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Intermountain

USTA INTERMOUNTAIN

ANNUAL AWARDS

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2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

 

JIM OSBORNE; Orem, UT

Jim Osborne is one of the most exceptional players to come out of USTA Intermountain. He was a two-time All American at the University of Utah, played on the US Olympic Team in 1968, and the US Davis Cup team when they defeated Australia in the 1968 finals.

 

Chosen as the MVP for the 1980 US World Cup Team, Jim defeated John Newcombe in the singles final. He is the winner of nine professional doubles titles, was ranked in the Top 10 in US Open Doubles 10 times, and Top 10 in Singles three times. Jim has career wins over Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Roy Emerson, Jimmy Connors and Rod Laver. He was the winner of two National Open Doubles Championships and won five Open Era doubles titles.

 

After finishing his career on the professional tour, Jim was the coach of the Men's Tennis Team at Brigham Young University for 15 years and was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.

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Jim teaches players to win with grace and dignity and accept victory with humility. It's been a lifelong trait of his. He was inducted into the Utah Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

 

"Class, just a lot of class in everything he does," is how BYU Coach Brad Pearce describes Osborne. Jim's nickname was "Gentleman Jim".

 

Jim resides in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Kimberly. He is the proud father of two daughters, Libbie and Allie, and has four grandchildren.

 

 

JIM LANDIN (1935-2019); Greeley, CO 

Born in 1935, Jim Landin grew up in Greeley and started playing tennis at the age of 10. Jim and his brother, Gary, began their tennis in a city program headed by John Rugg. During his junior year at Greeley High School, Jim captured the Colorado High School No. 1 singles title.

 

Jim received a tennis scholarship from the University of Colorado and played varsity tennis for three years and won the Big Eight singles title. He graduated in 1958 with a BS in Architectural Engineering. In 1968, Jim received his MS in Mathematics from the University of Denver where he also was the assistant tennis coach.

 

Jim holds 32 Colorado titles, more than any other male in Colorado’s history. He dominated the tennis scene in the 1960s and early ’70s and was ranked No. 1 in Colorado for six consecutive years. Jim also served six years on the CTA Board of Directors and two years as President of the CTA. He was inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

Jim was nationally ranked in the Top 10 for more than 30 years in his age division, and once held the No. 2 ranking in Men’s 35 singles. He won eight National Championships: five in singles and three in doubles. In addition to eight gold balls, Jim also had more than 20 silver balls as a National Finalist.

 

Jim was the tennis professional at Pinehurst Country Club from 1969-73. In 1979, he and his wife, Donna, moved to Hilton Head, SC, where he became head tennis professional at Sea Pines Racquet Club alongside Stan Smith. Prior to retirement in 1997, he was the Director of Tennis at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head. During his tennis teaching career, he helped develop 10 nationally ranked players, as well as numerous state ranked juniors and collegiate players.

 

Jim has two children, Dr. Kim Landin who owns Four Paws Veterinarian Clinic in Lakewood, CO, and Dana Landin, who is the Head Tennis Professional at Port Royal Racquet Club in Hilton Head Island, SC. Before Jim passed away earlier in 2019, he and Donna had resided in Naples, Florida, since 1999.

 

 

2019 AWARD WINNERS

 

2019 Organization of the Year: George S. Eccles Tennis Center; Salt Lake City, UT

Given annually to recognize the services rendered to Intermountain’s USTA members by its member organizations: Community Tennis Associations, Clubs, and Parks and Recreation Departments. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the National Organization of the Year Award.

 

2019 Family of Year: Tzeng Family; Boise, ID

Presented annually to a family within the USTA Intermountain Section who has exemplified the benefits of tennis as a family recreational sport and has contributed to their tennis community in a significant way. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the National Family of the Year Award.

 

2019 Nikos Ridle Award: Shannon Williams; Cheyenne, WY

Presented annually to a junior tennis player within the USTA Intermountain Section who exemplifies the spirit of tennis through their activities on and off the court. This award is given in memory of Nikos Ridle, a nationally ranked junior player from Billings, Montana, who was killed in an automobile accident at age 19. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award.

 

2019 Jan Dowse Award: Marce Miles; Sandy, UT

Named after Jan Dowse, former Executive Director of the Utah Tennis Association, this award is given to Intermountain’s Volunteer of the Year to recognize his or her outstanding contributions, personal unselfishness and devotion to the game.

 

2019 Developmental Coach of the Year: Jan Steenekamp; Missoula, MT

Initiated in 2000, this award is given to recognize the outstanding efforts of a developmental coach in the USTA Intermountain Section. This coach is being honored for his or her endless dedication to developing junior tennis players at all levels through teaching, presence at tournaments and events, and positive role modeling, on and off the court.

 

2019 Youth Tennis Ambassador 10 & Under: Colin Gilliam; Boise, ID

This award is given periodically to recognize the outstanding individual efforts of a coach, CTA, or other organization that is helping to build 10 & Under Youth Tennis. 

 

2019 Barbara Clark Diversity & Inclusion Award: Mike Harvey; Boise, ID

Initiated in 2000, this award is given annually to honor an individual in USTA Intermountain who has made a significant contribution to the diverse and adaptive populations and communities through tennis. 

 

2019 David Freed Lifetime Service Award: James Fowler; Cheyenne, WY

This award is given from time to time to an individual for lifetime service to tennis within USTA Intermountain. This award was first introduced in 1988 and given to David Freed of Salt Lake City. David served as USTA Intermountain's secretary and treasurer for 39 years from 1936-1975. 

 

2019 Andrew Valdez Award: Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation; Las Vegas, NV

This award is given from time to time to an individual or organization supporting tennis in at risk populations. This award was first introduced in 2018 and given to Andrew Valdez of Salt Lake City, Utah. Andrew served as a member of the USTA National Board from 2010-2018. He was the first Intermountain member to be elected to the National Board in 50 years. Prior to that, Andrew served on the Intermountain Board and served the Utah District in numerous capacities.

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