Three new USTA Southwest Hall of Fame
members - Robert Goldfarb, Sally Grabham
, and Anne Lane
along with the 2010 USTA Southwest Award
winners were recently chosen by the section's Hall of Fame and Awards Committees.
The USTA Southwest Awards committee decided upon 13 separate categories in the volunteer and competitive realms. Award winners were selected from nominations among members in their respective districts, then decided upon at a Section level.
The Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 in the SoHo Ballroom. Congratulations to our newest award winners and Hall of Fame members and a special thank you to our committees for their work in helping select these deserving people!
2010 USTA Southwest Award Winners
Community Tennis Volunteer of the Year: Sue Kroeger - Tucson, Ariz.
Tournament Enrichment: Josh Bates, Chandler, Ariz. (pictured - right)
*Family of the Year: The Ponwiths (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
*NJTL Chapter of the Year: Jim Reffkin Tennis Center (Tucson, Ariz.)
Junior Player of the Year (Female) - Gabrielle Otero (Albquerque, N.M.)
Junior Player of the Year (Male): Billy Pecor (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
High School Coach of the Year: Scott Spivey (El Paso, Texas)
Outstanding Contributor to USTA League Tennis: Meghan Houk (Tucson, Ariz.)
: Emily Harris (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Adult Player of the Year
: Sherri Bronson (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
*Member Organization of the Year:
Linda Estes UNM Lobo Tennis Complex (Albuquerque, N.M.) - pictured, right.
Dianne Miller Courage in Tennis: Mel Levine (Sedona, Ariz.)
*Media Excellence: Susan Bender (Tijeras, N.M.)
*National awards: These USTA Southwest Award winners will be submitted for USTA national awards consideration in these categories.
HALL OF FAME
Volunteer service was what was impressed the USTA Southwest Hall of Fame Committee with their selections this year, as two longtime volunteers of the section, Sally Grabham and Anne Lane of were chosen alongside El Paso tennis and former University of Texas legend Robert Goldfarb as members of the 2010 class.
Goldfarb, of El Paso, Texas, is one of the greatest players to come out of that city and of the Southwest Section. Born in El Paso in 1927, Goldfarb has lived and played in El Paso for most of his life, with the exception of his time serving in the Navy during World War II and while a scholarship tennis player and three-time captain of the University of Texas men’s team from 1947-49.
Goldfarb, a Texas state high school champion in doubles (1944 – El Paso High), has won more than a 100 tournaments in his lifetime at various points across the United States. He was also a three-time Southwest Conference doubles champion and runner-up in singles in his senior year (’49), where he also made the NCAA semifinals in doubles.
Goldfarb played tennis at the highest levels, earning national rankings in juniors and while in college, and might have made the pro tour if polio hadn’t weakened him in his 20’s. He has played with and against tennis legends like Bill Tilden, Bunny Austin, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Vic Seixas, Dick Savitt, Ted Schroeder, and Jack Kramer.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, Goldfarb helped promote Jack Kramer’s traveling tennis tour, and helped bring tennis greats like Lew Hoad, Pancho Gonzalez, Riggs, Kramer, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roy Emerson to cities like Albuquerque, El Paso and Midland, Texas. He has played on international teams for the United States, and helped open the nation of Israel’s first-ever tennis center. Goldfarb remained a volunteer tennis instructor at the El Paso Youth Tennis Center well into his 70’s, and still plays doubles.
Grabham, of Scottsdale, Ariz., has given nearly three decades of volunteer service to the Phoenix-area tennis community. Most known for her outstanding work as a tournament director to junior events in the Phoenix area - including the wildly successful USTA Winter Nationals (formerly the Fiesta Bowl), one of the four major national USTA events – Grabham’s contributions to the junior realm are well-known. In addition to her tenure with the USTA Central Arizona district, her fundraising efforts have brought in over half a million dollars to support local Phoenix-area tennis programs.
Grabham has held nearly every local District role imaginable (including her current one as president of Central Arizona) and has served on numerous USTA Southwest committees, including her current spots on the Awards Committee (chair) and as liaison to the Officials Committee.
Grabham got started as a USTA Volunteer through the pro ranks, as the volunteer co-chair of the Arizona Men’s Tennis Classic ATP Tour event in Scottsdale from 1992-2005, and the Women’s WTA Tour State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic that ran from 2000-2003. For those tournaments, Grabham helped organize, recruit and manage all volunteer aspects. In 2009, when the United States’ Fed Cup team stopped off in Surprise for a first-round tie with Argentina, Grabham took on the role as volunteer chair, coordinating the hundreds of volunteers it took to man the event.
She has won numerous local awards for her contributions, and her volunteering has extended to the Southwest Tennis Foundation, USTA League Tennis. In 2009, she was inducted into the Central Arizona Hall of Fame.
Lane, of Tucson, Ariz., is most well-known for her extensive work with USTA League Tennis on a national level, helping to define and develop the computer methodology that is the current basis of the USTA League National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). She currently serves on the valuable National Oversight Group (NOG) – a subcommittee of the national USTA League Committee which oversees the benchmarking for all USTA leagues and tournament play that sets the ratings for every player.
Lane had also been a USTA staff member, serving as the USTA Northern California Section League Coordinator from 1990-1996, before relocating to Tucson, Ariz., where she immediately joined up with the local USTA Southern Arizona district as a volunteer.
She has served in several key league roles for both the local Southern Arizona district and the USTA Southwest Section, serving on the Southern Arizona Board of Directors since 2003, as a Nominating Committee Member and on the Southern Arizona Adult/Senior Competition Committee. She has also been a past chair of the USTA Southwest League Committee and the Grievance Committee.