Coffing chasing DLM glory

DUBAI - Carling Coffing will rely on her flinty ‘never-give-up’ resolve to beat the challenge when the ‘Big Break’ winner makes her maiden appearance at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, starting at the Emirates Golf Club from December 6 to 11, a press release said.

Published: Thu 11 Nov 2010, 11:13 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:17 AM

Diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes when she was just five, Coffing never allowed the debilitating disease to dampen her enthusiasm for the game. Now an accomplished golfer on the Duramed Futures Tour, the Middletown native defeated fellow finalist Lili Alvarez over 18 holes one up to win the finale of the Golf Channel’s hit reality show called Big Break Sandals Resorts in August this year.

Being the winner of the show, Coffing received a tournament exemption for the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour, in addition to other prizes. “The Big Break has given me so many opportunities that I never thought I would have,” said Coffing, who made 13 of 17 cuts last season on the Duramed Futures Tour, also known as the Road to the LPGA.

“I am really looking forward to coming to Dubai and playing against some of the big names in golf like Michelle Wie and Laura Davies. I have read and heard lots of good things about Dubai and it will be fun to play in the tournament and taste the Arabian hospitality,” said the 24-year-old prodigy whose ultimate aim is to find a way to cure diabetes.

“For that to happen, I need to become a star and earn lots of money. Once you know you can do it, you can accomplish anything.

“That’s the confidence I have got after winning the Big Break show,” said Coffing, who still donates a percentage of her earning to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Maintaining health and playing golf are both big challenges.

“Taking blood sugar and endless insulin shots every day was tough, but life is much easier after I switched to a diabetic insulin pump in 2008,” said Coffing

carling coffing golf highlights

· Winner of the Golf Channel’s BIG BREAK Sandals Resorts - June to August 2010

· Made 13 of 17 cuts on the Duramed Futures Tour (2009)

· Individual runner-up at the 2006 Big Ten Conference Championship

· Two-time Big Ten All-Conference Second Team selection (2006, 2008)

· Named the 2005 Freshman Player of the Year while at The Ohio State University.

· Winner of the Ohio State High School Championship (2002)

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