LINDSAY MORSE BENNETT

STELLAR STUDENT-ATHLETE

The eldest of three tennis-playing sisters, Lindsay Morse (Bennett) was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She began playing tennis at age 8 and from 11 played the junior circuit throughout California and the U.S. She was ranked #8 nationally in singles for girls 18 and under. In 1974, as a member of the Junior Wightman Cup team, she was named Player of the Year at Forest Hills. She attended the University of California, Irvine where, coached by Doreen Irish, she won the 1977 AIAW National Collegiate Singles title and earned All-American honors. That same year, Bennett represented the U.S. in Sofia, Bulgaria at the World University Games. Her 96 singles and 64 doubles wins while in college led her to become the first woman in UC-Irvine’s history to be named the school’s Student-Athlete of the Year.

In 1980 and 1981, Bennett played the WTA professional tour, attaining a world ranking of #39 in singles. During the 1980 season, she played in grand slams — losing in round 3 to Chris Evert at Wimbledon, to Martina Navratilova in the US Open and to Greer Stevens in the Australian Open; she also lost to Evonne Goolagong in round 3 of the Canadian Open. In 1983, Bennett was inducted into the UC Irvine Hall of Fame. In 1992 Bennett moved with her family to Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she helped coach her daughters’ tennis teams to two state championships. She began working at Mountain Park Racquet Club, and in 2000 was ranked #1 in Women’s 45 and Under Singles
and Doubles in the Pacific Northwest.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Won the National Public Parks championship in Los Angeles — 1969
    • Ranked #8 nationally in singles for girls 18 and under — 1973
    • Won Southern California inter-collegiate title in singles and doubles while helping University of California, Irvine to the team title — 1974
    • Represented the US in the BP Cup, a collegiate competition between England and the USA, in Torquay, England — 1974
    • Junior Wightman Cup team member and Player of the Year at Forest Hills — 1974
    • Runner-up in singles and doubles in the Women’s National Collegiate Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan — 1974

•Won the US Amateur Clay Court Doubles Championship in Memphis, runner-up in Singles — 1974

  • UCI team placed 2nd in All Cal Women’s Tennis Tournament — 1975
  • Won Western Regionals in California — 1977
  • Won AIAW National Collegiate singles title, UCI team took 3rd place — 1977
  • First woman to be named UC Irvine’s Student Athlete of the Year — 1977
  • Member of US Women’s Tennis Team in the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria & took 4th place in women’s doubles with partner Jean Nachand — 1977
  • Collegiate All American — 1977 and 1978
  • Girls’ tennis coach at University High School in Irvine, CA — 1978
  • Played on Women’s professional tour — 1980–1981
  • World ranking of 39th in singles — 1980
  • Borden Classic Doubles Champion title in Nagoya, Japan with Jean Nachand — 1980
  • Inducted into UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame — 1983
  • Taught tennis at Flint Canyon Racquet Club —1982–1984
  • Ranked #1 in Women’s 45 and Under singles and doubles in the Pacific Northwest — 2000
  • Assistant coach for State championship teams in girls tennis at Lakeridge High School in Oswego — 2003, 2004