2017: Ann Furrow
First Lady of Tennessee, Ann Furrow was the pioneer of Lady Vols Golf playing on the men’s team at UT in 1964 and 1965. Not only was she the first woman to play a men’s varsity sport at the University of Tennessee, she was also on a full men’s scholarship during her collegiate career.
In addition to being the first woman golfer at Tennessee, she was the first woman ever appointed to the UT Board of Trustees and served for 18 years. At the age of 26, she was also the youngest person ever to be selected as a member of the board.
Furrow put together an accomplished career as an amateur golfer, winning various tournaments and receiving high national rankings. She was a five-time Tennessee Women’s Amateur Champion, with victories in the event spanning nearly 20 years. After winning the Western Junior Golf Association Championships in 1961 and placing second at the USGA National Amateur in 1962, she became the top-ranked junior golfer and the 10th-ranked female golfer overall in the United States.
Not only has Furrow endowed a full scholarship at UT Knoxville, she has also worked closely with the Lady Vol development office in raising more than $2 million toward fully endowing the UT women’s golf team. She is also a pillar of the community holding positions on numerous boards, including the Covenant Health Board, the Fort Sanders Foundation, the National Board of AnGeL Ministries, the International Board of Joni and Friends, the Spiritual Heritage Knoxville Board and the Spiritual Heritage Nantucket Board.