April 11, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men's and women's tennis teams broke in the newly constructed Headington Family Tennis Center earlier this spring after not having a place to call home for a few years. The center, part of OU's Great Expectations: Campaign for Sooner Sports, was completed in October 2001 with the help of the Headington family and several other donors. The tennis facility will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, just prior to OU's noon matches with Colorado.
The primary donor for the project, Tim Headington, was a tennis letterwinner from 1970-1972. He is now CEO and president of Headington Oil in Dallas, Texas. An eight foot brick wall, featuring the Headington name, and a free standing recognition piece will be unveiled during the dedication.
Plaques on the wall reflect the names of the six court donors. Those six plaques carry the names of F. Stephen and Gayle Allen (Tulsa), the Robert B. Braver family (Edmond), Scott Martin (Tulsa), R. Mark Geurkink (Norman), Dr. John B. Staub (Midland, Texas) and Tom Mahaffey (Marlow).
Braver's daughter, Jessica, is a freshman on the women's team. Braver played at OU from 1980-1981 and his brother, Joe, played at OU from 1981-1984. Scott Martin, a two-time doubles conference champion, was a member of the team from 1969-1972. Geurkink, who played from 1977-1980, was the No. 3 doubles champion in 1979 with Andrew Scott. Staub played from 1975-1978 and was the No. 1 singles conference champion his senior year and the No. 2 doubles champ in 1976 with Mike Newport. Mahaffey was a letterwinner in 1954.
Athletics Director Joe Castiglione will speak during the ceremony as well as head coaches Paul Lockwood (men's) and Mark Johnson (women's). Representatives from each team are also expected to make short remarks. The dedication will proceed regardless of weather conditions. If moved indoors due to bad weather, it will be held in the Kerr-McGee room, located on the south end of the Lloyd Noble Center.
The OU men enter the match with a 11-7 overall and 0-3 Big 12 record, while No. 60 Colorado is 11-9 and 1-4 in league play. The Oklahoma women's team, ranked 49th, is 11-6 and 1-6, while Colorado is 9-9 and 4-5 in Big 12 play.