This award recognizes contributions of long drive competitors who have been instrumental in the development of the sport.
2012 Inductee: Bill "Doc" Droege
Dr. Bill Droege wears the sport of Long Drive both on his cap and on his sleeve. His St. Louis Cardinal Cap and St. Louis Long Drive Team are synonymous with Droege. From the beginning of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Droege stepped up and began hosting some of the largest local and regional qualification events across North America. He also put together a team of professionals called the St. Louis Long Drive Team. Droege spearheaded charity efforts and 100's of area events showcasing the amazing talents of the hometown LDA players.
Droege is no stranger to the RE/MAX tee having amassed a solid competitive record over the years. He made the finals twice in the senior division as well as a runner-up in the Super Senior division in 2006.
Droege is most proud of his annual fundraiser he holds at Busch stadium where he is granted the keys to the park for the day from good friend skipper Tony LaRussa. People come from all over to stand at home plate and try to hit one out the park. "Doc" Droege bags a home-run that day raising 10's of thousands of dollars for area St. Louis Charities.
Droege joins Obie Anderson and Ralph Calise as recipients of this prestigious honor.
Obie Anderson, 2010: Universally regarded as one of the “good guys” in long drive, the retired law enforcement officer from Northern California is an accomplished competitor (RE/MAX world runner-up) as well as goodwill ambassador.
Ralph Calise, 2011: Calise, who carries on a family tradition in the sport, has competed at the finals in each of the past five decades. He’s also been a dedicated host of RE/MAX WLDC qualifying events – locals and regionals.