Hometown – Boulder, CO
School – Fairview High School
Major – Biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology
Class – 2012
Where are they now – Baylor Medical School
Official Whitman Profile
Junior season (2010-11) - Named Northwest Conference Player of Year after leading Whitman to fourth straight NWC championship … Named NWC Student-Athlete of Week twice during spring season … Named “Most Outanding Performer” in Whitman’s junior class in voting by school’s coaching staff … Only player in NWC to go undefeated at No. 1 singles during conference season … Teamed with freshman Andrew La Cava at No. 1 doubles for 9-1 record against NWC foes … Also teamed with La Cava during Spring Break for impressive 8-2 doubles victory over Trinity seniors Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal, the runners-up at previous year’s NCAA Division III national doubles championship … That doubles victory helped Whitman notch a 5-4 triumph over Trinity, ranked No. 9 nationally at the time … Contributed wins in singles and doubles to a 6-3 Spring Break victory over Swarthmore … Earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American honors in the fall by winning Pacific Northwest regional doubles title (with La Cava); they rolled past Whitman teammates Chris Bailey and Sam Sadeghi in the doubles final … Holton-Burke lost 7-5, 7-5 to La Cava in the regional singles semifinals … After winning their regional doubles title, Holton-Burke and La Cava lost 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (10-8), 1-0 (10-6) to Trinity’s Cocanougher and Kowal at the National Small Championships in Mobile, Ala. … Holton-Burke’s dominant junior season came after he spent the summer of 2010 in full-time tennis training in San Diego.
Sophomore season (2009-10) - Posted 10-1 doubles record (8-1 NWC) during spring dual match season … Was 8-5 in singles (5-1 NWC) … Won at No. 3 doubles (with Jeff Tolman) and No. 6 singles as Whitman cruised past Willamette 5-1 for third straight NWC championship … Rallied for three-set win at No. 6 singles to score clinching fifth team point in 6-3 Spring Break victory over Pomona-Pitzer … Tallied two team points in 6-3 loss to defending NCAA Division III champion UC-Santa Cruz, winning in three sets at No. 5 singles and joining Nadeem Kassam for 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles …Teamed with Quin Miller to make doubles semifinals of regional ITA fall tournament; also made quarterfinals in singles before losing to teammate Matt Solomom.
Freshman season (2008-09) - Enjoyed undefeated rookie season, posting records of 10-0 (7-0 NWC) in singles and 8-0 (5-0 NWC) in doubles during spring season … Played most of his singles matches in lower half of line-up … Played most of his doubles matches at No. 2 and No. 3 slots … Contributed wins in singles and doubles to Spring Break victories over Oberlin, St. Thomas and Westminster.
Prep - Played tennis at Fairview High, helping the Knights finish second at Colorado’s Class 5A state tournament as a senior.
Academics - Pursuing mathematics minor in addition to biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology major … Only member of his Whitman class elected as a junior to national academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa … One of 10 juniors who served as commencement marshals at Whitman commencement ceremonies in May 2011 … Honored at end of his sophomore and junior years for having one of the five highest grade point averages among all varsity athletes at Whitman … Hopes to base senior thesis on his laboratory research (summer 2011) into development of small-molecule cancer-fighting drugs aimed at preventing degradation of tumor-suppressing proteins … Works as chemistry tutor for Whitman’s Academic Resource Center … Plans to delay graduate school studies for one year, possibly to pursue life-long goal of earning ATP world tennis ranking by winning at least one match on the Futures Tour … Undecided between medical school and Ph.D. program in chemistry … Teaching college-level chemistry while coaching tennis is one career possibility … Older brother Johnny currently in medical school at St. George’s University in New Castle, England, and Grenada, West Indies.
Personal - Son of Pat Burke and Nancy Holton … Father played rugby and golf at Regis University … Has three older siblings — sister Maggie and brothers Matt and Johnny … Brother Matt played four seasons of varsity tennis at Catholic University in Washington D.C. … Serves as philantrophy chair for Phi Delta Theta fraternity … Enjoys playing basketball as hobby.