Peggy Winningham


Peggy Winningham

Class of 2007

Greater Chattanooga Hall of Fame, 1999

GPS Athletic Hall of Fame, 2003

Nationally Ranked Senior Player

Southern Intersectional Team Member

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Peggy graduated from Bright School and Girls Preparatory School, as well as Vanderbilt University, where she met her husband, Richard.

A natural athlete, Peggy was captain of the first basketball team at GPS and excelled at intramural sports at Vanderbilt, winning badminton championships all four years. 

Peggy did not start playing tennis until her early forties. By her fifties she was a nationally ranked tournament player. She won a silver ball at the USTA National 65's Grasscourt Doubles Championships, the same year that she and her partner were ranked first in Southerns and third in the nation. Peggy won three bronze balls, two in singles and one in doubles. Her highest national rank in singles was fifth.  She won more than 30 USTA senior, singles, doubles, and mixed doubles championships in various age groups. She was ranked No 1 in the South in the 50's,55's,60's, and 75s age groups. Peggy played on many Southern Intersectional Teams and Tennessee Senior Cup Teams.

In addition to her competitive achievements, Peggy helped to foster the sport of tennis as a member of the inaugural Board of the Chattanooga Tennis Association and as secretary for the Manker Patten Tennis Club, where she was made an Honorary Life Member.

In addition to tennis Peggy taught Sunday School for 30 years at First Centenary United Methodist Church and served as secretary on the Administrative Board. She was also and active volunteer at Normal Park Elementary , where i addition to being PTA president, she started the Junior Garden Club, and was a troop leader for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Peggy was also President of the Riverview Garden Club.