named to Pa. Sports Hall of Fame
By Greg Caldwell
Published: Dec 25, 2006
COUNTY, PA - A long, distinguished career on the
links both playing and teaching golf has led to enshrinement
for one local woman.Lisa Ann Horst, a local Class A golf
professional at Leisure Lanes Golf Center and Groff’s Farm
Golf Club, was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of
Fame during a ceremony in Scranton Oct. 22. The induction
came in recognition of the last 25 years she has spent actively
involved in the game on more than one level.
“I did not know in advance I was going to be enshrined as
you have to be voted in by the members,” Horst said. “I
was hoping for it. It is a great honor to be recognized
as an athlete.”
This award came as Horst was finishing up her seventh year
as a teaching pro at Groff’s Farm, 16th year at Leisure
Lanes, and her 17th year overall as a teacher. When she
started in this position, she mostly taught men to play
the game as it was not very popular with women. Now, thanks
to the emergence of younger, athletic women playing the
game, Horst is teaching more women.
“Women used to play because their husbands wanted them to
join them on the course. Now, many women do it for themselves
and wind up being very good at the game,” Horst said.
Horst started playing at age 8. She said she used to go
out and play with her parents and older brothers, but realized
early on how much she enjoyed the various aspects of play.
She started to play small local events, but her father noticed
she needed better competition to really improve her overall
“I was lucky to have parents who fully supported me in my
game. They saw my potential and worked with me to improve
my game,” Horst said.
Horst, who lives in Manheim Township with her husband, meteorologist
Eric Horst, and their two kids, played in more tournaments
in preparation for high school and college play. She was
captain of the boys’ team at Scranton Area High School in
1982-83, winning various tournaments and serving as an integral
part of the team’s PIAA District Two championship four consecutive
years. She also was runner-up at the 1981 state championship
and earned a scholarship to play at Penn State.
was a three-time varsity letter winner in college while
also winning the NCAA putting contest in 1985. When she
finished college, she thought of trying out for the professional
tour, but realized her aspirations of being a mother would
be put on hold indefinitely and the time commitment would
make it next to impossible to start a family.
“I decided the best option for me was to be a club pro.
I was dedicated to the game, but chose to use my dedication
as a teacher. It is my forte and I love it and I can still
raise my family.”
Though Horst said she still enters a few competitions, she
said ages 13 to 20 were the best years for her game. “At
that point, I was one of the best athletes around. I am
not a big person, so I made up for my difference in size
with skills. I tried out for the boys’ golf team in high
school and the coach not only let me try out, but he made
me an integral part of the team,” Horst said. “I only wish
there were more girls’ teams in schools across the country.”
Horst said so many girls are interested in the game today
and many start playing at a young age, but it is harder
to keep them involved in the game when other interests become
important in their everyday lives.
Golf is one of those games, Horst explained, where muscle
and strength are nice to have, but these attributes can
be offset if a person has the proper technique and consistency.
“These two factors are more important than all the strength
in the world. This is allowing more petite girls to stay
involved in the sport.”
Despite these accomplishments, Horst said one of her proudest
moments came when she published her first book, “Golf Training:
The Secrets to Effective Practice and a Lower Score,” in
2004. In the book, she explains to readers in fairly simple
terms how to train to be a better golfer, “You need to train
your body physically, mentally and nutritionally,” Horst
said. “The swing is not complicated, but putting everything
together is the key. If you want your score to go down,
you need to break the game into different parts and understand
how to practice them all together.”
said her advice to newer players is to keep working at the
game by focusing on conditioning. “If you have better flexibility
and better conditioning, you will play better and hit the
ball a further distance.”
The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization
founded to perpetuate the memory of male and female athletes
who have brought fame and recognition to the state of Pennsylvania.
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