Nov. 13, 1997

Spartans Sign Top Player in Michigan to National Letter of Intent

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Grand Rapids' Stacy Snider, the top high school golfer in Michigan and one of the best in the nation, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan State University next fall and play golf for the Spartans.

Head coach Stacy Slobodnik expects Snider, ranked No. 29 in Golf Week's national girls rankings, to make an immediate impact with a Spartan team which will already return its top two players, Kasey Gant and Meggan Schumaker.

"With the addition of Stacy Snider to the 1998-99 squad, we will be well on our way of moving to the next level," Slobodnik says. "Stacy brings a wealth of talent and experience to our golf program. She is one of the finest players in the country."

Snider, who shares not only Slobodnik's first name but also the same hometown, is a three-time Michigan Super Team member and was the state champion as a junior last year. Currently a senior at Grandville High School, Snider was named Michigan's Miss Golf last year, is a three-time all-conference honoree and three-time Team MVP. She won her conference tournament, the Insurance Youth Classic (a regional tournament) and the Golf Association of Michigan Junior Tournament.

Snider competed in several national tournaments last year as well, finishing in a tie for first at the AJGA Buick Jr. Open, claiming eighth at the Big I Insurance Youth Classic and 10th at the AJGA Betsy Rawls Tournament of Champions.