GAM Mourns Legend Melvin ‘Bud’ Stevens

 Three-time Michigan Amateur champion, six-time GAM Champion and the runner-up in the 1988 U.S. Senior Amateur, Bud Stevens, passed away Wednesday.

  A memorial visitation is scheduled for Friday from 10 a.m. to Noon with a Memorial Service at Noon at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 W. Dunlap in Northville.

  The Northville resident started in the game as a caddie at Plum Hollow Country Club at age 9 with his brother Don, who also is a former Michigan Amateur champion.

   Bud was a celebrated long hitter and hit a ceremonial tee shot with other Michigan legends Pete Green and Glenn Johnson at the 100th Michigan Amateur Championship played on The Heather at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs.

  “He smoked it out there, too,” said Ken Hartmann, senior director of rules and competitions for the Golf Association of Michigan.

    Following is the text of an obituary circulated today:

   “Melvin “Bud” Stevens, age 85, longtime resident of Northville, passed away Oct. 17, 2018.

  “Beloved husband of Norma. Cherished father of Sheryl (John) Kudla and Keith (Denise) Stevens. Adored grandfather of T.C. (Sarah) Lester, Scott Lester, Karen (Ryan) Ries, Marc (Amanda) Stevens, Joseph (Jessica) Oliver, and Matthew (Jennifer) Oliver and great grandfather of Grayson, Jameson, Olivia, Maximus, Knox, Hazel & Huxley.

  “Memorial Visitation Friday 10 AM-Noon with a Memorial Service at Noon at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 W. Dunlap, Northville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions suggested to Angela Hospice. Please share condolences at”

  Stevens, who was also a three-time state caddie championship winner, a state high school champion and state junior champion, was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1986.

  Neil Rubin of the Detroit News wrote about the Stevens brothers in 2015 when they played a round at Plum Hollow before the Michigan Amateur was hosted there that year. Here’s a link to that feature:

Here’s a link to a feature about Bud that appeared in a publication for Belvedere Country Club, the long-time host of the Michigan Amateur Championship: