Induction into the LDA Hall of Fame represents the premier accomplishment for long drive competitors. To date, 14 individuals have received this notable distinction. In order of their induction, they are:
Scott DeCandia: One of two inductees in the inaugural LDA Hall of Fame class in 1996, DeCandia is perhaps best known for “bookending” the decade of the 1980s, capturing U.S. National Long Drive titles in 1980 and 1989.
Mike Gorton: Gorton, who joined Scott DeCandia in the inaugural LDA Hall of Fame class in 1996, has racked up major titles in three divisions. He won the U.S. Nationals in 1987, the RE/MAX WLDC Senior Division in 2000 and the RE/MAX Super Seniors in 2007 and 2008.
Art Sellinger: The winner of two U.S. National Long Drive titles (1986, 1991), Sellinger transitioned to the business side of long drive, becoming owner and chief executive officer of Long Drivers of America. He is also chief instructor at LDA’s Power Academy.
Bobby Wilson: After a quarter century of close calls, Wilson captured his first major, the RE/MAX WLDC Senior Division, in 2004. He added the RE/MAX WLDC Super Seniors title in 2009. Wilson has also won a record 11 LDA Tour titles and is the tour’s top money winner.
Sean Fister: “The Beast” captured three major titles, combining the 1995 U.S. Nationals with the 2001 and 2005 RE/MAX WLDCs. Fister’s 2001 world title came win a dramatic sixth ball walkoff win. He also set a record by winning the RE/MAX Open Division 2005 at age 43.
Michael Hooper: “Hoop” stamped himself as the first dominant RE/MAX WLDC Senior Division competitor, capturing three consecutive titles once the division was launched in 1996.
Jason Zuback: The Canadian strongman is widely regarded as the sport’s premier performer. Zuback owns a record five RE/MAX WLDC Open Division titles, including four straight from 1996-1999. He added his fifth crown in 2006 when the match-play format was adopted.
Mike Reagan: An executive with RE/MAX International, title sponsors of long drive’s marquee event since 1995, Reagan is the first (and to date only) honorary LDA Hall of Fame member.
Evan Williams: “Big Cat” is credited by many with creating visibility for long drive and putting the sport on the map by virtue of his winning back-to-back U.S. National Long Drive Championship titles in 1976 and 1977.
Fred Hooter: A retired corporate pilot, Hooter claimed his first major, the 1999 RE/MAX WLDC Senior Division, at the tender age of 56. He later added RE/MAX WLDC Super Seniors titles in 2003 and 2004.
Stacey Shinnick: The only multiple winner of the RE/MAX WLDC Ladies Division, the tall, graceful Californian claimed titles in 2000 (inaugural event), 2002 and 2005.
Brian Pavlet: Pavlet captured the 1993 U.S. National Long Drive Championship at the outset of a distinguished career that includes multiple LDA Tour wins, plus a slew of high finishes at the RE/MAX WLDC finals.
Pat Dempsey: Following a career in professional baseball, Dempsey made his mark in long drive by winning the 2002 RE/MAX WLDC Senior Division. He enjoyed an amazing run at the 2011 RE/MAX finals, winning the Grand Champions and Super Seniors Divisions and reaching the semifinals in the Senior Division.
Frank Miller: A top-tier competitor for more than two decades, Miller captured the U.S. National Long Drive Championship in 1990. He tacked on the RE/MAX WLDC Senior Division crown in 2007 and added the Super Senior Division title in 2010