with UTA/UTM, and strengthen ongoing partnerships with Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and the Bobby Jones Golf Foundation.
Most recently, Justin has taken a leading role in the Bitsy Gets Decked Out capital campaign, by first managing the exploratory process, and then almost single-handedly dealing with the contractors during construction.
Lee King: Lee has been an enthusiastic and supportive presence during her 6 years on the Board. Each year, she served on the GA State Adult Senior Open sub-committee, managing tournament logistics like the players’ breakfast. With Philip Law, she co-chaired the Friends initial branding efforts, and helped to produce our first branded items, including Dri-FIT t-shirts, player towels, and cups, the proceeds of which benefit the tennis center today. She also helped tremendously with events surrounding the opening of the new clubhouse in 2011.