Nov. 11, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's golf head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll announced Friday that two student-athletes will join the Spartan women's golf roster for the 2012-13 season. Gabby Yurik (Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek High School) has signed a National Letter of Intent to MSU, while Kendall Allen (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) will also join the team next season.
Below is a look at the two student-athletes:
Kendall Allen Pittsburgh, Pa. Shady Side Academy
Four-year letterwinner played in the No. 1 position all four years and led her team to three state championships (2008, 2009, 2011) . . . posted a 48-1-1 individual record in high school with 45 medalist honors in regular-season play . . . four-time team MVP . . . tied for ninth at the 2011 PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) Championship with a 166 . . . finished in the top 10 at every WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) and PIAA Championship of her career . . . two-time team captain (2010-11) . . . four-time medalist (2008-11) at the PIAA Western state regionals, which is a PIAA record . . . three-time medalist at the WPIAL team championships (2009-2011) . . . qualified for the USGA Girls Amateur in 2009 and 2010 . . . qualified for the PGA Junior Series in 2010 and 2011 . . . runner-up at the 2011 Pennsylvania State Girls Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. . . . claimed medalist honors at the 2010 AJGA national qualifier in Pennsylvania . . . runner-up at the FCWT (Future Collegians World Tour) 2010 event in Grand Cypress, Fla. . . . finished in the top-three at the 2010 AJGA Erie Classic in Erie, Pa. . . . top-five finish at the 2009 AJGA Open in New Castle, Pa. . . . claimed medalist honors at the 2009 Western Pennsylvania Girls Championship at the Uniontown Country Club . . . named the 2008 PGA Tri-State Female Junior Player of the Year, winning medalist honors in all 15 summer tournaments . . . runner-up finish at the 2007 Nike All-Star National Championship at Disney Resort, Fla.
Slobodnik-Stoll on Allen: "Kendall knew she was meant to be a Spartan on her first visit to Michigan State. Our values and philosophies match how Kendall grew up, making it a perfect match. She is a talented, dedicated young woman who will add to the depth of our team academically and athletically and will be a strong ambassador for our program."
Gabby Yurik Rochester, Mich. Stoney Creek High School
Claimed medalist honors at the 2011 MHSAA Division 1 Lower Peninsula State Championships with a 153 (78-75) and led Stoney Creek to a runner-up finish for the second straight year . . . also claimed medalist honors at the Division 1 regionals with a 72 . . . named the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan by The Detroit News . . . named the September 2011 Oakland Press Female Athlete of the Month . . . three-time MIGCA (Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association) Super Team selection (2009-11) and four-time MIGCA Division 1 All-State selection (2008-11) . . . finished in the top five at all four MHSAA state championship tournaments during her career (first in 2011; third in 2010; second in 2009; fifth in 2008) . . . finished in second place in stroke play at the 2011 Michigan Women's Amateur . . . placed fourth at the 2011 GAM Championships . . . placed third at the 2010 MHSAA Division 1 Lower Peninsula State Championships as a junior with a 152 (77-75) and helped lead Stoney Creek to a runner-up finish . . . advanced to the semifinals at the 2009 Michigan Women's Amateur . . . finished runner-up at the 2009 MHSAA Division 1 Lower Peninsula State Championships as a sophomore with a 155 (78-77) and helped lead Stoney Creek to a third-place showing in the team standings . . . shot a 69 in the opening round of the 2008 MHSAA Division 1 Lower Peninsula State Championships as a freshman and finished fifth overall with a 148 (69-79); Stoney Creek placed fourth . . . also plays basketball for Stoney Creek.
Slobodnik-Stoll on Yurik: "We are thrilled to add Gabby Yurik to the Spartan Golf Family. Gabby is a natural athlete and a true competitor who has excelled at golf and basketball as well. She understands how to win and unquestionably she will help us maintain our program as one of the best in the nation."