Tuesday August 14, 2012Bastel To Be Part of Michigan State 2012 Hall of Fame Class
East Lansing, Mich.
East Lansing, Mich.
University of Florida head women’s golf coach Emily Bastel (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) will be inducted late next month into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame along with five other former Spartan student-athletes. Bastel, who spent four years with the Spartans, led the program to new heights and helped spark a remarkable run that helped place Michigan State among the top women’s golf programs in the nation.
“I was really excited when I got the call,” Bastel said. “It was not something I was expecting. Being young, it still feels like I was there yesterday, but It’s quite an honor and I enjoyed my days there. It really helped propel me into a great playing career and then being here at the University of Florida, so I’m very honored.”
One of only three Spartans to earn All-Big Ten honors four times, Bastel was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1999, claimed Big Ten medalist honors in 2000, and was the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Golfer of the Year in 2002, her senior season.
Bastel became the first women's golfer at MSU to win the George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2000 after winning the Big Ten Championships, and she won the award for a second time in 2002. She is still only one of five Spartans to win the Alderton Award twice.
As a junior in 2000-01, Bastel set a then-school single-season record with a 75.23 stroke average and tied for 13th at the NCAA Championships. The Spartans tied for 12th overall at nationals, which remains the highest finish in school history.
Bastel saved her best for last as a senior in 2001-02, breaking her own school record with a 74.81 scoring average to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Year and second-team All-America honors. She won two tournaments (USF Waterlife Invitational, Indiana Invitational) and set a then-school record with a 54-hole score of 214 at USF, and placed in the top five in seven events.
Bastel's outstanding individual performances helped lead Michigan State to four appearances in the NCAA Regionals, three trips to the NCAA Championships, and the 2001 Big Ten Championship.
The Upper Sandusky, Ohio, native left Michigan State with the best scoring average in school history, and is still fourth all-time at MSU with a 75.75 average. She also was selected to the 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup, becoming just the second Spartan golfer to earn the prestigious honor.
Bastel went on to a successful professional career, playing three seasons on the LPGA Tour (2005-06, 2008). She also was the leading money winner on the Future's Tour in 2007.
“Emily (Bastel) is arguably the greatest women’s golfer in MSU history,” Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. “Emily was remarkably consistent throughout her collegiate career, and it speaks volumes that she was selected as MSU’s Female Athlete of the Year twice.”
The hall of fame ceremony is set to take place on Sept. 20 at Michigan State.
Bastel is getting ready to begin her first season as Florida’s head women’s golf coach. The team’s first tournament is slated for Sept. 9-11 at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C.