Former Head Coach 25 Years 1973-97
NGCA Coaches Hall of Fame (1998)
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (2002)
Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame (2003)
Michigan Women's Golf Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Mary McMillin Fossum was the first and only head coach in the history of Spartan women's golf prior to 1997, coaching from 1973 until her retirement. For 17 of those years, Fossum was part of a unique coaching pair as her husband, Bruce, coached the MSU men's team for 25 seasons before his retirement in 1989.
Under Fossum's guidance, the Spartans won an unprecedented five straight Big Ten titles from 1974-78 and played in six consecutive AIAW National Championships (1973-78). The Spartans regained the conference crown in 1982 and played in the 1982 and 1984 NCAA Championships. MSU claimed its third conference runner-up spot under Fossum at the 1987 Big Ten Championship.
Those accomplishments led to recognition of Fossum as one of the country's best collegiate golf coaches. She was honored as the first-ever NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1984 and was inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988.
In 1999, Michigan State's annual fall women's golf tournament was renamed the Mary Fossum Invitational. In January of 1998, Fossum was honored by the College Golf Foundation with the Rolex/Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service and contributions to collegiate women's golf. She was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2003.
A native of Green Bay, Wis., Fossum won the Wisconsin women's golf championship in 1945, 1946 and 1947. One of the many highlights of her career was her match-play victory over Mildred (Babe) Didrikson-Zaharias in the 1946 Women's Western Amateur semifinals. Fossum was inducted in 1990 into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame, making her only the fifth woman to achieve that distinction.
Fossum also was involved at the national level, serving as a member of the NCAA golf committee which guides the national development and administration of women's collegiate golf.
She was awarded the Michigan Women's Golf Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Mary, who has four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, resides in Okemos.
THE MARY FOSSUM AWARD
The Big Ten Conference office accepted the women's golf coaches' recommendation for the creation of the Mary Fossum Award, the league announced on April 17, 2007. The award, named after the former Michigan State women's golf coach, will be presented to the student-athlete with the lowest stroke average according to the Golfstat.com rankings.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must play in a minimum of six tournaments. For student-athletes who participate in more than six events with at least three teams at the event, all scores will count. The first Mary Fossum Award was handed out before the Big Ten Championships at Forest Akers Golf Course, which began on Friday, April 27, 2007.
"I'm so surprised but thrilled to think that the Big Ten would name the award for lowest scoring average after me," Fossum said. "I don't know what to say. It's great. It's wonderful."
"It's an honor not only for Mary, but for me as one of her former players, the whole golf program, and our university," Michigan State head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. "It says a lot about Mary as a person, and for what she has done in the game of college golf, that she was chosen to be honored. There've been a lot of great people associated with Big Ten golf, so for it to be Mary just makes it so thrilling. We're so excited."
Mary Fossum Award Winners
2007 - Maria Hernandez, Purdue
2008 - Maria Hernandez, Purdue
2009 - Maria Hernandez, Purdue
2010 - Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Purdue
2011 - Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue
2012 - Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Purdue
2013 - Paula Reto, Purdue
2014 - Jessica Porvasnik, Ohio State
THE MARY FOSSUM ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN'S GOLF
The Michigan State University Athletics Department announced the receipt of its first-ever fully endowed scholarship on May 9, 2001.
A $300,000 anonymous gift was revealed by former MSU Director of Athletics Clarence Underwood to fully fund a scholarship in the Spartan women's golf program and will bear the name of longtime head women's golf coach Mary Fossum (1973-97).
"The Athletics Department is extremely proud and grateful to receive this generous commitment," stated Dr. Underwood. "Our women's golf program has a strong tradition of excellence and to bear the name of our Hall of Fame coach is certainly most appropriate."
Several Spartan athletic teams have benefitted from partially endowed scholarships, but this $300,000 gift insures a full-ride scholarship in perpetuity. The guidelines for the Fossum Scholarship provide for the recipient to be a student-athlete with high academic standing at MSU, who has completed her junior season of competition.
2002 Second Team All-American
2002 Big Ten Golfer of the Year
2000 Big Ten Championship Individual Champion
Four-time All-Big Ten (1999-2002)
Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)
AT A GLANCE
One of MSU's most decorated golfers ... Fourth in the MSU record book in career scoring average at 75.75 ... First Spartan to be named Big Ten Golfer of the Year (2002) ... One of just three Spartans to have been named to the All-Big Ten Team for four consecutive years, joining Kasey Gant (1998-2001) and Aimee Neff (2008-11) ... Won 2000 Big Ten Championship, the first MSU golfer to win the title since the conference recognized the sport in 1982 ... Two-time George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year award winner (2000, 2002) ... Four individual victories, tied for sixth most in program history ... Selected to the 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup, becoming just the second Spartan golfer (Bonnie Lauer, 1974) to earn the prestigious honor ... Chosen to represent the United States at the World University Games in Malaysia in October.
2001-02 - SENIOR
Earned All-America second-team honors becoming the first Spartan golfer since 1985 to earn All-America honors ... Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year; first Spartan to win the award ... Named to the All-Big Ten Team for a fourth-consecutive year ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named the MSU George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year ... Set then-MSU single-season record with a 74.81 stroke average ... Finished in the top 15 in 10 of the 12 tournaments, including seven top-five placements ... Tied for second at the Central District Invitational with a 217 (73-72-72) ... Selected as Golf World's National College Player of the Week (March 29) after setting a then-Spartan 54-hole school-record with a 214 (69-74-71)to win the USF Waterlefe Invitational ... Won the Indiana Invitational the following week, after carding a 219 (74-75-70) ... Tied for second at the Lady Buckeye Invitational ... Tied for seventh at the Big Ten Championship.
Advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship ... Won Ohio Amateur Championship.
2000-01 - JUNIOR
Named to the All-Big Ten Team for third-consecutive year ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Set a then-MSU single-season record with a 75.24 stroke average ... Finished in the top 15 in 11 of the 13 tournaments to lead the Spartans ... Won the Indiana Invitational, after carding a 223 ... Helped lead MSU to its first Big Ten Championship since 1982, placing tied for 10th with a four-day total of 308 (76-75-79-78) ... Tied for 14th at the NCAA West Regional with a three-round total of 223 (76-71-76) ... MSU's top finisher at the NCAA Championship, placing tied for 13th with a four-day total of 294 (75-75-75-70).
Advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
1999-2000 - SOPHOMORE
Posted a record-setting year in her sophomore campaign ... Became MSU's first golfer to take medalist honors at the Big Ten Championship, since the conference recognized the sport in 1982 ... Named to the All-Big Ten team for a second-straight season ... Named the MSU George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year, the first golfer ever to earn the honor ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team's top player with a then-MSU record 75.76 stroke average ... Played in all 13 events ... Posted a career-best score of 69 in the second round of the Big Ten Championship ... Named to Golfweek/Sagrin All-Midwest District First Team.
Won the Ohio State Amateur.
1998-99 - FRESHMAN
Enjoyed a phenomenal rookie season ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, NGCA Midwest District Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Team ... Named to Golfweek/Sagrin All-Midwest District Second Team ... Led Michigan State with a 77.36 stroke average ... Finished in the top-20 in 10 of 12 tournaments, the top-10 eight times and the top-five five times ... Led Michigan State in six tournaments, including each of the last three and five of the last six ... MSU's top finisher at the Big Ten Championship with a sixth place finish and a score of 310 ... Also the top Spartan at the NCAA East Regional, after a tie for 41st at 229 ... Best finish was second at the Mary Fossum Invitational, one stroke behind medalist Kasey Gant ... Earned three third-place finishes ... Recorded a hole-in-one Oct. 23 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
A three-time all-state and four-time All-Northwest Ohio selection at Upper Sandusky ... A two-time All-Northern Ohio League selection and the two-time Lake Erie Player of the Year ... Led the team to the league championship as a senior with a 39.0 stroke average ... The 1996 state junior champion ... Advanced to the second round of the 1997 USGA Girls Junior Championship ... National Honor Society.
Born Aug. 6, 1980 ... Daughter of David and Debbie Bastel ... Father is a golf professional, while mother is a golf course manager ... Father played collegiate golf at Bowling Green, as did her aunt, Linda Bastel Powers, and her cousin, Nick Myers ... Graduated with a degree in marketing.
2008 Honorable Mention All-American
Three-time First Team All-Big Ten (2006-08)
Finished career as MSU's career stroke leader (75.29)
Set MSU's then single-season stroke average in 2007-08 (74.10)
AT A GLANCE
Finished her career as Michigan State's career scoring average leader (75.29) and currently ranks third in the school record book ... Her 74.09 average her senior season set a school single-season record (currently ranks fifth) ... Became the ninth Spartan women's golf All-American ... A three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection ... A two-time George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year award winner ... Had four career wins, which is sixth best in school history.
2007-08 - SENIOR
A Duramed FUTURES Tour NGCA Division I All-America Honorable Mention selection ... George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year ... A First Team All-Big Ten selection for the third-straight year ... Finished the season with a school-record 74.10 season average ... Ranked No. 21 by Golfstat and No. 24 by Golfweek/Sagarin at season's end ... Named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Women's At-Large Academic All-District IV Second Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Won three individual tournaments, tied for the second most in school history ... Led the team with 95 birdies, four eagles, seven top-10 finishes and percentage of rounds counted (97.1) ... Began the season with a tie for second at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 222 (75-73-74) ... Won the Central District Invitational with a career-low 212 (70-70-72), the second best 54-hole score in MSU history ... After the CDI was name Big Ten, Golfweek and Golfworld Players of the Week ... Followed it up with a win at the "Mo"Morial with a 221 (78-70-73), again being recognized as national player of the week by Golfweek ... Placed first in her third tournament of the season at the Lady Buckeye with a 216 (70-73-73), earning her Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors ... An All-Championship Team selection after tying for seventh at the Big Ten Championship with a 300 (70-82-73-75) ... Tied for 30th at the NCAA West Regional.
Advanced to round of 16 at Women's Western Amateur Championship ... Advanced to quarterfinals of U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championships ... Finished tied for ninth at the Michigan Women's Open ... Low amateur at Michigan Women's Open for the third-straight year.
2006-07 - JUNIOR
MSU's George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year ... A First Team All-Big Ten selection ... Led the team in scoring average (75.35), birdies (82), sub-par rounds (4), first round scoring average (75.38) and final round scoring average (74.67) ... Tied for the team lead in even rounds (3) ... Finished in the top-five in three tournaments, the top-10 in six, and the top-20 in nine ... Won first career tournament at the Landfall Tradition, posting a 215 (74-69-72) ... Her second-round 69 is tied for the fourth-best in MSU history ... Earned Golfweek Player of the Week honors for her performance ... Posted a second-place finish at the Central District Invitational with a three-round 215 (71-70-74), earning her Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors ... Finished sixth at the Liz Murphey Invitational with a 219 (71-77-71) ... Garnered second-straight top-10 finish at the Big Ten Championships by finishing sixth with a 303 (77-77-71-78).
Was a semifinalist at the USGA Publinks ... Finished as the low amateur at the Michigan Open ... Became just the fifth Spartan named for the World University Games ... Finished fifth overall at the event with a 5-over-par 293 ... Placed third at the Illinois Open.
2005-06 - SOPHOMORE
A First Team All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient ... Had the then-lowest single-season stroke average school history at 74.18, now second to her senior season average ... Had nine top-20 finishes, five top-10, and three top-five finishes on the season ... Recorded her first top-10 of the year with a tie for ninth at the Lady Northern Invitational with a three round total of 221 (74-73-74) ... Tied for third at the Lady Paladin Invitational with a score of 220 (71-71-78) ... Finished in a tie for third place with a score of 219 (72-73-74) at the Lady Gator Invitational ... Shot 1-under-par 215 (71-74-70) to finish in eighth place at the Northwestern Invitational ... Had her best finish of the season at the Big Ten Championship when she tied for second with a score of 292 (72-73-72-76) ... Shot a 227 (74-75-78) at the NCAA Central Regional to finish in a tie for 19th.
The low amateur at the Michigan Open as she finished 10th ... Advanced to match play at the Western Amateur ... Qualified for the USGA Publinks, advancing to match play ... Competed at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
2004-05 - FRESHMAN
Recorded a 77.30 stroke average ... One of three golfers to appear in all 12 events ... Recorded four top-20 finishes ... Tied for 17th with a 227 (77-75-75) in her first collegiate outing, the Lady Northern ... Tied for ninth at the Lady Paladin with a 220 (74-73-73) ... Placed 10th at the Buckeye Invitational with a 225 (78-72-75) ... Tied for 34th at the Big Ten Championship with a 244 ... Tied for 20th at the NCAA Central Regional with a 226 (72-79-75) ... Shot a 297 (71-77-74-75) and placed tied for 27th at the NCAA Championship.
Qualified for the USGA Publinks and advanced to match play, falling in the second round ... Qualified for the Optimist .... Played in Mannheim, Germany, in Aug. at the Harder German Junior Masters.
Four-year letterwinner and four-year all-state and all-city first team honoree at Salpointe Catholic ... Selected as the 5A Southern Arizona Player of the Year three times ... In 15 total events in 2003, she finished first (or tied for first) in 13 events and took fourth twice ... Finished her senior season with a 72.18 scoring average ... Closed her high school career with a 73.11 scoring average and set a southern Arizona record for the most matches ever won with 36 (out of a total of 52 events) ... Was the SWSPGA State Champion for five years (1996-2000) ... Won the Tucson Women's City Championship in 2000 and 2001 ... 2001 Arizona Junior Golf Association Player of the Year as well as the 2002 PGA Junior Series Player of the Year ... three-year qualifier (2001-03) for the USGA/Westfield PGA National Championship ... Took medalist honors with a 71 at the 2003 USGA Women's Publinks Sectional Qualifier in Phoenix.
Born Nov. 25, 1985 ... Daughter of Mike and Debbie Brown ... A family community services major ... Brother Josh was a golfer at Bradley University.
2004 Honorable Mention All-American
Three-time All-Big Ten (2002-04)
2000 Big Ten Championship Individual Runner-up
AT A GLANCE
Owns one of the top-10 lowest career averages in MSU history (76.49) ... One of nine Michigan State women's golf All-Americans ... A three-time All-Big Ten selection ... A two-time NGCA Scholar All-American ... One of five Spartans who have competed in the World Unviersity Games.
2003-04 - SENIOR
Earned All-America Honorable Mention status to become the eighth Spartan golfer to receive the honor ... All-Big Ten First-Team honoree ... Became just the fourth Spartan to earn All-Big Ten honors at least three times in her career ... NGCA Scholar All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten ... MSU's Chester Brewer Leadership Award winner ... Recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Finished with a 75.00 stroke average - fourth best in Spartan single-season history ... Six top-10 finishes, including a team-high five top-five showings ... Took medalist honors in back-to-back events (Badger Invitational - Sept. 12-14 and Fossum Invitational - Sept. 20-21) ... Placed fifth at the Central District with a 224 (74-76-74) ... Earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after a fourth-place showing at the Lady Gator Invitational with a 219 (69-78-72) ... Fired a 69 in the opening round at the Lady Gator Invitational for the fourth lowest 18-hole score in school history ... Tied for 11th at the Big Ten Championship with a 307 ... Tied for fourth at the 2004 NCAA Central Regional Championships with a 221 (73-74-74), marking the best-ever finish by a Spartan in regional play ... Tied for 16th with a 291 (70-72-73-76) at the NCAA Championships ... Her 291 was the third-lowest 72-hole tournament score in school history and her 16th-place showing was the second-best finish by a Spartan in a national championship.
Qualified for U.S. Women's Open Championship ... Advanced to match play at the Women's Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Amateur Championships ... Competed in the 101st Women's North and South Amateur Championship ... Second at the Michigan Women's Open Championship.
2002-03 - JUNIOR
Selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient ... Her 76.82 stroke average was 10th best in Spartan single-season history ... Posted four top-20 finishes ... Led MSU to its highest finish of the season (third) at the Mary Fossum Classic by firing a 221 (75-72-74) ... Finished second after losing a sudden death playoff ... MSU's top finisher at the Big Ten Championships, placing tied for 11th with a 303 (79-76-72-76) ... Tied for 41st at the NCAA Central Regional with a 236 (81-77-78).
Traveled to Taipei in August to compete in the World University Games where she placed second ... Shot a 154 at the Grand Rapids FUTURES Classic.
2001-02 - SOPHOMORE
Earned All-Big Ten honors ... Posted then-ninth-best single-season average (76.43) ... Had 10 top-20 finishes, including four in the top 10 and two in the top five ... Captured medalist honors for the first time in collegiate career at the Pine Needles Invitational with a 145 (74-71), leading MSU to its first tournament win of season ... Holds the third spot in Spartan records for a low 36-hole tournament score (145) ... Led the Spartans to a fifth-place finish at the TRW Regional Challenge with an eighth-place finish, shooting a 220 (76-76-68) ... Tied with two former Spartans for the lowest 18-hole score with a career-best 68 in the final round of the TRW ... Tied for 14th at the NCAA Fall Preview with a 147 (75-72), the Mercedes Benz Intercollegiate 228 (69-79-80) and the Big Ten Championship 313 (78-76-79-80) ... Tied for second at the Central District Classic, firing a career-low 217 (72-72-73) ... Placed 10th at the NCAA Central Regional.
Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, earning co-medalist honors with a 73.
2000-01 - FRESHMAN
Appeared in 10 events and one as an individual ... Finished in the top-20 four times, including two top-10 finishes ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NGCA Academic All-American ... Led the Spartans to their first conference championship since 1982 with a career-best second-place finish ... Fired a 70 on day two at the conference championships, her first competitive round under par as a Spartan ... Posted biggest turnaround at NCAA West Regional ... Tied for 71st after day one with an 82 and finished the West Regional tied for 29th, after carding a 74-74 the last two days.
Ashworth Midwest Collegiate Amateur Series Player of the Year ... Won Grand Rapids City Championship.
Earned four letters in high school, the first two at West Catholic before finishing up at East Grand Rapids ... Three-time all-area and all-state and two-time all-conference and Super Team selection ... Team was undefeated as a senior and won the state title ... Medalist at the state tournament as a junior and in the top three two other times ... Twice won her conference tournament and twice won the city title ... Also lettered in softball and bowling ... Earned the U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete Award.
Born Dec. 11, 1980 ... Daughter of Jerry and Sue Fouch ... Father played football and baseball in college ... Graduated with a degree in chemistry.
Rolex Achievement Award (2000)
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (2005)
On the eve of the 2000 U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif., former Spartan golfer Joan Garety was honored as one of two recipients of the Rolex Achievement Award.
Since 1996, Rolex Watch U.S.A and the College Golf Foundation have paid tribute to past participants in the world of collegiate golf who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers. The man and woman honored annually by Rolex and the CGF as the Rolex Achievement winners are unique in their character and accomplishments. The spirit of this award honors both their professional successes and their contributions to society, made either as a direct result of their career, or through humanitarian efforts.
In recognition of Garety's achievement she received a Rolex watch, while Rolex made a $2,500 donation to the Michigan State women's golf program.
Garety graduated summa cum laude from MSU in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She was selected as a recipient of the Financial Executive Institute Award of the Detroit Chapter for the Outstanding Undergraduate Business Administration Student and received the MSU Board of Trustees Award for the highest overall grade-point average.
As a four-year letterwinner and two-time co-captain, she won nine tournaments, which is tied for the school record. Prior to the conference recognizing the sport, Garety helped lead the Spartans to four-straight Big Ten Conference titles, posting a remarkable four-consecutive medalist finishes. After her senior season, she was awarded MSU's Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award, only one of two Spartan golfers to win the award.
She won the State of Michigan Women's Amateur title in 1982 and 1997 and was twice selected as the Golf Association of Michigan Amateur Woman Player of the Year - in 1997 and 1999. She was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.
Garety began her finance career as an auditor for Arthur Andersen LLP and became a certified public accountant in 1981. From 1986-2003, she served as Vice President Finance and Treasurer for Meijer, Inc. Since 2003, she has served as an independent consultant.
In 1988, Garety was the recipient of the Nell Jackson Outstanding Alumna Award for outstanding career accomplishments and in April of 2000, was honored as the Alumni Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
A former president of the MSU Women's Varsity Alumni Club, she is also a member of the Golf Association of Michigan Club Relations Committee. Garety is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Since 1995, she has been a member of the MSU Athletic Council, which has advisory responsibilities over the activities of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Finished career as MSU's all-time scoring average leader (74.60)
2010 Big Ten Player of the Year | Second-Team All-American
2009 Second-Team All-American
Three-Time First-Team All-Big Ten Selection (2008, 2009, 2010)
At a Glance
Finished her career with the lowest career stroke average in school history with a 74.60 average; currently ranks second ... Had 16 career top-five finishes, along with 23 in the top 10 ... Named the 2010 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year ... Three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection ... Her 73.85 average in 2009-10 was the lowest season average in program history (currently ranks fourth) ... Won two career tournaments (2007 Mary Fossum Invitational, 2010 Lady Buckeye Invitational) ... Shot two rounds of 68, which is tied for the third-lowest single-round score in program history ... Owns the lowest 36-hole tournament score (140) and ranks fifth for 54 holes (212) and second for 72 holes (286) at MSU ... Qualified for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open and participated in the 2010 World University Golf Championships.
2009-10 - Senior
Named the Big Ten Golfer of the Year after shooting for a 73.85 average, the best single-season average in school history ... Kueny is only the second Spartan to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Year honors (Emily Bastel, 2002) ... Garnered second-team All-America honors by the National Golf Coaches Association ... Named first-team All-Big Ten for the third straight year, becoming only the fifth player at MSU to accomplish that feat (Lisa Marino, Kasey Gant, Sara Brown and Bastel) ... Posted five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in the team's 11 events ... Finished the season ranked No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings ... Led team with 77 birdies and 10 sub-par rounds ... Opened the season with a ninth-place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational ... Tied for fifth at the Lady Northern Invitational ... Shot a career-low 212 (69-72-71) to tie for second at the Tar Heel Invitational as the Spartans won the tournament and carded a school record score of 860 ... Had another top-10 finish by tying for seventh at the Regional Challenge ... Tied for ninth at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. ... Tied for first after 54 holes at the Gator Invitational with a score of 212 (73-68-71), which matched her career low, but took runner-up honors after falling on the third playoff hole ... Her 68 in the second round tied for the lowest single-round at MSU ... Claimed medalist honors at the Lady Buckeye Invitational with a score of 227 (78-76-73), her second career tournament victory ... Tied an MSU single-round record with a 68 in the second round of the Big Ten Championships and finished third at the event with a total score of 286 (72-68-74-72), the second-lowest 72-hole score in program history ... In her final career tournament, tied for 31st at the NCAA Central Regional.
Nearly claimed the Michigan Women's Open championship, but finished second to former Spartan and current LPGA golfer Allison Fouch ... Kueny led or was tied for the lead the entire tournament up until the final hole, when Fouch birdied the par-5 18th ... Kueny closed with a 7-under 209 (66-71-72) and finished as the top amateur at the event ... placed fifth at the GAM Women's Championship.
2008-09 - Junior
Named a Golfweek second-team All-American after producing a scoring average of 74.50, which ranks fourth best in MSU single-season history ... Also earned NGCA Division I All-America honorable mention honors ... Posted six top-five and eight top-10 finishes in the team's 12 stroke play events, leading the team in eight of those outings ... Named a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season ... Finished the season ranked No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings ... Tied for second at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 218 (73-73-72), helping the Spartans win the team title ... Led the team at the Tar Heel Invitational, tying for 17th with a 224 (75-75-74) ... Tied for second with a score of 221 at the Lady Northern Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. (77-72-72) ... After tying for fourth in stroke play during Hooters Match Play qualifying, Kueny helped lead the Spartans past top-seed UCLA in the first round of match play with a 4 and 3 victory over the Bruins' 13th-ranked Sydnee Michaels ... Also defeated Duke's 10th-ranked Mina Harigae, 2 and 1, in the semifinals ... Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after placing first at the Fort Myers Challenge in a dual against Ohio State with a round of 71 ... Tied for 24th at the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., with a score of 234 (77-79-78) ... Led the team by placing seventh at the Central District Invitational ... Registered a fourth-place finish at the Bryans National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., with a 219 ... Shot a season-best 218 (74-69-75) at the Lady Buckeye Invitational to take second place ... Finished second at the Big Ten Championship in Purdue by shooting a 307 (76-78-78-75) ... Produced another top-10 finish at the NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio, tying for seventh with a 224 (73-74-77) ... In her first appearance at the NCAA Championships, placed 48th with a score of 305 (74-76-80-75).
Tied for the seventh at the Michigan Tournament of Champions, finishing as the top female and top amateur in the field, shooting a six-under par 210 (71-69-70) ... Tied for first after stroke play and advanced to the round of 16 at the Women's TRANS Amateur Championship ... Advanced to 2008 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying.
2007-08 - Sophomore
A First Team All-Big Ten selection ... Ended the season ranked No. 48 in the country by Golfweek and No. 50 by Golfstat ... Second on the team with a 75.03 stroke average, good for seventh all-time in a single season ... Also second on the team with 73 birdies and 89.7 rounds counted ... Led the team with seven sub-par rounds ... Won one tournament and posted four top-five finishes ... Was the top Spartan finisher in six tournaments, including the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA West Regional ... A Golfworld Midseason All-American ... Opened the season by winning the Mary Fossum Invitational with a career-low 214 (71-70-73), earning her Golfweek National Player of the Week accolades ... Her three-round total of 214 is tied for fifth in the MSU record books ... Finished alone in second at the Lady Northern at 215 (75-69-71), which is the seventh lowest 54-hole score in Spartan history ... Had her third top-two finish in the fall's first four tournaments with a 218 (75-69-74) to tie for second at the Landfall Tradition ... Went 1-0-1 at the Hooters Match Play Championship, tying Ginny Brown of Tennessee and beating Purdue's Christel Boeljon, 2 & 1 ... Tied for 12th at the Central District Invitational at 227 (76-76-75) ... Ended the regular season with a top-10 finish at the Lady Buckeye, tying for eighth with a 228 (77-76-75) ... Was the top Spartan finisher at the Big Ten Championship, tying for fourth and earning All-Championship honors with a 297 (78-73-71-75) ... Again was the top MSU golfer at the NCAA West Regional, tying for 17th at 220 (71-77-72).
Won the Fidra Midwest Collegiate Series event at the Firestone Country Club with an even-par 144 (72-72) ... Followed by winning The Medalist in Marshal, Mich., with a 10-over-par 154 (75-79) ... Advanced to the match play round of 32 at the Women's Western Golf Association Championships ... Posted second-best score in qualifying rounds with a 141 (72-69) ... Won first round match over Kelsey Johnson, 6 and 5 ... Won Trans National Women's Golf Association Championship ... Finished in a tie for 13th at the Michigan Women's Open.
2006-07 - Freshman
Averaged 75.75 strokes per round ... Posted 22 birdies ... 11 of her 12 rounds were counted for MSU, the highest percentage on the team ... Finished a team-high fourth at the Lady Nothern with a 220 (74-71-75) ... Also took eighth at the Landfall Tradition with a 226 (77-75-74) ... Placed in the top 35 in all four tournaments.
Advanced to match play at Women's Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship ... Part of winning squad at Founders Challenge ... Qualified for the Westfield Junior.
Finished second in 1999 and 3rd in 2002 at Optimist International Junior Championship ... Won Westfield State Qualifier with a score of 143 (70-73) ... Won Ludington Invitational with a score of 69.
Four-year member of the golf team and two-time state champion in at Whitehall ... Twice named Miss Golf in Michigan ... Captured 2006 Division 3 State Championship by shooting even-par 144 (72-72) at Forest Akers West Golf Course ... Won 2005 Division 3 State Championship shooting 137 (67-70) at Forest Akers East Golf Course ... As a junior was the medalist in all but two events.
2013 Big Ten Golfer of the Year
Three-Time First-Team All-Big Ten (2011-13)
MSU's all-time career scoring average leader (74.26)
Owns MSU's top-three single-season scoring average records
Three-Time Alderton Award Winner (2011-13)
Three-Time Honorable Mention All-American
Six-Time Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week (school record)
2013 Second-Team Academic All-American
2013 Dinah Shore Trophy Award winner
At A Glance
The most decorated women's golfer in Michigan State history . . . Is only the second women's athlete in Michigan State history to earn the Alderton Award three times (2011-13) . . . Completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore . . . Three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place . . . Qualified as an individual for the 2011 NCAA Championships and placed sixth, tied for the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals . . . Qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women's Open . . . Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week six times in her career, which is third most in conference history and a school record . . . placed in the top five in 14 career tournaments and in the top 10 on 21 occasions, including three tournament victories (2011 Lady Buckeye Invitational, 2011 Mary Fossum Invitational, 2013 Central District Invitational) . . . Graduated in May 2013 with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association three times and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice . . . Named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.
2012-13 - Senior
Named the Alderton Award winner (MSU Female Athlete of the Year) for third year in a row . . . Also named the female winner of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the recipient of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award; became the first student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Alderton Award, Brewer Award and Conference Medal of Honor in the same year . . . Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year . . . Posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history . . . Finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year . . . Closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11 . . . Tied for first place at the Central District Invitational on Feb. 19 in Parrish, Fla., and also placed second at the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championship in the fall . . . Led the team in birdies (91) and shot under-par in six rounds . . . Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times . . . Named the recipient of Michigan State's Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award in 2013; the award is presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach . . . Named CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team).
Placed third at the World University Games (July 3-6) in Liberec, Czech Republic, with a four-round total of 11-under 277 (72-69-68-68) and helped the United States to a second-place finish in the 16-team field ... Participated in her second career U.S. Women's Amateur; punched her ticket to the event by tying for first place at her qualifier with a round of 72 on July 16 at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis ... Qualified for the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship.
2011-12 - Junior
A year after setting the school single-season record with a 73.53 scoring average, recorded the second-best average in program history with a 73.78 (2,730 strokes in 37 rounds) . . . For the second straight year, was named the co-female recipient of the Alderton Award in 2011-12, given to Michigan State's top athlete . . . Became just the third Spartan women's golfer to win the Alderton Award twice (Sara Brown, Emily Bastel), the fourth Spartan student-athlete to win the honor in back-to-back years, and the fifth at MSU to win the award twice . . . For the second consecutive season, was named a honorable mention All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association and also a First-Team All-Big Ten selection . . . Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors . . . Named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team for the third consecutive year . . . Closed the season ranked No. 32 in the nation by Golfweek . . . Finished in the top 10 at six tournaments, including a victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 17-18) with a 217 . . . Was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week following her win at the Fossum Invitational . . . Also garnered Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after shooting a school-record low for 54 holes with an 8-under 208 (69-68-71) at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 7-9) to tie for second . . . Tied for fourth at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 28-30) in Wilmington, N.C., with a 224 (73-77-74) . . . Tied for 10th at the Regional Challenge (Feb. 13-15) at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) Country Club after carding a 221 (75-68-78) . . . Recorded another top-10 finish by tying for fourth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 21-22) . . . Tied for third at the Big Ten Championships with a 2-over 218 (72-73-73) and was named to the All-Championships Team for the second straight year . . . Her performance helped MSU claim back-to-back Big Ten titles . . . Tied for 12th at the NCAA East Regional (74-73-72--219) as MSU qualified for the NCAA Championships . . . In her second career appearance at the NCAA Championships, tied for 45th with a 298 (75-74-73-76).
Named to the U.S. team for the World University Games in China ... Paired up with teammate Lindsey Solberg and won the second annual Hooters Women's Team Collegiate Championships in Dahlonega, Ga.; the unique format, which had 54 two-person teams from around the country, featured alternate shot in round one, best ball in round two, and the aggregate score of the two players in round three ... Along with Solberg, took first place in the event by one stroke with a score of 12-under 276 (68-65-143) ... Placed 14th and took home top amateur honors at the Michigan PGA Women's Open at Crystal Mountain Resort with an 8-over 224 (70-82-72).
2010-11 - Sophomore
Burst onto the national scene as one of the elite players in the country while establishing a new standard of excellence for the Michigan State women's golf program ... Set a school record with her 73.53 scoring average and her sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships was the best-ever showing by a Spartan ... Honorable mention All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association ... First-Team All-Big Ten selection ... Named the co-female recipient of the Alderton Award in 2010-11, given to Michigan State's top athlete ... Finished in the top 10 at seven tournaments, including the last four in a row ... Led the team in scoring in nine of the team's 11 events ... Got off to a fast start in the fall by tying for third at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Sept. 26 with a score of 220 (71-74-75) ... Followed that effort with an impressive three-round total of 211 (71-71-69) at the Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 10, which marked the second-lowest 54-hole score in MSU history ... Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week for winning the Lady Buckeye Invitational with a score of 226 (75-72-79), marking her first collegiate victory ... Clutch in postseason play, placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships (72-70-74-77--293) and sixth at both the NCAA East Regional (71-69-77--217) and NCAA Championships (70-76-69-73-288) ... Helped lead the Spartans to their ninth Big Ten title in school history and was named to the All-Championships Team ... Qualified individually for the NCAA Championships by shooting a 217 in the NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach, Fla., the lowest score ever by a Spartan in regional play; her second-round score of 69 was also the best single-round in school history at the NCAA Regionals ... Was at her best on the sport's biggest stage at the NCAA Championships, setting MSU records for highest finish (tied for sixth), lowest 72-hole (288), and best single-round (69) at nationals ... For her record-breaking season, Powers garnered NGCA (National Golf Coaches Association) All-Region and honorable mention All-America accolades, and finished No. 22 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings ... Named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recipient for her 3.82 GPA in education.
Advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship and won her first two matches before falling in the third round ... Tied for 11th place at the Michigan Women's Open at Crystal Mountain Resort with a 220 (73-75-72) ... Participated in the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur.
2009-10 - Freshman
Compiled a 76.03 average in all 11 tournaments as a true freshman, which is the best freshman average in school history ... Named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team ... Received the MSU Provost Award ... Posted four top-20 finishes and two in the top 10 ... Second on the team with 70 birdies ... In her first collegiate tournament, tied for 14th at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 223 (74-77-72) ... Placed a season-high fifth with a career-low 219 (71-71-77) at the Lady Northern Invitational ... Helped the Spartans win the team title at the Tar Heel Invitational by shooting a 222 (79-69-74) to take 31st; her second round of 69 was a season low ... Participated in the NCAA Preview, tying for 30th by carding a 225 (77-75-73) ... Placed 74th at the Regional Challenge ... Compiled a top-10 finish by taking ninth at the Central District Invitational with a 221 (71-80-70) ... Tied for 37th at the Liz Murphey Collegiate ... Tied for 14th at the Gator Invitational with a 220 (74-71-75) to help MSU claim the team title ... Placed 36th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational ... Took 16th place by shooting a 301 (75-72-76-78) in her first career appearance at the Big Ten Championships ... Placed 56th in the NCAA Central Regional.
Won the 41st Big "I" National Championship in July at the Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore, Okla. ... Led the tournament wire-to-wire and finished with a six-stroke victory with a four-round score of 293 ... Powers became the first winner from Ohio in the 17-year history of the girls' Big "I" and the seventh to lead every round of the tournament ... Reached the match play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links after tying for 29th in stroke play ... Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links by placing first in her sectional qualifying tournament in Brecksville, Ohio, with a 76 ... Tied for eighth at the GAM Women's Championship with a score of 147.
Three-time all-state selection ... Placed third as a junior and fifth as a senior at the state championships ... Claimed the Ohio Junior Girls Championship in summer of 2008 ... Callaway Junior World qualifier and a U.S. Girls Junior participant in both 2007 and 2008 ... Four-year letterwinner (2005-08) ... Participated in boys golf for three seasons at Bowling Green High School, and earned all-league honors every year (2006-08) ... Named the Toledo Junior Golf Player of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year in 2006 ... Also lettered three years in track, running the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Daughter of Buddy and Linda Powers ... Born April 7, 1991 ... Buddy is an assistant hockey coach at Boston University ... He was also the head coach at Bowling Green from 1994-2002 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1989-94 ... He played professionally in Europe for four years and also at Boston University ... Linda is the Assistant Director of Golf at Forrest Creason Golf Course, the campus course at Bowling Green ... She also played collegiate golf, at Bowling Green ... Her sister, Barbara, ran cross country and track at BGSU and her brother, John, played golf at BGSU ... Powers is the cousin of former MSU All-American and current Florida head coach Emily Bastel, who played for the Spartans from 1998-2002 ... ... Majored in elementary education.
Two-time All-Big Ten Team (2001-02)
2003 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions Winner
AT A GLANCE
Won her first professional tournament, the $100,000 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions on July 23, 2003, at Boyne Mountain Resort ... In doing so, became the first female or amateur to win this prestigious tournament ... Owns the seventh-lowest career average in Spartan history (77.43) ... A two-time All-Big Ten selection.
2001-02 - SENIOR
Selected to the 2002 All-Big Ten Team for a second-straight year ... Played in all 13 events ... Had a 76.30 stroke average, second on the team ... Seven top-20 finishes, including two in the top five ... Captured the tournament title with a 216 (72-71-73) at the Central District Classic ... Tied for fifth at the Verizon "Mo"Morial ... MSU's top finisher at the Big Ten Championships, placing sixth with a 309 ... MSU's top player at the NCAA Championships, finishing tied for 27th.
Reached the semifinals of the Michigan Women's Amateur Championship ... Advanced to the round of 64 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
2000-01 - JUNIOR
Named to the 2001 All-Big Ten Team for the first time ... Played in all 13 events ... Had a 76.41 average for the season ... Fourth at the 2001 Big Ten Championships ... Led the Spartans with six top-five finishes ... Finished in the top-20 seven times ... Won first individual title at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational ... Set the then-MSU 54-hole tournament score at 216 (71-71-74) at the Big Ten/Big 12 Shoot-out ... MSU Tee Club Most Improved Player award.
Michigan Women's Amateur champion ... Michigan Open low amateur after shooting a 222.
1999-2000 - SOPHOMORE
Competed in all 13 tournaments, posting a 77.71 average that was third best on the team ... Finished in the top 20 eight times and in the top 10 twice ... Best finish was a tie for eighth at the Waterlefe/USF Invitational at 229 (78-75-76) ... Tied for 10th at the Lady Buckeye Fall Invitational with a score of 229 ... MSU Tee Club Most Improved Player award.
Co-medalist in qualifying for the Michigan State Amateur with a 74 ... Won the Grand Rapids Women's City Tournament.
1998-99 - FRESHMAN
Played in all 33 rounds with a 79.70 average ... Produced five top 20 finishes, including two in the top 10 ... Best individual finish came in the first tournament of her collegiate career, a fourth-place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational ... Finished the year strong, posting top-20 finishes in the final regular-season tournament (tied for 13th at the Lady Buckeye) and the Big Ten Championship (tied for 12th) ... MSU's No. 3 finisher at the NCAA East Regional, where she fired a three-round 232.
Earned all-state, all-conference and all-area honors each of her four years at Grandville ... Team captain and team MVP all four years ... Twice named Michigan's Miss Golf ... Finished first at the state championship as a junior and senior ... Captured medalist honors at the Buick Junior Open, the Kalamazoo Invitational and the Traverse City Invitational ... Finished 10th at the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship ... Ranked No. 29 in national girls rankings by Golfweek.
Born Dec. 18, 1979, in Grand Rapids ... Daughter of Larry and Judy Snider.