Iverson enters ‘Hall’

BIG RAPIDS – Gladstone’s Becky Iverson won on the LPGA Tour and never lost a Solheim Cup match.

But she said her best moments of golf were not during her professional career.

“The best moments will always be playing with my family in Michigan,” she said.

Iverson, history-making amateur golfer Tom Werkmeister, pioneer turfgrass educator Paul Rieke and journalist Vartan Kupelian were inducted Sunday in ceremonies at Ferris State University.

Iverson was introduced by Hall of Fame member Sara Wold.

Ferris State, as part of the program, officially welcomed the Hall of Fame to campus and showed specifications of a new facility that is planned to house the school’s prominent professional golf management program.

Iverson, born in Escanaba and raised in Gladstone, played for 14 years on the LPGA Tour. She was named to the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 2000, won the 1987 Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship and played collegiate golf at Michigan State University where she was an Academic All-American in 1987-88.

Her playing career highlights include winning the 1995 Friendly’s Classic Title on the LPGA Tour, where she recorded a career-best 63 during the second round with nine birdies, and a tie for second in the 2000 Women’s British Open.

She had LPGA Tour career earnings of more than $1.5 million, and also won six times while playing on three mini-tours.