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Cheryl Stacy begins her fourth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan women's golf team after being named as the fourth coach in the program's 36-year history in 2009.
In her three seasons at the helm, Stacy has guided the Wolverines to three straight NCAA postseason appearances with back-to-back team invitations in 2011 and 2012 and an individual invitation for All-Big Ten golfer Ashley Bauer in 2011.
In her first season, Stacy's Wolverines set the U-M single-season record for team scoring average with a 302.53 per round tally and followed in 2010-11 by setting the U-M single round record with a 285 in the second round of the 2010 Challenge at Onion Creek (Nov. 1-2). U-M's fourth place finish at the Big Ten Championships marked the eighth top-five finish for U-M in the history of the program.
Stacy won her first team title at the 2010 Rio Verde Invitational (March 4-6), as well her first individual champion when Ashley Bauer took medalist honors. She added her second medalist when Meagan Bauer won the 2011 Lady Northern Invitational. She has coached two players to All-Big Ten honors -- Ashley Bauer (2010, 1st) and Yugene Lee (2012, 2nd).
Away from the course, Stacy's Wolverines have earned 13 Academic All-Big Ten honors, while garnering 15 U-M Athletic Academic Achievement honors. She also has had two players named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar -- Caramia Sitompul (2011-12) and Jenn Cleary (2011-12). In 2009-10, Stacy's team was ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten academically with a total of seven Academic All-Big Ten honorees. In 2011, Sitompul became the eighth Wolverine to earn the prestigious NGCA All-America Scholar-Athlete award.
Prior to taking over the Wolverine program, Stacy spent four seasons (2005-09) as an assistant coach. While serving as an assistant, the Wolverines made three NCAA regional appearances -- two as a team and one individual invitation -- and posted two top-five finishes at the Big Ten Championships. Collecting five team titles and three individual medalist honors, U-M had 22 top-five finishes in 47 regular season events.
Before coming to Ann Arbor, Stacy spent 13 years teaching and directing golf instruction throughout Florida, Michigan and Ohio. A Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, she began her teaching career as an assistant golf professional at the Imperial Golf Club in Naples, Fla., from 1992-94, before moving to the Meadows Golf Club and Golf Academy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., serving as the teaching professional from 1994-95.
In 1995, Stacy moved on to Maumee, Ohio, where she spent eight years at the Maumee Sportsmall Golf Learning Center as the teaching professional (1995-97) before being elevated to the head professional (1997-2003). In 2004, she served as the director of instruction at the Red Hawk Run Golf Course in Findlay, Ohio, before moving on to become the teaching professional at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio (2005).
Stacy is no stranger to Big Ten golf after playing three years (1983-85) at Ohio State University. She earned All-America second team honors in 1984 and was the first Ohio State women's golfer to earn All-America first team honors in 1985. She remains just one of three players to earn the national distinction at Ohio State. While at Ohio State, she guided the Buckeyes to three straight Big Ten Conference crowns (1983-84-85) and was a back-to-back medalist at the conference tournament (1984-85), where she earned All-Big Ten honors both years.
Throughout her collegiate career, she won eight college tournaments. In the NCAA competition, Stacy helped lead Ohio State to a 14th-place finish in 1983, 12th-place showing in 1984 and a 13th-place showing in 1985. Stacy was inducted into Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Hancock County Hall of Fame in 1999.
In her professional golf career, Stacy played on the LPGA Tour as a division member (1991), the Futures Golf Tour (1985-93), the Women's Florida Golf Tour (1986-87), the Central Florida Golf Tour (1991-92) and the Kosaido Ashai Golf Ladies Asia Golf Circuit (1993). While on the Futures Golf Tour, she won six tournaments and made the cut for the 1991 U.S. Women's Open.
As an amateur, she won back-to-back Ohio State Women's Amateur Championships (1984-85) and was the runner-up and co-medalist in stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in 1985.
Stacy, who has played in LPGA Teaching Division events, resides in Saline, Mich.
^ In 2006, Amy Schmucker competed as an invited individual at the NCAA Central Regional
# In 2010, Ashley Bauer competed as an invited individual at the NCAA Central Regional
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