Carling Coffing Biography
Claim to Fame: LPGA Golfer
DOB: February 19, 1986
Diabetes Type: 1
Born and raised in Middletown, Ohio, championship golfer Carling Coffing was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 5. Although strict meals and insulin shots are difficult even for an adult to get used to, Coffing became an expert at managing her diabetes at an early age.
First playing golf with her family at age 10, Coffing developed such a love for the sport that she knew she wanted to pursue it as a career. As winner of the 2002 Ohio State High School Championship and later as captain of Ohio University's golf team, Coffing did not let her diabetes stop her from engaging in the strenuous lifestyle of a touring professional golfer.
Coffing has experienced continuous success in her golfing career. She was twice a selection for the All-Big Ten Conference Second Team. These successes ultimately led to her officially becoming pro in 2008. In 2010, she won The Golf Channel's Big Break: Sandals Resort series, a win that put the spotlight on her in the LPGA Futures Tour.
Coffing has shared a lot of her experience as an athlete with the diabetes community. She often struggles with blood sugar lows on the golf course, but has learned to adapt to the lifestyle and makes sure she has supplies to care for her diabetes wherever she goes.
In 2010, Coffing donated 5% of her yearly earnings to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization for which she is very active as Celebrity Advocate in the JDRF's Children's Congress and Chair of JDRF's Young Leadership Council. She actively supports diabetes research and hopes researchers can find a cure for diabetes within her lifetime. In between tees, advocacy, and research, you can catch up with Carling on her official Facebook fan page, where she shares her highs and lows both professionally as well as with her blood sugars.
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