Like so many of his time, Jack Seltzer found his passion for golf after seeing Arnold Palmer on television win the Masters Tournament.
It sent the young Seltzer to a municipal driving range and course in Flint where he played 54 holes a day, Monday through Friday, making greens fees money by mowing neighbors’ lawns on weekends.
He grew through Flint’s junior golf program and won at every level—junior, high school, and college—before turning professional.
He claimed every state major title, competing in five national PGA Championships and representing the USA in Scotland against the British and Irish. Seltzer became the first to break par for 72 holes in winning the Michigan Open in 1987 at The Bear, ranked one of the toughest courses in the country.
He has given back to the game with an outstanding teaching career and flourished as a club professional in Michigan and Florida.
Year inducted: 2012