Michigan State University officially dedicated the Lasch Family Golf Center, the new 15,000-square-foot home of the MSU men’s and women’s golf teams, on June 1.
The $6 million facility includes an indoor practice area, student-athlete lounge, men’s and women’s locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a video room, weight room and a kitchen area featuring nutrition/hydration stations. The men’s and women’s programs moved into the building in February.
The MSU Board of Trustees voted to approve naming the facility the Lasch Family Golf Center in June 2015 after Richard W. (Rick) and Suzanne Lasch of East Lansing made a $2 million gift toward the building.
Through Empower Extraordinary, the campaign for Michigan State, MSU Athletics seeks to raise $262 million in support of building championship-level facilities, increasing its endowment and elevating annual gifts. All gifts made through the Spartan Fund during the campaign count toward the goal to support MSU Athletics and its mission to teach, support and celebrate (MSU) student-athletes in their quest for excellence.
Bob and Julie Skandalaris gave the first leadership gift of $3 million to the golf center, but at their request the naming opportunity for the facility remained open in their hope to honor and motivate other donors.
The gifts and new facility build on the momentum of the MSU men’s and women’s golf programs. MSU women’s golf has won 11 Big Ten Championships—the second most in conference history—including five under Head Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. The team has earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals in 17 of the last 18 seasons.
The men’s golf program has also been steadily on the rise under Head Coach Casey Lubahn, earning a berth to the NCAA Regionals this past season and winning the Big Ten Match Play Championship last February.