Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame inductees are determined by the USTA Northern Awards & Recognition Committee which consists of Jay Pfaender (Chair), Marcia Bach (Hall of Famer), Chris Dummermuth (Hall of Famer), Heather Landrus, Bob Larson (Hall of Famer), Patrick Smith, Pam Boorsma (Board Liaison) and Sandy Smith (Staff Liaison).
Game, Set, Honor
USTA Northern Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020
Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, MN
Nominations for the Class of 2020 Hall of Fame are now closed.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductees (view Section Award Winners here)
Edwin (Skip) Gage - Long Lake, MN (Nominated by Robert Oberrender)
Edwin “Skip” Gage started his journey in tennis on the public tennis courts of Evanston, IL as an accomplished junior player. He would go on to be a standout varsity player at Northwestern University before moving to Minnesota in the late 1960’s. ADVERTISEMENT There, he continued his devotion to the sport by continuing to play and joining the board of the Northwestern Tennis Patrons, now the InnerCity Tennis Foundation.
Skip was a board member for more than 40 years. During his tenure, he served as board chair and Chair Emeritus of ICT, USTA Northern’s largest NJTL chapter. He worked for more than four decades as a volunteer to grow tennis in the Twin Cities and spent countless more hours fulfilling the mission of ICT through developing and unleashing youth potential on and off the tennis court.
Under Skip’s leadership, the organization grew from a small group of philanthropists funding a handful of staff and volunteers operating summer youth tennis programming in a few city parks into a full-fledged,year-round social enterprise.
ICT now has a 21-member board, eight standing committees, 20 full-time staff, 11 part-time staff, 60 summer coaches, and more than 250 regular volunteers, serving more than 5,400 area youth. Primarily focused on youth development, ICT also owns and operates the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in South Minneapolis, which serves thousands of tennis playing patrons from the greater Twin Cities area.
Additionally, Skip was responsible for raising a substantial portion of the funds required to build and sustain ICT over the past 40 years, including raising the funds needed to purchase new domes at the tennis center after they collapsed in 2010.
This place in the Hall of Fame will be awarded posthumously. Edwin “Skip” Gage died on Feb. 26, 2020, at the age of 79.
Bruce Gullikson - Burnsville, MN (Nominated by Brad Madson)
Bruce has dedicated his life to playing, teaching and growing tennis. He currently serves as the Assistant Tennis Department Head Pro at Life Time Bloomington South and has worked there for 16 years. Bruce has taught full-time since 1989.
He also currently serves as the President for the USPTA Northern Division, having previously served as Regional Vice President. In other posts, he has been a Northern Zonal Coach for 20 years, area training center coach (working with the best players in their age division to supplement coaching that they may already be receiving), High Performance Certified Coach and Etcheberry Certified Coach. To further promote the sport, he has produced five different instructional DVDs. On the lighter, entertaining side, Bruce is a columnist in Northern Exposure, USTA Northern’s print publication. He continues to speak at national conferences about the various aspects of running a successful tennis program. All told, more than 40 years of playing, coaching and advocacy for our sport, all with a bounce in his step and a commitment to creating enjoyable and meaningful experiences for the players spending their time with him on court.
Bruce is a longtime supporter of - and participant in - the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic that benefits children’s cancer research and has raised thousands of dollars in support of that cause.
In 2009, he received the USPTA Northern Service Award. Among other accomplishments and accolades, Bruce has won multiple Pro of the Year awards and has served USPTA Northern in a leadership capacity for more than a decade.
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 110 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
|Ward C. Burton||1979|
|Muriel Magnusson Cooper||1979|
|Dr. Bill Widen||1987|
|Ed Von Sien||1989|
|Janet Marie Hoffman||1997|
|Janet Marie McCutcheon||1997|
|Shirley Arth Loeding||2002|
|Floyd "Lefty" Johnson||2002|
|Elisabeth Kesting Harris||2002|
|Marion "Buck" Shane||2003|
|David L. Weber||2005|
|Ginger Helgeson Nielsen||2009|
|Charles "Chuck" Darley||2013|