General Lawence (Larry)
United States of America
Fresno, California, United States of America
Fresno, California, United States of America


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Larry Huebner was the complete man. He lived his life with a wonderful balance of passion and meekness. His faith in Jesus and his love of family were the priorities and guidelines of his life. And he had the most infectious laugh. Larry was born in Fresno on May 8, 1931. He graduated from Fresno High in 1949 lettering in three sports: tennis, basketball, and baseball.

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA’s) John Wooden, who became a lifelong friend, recruited him to play basketball, but tennis triumphed. He captained the UCLA tennis team to two national championships and won an individual title in doubles. It was at UCLA where he met the love of his life, Gretchen, who was the head pep girl: a match made in heaven. Larry completed his degree in business and then served two years as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Navy stationed in Hawaii with Gretchen.

From boyhood Larry loved to ski, fly-fish, and backpack in the Sierras. And recently he discovered a passion for golf! But these activities were joys for him when shared with friends and family. It was Larry’s accomplishments in tennis that he was most recognized and for which he was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fresno High School Wall of Fame. He taught the game he loved to countless people who enjoy the sport because of his mentorship. One of his greatest legacies to the Fresno tennis community is his instrumental role in founding the Fig Garden Swim and Racket Club and serving as the first president and head tennis pro.

Larry’s passions to teach and serve extended to his church and community. For decades he served on the council of Trinity Lutheran Church, taught Sunday School and Bible study, and he and Gretchen cherished the study group they led in their home. He served nearly 40 years on the Salvation Army advisory council and counseled men seeking recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Larry touched so many people’s lives that we are only now beginning to discover and for which we are so proud.


Archive statistics 1950 - 1978

Tournament wins 1976 - Fresno State Center (Open)
1972 - Captain Weber Days (Open)
1964 - San Francisco Pros (Professional)

Tournaments United States 4 Satellite - Leg 2 - 1978 United States 4 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1978 Fresno State Center - 1976 California State Championship - 1973 San Joaquin Challenge Cup - 1973 Fresno State Center - 1973 Far West Invitation - 1973 California State - Qualifying - 1973 San Joaquin Valley - 1972 Santa Clara County - 1972 Captain Weber Days - 1972 Far West Invitation - 1972 Round Hill Pro Celebrity - 1970 Fresno Pro Championships - 1969 Pacific Coast Professionals - 1968 Fresno Pro Championships - 1967 Fresno Pro Championships - 1966 Pacific Coast Professionals - 1965 California State Pros - 1965 Woodlake Springs Pros - 1965 San Francisco Pros - 1964 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1956 Pensacola - 1956 Santa Ana - 1956 Southern California Championship - 1954 La Jolla Tournament - 1954 Los Angeles Metropolitan - 1954 Ojai Championships - 1954 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1953 Cincinnati - 1953 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1953 La Jolla Tournament - 1953 Palm Springs - 1953 US Open - 1952 Cincinnati - 1952 US Open - 1951 Cincinnati - 1951 US Clay Courts - 1951 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1951 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1950

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