Myrtle Beach Native Not Only Successful, but Inspirational
Kristy McPherson, a native of Conway, SC, claims to have always been competitive in sports. After being involved in dance, basketball, and softball, her father introduced her to the game of golf at age eight. Since then, McPherson went on to play for the University of South Carolina and was named SEC individual champion in 2001 and 2002, as well as SEC Player of the Year in 2003 and SEC Athlete of the Year in 2003. The NCAA also recognized Kristy as the NCAA Woman of the Year in 2003. As she continues her career for the LPGA, McPherson continues to embrace the illness that caused her to pursue an interest in golf.
At age 11, McPherson was diagnosed with Still’s Disease. A form of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, McPherson spent most of her youth unable to walk due to the arthritis which left her virtually immobile. After being told by physicians and doctors that she would never be able to play basketball and softball again, McPherson began to look for other athletic outlets that would not require her to run or jump. At age 14, Kristy enrolled into junior golf, played in AJGA events, and was even a member of her high school boys golf team for four years!
McPherson believes that getting sick allowed her to realize her real purpose in life. Without the JRA, Kristy might have never picked up a club. Now, not only is she a successful LPGA player, but she was also recently entered into the University of South Carolina’s Hall of Fame. The NCAA recognized her in 2002 by awarding her the Honda Inspiration Award.
McPherson is currently ranked #25 in the world and has played 16 official LPGA tournaments.