Legendary Kentucky Tennis Player Makes Lead Gift for New Courts
Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 [10:35 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College has
received a lead gift to build new tennis courts.
The lead gift from Henry Baughman of Smithfield, Ky., will allow
the college to build a $425,000 tennis complex, according to
Lindsey Wilson Athletic Director Willis Pooler.
"This is an incredible gift to Lindsey Wilson from an
extraordinary person because it will provide our student-athletes
with some of the top tennis courts in the Mid-South Conference," Pooler said. "Lindsey Wilson has one of the
best tennis programs in Kentucky, so it's only appropriate that we
also have top-notch tennis courts for our
"It means so much to our college, tennis program and
student-athletes to receive this level of support from a tennis
legend such as Henry Baughman."
Baughman (left), who was born and raised in Lincoln County, Ky.,
said he made the lead gift to the tennis program because of a
lifelong love for the sport and because he believes in the Lindsey
Wilson mission to prepare people academically and physically to be
"Tennis is a sport that can be played throughout one's lifetime,
as it only takes one other person to have a game, and it provides
exercise benefits as well as stimulating the mind to do well in
academic studies or in after-college work," Baughman said. "I also
have a great deal of respect for the Lindsey Wilson mission, with
its emphasis of serving 'every student, every day.'"
When opened, the tennis complex will feature bleachers and
lighted courts, built to United States Tennis Association
"One of the challenges our program has had to contend with is
having enough playing time during daylight hours," Pooler said.
"That's created a lot of problems with student-athletes' class
schedules. But with lit courts, our students won't have to juggle
as many scheduling demands."
The LWC women's tennis program has appeared in the last
four NAIA national semifinals, and the men's tennis program has reached the national
tournament the last seven seasons.
Baughman is a retired Western Kentucky University professor who
taught health and safety, and he helped start the university's
emergency medical technologist/training program.
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 years.