Michele Guilbault
Michele Guilbault
Full Name:  Michele Simone Guilbault
     Born:  January 7, 1960 in Montreal, Canada
     Died:  February 14, 2011 in Panama City, Florida
   School:  Gulf Coast JC in Panama City, Florida

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FSU Career
Year  Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1979  5-8  145  Fr   *   Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada           
1980  5-8  145  So   *   Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada           
1981  5-8  145  Jr   *   Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada           
1982  5-8  145  Sr   *   Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada           

Year  Award
1981  Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships ()
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1998
Michele Guilbault was a member of the Seminole women's golf team from the fall of 1978 through the spring of 1982 and was a key factor in Florida State's 1981 women's golf national championship.

Guilbault, a native of Pointe Claire, Quebec, was tabbed by AIAW All-American in 1981 after leading the Lady Seminoles to five team titles, including the AIAW National Championship. Guilbault also took individual titles in the prestigious Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., during her junior season. She tied the tournament record of 218 at the Dick McGuire and set a new Lady Paladin Invitational tournament record of 214. The record eclipsed the previous low held by professional golfers Nancy Lopez and Betsy King. While playing in the Lady Paladin, Guilbault also tied a course record with a round of 69.

As a sophomore in 1980, Guilbault captured three individual titles including the Tribe-Auburn, Beacon Woods and Peggy Kirk Bell. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player for her efforts. A back injury during her senior season cut Guilbault's remarkable collegiate career short.

After a brief period of time off from school in an effort to rehabilitate the back injury, Guilbault returned to Florida State in 1984 to finish her bachelor's degree in physical education. She went on to play on the Futures Professional Golf Tour and in the 1990 U.S. Open at the Athletic Club in Atlanta.

Obituary from the Panama City News Herald
Michele Simone Guilbault (1960-2011)
Michele Simone Guilbault, 51, passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at her home surrounded by many friends and her Florida family after an extended, courageous and determined battle with breast cancer.

Michele Guilbault

A memorial celebration will be held Feb. 18, 2011, at Kent-Forest Funeral Home in Panama City, Fla. Visitation is at 4 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Michele has asked that donations be made to the Michele S. Guilbault Scholarship Fund, in care of Seminole Boosters, Inc., P.O. Box 1353, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

Michele was born Jan. 7, 1960, in Montreal, Canada, and was a proud French Canadian who grew up speaking French as her primary language. She came to live in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1979 as the recipient of a full golf scholarship at Florida State University. Michele, a Canadian citizen, had been a U.S. resident since 1985, living in Tallahassee, Fla., and moving to Panama City Beach, Fla., in 2000. Before coming to school at FSU, Michele attended St. Thomas High School, graduated from Polyvalente Pierrefond, and attended CEGEP: St. Laurent in Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and was on the Dean's list at FSU in 1982. Subsequently, she furthered her interests and education with studies at Tallahassee Community College and Gulf Coast Community College attaining an Associate's degree in Business Administration. Michele worked as a dental assistant, veterinary technician and practice manager, chiropractic assistant and as a Professional Golfer and teacher. Growing up and throughout her life, Michele's first love was golf.

As a young amateur, Michele's golf accomplishments included Montreal District Champ (1975), Quebec Amateur Junior Champ (1976-77-78), Quebec Amateur Champ (1976-77-78) and runner-up Amateur Champ in 1979. She also was Quebec Mixed Champ (1977), Canadian Junior Champ (1978), and Canadian Team Winner in the Commonwealth Championship, Perth, Australia (1979). She was named Athlete of the Year in Quebec in 1981. Her amateur Golf Coach was Gordon McGinnis. An all round excellent athlete growing up, Michele took time out from golf to win several gold medal awards for downhill skiing in Quebec competitions, played ice hockey with a passion and played too many other sports to mention. By her 41st birthday, Michele churned up the waters off Panama City Beach wakeboarding, wake skating and wake surfing. In quiet times she could be found wherever there was water fishing and enjoying the salt life.

Michele won five individual collegiate golf tournament victories as a student athlete at Florida State University from 1979 to 1980. She was the Team Captain for all three years she played intercollegiate golf. Michele led the FSU golf team to the 1981 AIAW National Championship and received the All-America Award in 1981. For her outstanding collegiate career at FSU, Michele was inducted into the Florida State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and became a Lifetime FSU Varsity Club member. In recognition of her athletic career and accomplishments friends, fans and teammates established the Michele Guilbault Endowed Scholarship in Golf at Florida State University in 2009. Michele described the establishment of this scholarship in her name for the education of future Lady Seminole golfers as the greatest honor of her life.

After her stellar collegiate career, golf was not over for "Mitch." Even though suffering a severe back injury in her senior year in college, Michele turned Professional in 1988 playing on the Florida Central Tour, the Futures Golf Tour and the L.P.G.A. Tour for five years. Due to her chronic back injury, "Mitch" retired from the tour and in 2003 retained her amateur status in golf. In the last weeks of her life she continued to play golf, even for nine holes, and continued to soundly beat all her friends.

In addition to working, golfing, wakeboarding and volunteering time assisting with the caretaking of animals at Zooworld in Panama City, Michele loved to watch puppies do what they do and spend time with her cherished friends. She took precious time and energy in the last weeks of her life to personally thank all those friends who have been there for her throughout her illness and with whom she shared great happiness.

Preceding Michele in death were her grandparents, Charles and Mildred Guilbault and Alphonse and Simone Dionne, Aunt Monique Tocci and Uncle Albert Guilbault.

Michele is survived by her parents, Paul and Denise Guilbault of Montreal, Canada; her sister, Lynn (Roger); brothers, Charles and Pierre (Marlene); nieces and nephews Vanessa, Antoine and Emily, Sarah and Simon; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and her stepson, Thomas G. Fowler. Her heart and soul rests with her life partner, Margaret P. Fowler, D.V.M., and she leaves precious little pet "ZZ" to continue to do what puppies do.

FSU Statistics
Year    Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10   Ave
1978-79         7      19.0  0  73  1,529    0     2  80.47
1979-80         1       4.0  0  74    309    0     0  77.25
1980-81         6      19.0  5  71  1,476    1     3  77.68
1981-82         3       9.0  0  73    700    0     1  77.78
Total          17      51    5  71  4,014    1     6  78.71
   Date     Opponent/Tournament             Place  Round 1  Round 2  Round 3  Round 4  Total  Par
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            1978-79 Season
10/18/1978  LADY SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL         7t    76       73       79               228    
10/24/1978  LADY TAR HEEL INVITATIONAL        26     86       82                        168    
11/19/1978  LADY GATOR INVITATIONAL           26t    83       78       74               235    
12/10/1978  BEACON WOODS INVITATIONAL          6t    80       77                        157    
03/18/1979  BETSY RAWLS TOURNAMENT                   84       84       85               253    
03/31/1979  LADY PALADIN INVITATIONAL                79       78       83               240    
06/16/1979  AIAW CHAMPIONSHIP                mc      80       85       83               248    
            1979-80 Season
06/14/1980  AIAW CHAMPIONSHIP                        74       78       75       82      309    
            1980-81 Season
09/24/1980  LADY SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL        11t    76       71       77               224    72
10/03/1980  DICK MCGUIRE INVITATIONAL          1     71       74       73               218    74
02/25/1981  SOUTH FLORIDA INVITATIONAL        33     80       88       86               254    72
04/26/1981  SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE           5t    77       79       76               232    
05/17/1981  LADY BUCKEYE                      10t    78       74       81               233    
06/20/1981  AIAW CHAMPIONSHIP                 57t    83       74       78       80      315    74
            1981-82 Season
09/20/1981  LADY SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL        10t    78       78       75               231    
10/02/1981  DICK MCGUIRE INVITATIONAL         28t    81       77       76               234    
11/01/1981  LADY GATOR INVITATIONAL                  80       73       82               235