Bud Stevens was a celebrated long hitter who had a complete golf game. The longtime Northville resident won the Michigan Amateur Championship in 1959, ’63 and ’65, and was runner-up twice, including the 1975 final in which soon-to-be PGA Tour player Dan Pohl of Mount Pleasant, a new long hitter on the scene, topped him in 20 holes at Belvedere Golf Club. His brother Don won the Michigan Amateur in 1960 to make it back-to-back wins by brothers in the state championship.
Stevens also won a record six Golf Association of Michigan Championships, three Michigan Medal Play Championships, three GAM Caddie State Championships, a Michigan State Junior Boys Championship and was a state high school individual champion. He played well on a national level, too, qualifying for and playing in five U.S. Amateur Championships and four U.S. Open Championships. In 1962 he was runner-up in the Western Amateur Championship to Art Hudnutt in the championship played that year at Orchard Lake Country Club. In 1988, at age 55, he had another runner-up finish in a national championship, falling in the final match to Clarence Moore in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Milwaukee Country Club.
An Evans Scholar, he started in the game at age nine as a caddie at Plum Hollow Country Club. At the 100th Michigan Amateur Championship played on The Heather at Boyne Highlands Resort in 2011, he hit ceremonial opening tee shots with other Hall of Fame members Glenn Johnson and Pete Green. Stevens passed away in 2018. He was 85.