She is a graduate of Michigan State University, but Sarah Burnham only recently started calling the state of Michigan home. The Minnesota native moved to Howell last November because of a great connection with her college (and current Spartans women’s golf coach) Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.
“It’s great because I can go back and use Michigan State facilities,” said Burnham, who is preparing for her third start at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. “I have a great trainer [in Stacy] who still allows me to do that. I have a lot of Spartan pride and it’s really good to be home again. “
Stacy and her husband, Jim Stoll, who serves as Burnham’s caddy, are like a second family to Burnham. It is this relationship that has made the transition to a new city as seamless as possible. Her boyfriend Jackson Renicker, who was on the MSU wrestling team, and his family in nearby Brighton also made Howell the perfect place.
Aside from the close personal connections Burnham has in the Great Lakes State that she now calls home, Blythefield Country Club is a place to remember on her trip to the LPGA Tour.
“Really close to her family and everything really works,” said Burnham, a three-time First Team All-Big Ten member. “Blythefield is really something special. I got a sponsorship waiver [in 2018] When I was in college it was a really special event. My father was a caddy for me back then and it was also my first LPGA tour event. It brings back really good memories and I just love the course. “