MOULTRIE — Former Colquitt County High and University of Georgia tennis star Lisa Spain Short has been selected by the USTA Southern Section for induction into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Westin in Atlanta.

She and outstanding North Carolina player Bill Weathers are the only two inductees in the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, which was established in 1977.

Short was inducted into the Georgia Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Playing for Mike Jenkins, Short was a four-time Georgia High School state tennis champion and posted a 56-1 high school record. She was ranked No. 1 in Georgia girls 18s and No. 34 in USTA 18s.

After graduating from Colquitt County High in 1980, she became the first female tennis player at the University of Georgia to be awarded a full scholarship.

At Georgia, she played for the legendary Dan Magill and was the No. 1 singles and doubles player for four years.

Magill devoted several pages in his book “Match Pointers” to Short, calling her “a good, smart athlete with plenty of fighting spirit.”

As a freshman, she was the runner-up in the SEC at No. 1 singles, a title she later won as a junior and senior.

Also as a senior, she was the ITCA All-America singles winner and in May 1984, she capped her collegiate career by winning the NCAA singles championships.

She was a four-time All-SEC and a three-time All-American at Georgia.

Short played on the Women’s Tennis Association pro circuit form 1984-1987, playing in all four Grand Slam championships each of those years and reaching a ranking of No. 63 in the world.

In 1987, she beat top-10 player Sylvia Hanika and took Stffi Graf to three sets at Wimbledon.

She also taught at the Atlanta Athletic Club, but gave up tennis for nearly 10 years when her children were young.

Now living in Atlanta, she continues to compete at tennis in ALTA events, runs marathons, has entered triathlons and has become a fine golfer.

The daughter of Hank and Jean Spain of Moultrie, Lisa and husband Herbert Short, also of Moultrie, have three children, Katherine 17, Madison 15 and Spain 13.

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