- Emily Glaser
Emily Glaser is in her fourth season guiding the University of Florida’s women’s golf program, and led the Gators to back-to-back appearances at the NCAA Championships in 2013 and 2014. Announced as UF’s head coach on June 8, 2012, the former LPGA Tour player and collegiate All-American has brought experience as a student-athlete, coach and professional with an attitude for winning that has followed her at each stop along her career path.
Glaser oversaw nine top-10 team finishes during the 2014-15 season, including a tournament win at the Briar’s Creek Invitational, and back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational. The squad narrowly missed out on a third straight NCAA Championship appearance after placing eighth at the NCAA Raleigh Regional. In a breakout sophomore season, Karolina Vlckova individually qualified for the 2015 NCAA Championships after being named to the NCAA All-Region Team and was subsequently named a Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American. Vlckova competed in 32 rounds with the lowest average on the team of 74.06, she also led the team collecting seven top-25 finishes and five top-10 finishes.
The 2014-15 season brought with it the introduction of freshman standout Taylor Tomlinson and sophomore newcomer Kelly Grassel. As a freshman, Tomlinson was a staple in the Florida lineup – she was the only Gator to compete in every tournament during the 2014-15 season, and was twice tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week. Tomlinson was also named to the 2015 SEC All-Freshman Team, after finishing the 2015 SEC Championships tied for 20th. In her first season in Orange and Blue, Grassel competed in 23 rounds, with a 74.1 stroke average – second best on the team. Grassel played a huge part in the Gators’ only team tournament victory of the season, as she recorded her collegiate best finish (2nd), best tournament score (-4) 212 and best round (69) at the Briar’s Creek Invitational, before an injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season.
In 2013-14, Glaser oversaw eight top-10 finishes during the regular season for the Orange and Blue. The squad knocked off tournament host Oklahoma State in a playoff at the NCAA Central Regional to earn the program’s 25th berth at the 2014 NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Gators improved each day, with a significant 23-stroke difference from round one to round four, to tie for 18th. In her final round, lone senior Elcin Ulu climbed the leaderboard to a top-25 finish with a career-low 18-hole score of 66 (-4) and led the Gators to their lowest round, 282 (+2), of the event.
Florida brought home the team and individual titles from its first tournament of the season, the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C. UF defended its crown at the event by one stroke over runner-up Clemson and junior Anna Young earned the first individual title of her collegiate career by finishing at five-under (211).
The 2013-14 season saw two-time All-American Camilla Hedberg tally three top-10 finishes, as she finished her junior year with a 75.4 stroke average in 33 rounds. Maria Torresfinished her first year as a Gator with five top-25 finishes, the second-most on the UF squad, and was a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team. Another first-year player, Karolina Vlckova, was the only Gator to compete in every tournament during the 2013-14 season.
In her initial season as a head coach in 2012-13, Glaser directed the Gators to three team titles (Cougar Classic, Betsy Rawls Invitational, Florida Challenge), the program’s most victories in a campaign since 2007-08. UF reached its third-consecutive NCAA Championships in 2013, marking Florida’s first time advancing to the tournament for three-straight years since 1996-98.
While winning the Cougar Classic and Betsy Rawls Invite, the Gators also carded the top-two team round scores (279, 280) in UF history. At those same tournaments came the second (852 at Cougar Classic) and fifth (863 at Betsy Rawls Invite) lowest team tournament totals in school history. Four of the team’s top-five players recorded at least two top-10 finishes, and seven of the eight UF golfers that recorded at least one competitive round had a top-25 finish.
A total of 16 top-10 finishes were recorded among four Florida golfers and the team’s 295.54 team round average in 2012-13 was the second-lowest in school history. A first-team All-SEC pick, Hedbergwas named an All-American Honorable Mention by the WGCA for the second-straight year and also won three individual tournament titles in her second season as a Gator. Isabelle Lendl garnered second-team All-SEC recognition and delivered five top-10 efforts, with individual titles at the Dale McNamara Invitational in Broken Arrow, Okla., and at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. A two-time All-SEC recipient, Mia Piccio was named to the WGCA All-Central Region Team and was the team’s top finisher at NCAAs.
Before her move to the Sunshine State, Glaser served as assistant coach for Duke University’s women’s golf team during the 2009-10 season. During her one season with the Blue Devils, the team finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships.
Glaser, who played four years at Michigan State University and is considered the greatest Spartan golfer of all time, was an NCAA All-American in 2002, a four-time All-Big Ten selection (1999-2002), the 2002 Big Ten Golf Athlete of the Year and the 1999 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She set the program’s single-season record for stroke average during the 2002 season, while appearing in four NCAA Regionals and three NCAA Championships.
Glaser’s storied collegiate career includes being named to the United States’ Curtis Cup team in 2002, and being selected as the Michigan State George Alderton Athlete of the Year in both 2000 and 2002. After her stint as a player, she was hired as an assistant coach at MSU, a position she held during the 2002-03 school year. In 2012, Glaser was inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame to commemorate her success as a Spartan student-athlete and coach.
Glaser competed on the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup squad in 2002 and also represented the Red, White and Blue at that year’s World Amateur Team Championships. She was a semifinalist at the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur, played in three U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2002, 2004 and 2005) and is a three-time Ohio State Women’s Amateur Champion (1999, 2001 and 2003).
Following her career at Michigan State, Glaser competed on the LPGA Tour in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and played on the Duramed Futures Tour in 2004, 2007 and 2009. She captured the Futures Tour Player of the Year Award and was the leading money winner in 2007. Glaser carded a career-low 66 at the 2008 McDonald’s LPGA Championship and also registered a pair of top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour.
A three-time member of the Academic All-Big Ten Team, the Upper Sandusky, Ohio, native received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State in the spring of 2002.
Formerly Emily Bastel, she married Christian Glaser in December of 2012.
The Emily Glaser File:
Hometown: Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Education: Bachelor of Arts – Marketing, Michigan State University, 2002
- Three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient
Date announced as UF head coach: June 8, 2012
- Assistant Coach, Michigan State University, 2002-03
- Assistant Coach, Duke University, 2009-10
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2011-12
- Head Coach, University of Florida, 2012-present
- Michigan State University, 1999-2002
- LPGA Tour – 2005, 2006, 2008
- Duramed Futures Tour – 2004, 2007, 2009
- Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee (2012)
- Futures Tour Player of the Year Award (2007)
- Won the Jalapeno Duramed Futures Golf Classic (2007)
- Won the Michelob Ultra Duramed Futures Players Championship (2007)
- Played in three U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2002, 2004, 2005)
- Three-time Ohio State Women’s Amateur Champion (1999, 2001, 2003)
- Represented the U.S. at the Curtis Cup (2002)
- Represented the U.S. at the World Amateur Team Championships (2002)
- Michigan State George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year (2000, 2002)
- National Golf Coaches Association All-American (2002)
- Big Ten Golf Athlete of the Year (2002)
- Four-time All-Big Ten selection (1999-2002)
- Quarterfinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur (2002)
- Semifinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur (2001)
- Medalist at the Big Ten Tournament (2000)
- National Golf Coaches Association Midwest District Freshman of the Year (1999)
- Big Ten Freshman of the Year (1999)