MUFFIN SPENCER-DEVLIN / by Molly Schiot

The first LPGA player to declare herself openly gay in a landmark Sports Illustrated article, Spencer-Devlin won three titles during her time on the professional golf circuit.  A lifetime sufferer of manic depression, Spencer-Devlin attempted suicide on several occasions and was often hospitalized during her most severe bouts with the disease. At one Women's European Tour event, she arrived dressed as a '20s cabaret star, while her appearance and comments led to disqualifications from other events.  After coming out in 1996, Spencer-Devlin became a gay rights activist, grand marshalling gay pride parades while also speaking candidly about her battles with depression. Following her golfing career, Spencer-Devlin took up glass-blowing and lives in Laguna Beach near her studio. She has created the trophies for several LPGA tour events.

The first LPGA player to declare herself openly gay in a landmark Sports Illustrated article, Spencer-Devlin won three titles during her time on the professional golf circuit.  A lifetime sufferer of manic depression, Spencer-Devlin attempted suicide on several occasions and was often hospitalized during her most severe bouts with the disease. At one Women's European Tour event, she arrived dressed as a '20s cabaret star, while her appearance and comments led to disqualifications from other events.  After coming out in 1996, Spencer-Devlin became a gay rights activist, grand marshalling gay pride parades while also speaking candidly about her battles with depression. Following her golfing career, Spencer-Devlin took up glass-blowing and lives in Laguna Beach near her studio. She has created the trophies for several LPGA tour events.