Walter Hagen was first. Steve Brady is next. The incomparable Hagen, golf’s great champion and showman, was the first golf professional at Oakland Hills Country Club. The hiring of Hagen in 1918 was designed to give Oakland Hills and its new Donald Ross course instant credibility as an American golf…
Vartan is a past president (2009-2011) of the Golf Writers Association of America. In 2014, he was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for his far-reaching contributions to the game. Kupelian is a recipient of the Golf Association of Michigan’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award.
As a radio/television personality, he has done a weekly radio show for the Detroit market for many years. He has appeared on Golf Channel, CNN, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and Radio Australia. He has been interviewed widely during major events and discussed golf on a global platform.
In addition to his coverage of news, Kupelian has established a reputation as an expert on the golf equipment industry, beginning as Equipment Editor of PGA Magazine in the late 1980s.
He has covered five Olympics in five countries, and virtually every major sports event in the United States – including all four professional championships, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals, plus all four major college football bowl games, the NCAA basketball March Madness, the Triple Crown horse races and more. He has covered more than 100 major golf championships beginning with the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont where Johnny Miller shot a final round 63.
Fun Fact: Old school guy who loves classic designs and don't get him started on modern architecture and silly cross-hazards
Handicap: 15 (and continues to trend upward)
Favorite Courses: North Berwick, Scotland, for a round with my pal Jim Mansell (You can't have more fun on a golf course than this place); Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Augusta National, Oakland Hills - hey, this list could go on forever.
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