Steve Brady chose a golf scholarship at hometown Saginaw Valley State University over baseball and it led to a distinguished career as a player and teacher, an appointment to Head Professional at Oakland Hills and in 2013 induction into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.
Brady is the ninth head professional where Walter Hagen was the first and with Hagen is among five Oakland Hills head professionals in the Hall of Fame. He was named the Michigan PGA’s Teacher of the Year in 2015, and during his time at Oakland Hills the club has hosted the Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship and two U.S. Amateur Championships.
Prior to taking his current post, he was Director of Instruction, and worked six years prior to that as an assistant professional at Detroit Golf Club.
Brady earned All-American honors at Saginaw Valley and turned professional after graduation. He tried several times to make the PGA Tour, but spent most of his tour career on the minitours highlighted by a 1987 victory in Florida over a field that included Tom Lehman, John Daly, Lee Janzen and Mark Calcavecchia. He played in two U.S. Opens, three National PGA Championships and 10 Buick Opens.
As a Michigan PGA Section player, he won three Michigan Open Championships in a time when the state championship was so strong that seven rivals are in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. He also won two Michigan PGA Championships, two Michigan Showdowns and an Assistant-Pro title.
He was followed by the “Brady Bunch,” a group of family and Saginaw friends wearing Brady Bunch shirts. He is also in the Saginaw State University Sports Hall of Fame and the Saginaw County Hall of Fame.