New home for MSU's golf teams 'an unbelievable facility'

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll stood beside her glistening, brand-new architectural work of art and gave a history lesson on the time when Michigan State’s golf programs operated from Bruce and Mary Fossum’s station wagon.

There actually was no structure, Slobodnik-Stoll stated. They would load up their clubs. Bruce would strap the clubs up on top of the station wagon. Mary would hand each lady a ball if they were lucky, a sleeve of balls and away they would go. It was bare-bones minimum.

My, how times and centers have actually changed.

On Wednesday, women’s coach Slobodnik-Stoll and men s coach Casey Lubahn assisted unveil the Spartans brand-new $6 million Lasch Family Golf Center, which sits on the site of the old group clubhouse and workplaces on the east side of Forest Akers West Golf Course.

The almost 20,000-square foot facility came together after nearly a years of conversations, in addition to a $3 million donation from the Skandalaris family and a $2 million calling gift from Rick and Suzanne Lasch of East Lansing. A variety of MSU coaches consisting of Mark Dantonio, Tom Izzo and Suzy Merchant were among more than 100 individuals who participated in the official commitment.

We wished to make an impact with a non-revenue sport, stated Rick Lasch, who is president of Medical Reliance Group and a 1990 MSU alumnus. We truly liked that it benefited both men and women. And we really liked that it would assist the efforts of 2 extremely hard-working and terrific coaches in Stacy and Casey.

Slobodnik-Stoll and Lubahn, both former Spartan golf players, reached MSU well after the days when Bruce Fossum coached the males, Mary Fossum coached the women and their vehicle kept the gear.

When the pro shop at Akers West moved into its present location on Forest Road, along the southern-most edge of the course, the golf teams took control of the old building as its clubhouse. It was their home for the previous 12 years.

Till the extravagant brand-new center opened in February and paid immediate dividends.

We won the first tournament that we utilized this structure for, the Big Ten Match Play Championship, said Lubahn, who worked with Slobodnik-Stoll and deputy athletic director Greg Ianni to assist produce the plans for the center. That (indoor) putting green was open for possibly a week and a half prior to us left. I do feel we were more prepared in the short video game, that s most likely why we won. However I also seem like our kids comprehended that the expectations were raised.

Both the women’s and guy’s programs ultimately played in the NCAA Regional’s. That hadn’t occurred concurrently since 2009. The woman s program has actually played in the NCAAs 17 of the past 18 years, while the guys have actually made regional’s 6 times since 2002. Slobodnik-Stoll recently concluded her 19th weather as women s coach, while Lubahn completed his 5th.

Our expectations are championships, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis stated. And this building will give us a fantastic push towards that.

The structure itself echoes lots of other current athletic department projects, with a glass, steel and stone exterior. Perhaps the gems of the facility are the 5,000-square foot turf indoor practice location that has a bunker and the outdoor putting greens, which Slobodnik-Stoll wanted to resemble Augusta National Golf Club. It also includes an advanced video room and swing tracker, an exercise space, spacious locker spaces for each team, a kitchen area and a lounge.

Now, looking at what we have today, Slobodnik-Stoll said, I would state we have actually shown up. It really is an amazing facility.