Mark Laesch, founder of Golfstat, has been named the 2019 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Laesch will be honored posthumously on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
Laesch founded Golfstat in 1984, and it quickly revolutionized college golf. Its statistical database aggregated results from every tournament at every level of college golf, and the resulting team and player statistics and rankings became the gold-standard in the sport. In addition, Golfstat changed the way teams and college golf fans followed the sport when it began its live scoring service, allowing people from all around the country to follow tournaments in real time.
In March of 2017, Laesch passed away after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The following May, the WGCA and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced the inception of the Mark Laesch Award, presented to the team that showed the greatest improvement from the previous season in adjusted stroke average, in his honor.