Debbie Williams-Hoak excelled in multiple sports, including being an All-American javelin thrower at the University of Michigan, before taking up golf at age 31.
She learned fast, winning two Michigan Women’s Amateur titles and then turning professional in four years. A winner of the Michigan Women’s Open Championship, she played several years on what is now the LPGA Symetra Tour and played on the LPGA Tour as a celebrated 40-year-old rookie in 2000.
She transitioned to teaching the game she loved and joined the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division in 2006.
When inducted in 2018 she was the director of the Brookside Golf Academy in Ann Arbor and coaching the girls and boys varsity teams at Saline High School.
She was the Michigan Golf Coaches Association’s Girls Coach of the Year in 2017 and was honored by the LPGA with the Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award for inspiring girl golfers in 2018.