March 11, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll has been named the Golf Association of Michigan Women's Player of the Decade. Slobodnik-Stoll won eight championships in the past 10 years, including five consecutive GAM Mid-Amateur titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and the GAM Tournament of Club Champions on three occasions (2004, 2007, 2009).
"I think that it is a wonderful honor because it shows longevity," Slobodnik-Stoll told the Golf Association of Michigan in a release. "It is the same philosophy I have with my teams at MSU; I don't just want to have good teams for a couple of years and then go a few years and not have good teams. I want to have good teams consistently. In the same way, I don't want to just win a couple of tournaments one year and then not win anything for a few years. I hope to be a force in Michigan golf for a long time.
"When I think about what was thought of as a good score 10 years ago versus what is a good score now the improvement is amazing," continued Slobodnik-Stoll. "When you see all of the junior players and college players who are competing and the amount of quality tournaments available for women now it really speaks to how good the level of women's golf is in Michigan."
In addition to Slobodnik-Stoll, three others players were honored as GAM Players of the Decade: Russ Cunningham (men), Greg Reynolds (senior men) and Joan Garety (senior women). Garety was a four-year letterwinner at MSU from 1975-78 and won nine tournaments during her career, tied for the most in school history.
Garety won the GAM Women's Mid-Amateur (2004), the GAM Tournament of Club Champions (2003) and the Michigan Women's Publix Championship (2003, 2004). She transitioned into the senior category during the decade.
"The first half of the decade I was playing in the regular division of those tournaments and not the senior division and it makes you feel pretty good because the quality of the competition over the past decade is very impressive," Garety told GAM. "It just keeps getting better and better. Hopefully I can continue to find ways to get better too.
"I think it is awful nice for the GAM to have the senior category too and find a way of recognizing golfers in all four categories."
The GAM Players of the Decade were chosen by a special subcommittee of the Championship Committee. The selection was based on 1) the total Honor Roll points each had earned over the 10-year period (2000-2009) and 2) an evaluation of the Championships each had won over that period. In addition, the Players of the Decade needed to have a consistent record of achievement over the entire decade.
The awards will be presented at the GAM's annual meeting at Pine Lake Country Club on May 4.
Quotes and information in this article courtesy of the Golf Association of Michigan.