Kentwood man honored to join hall of fame

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood will become the youngest member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame this weekend. At age 46, he is among the most accomplished amateur golfers in the history of the sport in Michigan.

In 2013 he became the first amateur to win the Michigan Open in 38 years. He is a three-time Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year. He's won numerous championships and traveled all over the state to compete but says he has no regrets about keeping his amateur status. "I never thought I was good enough," Werkmeister told WZZM Wednesday. "As I got older, I've really enjoyed being an amateur. Money would be great but I've seen a lot of guys come through that have been really good players and they go out and try to be professional and you never hear from them again."

Werkmeister will be inducted along with three other people after a groundbreaking ceremony in Big Rapids for the new Hall of Fame home at Ferris State. "It's obviously quite an honor. It does feel like I'm getting old to say "Hall of Fame" next to my name. It's all been kind of surreal. It hasn't all sunk in yet."

Werkmeister has no plans to slow down on his golf outings. He plays multiple times a week in the summer and just recently played with his entire family for the first time ever. "All four of us played as a family a week ago which was nice. My daughter had zero to do with (golf) until now. She has a boyfriend who's a golfer like myself."

The class of 2014 will bring the number of members of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame to 104.


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