|Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum
|A stellar golfer
The Groveport Madison area has had its share of athletes who have gone on to excel in the professional ranks including, to name a few, Jim McKee in Major League Baseball, Calvin Booth with the NBA, Lilia Osterloh in tennis, and most recently Eric Smith with the NFL’s New York Jets. But a list of notable Groveport athletes would not be complete without mentioning professional golfer Pam Higgins. Higgins, a 1963 graduate of Groveport Madison High School, took up golf at age 15. She went on to be women’s district champion from 1965-67 and in 1968 won the Ohio Amateur title. She turned professional in 1969 and joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). According to the LPGA Web site, Higgins had a solid career in professional golf winning the 1971 Lincoln-Mercury Open, the 1977 American Cancer Society Classic (after besting Judy Rankin in a playoff), and the 1980 Atlanta Lady Michelob. Higgins is pictured here after sinking a putt in tournament in the 1970s. According to the LPGA, "(Higgins’) strength lies in her overall consistency on the course and finishing in the money with each appearance." Higgins’ athleticism was not limited to the golf course as the LPGA notes Higgins "is the only LPGA player ever to have completed a certified marathon, having recorded a time of three hours and 53 minutes in a 1979 race in Orange, Calif.