USTA Missouri Valley
Haugness & Platt Receive Tennis Industry Magazine Awards
USTA Missouri Valley | December 19, 2017
Tennis Industry magazine has named two tennis professionals from the section as winners for its 2017 Champions of Tennis Awards (visit www.tennisindustrymag.com for more on these winners):
Larry Haugness, USTA Missouri Valley President, was named Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year, while Mark Platt received the Youth Tennis Provider of the Year award.
Haugness of Springﬁeld, Mo., has a passion for not only making players better on the court, but also for making the teachers who train those players better.It’s for such dedication and service that Haugness is named TI’s 2017 PTR Mem-ber of the Year. Haugness has been a PTR member since 1989 and con-tinues to be a PTR National Workshop clinician. “The PTR is so person-able and family-oriented, which makes it easy to stay involved with the organiza-tion,” he says. ADVERTISEMENT Haugness, who currently serves as president of the USTA Missouri Valley sec-tion, retired this year as community tennis director at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springﬁeld. However, he continues to work toward leading other teaching pros to reach their potential.“Larry has played a key role in the growth of tennis," says PTR CEO Dan Santo-rum.” He has a tremendous amount of passion for this sport.”
St. Louis, Mo., has a rich tennis history, but no one may be more successful in getting people on the court than Mark Platt. And it’s Platt’s dedication to teach-ing youngsters that makes him TI’s 2017 Youth Tennis Provider of the Year.Platt created Beginner’s World Tennis in St. Louis in 1984 to encourage new tennis players and promote team tennis leagues and community events. More than 30 years later, it’s not uncommon for more than 1,000 people of all ages to participate in Platt’s pro-grams and events at over 25 facilities throughout the St. Louis area. This summer, Platt’s programs will include at least 10 Junior Team Ten-nis squads. Beginner’s World Tennis has a staﬀ of 10 who teach tennis and run all types of programming.Platt’s long history in ten-nis includes receiving one of the USTA’s highest honors, the Eve Kraft Community Service Award, in 2004.
Tennis Industry has been covering the tennis business and the sport for 46 years. Available in both print and digital editions, TI is the official publication of the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Racquet Stringers Association, and American Sports Builders Association. Visit www.tennisindustrymag.com for the full list of winners.