USTA Missouri Valley
2017 Hall of Fame Class
USTA Missouri Valley | November 20, 2017
The United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley is proud to announce its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. This year, the USTA Missouri Valley is recognizing three people who have served the game of tennis through their play, dedication to volunteerism and their passion for improving the game.
The honorees are Buff Farrow of Wichita, Kansas., Francis Lemery of Prairie Village, Kansas., and Richard M. Perry of Enid, Oklahoma. The three new members of the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame will be inducted during the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, December 2 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park. Please join us in honoring these Hall of Fame inductees at the December 2 Hall of Fame Induction. Click on this link to register.
Buff Farrow is a two-time Kansas High School State Champion from Wichita, Kansas. ADVERTISEMENT He finished his high school career with a 48-0 record before playing collegiately at UCLA where he was a four-year letter winner from 1986-1989. Farrow was named the USTA Missouri Valley Player of the Year in 1985 and won the US Amateur Tennis Championships in 1986. Farrow went on to have a professional career, earning a career high ranking of No. 224 in the World. He also played for the Wichita Advantage World TeamTennis and was a member of the US Davis Cup team from 1988-1991. Farrow remains active as a volunteer committee member on several USTA national committees.
Fran Lemery is a lifelong player who developed a love for tennis at Wyandotte High School, where he lettered all four years. As an adult, Fran competed in the USTA League programs for many years competing at the 5.0 and 4.5 levels. In 1993, Fran played on the winning National Championship 4.5 Senior Team, never losing a match at local, District, Sectional or National Championship levels, and playing number one on his team with his longtime doubles partner, Wilber Jones. He also won two USTA national championships on 4.5 senior teams. Lemery has served in a number of roles for the USTA Heart of America and also served as the chairperson for the USTA Missouri Valley's Adult Tennis Council.
Richard M. Perry had an exceptional career as a high school player at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. A two-time state champion, Perry earned honorable mention on the Oklahoma All-Decade Tennis Team for the 1960s. He went on to play tennis at Oklahoma City University. Perry has remained an active player. He was named the USTA Oklahoma Adult Player of the Year in 1992 and was awarded the inaugural USTA Oklahoma Jim Thorpe Tennis Award in 2004. He's been ranked No. 1 in the USTA Missouri Valley in Men's 45 and 50 singles, and as captained several successful USTA League Teams. He's served the USTA Oklahoma district in several roles including as President. He also served as USTA Missouri Valley president in 2007-08 following several years of involvement on the board. Additionally, Perry formed the USTA Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.