Whitfield Financial Aid House, Baughman Tennis Complex to be Dedicated on Friday
Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 [8:26 PM]
LWC tennis coach Bill Shook watches the LWC tennis teams
practice at the Henry
Baughman Tennis Complex. The college will dedicate the complex at
3 p.m. CT on
Friday, Oct. 8.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
community will honor one of the greatest graduates in the college's
107-year history and one of Kentucky's legendary tennis players at
two ceremonies on Friday.
The Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield House of Student Financial
Services, 305 Lindsey Wilson St., will be dedicated at 11 a.m. CT,
then the Henry Baughman Tennis Complex will be dedicated at 3 p.m.
CT. Both ceremonies are open to the public.
"This is a big year for Lindsey Wilson College," said Lindsey
Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. "The college is enjoying
a record enrollment, the largest faculty in its history and the
return of football. Friday's two dedication ceremonies are a
reminder that Lindsey Wilson is where it is today because it is
blessed to have distinguished and committed alumni such as
Elizabeth Whitfield and friends such as Henry Baughman."
A 1949 Lindsey Wilson alumna, Whitfield has served on the
Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees since 1981. A native of Columbia
and currently a resident of Bowling Green, Ky., Whitfield was one
of the first women to serve on the LWC board. She has also been
heavily involved in LWC's alumni program as well as in The United
"Few people better embody the Lindsey Wilson mission than
Elizabeth Whitfield," Luckey said. "For more than 50 years,
Elizabeth has been a part of the Lindsey Wilson family, either as a
student, alumna or trustee."
Whitfield was born into the home of the late John and Aileen
Lowe, whose home was adjacent to LWC's A.P. White Campus. Whitfield
has personally known all of LWC's eight presidents, and as a
trustee she played an important role in selecting the college's
last two leaders.
Whitfield has also played a key role in shaping the Lindsey
Wilson National Alumni Association, and she has been an adviser to
all of the college's alumni directors.
Whitfield has also been a major asset to the LWC student
"Few people are more passionate about Lindsey Wilson students
than Elizabeth," Luckey said. "She has taken an active interest in
hundreds of students over the years."
In 2002, the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees and faculty
awarded Whitfield an honorary doctorate.
The Henry Baughman Tennis Complex is located across from the
Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams
St. It is named in honor of Henry Baughman of Smithfield, Ky., who
made the lead gift to the complex.
"Henry Baughman's support of our tennis program and
student-athletes means so much to this college," Luckey said.
In addition to expanding LWC's number of tennis courts from two
to six, the Baughman Tennis Complex includes lights and a
"top-notch playing surface," said LWC tennis coach Bill Shook.
"If we are going to remain in the top 20 or even push ourselves
into the top 10 or the top five of the NAIA, we need a tennis
facility like this one," Shook said.
Lighted courts also mean that LWC student-athletes will miss
fewer classes during the dark months of the year, when natural
light is scarce.
"Our players will get to practice much more often as a team,
which is something we could rarely do when we didn't have these
kinds of lights," Shook said.
The Baughman Tennis Complex was built to United States Tennis
"This gives our student-athletes a facility that is equal to
their level of performance on the court," Shook said.
LWC women's tennis program has appeared in the four of the last
five NAIA national semifinals, and the men's tennis program has
reached the national tournament the last eight seasons.
A native of Lincoln County, Ky., Baughman is a retired Western
Kentucky University professor who taught health and safety, and he
helped start the university's emergency medical
He has been an active tennis player for more than 60 years, and
his tennis achievements are legendary. 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 years.