Goldey-Beacom College’s Department of Athletics annual tradition of enshrining its elite will continue this spring when Stephanie Topolie, of North Bay, Ontario, and the 2005-06 Golf Team join the ranks by becoming the third class of its Hall of Fame.
The two parties will be enshrined April 28 during a ceremony at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark. The ceremony will be combined with the department’s celebration of all athletics teams.
Topolie never competed in softball prior to her appearance in Pike Creek, but it was that sport in which she played four seasons and made a mark primarily as a center fielder. Entering a college whose department only was in its eighth year, Topolie set the bar by graduating first in school history with 212 hits, 108 RBI, 10 home runs, 22 triples and 123 runs. She also was second with 48 doubles and seventh with a .414 batting average.
Her marks for hits, RBI, triples and runs remain school records.
Topolie’s effort in softball helped her to be named a 2000 NAIA Scholar-Athlete, 2001 All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and to the 2001 CACC All-Tournament Team. She played a role in the 2001 unit ending second in the league and winning 17 conference games, both of which remain school records. Topolie also guided the 2000 squad to the CACC Tournament for the first time in team history.
Topolie also was part of the first women’s basketball season in school history, averaging 12.1 points and 3.6 rebounds during the 2000-01 campaign. She also competed in volleyball for three seasons, being named All-CACC and to the CACC All-Tournament Team in 2000.
Competing in baseball prior to and since her college days, Topolie played for Canada in the Women’s World Series and the Women’s World Cup.
The 2005-06 golf squad played a role in the history of the department, which only was in its third year as a full NCAA Division II member. The Lightning ran away with the NCAA East Regional championship, becoming the first team in school history in any sport to win an NCAA Tournament event. The last of the squad’s three victories that year saw GBC go wire-to-wire in the three-round event, winning by 24 shots.
That squad was highlighted by 2017 GBC Athletics Hall-of-Fame inductee Michael Tobiason, who won the regional with an 8-over-par 221 that included a 3-under-par 68 in the final round. Tobiason, a participant in the 2011 U.S. Open, won five titles in 2005-06 and averaged 74.83 for the season.
Steve Cutler also was a major part of that team by sharing the CACC individual title with Tobiason at 144. He averaged 77.40 that season over a personal-best 30 rounds, eventually closing with a 78.07 career average over 83 rounds and a school-best 136th national ranking in 2006-07.
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