Congratulations to our 2016 USTA Kentucky Award Winners


The 2016 USTA Kentucky Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, October 22 at the Marriott East in Louisville, KY.  The luncheon began with Jenny Smith's heartfelt story of the challenges she faces as a parapalegic tennis player.  She has been unable to play for several years but will be receiving a sports wheel chair from Raise a Racquet Foundation.  Happily Jenny will be on the courts again soon!

Lachlan McLean was the very entertaining master of ceremonies!  Lachlan serves on the USTA Kentucky Marketing Committee and is a radio and television host in Louisville.

2016 Winners


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Adult Player of the Year: Emily Novak, Elizabethtown

Volunteer of the Year:  Jane Gamble, Paducah

Mark Ragland Boys Sportsmanship Award: Eli stephenson, Louisville

Mary Lou Hambrick Girls Sportsmanship Award:  Anna Burch, Lexington


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Boys Scholastic Achievement: Drew Singerman, Louisville

Girls Scholastic Achievement:  Caroline Cox, Louisville

Bruce Stone Educational Merit Award: Kellee Dicks, Louisville

Most Improved Boy: Xavier Ecarma, Louisville


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Dee Dee Long Spirit Award: Steve & Priscilla Schiff, Paducah

Jr Team Tennis Coordinator of the Year: Teri Christensen, Elizabethtown

Coach of the Year:  Rex Ecarma, University of Louisville

Family of the Year:  The David & Karen Rueff Family, Louisville


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Tennis Professional of the Year: Danny Schmidt, Lexington

Tennis Official of the Year: James MacFarlane, Lexington,

accepting for James: Margo and Samantha MacFarlane

Tennis Facility of the Year: Centre Court, Owensboro, accepting Norman Woodward

Member Organization/Community Tennis Association: Paducah Tennis Association, accepting Lisa Lauck


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Special Tennis Event of the Year: The Rose Cup, Louisville, accepting Parker Gregory

Charity Event of the Year: Refuse to Lose, Louisville, accepting Marshall Samle/Doug Dressman

Team Tennis Event of the Year: 60 & 70 Over Invitational, Louisville, accepting Kathy Klein/Dee Maynard


Not Pictured:

Junior Player of the Year: Grace Jennings, Louisville

Most Improved Girl: Sarah Horn, Lexington

Media Award:  Drew Deener, Louisville

Paulette Griffith Local League Coordinator Award: Lindagarde Dalton, Louisville