Mac Winker
Mac Winker A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 1960, active in football, basketball, baseball and track.

“Big Mac” as he was called earned two minor letters and eight major letters as a four-sport athlete. He received his minor letters his sophomore year in football and basketball and earning his major letters for all four sports during his junior and senior years.

In addition to these honors, Mac earned All Conference Honorable Mention in football as a senior. In basketball, he was named Most Valuable Player and winner of the Harry Fitze Free Throw Award as a junior, First Team All Conference as a junior and First Team All conference and All State Honorable Mention as a senior. He also was the team leader in scoring both his junior and senior years. In track, he was First Team All Conference in the high jump and All Conference Honorable Mention in the broad jump as a senior.

One of his most notable accomplishments was in baseball his senior year. Tomahawk sported an 11-1 record and faced 13-1 Chetek in the sectional finals and a trip to state. Mac hit a double, driving in the only two runs for a 2-1 Tomahawk victory and the first Hatchet trip to state in baseball. As an individual, Mac hit a blistering .481 his senior year.

After high school, he aended Michigan State University on a basketball scholarship playing basketball his freshman year. He graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Hotel Management in 1965. In the fall of that year, Mac entered the service and became a Green Beret spending three years in the service including a tour in Viet Nam. He earned several medals including a combat medal during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

In 1978, Mac moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he assumed the position as Chairman of the Board at The Racquet Club of Memphis which hosts ATP and WTA professional tennis tournaments. In 1984, he helped to construct the first in the world executive suites, which were made exclusively for tennis and now have become the standard for all new tennis arenas. Other notable accomplishments include the Master Club Manager distinction, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State in The School of Hospitality Business, the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award and Memphis’ Executive of the Year. In 2002, Mac was inducted into the inaugural Ice Carving Hall of Fame. His proudest business achievement was raising over ten million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Presently, Mac and his wife, Claire are retired, living on the Jersey Flowage where they enjoy the Tomahawk area that they grew up in.

Inducted: 2011