When UT decides to name a street after someone, they do not select just any normal Volunteer. Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, Chamique Holdsclaw — all of those Vols were famous for their superior dedication to the Volunteer community.
Enter Ann Baker Furrow, the newest addition to UT road name honorees.
As the first woman to ever play a men's varsity sport at UT, Furrow was a member on the golf team in 1964 and 1965. She went on to win five Tennessee Women's Amateur Championships and still holds the record for Knox Area Women's Golf Association titles with 12.
Ranked 19th in a Division I coaches' poll, UT women's golf has become a stalwart on leaderboards. The sport would not exist at UT, however, if it had not been for Furrow. She pushed for the creation of the team in 1991, serving as the interim head coach for a year before working as an assistant coach for the next fifteen. Her fundraising efforts have raised $2 million to endow the team.
Even though her titles and contributions in the sports world are renowned, sports were just the beginning for Furrow. She continued to pioneer, serving as the first woman appointed to the UT Board of Trustees. At the time, in 1970, Furrow was also the youngest member ever on the board at age 26. Over the next 18 years, Furrow would serve as the board's vice chair and on the Academic Affairs Committee.
Perhaps her most impressive achievement at UT was the breadth of her achievements themselves. She received the first Robert R. Neyland Academic Scholarship, served as the president of her sorority Alpha Delta Pi and was a homecoming queen finalist in 1966, as a junior. She also filled the sweetheart role for Phi Delta Theta — her now husband, Sam Furrow, was a brother there.
On the road that bears her name already lay the homes of several sororities in the Sorority Village. ADPi moved in Friday night, and more are scheduled throughout the year.
No one can deny that Ann Baker Furrow Boulevard will be a busy street someday.
Granted, Ann Baker Furrow was a pretty busy woman herself.