Michigan Disc Golf Hall of Fame

The MDGO is proud to announce the 2017 inductees to the

Michigan Disc Golf

Hall of Fame


Mark Ellis  PDGA  #7423

  • Career Wins: 105*
  • Career Earnings: $29,160.83*
  • Member Since: 1993

Al Haaksma PDGA  #5870

  • Career Wins: 1*
  • Member Since: 1988

Started disc golfing in the early 80s, before Brewer had baskets, and he had golf discs. Soon, he joined the league that Joe Gill and Chuck DeVries had going. A few years later, with the help of Karl Hellwig, Amy Vreiland, Tom Strickland, Joe Kowalski, and a few more, they formed the Grand Rapids Disc Golf Club.  A few years passed, then the MDGO was formed. A state series and championship was created. The year 2000 brought the first ever combined world championship, PAW 2000. That event was the most groundbreaking event he ever had the pleasure to work. Looking back, they thought were crazy to do it, but pulled it off. Al says, “it’s been awesome to see disc golf explode in Michigan, and the growth is still happening.” Continuing to say, “I feel so blessed to be part of this, and twice as honored to be inducted to the Michigan Disc Golf Hall of Fame.”

Mike Raley PDGA  #7846 

  • Career Wins: 77*
  • Career Earnings: $83,825.06*
  • Member Since: 1993


Al “Sugar” Schack PDGA #3407

  • Career Wins: 108*
  • Career Earnings: $120,164.82*

Keith Aten PDGA # 6147

  • Career Wins: 16*
  • Career Earnings: $2,399.50*

Founding member CCR Club (Lansing), Mt Pleasant Disc Golf, & Gratiot Co Disc Clan. Founding member of the Michigan Disc Golf Org.  Creator and promoter of the JBird Players Series. MDGO Officer.

Jeff Schwass PDGA # 6148

  • Career Wins: 6*

Founder of the Mason Co Disc Golf Org. TD for the Worlds largest B tier The Discraft Michigan State Championships. Designer and  installer of Ludington areas 6 courses.



Jim Kenner   PDGA # 292

  • Career Wins: 13*
  • Career Earnings: $4,693.50*
  • PDGA Hall of Fame Class of 1997

A modest pioneer in a sometimes flamboyant industry, Jim Kenner has proven himself to be a brilliant innovator in the pursuit of flying disc excellence. Experimenting with both new shapes and materials, Kenner’s development of a unique line of flying discs has been punctuated with the introduction of disc designs so radical and inventive that they mark a turning point in the nature of the game. Though he could easily rest on his laurels as a pivotal developer of disc technology, Jim Kenner continues to contribute to the growth of disc golf as a consistent supporter and sponsor of events and players.

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Jay Matthes PDGA # 6431

  • Career Wins: 8*
  • Career Earnings: $1,943.00*

Sue Stephens PDGA # 10977

  • Career Wins: 93*
  • Career Earnings: $20,733.50*
  • Advanced Women World Champion
  • 2012 Womens Master World Champion
  • 2016 Womens Master World Champion

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