Alpena Sports Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees
If there’s one thing that Faith Egli, Scott MacKenzie, Darvin Walmsley and James Glennie all share in common, it’s that all four of them consistently excelled in their respective sports.
That consistency took some of them to the highest highs in state, regional and national competition and on Monday that consistency earned each of them a spot in the 2013 class of the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame.
The quartet will be inducted on at the Hall of Fame’s annual banquet on May 3 at the APlex.
Egli graduated from Alpena in 1984 and has since put together one of the most impressive resumes in women’s golf. She attended Michigan State for four years, was a two-time all-Big Ten selection and was nominated for MSU’s Athlete of the Decade award after a successful collegiate career.
After graduating from MSU, Egli joined the LPGA tour and participated in the US Women’s Open in 1989. In her professional career she has won numerous events and played in over a dozen LPGA events from 1993-2010. She is only one of a select few golf professionals to hold membership in both the PGA and LPGA.
“I would like to thank the Alpena Boosters Club,” Egli said in a statement that was read by her friend Stacee Martin. “I’m very excited to be honored by my hometown.”
Egli still competes in events and most recently won the 2013 Ohio Senior Women’s Open, but she has become a sought after golf instructor and has won several teaching awards. She is listed as one of the top 50 LPGA instructors in the United States and has won two LPGA Midwest Section Golf Professional of the Year awards in the last three years.
Joining the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame will further add to Egli’s distinguished career. She has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the PGA of America and was one of six members of the inaugural class of the Alpena Alumni Hall of Fame.
“She went as high as you can go. To have a golfer excel in Northern Michigan where you practice in the snow is amazing,” Sports Hall of Fame President Gary Mischley said.
Glennie was a football and basketball standout for the Wildcats who earned six letters as a Wildcat. In his senior basketball season, he averaged 23 points a game and was the only unanimous all-Arrowhead Conference pick. He was a Class A all-state pick and set conference and school records for most points in a game with 35. He was offered a scholarship to Western Michigan, but stayed home and played at Alpena Community College.
As a four-year letter winner in baseball, Glennie excelled as a pitcher, catcher and hitter and was team captain as a senior.
He was represented on Monday by his childhood friend Roger Bauer.
“I watched most of his sporting endevors and he was good at anything he played,” Bauer said.
Walmsley, a 1955 Alpena graduate, has excelled as a competitive shooter in more than 50 years of competition. He has distinguished himself as a marksman in local city leagues such as the Besser Rifle League and City Rifle League along with many national competitions. He was awarded the United States Army Distinguished Shooting Medal with a .45 in only three years. He was part of the Michigan National Guard team that won a national title in 1967 and has excelled in several categories in competitions for both pistol and rifle shooting.
“I feel privileged to be in the Hall of Fame and nominated for it,” Walmsley said. “Shooting has been pretty much my whole life. I feel it’s an honor to be inducted.”
MacKenzie, a 1975 Alpena graduate was an accomplished gymnast for the Wildcats, winning a state title on the trampoline as a senior. As a junior he finished 1/100th of a point short of another state championship. Long after he graduated from Alpena, MacKenzie served as the Wildcats’ baseball coach for 11 years and continues to serve as an assistant coach for the football program.
He has served as a coach for Alpena athletics for 30 years.
“This is an honor for me. I was born and raised in Alpena,” McKenzie said. “I look at the wall over there at the APlex and I see a lot of my coaches there, so it’s an honor to be there with them.”
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