This coming year will mark the 20th annual Goodfellows tennis tournament, which is held in Owensboro each year to not only benefit the Goodfellows Club, but also to honor the memory of former Daviess County resident and tennis player Luke Woodward, who died of a brain aneurysm during his senior year of law school.

The tournament is spearheaded by former Goodfellows board member Janie Walther, who remains the club’s tennis tournament coordinator.

Walther said Woodward’s family were supporters of the Goodfellows Club, and in honor of that support and his tennis reputation, she thought putting on an annual tennis tournament would be a good way to continue his legacy.

“His mom and dad were both members of Goodfellows, so we combined it into the Goodfellows Club Luke Woodward Classic,” she said.

Walther, a tennis coach at Apollo High School, said the tournament brings people from all of the area to play each summer, with around 120-150 people participating each year.

She said Woodward’s friends also have made a habit of visiting each year to participate in the tournament to remember him.

Participation, she said, is fairly affordable, but some also get sponsorships ranging from $250-$1,000.

The three-day event is typically held each year around late-July to early-August.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 29-31 at the Owensboro Tennis Complex and Moreland Park. Walther said she anticipates it will be a good year, despite COVID-19’s lingering effects.

Though the last tournament brought in slightly fewer participants, it was one of the few Goodfellows fundraisers that continued throughout the duration of the pandemic, which helped the club continue its important work.

Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to or dropped off at the newspaper office, 1401 Frederica St. Owensboro, Ky, 42301. Donations can also be made online at Or, text RollCall to 41444.

Goodfellows Roll Call, December 8, 2021

Previously reported …$15,751.83

Bob and Sue Bastin …$1,100

In memory of Larry Young and Brett Fredericks by K.J. Harney …$1,000

In memory of George and Anna Helm …$1,000

In memory of Bill and Nancy Hurley, and Mary Jeanne and Pete Dewey …$1,000

Sherri and Scott Plain, Jr. …$500

Ernest and Nadine Shock …$500

In memory of Kenneth H. Knight and Laura B. Knight, and Conrad C. Embry and Roberta J. Embry …$500

In memory of Tom Foster, Mike Foster, and John Allen foster by Kathy and David Patton …$350

In memory of John and Betty Yager …$300

In loving memory of Peggy Howard by Dr. Howard …$250

In memory of Don Gross by Dave and Hester Cronin …$200

In memory of Inez Winstead and Sally Wilford …$200

Doris Black …$100

In memory of Tom Johnson by Larry and Julie Johnson …$100

Office Furniture and Forms LLC …$100

Anonymous …$100

Womans Club of Owensboro Inc. …$100

In memory of Ida Wood …$100

Rich and Janet Suwanski …$100

In memory of my husband, Donnie Barker …$100

In memory of my husband, James Lony

Thomson by Henrietta Thomson …$100

Dr. Robert and Linda Knight …$100

In memory of Joe and Catherine Conkright …$100

In memory of Marvin and Pauline Melhiser …$100

In memory of Virgil C. King, Jr. , Mary Onstott King, and Virgil Clifton Halley …$75

Fred and Barbara Bradley …$50

In honor and memory of our members who have passed by the Open Door Sunday School class of Settle Memorial …$50

In memory of Justin Adcock by the LeCates family …$25

In loving memory of Jim Burns by wife and family …$25

Total as of December 8, 2021 …$24,076.83

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