Howard (Buddy) Walker

Howard (Buddy) Walker, playing for Garland High School in the early 1950s achieved the greatest recognition of any high school tennis player of the city by winning two state doubles championships and the state singles championship. In his freshman year at Garland High in 1950, Buddy won the district singles championship. Earlier he teamed with Rod Williams to win the boys doubles championship of the T.A.A.F. in 1948. In 1951, he won the junior boys singles in the Texas Junior Tennis Development Tournament and was selected for the Texas Junior Davis Cup Team. Teamed with fellow sophomore, Barry Pelton, in 1951, the two won the district and regional titles and then captured the Conference A-B state doubles championship at the state meet. Buddy and Barry as juniors in 1952, again won the district and regional titles and the Conference A-B state doubles championship. In 1953 as a Garland High senior, Buddy won the district and regional singles title and then won the Conference A-B state singles championship. During his high school days, he won numerous tournaments, defeating the best players among his age-group competitors without regard to the classification of their schools. At Baylor University, he competed with the Bear freshman tennis team, and then in 1956, he began competition with the Baylor varsity team. He played as the Bruin No. 3 singles player and as a member of the No. 1 doubles team for three varsity seasons. During Buddy's senior season of competition for the Baylor varsity team in 1958, the Bears won 46 matches and lost only 27, with Buddy winning nine singles matches and losing five.