Kathy Kraft West was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Tulsa.  Her tennis career is highlighted by her national ranking in 1968 of #5 in 16-and-under singles, her membership on the 1971 Junior Wightman Cup squad, and her participation in the 1971 U.S. Open at Forest Hills.

Highlights of Kathy’s Oklahoma rankings are her #1 ranking in Oklahoma’s girls’ 14, 16, and 18 and under singles in 1966, and her  #1 ranking in Oklahoma’s girls’ 16s, 18s, and women’s singles in 1967.

From 1965 through 1969, Kathy was ranked #1 in singles in her age division in the Missouri Valley.

Nationally she was ranked in singles starting in 1964 through 1972.  Highlights of her national rankings are:  #9 in 1966 (14 and under), #5 in 1968 (16 and under), #11 in 1970 (18 and under), and #34 in 1972 (women’s).

Kathy played #1 singles and doubles as a Freshmen on the Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis Team, and won the #1 singles in the Tennessee Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament.

She was the Head Tennis Professional at the Sequoia Tennis Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and at the Tulsa Tennis Club before her career in Information Technology at IBM and Arthur Young.  Kathy competed on the women’s professional golf mini tour, and has qualified to compete in the USGA Women’s Amateur, the USGA Women’s Senior Amateur, and the USGA State Team Championships.  She is the Southern Hills Country Club golf champion in 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018.  In 2016 Kathy was inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame.