2017

John Rush (CO) - Player
John Rush (CO) - Player

Won 6 Junior tournaments & 5 Club Championships in Buffalo, NY
RIT Golf Team for 4 years (All-American NCAA Division III in 1977)
Won 4 times at MDGA in 1982, 1991, 2005, and 2007
Place 3rd (1982 USDGA Tournament and 1997 USDGC)
1995 WDGC - on USA Men’s Team (won 1st place)
Won 1st place at 2007 USDGC (Seniors Division)
Deaf Nation Golf - winning 3rd, 5th, and 2nd in 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively
Won 4 times at CIDGA in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2006
Won 5 times at MODGA in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1987
Placed 3rd at 2016 WDGC (Seniors Tournament and 1st place - USA Seniors Team)

John Vaughn (MA) - Player
John Vaughn (MA) - Player

11 times SEDGA Champion
2 times National Deaf Golf Champions
2 times National Deaf Golf - 2nd place
2 times Northeast Deaf Golf Champions
2 times Northeast Deaf Golf - 2nd place
6 times Connecticut State Deaf Golf (Low Gross Champion)
5 times Bay State Deaf Golf (MA) Champions
Won 1st place at Deaf Tournaments (Florida, North Carolina, and Mason Dixon)
Participated at WDGC 3 times (1998, 2002, and 2006)
Inducted in 2007 SEDGA Hall of Fame
USDGA Board Member (2003 - 2007)

2015

Bernie Brown (FL) - Leader
Bernie Brown (FL) - Leader

Established US Deaf Golfers Association in 1977, 1st USDGA Tournament in 1982
CSDGA President & Secretary and Chaired tournaments for many Yeats
Participated in CSDGA, BSDGA, MDGA, SEDGA, NEDGA, SSDGA, and FWGAD
Formed NEDGA in 1998 and chaired the 1st Annual Tournament
Chaired the 1st Annual Gallaudet Golf Open (GGO) in 2008
USDGA Board Member & Treasurer (2004 - 2013)
Chef de Mission: WDGC (Scotland 2008)
2015 SEDGA Tournament Committee
USDGA Hall of Fame Chair (2007 to present)

Darrell Hovinen (MI) - Leader
Darrell Hovinen (MI) - Leader

Wolverine Deaf Golfers - Secretary (1992 to present)
Midwest Deaf Golfers - Secretary (2000 - 2004)
Midwest Deaf Golfers - President (2005 to present)
1994 NDGA Chairperson
1998 MDGA Chairperson
USDGA - Secretary (2009 - 2013)
2014 WDGC Chairperson and Tournament Director
Participated in 3 WDGC, 10 NDGA/USDGC, 23 MDGA, and 8 SEDGA tournaments
2008 World Team Champion
2 times MDGA Champion
16 times Wolverine Deaf Golfers Champion in 26 tournaments

Gerald Isobe (HI) - Player
Gerald Isobe (HI) - Player

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Sports HOF (2001 Inductee)
NCAA Division III All-American (Third Team - 1975)
1st National Deaf Champion of US Deaf Golfers Association in 1982
Head Coach for Punahou Junior Varsity Boys & Girls Team (1992 - 2004)
Participated World Deaf Golf Championship 6 times
Participated NDGA/USDGC 7 times
US Jaycess Top Ten Young Americans (1987)
RIT Distinguished Alumnus Award (1988)

Claude Stout (MD) - Leader
Claude Stout (MD) - Leader

Board Member, SEDGA (1979 - 1984)
Secretary-Treasurer, SEDGA (1979 - 1980)
President, SEDGA (1981 - 1984)
Board Member, USDGA (1999 - 2007)
President, USDGA (1999 - 2007)
Chef de Mission, US Deaf Golf Team - WDGC: Ireland (2002) and Sweden (2004)
Participated in 7 SEDGA and 2 MDGA tournaments

2013

Helen DiFalco (AZ) - Leader
Helen DiFalco (AZ) - Leader

MDLGA: Was both a premium player and a leader, participated in MDLGA events for over 37 years
President of MDLGA for several years plus other duties
Founded Wolverines Deaf Ladies Golf Association in 1977
WDLGA: Tournament Chairperson for 18 years

George Dyess (MD) - Player
George Dyess (MD) - Player

Participated SEDGA 22 times, MDGA 6 times, NDGA 3 times; FWGAD, SWDGA, and NEDGA once each
One of the few golfers to participate old USDGC and existing USDGC
Participated 2002, 2004, and 2010 WDGC
Served on the board for SEDGA as President for two terms and USDGA
Volunteered to help several Deaf Golfers who became top golfers
Helped and supervised Deaf Youth Golf Camp for 3 years
Taught recreational golf lesson to hearing kids with disabilities in Montgomery County (MD) for 5 years

Linda Nelson (NC) - Leader
Linda Nelson (NC) - Leader

Participated in MDLGA tournaments since 1971
Helped set up & chaired Twin Cities Deaf Golf Tournaments in 1970s
Chaired 1979 MDLGA Event
Currently on MDLGA Board as Law Chair, did served as a secretary for many years
Helped established Eastern States Deaf Ladies Association
Served on USDGA Board member for 8 years

Heyward Thompson (SC) - Player
Heyward Thompson (SC) - Player

Was the oldest NDGA/USDGC Champion at the age of 57
At age of 69, he finished 3rd place behind Doren Cranberry and Bill Roberts in the 1993 NDGA Tournament in Williamsburg, VA
At SEDGA 1993, he placed 2nd to youthful Canadian Jonathan Rose
Won several SEDGA tournaments
Elected to the SEDGA Hall of Fame in 1994

2011

Norman Artz (OH) - Player
Norman Artz (OH) - Player

Ohio (ODGA): 30 years as participant, 22 times as champion
MDGA: 36 years as participant, 5 times champion (9 times as runner-up, 27 times in top 5)
SWDGA: 5 years as participant, 3 times champion, 2 times as runner-up
NDGA: 9 years as participant (2 times runner-up)
FWGAD: runner up in 2001
USDGA (old): participant in 1982
Elected to the MDGA Hall of Fame in 1986

Gordon Bachman (MI) - Leader
Gordon Bachman (MI) - Leader

Sole Founder of the Wolverine Deaf Golfers of Michigan (WDGM) organization: 50 years as participant, 2 times champion
Served as a Secretary/Treasurer for WDGM for 22 years, 5 years as President, 2 years as Vice-President
MDGA: 28 years as participant, was 1970 Tournament Chairperson, 3 times tournament committee (1963, 1980, and 1989)
SEDGA participant twice in 1988 and 1995
USDGA (old) participant in 1982
Elected to the MDGA Hall of Fame in 1990

Doren Granberry (CA) - Player
Doren Granberry (CA) - Player

Holds course record - 61 at Gold Hills CC in Redding, CA
Runner-up at Redding City Amateur Open in 1982 and Champion in 1984
North State Amateur Champion in 1991, Shasta County (CA) Amateur Champion in 2002
Won Club Champion 6 times at Gold Hills CC
FWGAD: Participated 5 times, winning 3 times (1983, 1984, and 1993)
NDGA: Participated 6 times, winning 3 times (1992, 1993, and 1994), two times as runner-up (1996 & 1999) and worst finish is 3rd place in 1997
USDGC: 4 years as participant (2003 - 2009), runner-up in 2003, won first in 2005, and runner-up in 2007 (to Kevin Hall)
WDGC: 6 years as participant (1995, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2010), won 1995 Champion, placed 3rd twice in 2004 and 2006

Jim Potter (MN) - Leader
Jim Potter (MN) - Leader

MDGA: 24 years as participant, served President 12 straight years, 4 years as a secretary, won 3 times flight open
Was responsible for improving MDGA organization management by establishing the delegates meeting from each state to discuss business which reduced the membership meeting time
Was the tournament chairperson in 1992
Established the handicap competition at the 2003 MDGA tournament and is still the handicapper for MDGA
Helped North Arizona Deaf Golfers with handicap system
SEDGA participant in 1994
FWGAD participants in 1998 and 2000
Elected to the MDGA Hall of Fame in 2000

2009

Bill Roberts (MO) - Player
Bill Roberts (MO) - Player
Susan J. Zupnik (NJ) - Player
Susan J. Zupnik (NJ) - Player

Won 1996 Missouri State Amateur, 2nd place (twice)
Won 12-13 Club Championships
Won City Championship in Springfield, MO
Missouri State Mid-Amateur: 3rd and 4th places several times
MDGA - Won 7 times
SWDGA - Won in 1991
FWGAD - Won in 1992
NDGA - Won 5 times, 2nd place (5 times)
USDGC - Won 2 times
WDGC - 2nd place (2 times), 3rd place (once)
USDGA - Board Member 2007-2011

Formed NJDGA with 3 golfers in 1989
Won NJDGA Low Gross (4 times), Low Net (once)
Participated CSDGA, BSDGA, ESDGA, winning several times
SEDGA - Participated 7 times, winning 4 times
MLDGA - Winning once
Participated NDGA from 1992 to 1999
USDGC - since 2001, won in 2007, 2nd place (twice)
WDGC 2000 - 2008, finished 2nd place twice & 3rd place (once)
Served on WDGF Board 2000 - 2006
USDGA Board member since 2001
USA Team Director since 2002

2007

Roy DeMotte (FL) - Leader
Roy DeMotte (FL) - Leader

Co-Founder, National Deaf Golf Association (1980)
President, NDGA for two years
Attended all NDGA events from 1980 to 2000
Men’s Open Champion - SWDGA (1996)
Active with Florida Deaf Golf Association for 17 years
Treasurer, FDGA for 10 years
President, FDGA for six years

Harold Deuel (FL) - Leader
Harold Deuel (FL) - Leader

Participated in SEDGA Tournament 34 times (between 1970 and 2007)
SEDGA Vice President - 1970, 1973-74, and 2003-04
SEDGA President - 1977-1980 & 1985-86
Editor of SEDGA News from 1976 to 1994
Achieved first place in all flights but one (Championship) during a span of 34 years at SEDGA
Participated in NCDGA end-of-year tournament 26 times since 1980
Served as President, Vice President or Secretary-Treasurer fro over 30 years with NCDGA
Most Valuable Golfer, NCDGA (1980)
Editor of NCDGA News from 1975 to 2203
Golf Columnist for The Bulger

Jim Hynes (MD) - Leader
Jim Hynes (MD) - Leader

Founder, United States Deaf Golf Association
Board Member, USDGA (1995 to present)
Member, Organizing Committee, World Deaf Golf Federation
Vice President & Board Member, World Deaf Golf Federation (1996 - 2006)
Chef De Mission, US Deaf Golf Team: England (1996), South Africa (2000), and Canada (2006)
Chairman, 2nd World Deaf Golf Championships in Abbottstown, PA in 1998
Men’s Open Champion, SWDGA (1977 & 1990)
Executive Director, National Deaf Golf Association

Neil Johnson (MN) - Player
Neil Johnson (MN) - Player

Head Coach, Gallaudet Varsity Golf Team (1974-1980)
Only player with the distinction of winning at least once in a Deaf Golf Association Men’s Open Championship in all regions in America except one
- Men’s Open Champion, SEDGA (1997)
- Men’s Open Champion, MDGA (1982)
- Men’s Open Champion, SWDGA (1968, 1970, 1971, and 1972)
- Men’s Open Champion, FWGAD (1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, and 2001)
Men’s Senior Division Champion, SEDGA (2006 & 2007)
Co-Instructor, America Deaf Golf Education Foundation
Captain, US Deaf Golf Men’s Team, 2nd World Deaf Golf Championships (1998)

Ray Kessenich (P) (WI) - Leader
Ray Kessenich (P) (WI) - Leader

Men’s Open Champion, MDGA (1947 & 1954)
Member of Lake Ripley Country Club in Cambridge, WI
Co-Organizer for pst Annual Midwest Deaf Golfers Association (MDGA) Tournament in Elkhart, WI in 1947
Attended the MDGA tournaments 44 times, from 1947 to 1983, and then from 1985 to 1991
MDGA Vice President: 1958-60
MDGA Secretary-Treasurer: 1961-65 and 1971-73
MDGA First Flight Champion (1957, 1960, and 1987)
Wisconsin Deaf Golf Association Champion (1991)

Jack Kunz (P) (MN) - Player
Jack Kunz (P) (MN) - Player

Men’s Open Champion, MDGA (1956, 1960, 1961, and 1976)
Starred in all sports including football, baseball, and golf in school and as an adult
Achieved a remarkable feat by attending MDGA tournament for 52 consecutive years (1948-1999)
MDGA President (1951, 1958, 1959, and 1960)
Participated in the MDGA Championship flights 44 times
MDGA First Flight Champion (1990)
MDGA Senior Champion (14 times)
Oldest MDGA Open Champion in 1976 at age 60
Oldest MDGA First Flight Champion in 1990 at age 74
Oldest MDGA Senior Champion in 2000 at age 83

Gil Lentz (P) (CA) - Leader
Gil Lentz (P) (CA) - Leader

Men’s Open Champion, FWGAD (1981 & 1985)
Co-Instructor, American Deaf Golf Education Foundation
President, FWGAD (1990-1994)
In the 1980s, he participated as a member of Sunol GC team in the Oldsmobile Scramble tournament. The team won local, regional, and state competition in California to compete in the national tournament at the Woodlands in Houston, Texas.

Francis Mog (CO) - Leader
Francis Mog (CO) - Leader

Co-Founder, National Deaf Golf Association (1980)
Treasurer & Board Member, NDGA
Co-Founder, Colorado Deaf Golf Association (1969)
President, Midwest Deaf Golf Association - 3 years
Trustee, MDGA - 3 years

Patty Sue Ploysa (NY) - Player
Patty Sue Ploysa (NY) - Player

First Deaf Women’s Individual World Champion (Ireland, 2002)
United States Deaf Golf Women’s Champion (2003 & 2005)
Local Area Junior Girls Champion (Age 10-12 Bracket twice and Age 15-16 Bracket twice)
Contender, US Junior Girls Championships in Connecticut and Maryland
Lancaster Country Club Women’s Club Champion (26 times)
Buffalo Women’s District Champion (1997)
Women’s Western New York Champion (1983)
Co-Founder, MDLGA in 1964 and President - 7 years
Midwest Deaf Ladies Golf Association (MDLGA) Champion (10 times)
SEDGA Ladies Champion - twice
Eastern Deaf Women Golf Champion (3 times)
New York State Ladies Seniors Champion (Age 52 Bracket)

Anna Prinzevalle (IL) - Leader
Anna Prinzevalle (IL) - Leader

Co-Founder, Midwest Deaf Ladies Golf Association
Revered by her fellow MDLGA members for her warm friendship & charming personality
Legendary for wonderful after-tourney parties for new & old friends at MDLGA

Wilbur Sawhill (IA) - Leader
Wilbur Sawhill (IA) - Leader

Member, MDGA (1949 to present)
Participated in MDGA tournament 49 times
MDGA Tournament Chairman (1952, 1957, 1969, 1976, and 2000)
MDGA Vice President (1951, 1968, and 1976)
MDGA Secretary-Treasurer (1956, 1957, and 1968)
MDGA First Flight Champion (1962 & 1974)
Shot 86 in the final round of 2006 MDGA Tournament in Michigan, oldest golfer to shoot his age, 86
Shot 83 in a round during the 2003 MDGA Tournament in Indiana at his age, 83