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Born in Dallas, Texas, Scott Verplank became the star player on the W.T. White High School Golf Team and a staple at the Brookhaven Country Club. After graduating from high school, Verplank attended Oklahoma State University. In 1984, he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, and the 1985 Western Open, becoming one of the few amateur golfers to win a PGA Tour event. In 1986, Verplank won the NCAA individual title and turned professional joining the PGA Tour.
Verplank’s professional career has been successful. He has won five PGA Tour events, two Ryder Cup wins, and he has been ranked in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Verplank turned 50 in July 2014 and made his Champions Tour debut at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. He was named the 2011 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, and the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, reserved for an individual who has excelled in golf in the face of a physical handicap or serious illness. Verplank was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9 after lapsing into a coma. Learning to give himself insulin and test his blood glucose levels, Verplank discovered that his diabetes was manageable. He credits his success on the golf course to his diligence in testing his blood sugar levels and the insulin pump he uses to monitor his diabetes. Diabetes is a difficult illness to navigate in that has short-term complications, as well as long-term risks like coma. Verplank makes it a point to be in top physical health with frequent doctor visits and have a firm understanding of what is occurring throughout his body.
Scott’s experience with diabetes in his own life planted a desire in him to give back to others diagnosed with Type 1. Understanding the financial burden placed on many families with a child suffering from the illness, he and his wife decided to start a charity. The Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation provides college scholarships to students with Type 1 diabetes. Scott and his wife, Kim, have four kids and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Verplank accepting his plaque at the 2016 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony from Mayor Mick Cornett and Mike Holder.