COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College has
sponsored a men's and women's tennis team since 1985. But it wasn't
until Henry Baughman came along that Blue Raider tennis teams had a
first-class place to call home.
On Friday afternoon, the LWC community dedicated the Henry
Baughman Tennis Complex.
The Baughman Tennis Complex expands the number of courts
available from three to six, and it gives the Blue Raiders "a
first-class tennis facilty," Baughman said at Friday's dedication
"I'm proud to have been a part of making this happen," said
Baughman of Smithfield, Ky., who made the lead gift to fund the
Equipped with lights, the Baughman Tennis Complex allows LWC
tennis players to practice in evenings and also host home matches
on the A.P. White Campus.
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said without Baughman's
support, the new tennis complex probably wouldn't have been
"As much as I knew these students needed new tennis courts and
this program has grown into one of the five best NAIA programs in
the country, it just didn't seem possible to fund this project in
light of the explosive expansion that's been happening on campus,"
Luckey said during the ceremony. "Henry, I'm so grateful for your
generous support of our students and for allowing us to name this
beautiful facility in your honor."
Baughman said he hoped the tennis complex would help the Blue
Raiders "win many more conference championships and soon an NAIA
He also hopes the LWC tennis program will provide academic
opportunities to more students.
"Its my hope that playing tennis will enhance students' academic
pursuits, like it did for me," he said.
Baughman, who was born and raised in Lincoln County, Ky., is a
retired Western Kentucky University professor who taught health and
safety, and he helped start the university's emergency medical
Baughman grew up watching his late father play tennis. He has
been an active tennis player for more than 60 years, and his tennis
achievements are legendary. There were no tennis courts in Stanford
until his father built an asphalt court in 1952, Baughman's
sophomore year at Standford High School.
Baughman has been ranked No. 1 in Kentucky more than 60 times,
and 15 times he has been ranked No. 1 in the nine-state United
States Tennis Association Southern, the largest association in the
United States. He has also earned a No. 4 national ranking in 70
and over singles.
Baughman was chosen to the Southern All-Star team for the USTA
National Inter-Sectional Championships, where he won three gold
medals on the teams that were seven-time national champions. He has
won 13 National Public Parks' tennis championships and five
National Senior Olympic gold medals.
Baughman was inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in
1996, and in 2007 he was honored with the fifth Kentucky Player of
the Year award and first Southern Player of the Year award. Also in
1997, he received the Slew Hester Adult Achievement award for being
ranked in the USTA Southern top five for 25 consecutive
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