Florida Gators golf coach Emily Bastel to be inducted into Michigan State Hall of Fame
Florida women's golf coach Emily Bastel will be inducted in September into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame along with five other former Spartan student-athletes.
Bastel is in her first season as the Gators' head coach. She played four years at Michigan State and was part of a group of athletes that sparked a run which 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 one of only five Spartans to win the Alderton Award twice.
As a senior in 2001-02, she broke 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.
When she left Michigan State she had the best scoring average in school history, and is still fourth all-time at MSU with a 75.75 average.