Sue Ertl was named Michigan State University’s first ever Sportswoman of the Year in 1979, the culmination of a collegiate career that included being a member of three Big Ten Conference championship teams, twice winning medalist honors in the conference tournament and being named All-America.
She competed in various sports while growing up in Ionia but forged her professional life with 11 years as a regular on the LPGA Tour. In 1990, she was a career-best 37th on the money list and finished fourth in the LPGA Championship.
In 2000, Ertl returned to competition on a part-time basis and in 2001, she finished fourth on the Futures Tour money list (the top three received exempt status to play on the LPGA Tour in 2002). In 2005, she won the Massachusetts Women’s Open and the Ohio Women’s Open.
During the past several years, Ertl has competed on the Legends Tour with many former LPGA stars.
Ertl currently pursues a successful teaching career at University Park Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. She is a member of the Michigan State Athletic Hall of Fame and the Women’s Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame.
Year inducted: 2010