LPGA Star & Diabetes Activist
Michelle McGann has been one of the most popular personalities in women’s golf for the last 30 years. Perhaps most recognizable for her fashion sense and stylish hats, she has also claimed nine LPGA tour victories and appeared on two Solheim teams. While she has found success on the course, her best efforts may in fact lie in her determination to bring about diabetes awareness and empower families with the support and education they need to ensure a healthy today and tomorrow for their child.
Where were you raised?
I was raised right here in West Palm Beach. I’m a native Floridian, which is a rare thing for my generation. I couldn’t be happier that my parents decided to move back from South Bend because West Palm really is heaven on earth.
Tell me about your parents.
I credit them with almost everything. My dad was a great athlete. He played basketball and football growing up; he played football at Notre Dame. My dad also loved golf, which he taught himself. He was a scratch golfer. My mom was a good athlete herself, a tennis player. But she was also the brain of our family and a pediatric nurse practitioner. She was the one that diagnosed me with Type 1 Diabetes. They have been with me every step of the way.
At age 7, you held your first golf club?
My mom was a nurse. Patients that owned a golf course came into my mother’s office, and in conversation, they suggested she bring me out some afternoon and see if I liked it. My mom took me to the golf course. We had daily clinics every Saturday. There would be ten or fifteen of us hitting balls. We had a lady professional who had diabetes, which is ironic because I was diagnosed with diabetes not long after.