About Tom

Quick 9:

  • Height: 6’1”
  • Weight: 185
  • Birthdate: March 8, 1968
  • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
  • Residence: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Family: Wife: Leslie, Step-Children: Caitlyn (Ryan) Mouw, Dean Gledhill, Jr.
  • Special Interest: Bowling
  • Favorite Food: Pizza

Tom Werkmeister has been a dominant force in Michigan amateur golf for over a decade.  An all-American collegiate golfer at Macomb Community College, Tom entered into the fray of Michigan amateur golf in 2008 and built a first-class resume that earned him membership into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame at age 46, the youngest-ever to do so.

At the end of 2016 at the age of 48, Tom looked back on his golf career – and forward – and ultimately made the decision to turn professional at the end of 2017.  He’d won everything he’d set out to win locally and regionally, (with the exception of the USGA Amateur and the USGA Mid-Amateur) he had literally won everything in the State of Michigan that he was eligible to win.  As a professional, Tom will be eligible to compete in senior tournaments at the age of 50, whereas senior amateur events begin at 55 .  In addition, he can take his shot at Qualifying School (Q-School) at the age of 49.  Tom will begin his quest to compete as a senior professional in March of 2018.

Career Highlights:

  • Won the Michigan State Amateur twice: in 2009 at the age of 41 and in 2017 at the age of 49.
  • Won the Michigan Open Championship in 2013 at the age of 45 – Tom was the first  amateur to win in 38 years.
  • Inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 at the age of 46 – the youngest inductee to date.
  • Made it to the semifinals in the US Mid-Amateur Tournament in 2014, medalist in 2016.
  • Won the Michigan Mid-Amateur Tournament a record 6 times by 2014 (began playing in 2008).
  • Won USGA Men’s State Team in 2016 and was individual co-medalist for the event.
  • Won the Golf Association of Michigan Stroke Play Championship in 2016, at the age of 48.
  • 2-time winner of the Michigan Medal Play/Horton Smith Championship.
  • Golf Association Player of the Year 5 times since 2009, Honor Roll top 10 since 2006.
  • Has won 28 local major tournaments – the most wins of any West Michigan player.
  • Served on the board of the local golf association for 20 years.