Maybe it’s time to rename the GAM Women’s Mid-Amateur Golf Championship trophy after Haslett’s Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.
It’s not like the women’s golf coach at Michigan State doesn’t already have her name plastered all over what’s currently known as the Jeanne L. Myers Trophy.
Slobodnik-Stoll won the Women’s Mid-Am for a record 11th time Wednesday, when she rallied for a two-shot victory over Midland’s Kimberly Dinh, the defending championship and first-round leader.
Slobodnik-Stoll shot 3-under-par 33 on the back nine at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club in Clarkston en route to a final-round 71 that gave her a total of 145.
“I was thinking this morning actually about Coach D (Mark Dantonio, former MSU football coach) and one of his mottos – ‘why not me?’” said Slobodnik-Stoll, 49.
“I think you know when you’re two behind you always have a shot, and why not me? I’ve done it before.”
The championship was Slobodnik-Stoll’s 21st in a major individual amateur or team event. That includes two Michigan Women’s Amateurs and one GAM Championship in addition to the 11 Women’s Mid-Amateurs.
“I put another golf ball in my jar at home of the tournaments that I’ve won, and today is the 20th wedding anniversary for Jim and me, so I thought winning would be a good way to spend the day,” she said.
“He is out caddying in the (U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco) for Sarah Burnham (former MSU golfer and LPGA Tour player) right now.”
Chelsea Collura of Riverview shot 79 to finish third at 153. University of Michigan women’s coach Jan Dowling shot 77 to finish fourth at 154.
Dinh was the first-round leader after shooting 72. That left her two shots ahead of Slobodnik-Stoll heading to the final round.
“I played pretty steady, but didn’t make any putts today,” said Dinh, a 28-year-old senior research specialist at Dow Chemical. “Then Stacy started stuffing it in there and making birdies on the back nine.
“She played great and I just didn’t hit it close enough to give myself good looks at birdie.”