Class of 2005
Thay Butchee played his college tennis at Louisiana Polytechnic University during the years 1958-1962 and graduated in 1962. He served in the United States Marines prior to turning pro in 1966. He served as Director of Tennis at St. Petersburg Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida for 4 years and Director of Tennis at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee for 41 years. Thay’s students competed and achieved rankings at the city, state, sectional, national, collegiate and world level, some achieving All American status. During his tenure at Belle Meade, the club hosted the Boy’s 16 National Clay Court Championships from 1976 through 1996, as well as various state and sectional championships. He served as president of the Nashville Tennis Association, chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Pro-Am Charity Tennis event, was a board member for the Tennessee Tennis Association and a member of the Tennessee Hall of Fame selection committee. Thay presented at workshops, symposiums and conventions as a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry. Other memberships include the United States Tennis Association, National Senior Men’s Tennis Association and the International Lawn Tennis Club, whose members have represented their countries in international competition. He was named Pro of the Year, Southern Section of the Professional Tennis Association in 2000 and player of the year in 2002 by the Professional Tennis Registry. The love of competition was and is always present. He has competed at the International, National and Southern levels. He represented the United States in 3 international events. He was a finalist in 10 National events in various age divisions and holds numerous Southern titles. He continues to play and compete. Thay has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 1970.