EAST LANSING - Michigan State women’s golf head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll was one six golfers selected to be inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, it was announced by the organization on Feb. 22. Slobodnik-Stoll will join PGA Master Professional Bob Ackerman of West Bloomfield, PGA Professional Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, PGA Tour veteran Tom Gillis of Lake Orion, former LPGA Tour player Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, the late Alex Ross, who won the U.S. Open 110 years ago, in the Hall's class of 2017.
“To go into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame is quite an honor,” Slobodnik-Stoll said. “I just hope everyone knows I have a lot of coaching and playing time left in me! I’d like to congratulate the entire Hall of Fame class. It’s very exciting to be inducted with Suzy Green-Roebuck, she has been a friend for long time and inspiration for me through my career.”
The six inductees will be enshrined Saturday, June 3 at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and bring the total number of HOF members to 119. The six-member 2017 class ties for the largest class in history.
“I’m really humbled looking at the people that are in the Hall of Fame,” Slobodnik-Stoll said. “There are so many great golfers and people involved with the game. It will be a very humbling experience on June 3 and I’m thankful to be a part of the game and to be able to give back.”
In her 20th season at the helm of the Spartan women’s golf program, Slobodnik-Stoll has established MSU as a regional and national power. She has led the Spartans to 17 NCAA Regional appearances (1999-2014; 2016), 10 trips to the NCAA Championships (2000-03, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012-14), and five Big Ten titles (2001, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014). In addition, Michigan State has won 33 tournaments during her tenure. Slobodnik-Stoll is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2007, 2012) and was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1999.
Slobodnik-Stoll's players have earned All-Big Ten honors 41 times, including 25 first-team selections. Three Spartans have been named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year: Emily Bastel, Laura Kueny and Caroline Powers. Additionally, Slobodnik-Stoll has coached six All-Americans: Bastel, Allison Fouch, Sara Brown, Kueny, Powers and Sarah Burnham.
The Spartans have been just as successful in the classroom under Slobodnik-Stoll’s tutelage. For six consecutive years, the women’s golf team has garnered the Athletic Director’s Award for achieving the highest team cumulative grade-point average of any MSU varsity athletics program. In her 19 seasons, Spartan student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors on 75 occasions and Women's Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar honors 36 times.
A three-year letterwinner at Michigan State, the Kentwood, Michigan, native captained the 1992-93 and 1993-94 Spartan squads. After earning her bachelor's degree in communication in 1994, Slobodnik-Stoll played professionally while living in Orlando, Florida. She saw action on the Futures Tour and the Central Florida Challenge for one year prior to returning to MSU in 1995 as an assistant to the legendary coach Mary Fossum.
The Spartan coach also continues to hone her own golf game, winning Michigan State Amateur titles in 1996 and 1998 en route to earning Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year, an award she won for the third time in 2007. In addition, she has won a record eight Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Mid-Amateur Championships, including six in a row and seven in an eight-year span (2005-2010, 2012). She most recently won the GAM Mid-Amateur Championship in June 2015. She has also won the GAM Tournament of Club Champions on three occasions (2004, 2007, 2009). For all of her efforts on the course, Slobodnik-Stoll was named the GAM Women's Player of the Decade in 2010.
Slobodnik-Stoll has qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship four times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2001).
Slobodnik-Stoll will join Mary Fossum (2002), Joyce Kazmierski (2003), Joan Garety (2005) and Sue Ertl (2010) as fellow Spartans inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.