“In Texas, it’s actually all about the men and women, suitable?” Lisa O’Hurley stated in just the to start with two minutes of our conversation, conveying that she originally experienced no programs to play golf at Baylor University.
Now, the previous Golf Channel executive simply cannot visualize what everyday living would have been like without having it.
The daughter of a place club supervisor who labored in Dallas, Houston and many other locales, O’Hurley’s 1st golfing lesson arrived from potential PGA Tour player Billy Ray Brown. By the time she was all set to select a college, her family members had moved to Arizona and she was taking part in for nationally renowned Xavier Faculty Prep, which also spawned Cheyenne Woods, Grace Park and recent Arizona Point out mentor Missy Farr-Kaye. When a shut mate from her higher school team claimed she was heading on college or university visits in Texas, O’Hurley jumped at the chance to join in, knowing how considerably she’d relished her upbringing in the Lone Star Point out.
But when she acquired acknowledged at Baylor, the concept was to just go to, and not contend. That all transformed promptly.
“I experienced no intention of participating in golf there until eventually about two weeks into my time there. Practically, they knocked on my dorm place door and explained we’re starting off a golf staff and we realize that you engage in golfing and we want you to be section of the workforce,” she mentioned. ”So I stated sure, and I played on the university staff at Baylor.
“We were nowhere as fantastic, in comparison, as my substantial school team. Not even near.”
Rapidly-forward some two-furthermore a long time and O’Hurley has constructed a productive occupation about the match, to start with with in excess of a ten years at the Golf Channel and now by means of her very own line of clothes that’s speedily gaining traction. As the CEO of Lohla Sport, O’Hurley has crafted on her 6 yrs with Golfino, a fashion sportswear enterprise based in Germany, and applied some European flair to go with some West Coastline vibes to make a line that has speedily resonated with woman golfers.
O’Hurley, who had crafted a healthier contacts checklist, attained out to 70 potential potential buyers on her Lohla line, even ahead of she experienced any products to clearly show. Much more than 50 purchased it, sight unseen, and O’Hurley understood she was on to something. Continue to, it took a very little luck for the total thing to operate as many clothing strains, especially people that popped up through the pandemic, swiftly went below.
“Golf was the only point that was marked risk-free and so the golf equipment ended up nevertheless open, the outlets were still open, and that was enormous. If we have been a brand which is just a thing in section outlets, we hardly ever would have produced it. So I necessarily mean, the reality that the golf group could assistance itself so to speak was incredible,” she reported. “And then with COVID, we bought to choose up a good deal of new females who were new to the sport who aren’t used to carrying golfing dresses.”
O’Hurley now lives in Los Angeles with her spouse John — J. Peterman of “Seinfeld” fame — and she nevertheless plays a lot of golf when keeping her Baylor roots dear. In point, she’s turn out to be near with the existing coach of the Bears’ women’s golfing group, and frequently plays with the squad when they make a vacation to Southern California.
“I guess one particular of my blessed presents, you know, is keeping my connections heading and usually having these excellent individuals in my lifetime. And so I have retained truly superior mates with the latest golf mentor at Baylor, Jay Goble, and he and I have come to be really near. I’m just truly however in tune with that group.”
Speaking of her spouse, he manufactured a modern visual appearance at a jazz club in San Antonio’s Pearl District. John O’Hurley has hosted “Family Feud,” was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and hosts an yearly charity golfing match with previous Main League Baseball star Josh Beckett (who lives in Boerne).
But although he’s a guy of many abilities, he’s at this time an underdog when playing in a twosome with his wife.
“When we fulfilled, we have been quite even,” Lisa O’Hurley mentioned. “I give him strokes now.”