Elaine Crosby didn’t start playing golf until she was 20 and a student at the University of Michigan. The Jackson native took to the game quickly, made Michigan’s varsity team and went on to reach the top levels of women’s golf.
In 1981 she won the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship and then turned professional.
She had a win on what is now the Symetra Tour and then started her LPGA tour career in 1985 where she played until 2000 and had two wins – the Mazda Japan Classic in 1989 and the Lady Keystone Open in 1994.
She competed in several major championships finishing in a tie for third in the 1994 Women’s PGA Championship, and a tie for sixth in the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open. She also finished second three times in the Lady Keystone Open and had a second in the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing.
She also served the LPGA off the course by being part of the Executive Committee from 1992-94 and she was elected president of the LPGA Tournament Division in 1994.
After her LPGA career, Crosby taught the game and founded the website FINDaLESSON.com. She also maintained her competitive edge, winning won back-to-back Michigan Women’s Opens in 2001 and 2002, and in 2004 she won again among her LPGA peers on the Legends Tour.
For 18 years starting in 1999 Crosby hosted the Wendy’s Charity Classic at Country Club of Jackson. The charity pro-am raised over $3 million for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
In 2018 she competed in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open. She is in the Legends Hall of Fame and was elected to the University of Michigan’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 1996.
Year inducted: 2004