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USTA Northern

Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame inductees are determined by the USTA Northern Awards & Recognition Committee which consists of Jay Pfaender (Chair), Marcia Bach (Hall of Famer), Scott Boyer, Chris DummermuthHeather LandrusBob Larson (Hall of Famer), Patrick Smith and John Chandler (Staff Liaison). 


Game, Set, Honor

USTA Northern Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet

Friday, May 10, 2019

Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis

5:30-10:30 p.m.

Attire: Cocktail, Wimbledon White Encouraged



Hall of Fame Inductees (view Section Award Winners here)


Hugh Curtler, Cottonwood, MN

Letters of support for Hugh Curtler's induction into the USTA Northern Hall of Fame were received from Hall of Famer Ric Yates (Class of 2001), a former president of Southwest Minnesota State University, a high school coach and seven former players. 



Curtler was the Southwest Minnesota State University Women's Tennis Head Coach from 1979 to 1992. During his time as coach, the team won the Northern Sun Conference and NAIA District 13 titles every year from 1982 to 1992; they went unbeaten in the conference eight straight years from 1985 to 1992. He was named the 1990 Wilson/ITCA Tennis Coach of the Year and has been a certified USPTA pro for 35 years. Credited with building a team in the unlikeliest of places with little institutional support and facilities that few teams were willing to visit, Curtler was inducted into the Southwest Minnesota State University Hall of Honor in 1992 and the Northern Sun InterCollegiate Conference Hall of Fame in 2000.

Larry Sundby, St. Cloud, MN

Larry Sundby has been the St. Cloud State Men's and Women's Tennis Teams' Assistant Coach from 2006 to present. His coaching career in St. Cloud began in 1971 and included stints as the head coach of both men's and women's teams at St. Cloud State and as head coach of the girl's team at St. Cloud Tech.


Sundby has amassed a list of awards in coaching, including the 1989 USTA Community Service Award presented at the US Open, the 1988 and 1991 North Central Conference Coach of the Year, and the 1992 Minnesota High School Coach of the Year for girl's tennis. He was a founding member of the St. Cloud Men's Tennis League in 1968 and remains active. Sundby played high school and college tennis, earning team MVP at St. Cloud State in 1963.


He was inducted into the St. Cloud State Hall of Fame in 2009 and St. Cloud Tech High School Hall of Fame in 2015. Sundby is a great ambassador of tennis and is always seeking to promote the sport.

Timothy Wynne, Grand Forks, ND

Tim Wynne is a member of the North Dakota Tennis Association's Inaugural Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2014. He served as the head tennis pro in Grand Forks for more than 30 years and was named co-recipient of the Ward C. Burton Junior Development Award in 2000 and the Frank Voigt Tennis Pro of the Year Award in 2008.


Wynne's awards also include the 2006 USPTA Junior Development Award and the 2008 Grand Forks Herald Co-Sportsperson of the Year, along with being a finalist for National High School Coach of the Year in 2010. A four-year letter winner at the University of North Dakota, he later served as head tennis coach at Red River High School, winning 10 straight state championships, 10 state singles titles and eight state doubles titles. Wynne also served as the head tennis coach at Central High School where he won another state title.


Wynne currently serves as Tennis Coordinator and Head Teaching Professional at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks.

Tom Wynne, Grand Forks, ND

Tom Wynne is a member of the North Dakota Tennis Association's Inaugural Tennis Hall of Fame Class in 2014. He was the North Central Conference's No. 1 singles champion in 1976 and runner-up in 1975 and 1977, qualifying for the NCAA national tournament in 1977 during his career at the University of North Dakota. Wynne led the UND Men's Team to the 1979 NCC title, the program's first in 42 years, before playing professional tennis on the Marlboro Tour in France.


Wynne was a four-time NCO and Great West Conference Coach of the Year and has also won the Ward C. Burton Junior Development Award, Frank Voigt Tennis Pro of the Year Award, the USPTA Junior Development Award and was named the 2008 Grand Forks Herald Co-Sportsperson of the Year.


In addition to his playing career, Wynne has been a member of the USPTA for 35 years and coached 10 players who held the No. 1 sectional ranking. He has amassed a host of titles and awards during his coaching career, including NCC Women's titles in 2004, 2006 and 2008. He continues to serve as head tennis coach at the University of North Dakota, where he has been for 28 years.





USTA Northern is actively looking for nominees from all tennis backgrounds for induction into its Hall of Fame.  Candidates can be players, administrators, teachers, coaches, media, volunteers, supporters, contributors, professional players, umpires, active members of USTA or CTAs, wheelchair or disabled athletes, USTA employees, club owners, Park & Recreation employees, among others. Candidates do not have to be living. We are looking for individuals from all over the Section which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Northwestern Wisconsin.


What qualifies someone to receive consideration for the Hall of Fame?  These qualifications are only guidelines used by the committee. It is up to the discretion of the committee if an exception to the following qualifications is deemed appropriate.


1. Candidate is at least 45 years old. 

2. Candidate has lived in USTA Northern at least 5 years during their accomplishments.

3. Candidate’s past records, rankings, titles and his/her length of participation at the appropriate level of play in USTA Northern.

4. Candidate’s contribution to tennis in USTA Northern by his/her actions, deeds, promotion or dedication to the game.

5. Candidate’s affect on tennis at the National/International level through USTA participation and/or Professional or Collegiate activities.

6. Candidate’s affect on TENNIS in their locality (small or large) 

Candidates may have accomplishments in only one of these categories or in many of them.


For more information about USTA Northern's Awards program and to nominate someone for another award, visit our Awards page here.


USTA Northern Hall of Fame History


The USTA Northern Hall of Fame started as the Minnesota Hall of Fame back in 1979. Bob Larson, who was editor of Midwest Tennis Magazine and a resident of Edina, Minn., founded the Hall of Fame and inducted seven people in the original class including JJ Armstrong, Jeanne Arth, Ward C. Burton, Bill Kuross, Norm MacDonald, Muriel Magnusson Cooper and Frank Voigt.

In the late '80s, the Northwestern Tennis Association, Inc., approached Larson about the possibility of the Minnesota Hall of Fame expanding and becoming the Northwestern Tennis Association Hall of Fame, which would induct people not only from Minnesota, which had been the practice since 1979, but also players in North and South Dakota and Western Wisconsin. The Northwestern Tennis Association, Inc., then became the USTA Northern Section on March of 1988 and USTA Northern in 2005. The Hall of Fame changed its name both times as well.

The USTA Northern Hall of Fame currently has 106 members and is housed at the Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center in St. Paul, Minn., thanks to a generous gift from 2003 Hall of Fame inductee Fred Wells.


Members of the USTA Northern Hall of Fame

John Adams - 2002
JJ Armstrong - 1979
Jeanne Arth - 1979
Shirley Arth Loeding - 2002
Howe Atwater - 1998
Bill Babcock - 2015
Marcia Bach - 2013
Joan Baker - 2009
Horace Barton - 2003
John Barton - 2003
George Belden – 2002
Thomas Boice - 2011
Charlie Boone - 2001
Ken Boyum - 1981
Peggy Brenden – 2003
Chuck Britzius - 1993

Timothy Burke - 2017
Fred Budde - 2015
Ward C. Burton – 1979
Tim Butorac - 2011
Cliff Caine - 2007
Marjorie Champlin – 2005
Steven Champlin - 2005
Connie Custodio - 2001
Charles "Chuck" Darley - 2013
Marguerite Davis – 1987
John Desmond - 2011
Larry Dodge - 2013
Dee Dolny - 2007
Jack Dow - 1983
Chris Dummermuth - 2007
Tom Fridinger - 2009
Brent Frueh - 2017
Don Grebin - 2002
Ernie Greene - 1997
Sue Gregor - 2009
Helen Gruchalla - 2002
Belmar Gunderson - 2001
Bernard Gunderson - 2007
Marvin Hanenberger - 1985
David Healey - 1993
Ginger Helgeson Nielsen - 2009
Don Hendrickson - 2001
Ann Henricksson - 1991
Janet Marie Hoffman - 1997
Percy Hughes - 2003
Trafford Jayne - 2002
Cammy Johnson - 2001
Floyd "Lefty" Johnson - 2002
Les Johnson - 1997
Elisabeth Kesting Harris - 2002
Fred King - 2001
John King - 2009
Bill Kuross - 1979
Pat Lamb - 1991
Greg Lappin - 2001
Bob Larson - 1993
Norm MacDonald - 1979
Muriel Magnusson Cooper - 1979
Sandy Martin - 2003
Dave Mathews - 2007
John Matlon - 2003
John Mattke - 1999
Janet Marie McCutcheon - 1997
Warner McNair - 2002
John Mueller - 2015
David Nash - 1991
Susie Neet - 2013
Jerry Noyce - 1983
Bucky Olson - 1985
Wendell Ottum - 1981
Wes Painter – 1999
Nick Pappas - 2011
Steve Paulsen - 2015
Ellie Peden - 2001
Jerry Pope - 1999
Harvey Ratner - 1985
Lachlan Reed - 1987
Gwendolyn Rees - 2002
Dick Riley - 2009
Jack Roach - 1983
Robert Rockwell - 1981
Rosemary Rockwell - 1981
Bill Schommer - 1999
Marion "Buck" Shane - 2003
John Simko - 2003
Justin Smith - 1983
Betty Swanson - 2001
Al Teeter - 1987
Jack Thommen – 2007
Mary Thompson - 2011
Phil Trautner - 2003
Frank Voigt - 1979
Ed Von Sien - 1989
Joan Warner – 1981
David L. Weber – 2005
Fred Wells - 2003
David Wheaton - 2005
Marnie Wheaton – 1993
Greg Wicklund - 2011
Dr. Bill Widen -1987
Steve Wilkinson - 1983
Marvin Wolfenson - 1985
Gregg Wong - 2003
Phil Wooledge - 2003
Ric Yates - 2001
Ron York – 2001
David Yorks - 2003


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