Michelle McGann Biography


Michelle McGann Michelle McGann Biography

Claim to Fame: LPGA Golf Tour
DOB: December 30, 1969
Diabetes Type: 1

Quote: "It's my love of the game that has kept me playing one of the most strategic and challenging sports even when faced with adversity at age 13."

Michelle McGann was born on December 30, 1969, in Singer Island, FL. She started playing golf when she was 7-years-old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13. After graduating from Rosarian Academy, an all-girls prep school, at the age of 18, McGann decided to skip college and go straight to the LPGA Tour; she earned a spot on the tour on her first attempt.

2010 marks McGann's 22 years on the LPGA Tour. McGann's amateur highlights include a three-time Florida State Junior Champion; a 1987 USGA Junior Girls Champion; AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year; 1987 Rolex Junior First-Team All-American; and a 1988 Doherty Cup Champion. She was also named Amateur of the Year by GOLF Magazine and GOLF Digest in 1987. McGann continues to thrive on the golf course, gaining an array of professional career highlights, as well as wins, awards, and honors such as the 1995 Sara Lee Classic, 1996 Oldsmobile Classic, and the 1997 HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural.

The Michelle McGann Fund is a donor-advised fund that aims to further the efforts of organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Diabetes Research Foundation, and is dedicated to serving underprivileged children with diabetes; the funds are distributed to children with diabetes to help them to manage the disease. The Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida manages the fund on McGann's behalf.

McGann manages her diabetes with the help of her trainer, JJ Stephenson, who helps her to maintain a steady balance of exercise and nutrition. She began using an insulin pump in 1999 and had to take the second half of the 2005 season off for medical reasons. McGann continues to travel to the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami for evaluations and fine-tuning of her medications approximately five times a year.

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Last Modified Date: June 10, 2013

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