Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Induction To Induct Four

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame will induct Becky Iverson, Vartan Kupelian, Paul Rieke and Tom Werkmeister on Sunday June 8 at Ferris State University.

  • Gladstone native Iverson, 46, is an LPGA Tour winner and a former Michigan State University golfer who is now working as a director of golf in Wisconsin.
  • Farmington Hills resident Kupelian, 67, is a multi-media journalist, former Detroit News reporter and past president of the Golf Writers Association of America.
  • Okemos resident Rieke, 79, is a pioneer turfgrass educator for Michigan State University and is recognized as an authority on golf course turf worldwide.
  • Kentwood resident and Warren native Werkmeister, 45, is an amateur golfer who on Monday, June 9, will start defense of his historical 2013 Michigan Open Championship win.These four bring the Hall of Fame membership to 105.

    The induction ceremony and dinner are accompanied by a golf outing to help fund the Michigan Golf Foundation.

    Full press release below:

  • MICHIGAN GOLF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SET FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 8

    Iverson, Kupelian, Rieke, Werkmeister to be honored at Ferris State University

    BIG RAPIDS – It promises to be a great day for the latest class of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame – Becky Iverson, Vartan Kupelian, Paul Rieke and Tom Werkmeister – when the 2014 induction ceremony unfolds Sunday at Ferris State University.

    Beyond the celebration of induction and a golf outing to help fund the Michigan Golf Foundation, details will be made available regarding fundraising and the facilities that will soon house the Ferris’ celebrated Professional Golf Management Program as well as serve as the new home of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

    Tickets remain available. It costs $50 to attend the special Ferris welcome ceremony and induction dinner, and $175 to be part of all of the day’s activities starting with golf at 11 a.m.  The Ferris welcome ceremony is planned for 4 p.m., and the induction dinner is at 5 p.m. in the Holiday Inn & Banquet Center.  Please contact Loretta Larkin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (248) 719-0650.

    Interested media should contact Greg Johnson (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 616-560-8995), Terry Moore (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 616-490-0433) or FSU’s Sandy Gholston (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 231-591-2021.)

    The inductees will be the star attractions:

    Gladstone native Iverson, 46, is an LPGA Tour winner and a former Michigan State University golfer who is now working as a director of golf in Wisconsin.

    Farmington Hills resident Kupelian, 67, is a multi-media journalist, former Detroit News reporter and past president of the Golf Writers Association of America.

    Okemos resident Rieke, 79, is a pioneer turfgrass educator for Michigan State University and is recognized as an authority on golf course turf worldwide.

    Kentwood resident and Warren native Werkmeister, 45, is an amateur golfer who on Monday, June 9, will start defense of his historical 2013 Michigan Open Championship win.

    The induction of Iverson, Werkmeister, Rieke and Kupelian will bring Hall of Fame membership to 105. In November it was announced that Ferris State University had been selected as the new location of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and its collection of plaques, portraits and memorabilia that commemorate its members.

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