Illustrated Article - "Golf's Gabrielle Reece?"
strong, intelligent, and in many cases more than a match
for their male athlete counterparts--but don't call them
butch. Led by the likes of Gabrielle Reece (pro volleyball
player/cover model), Dara Torres-Gowen (four-time Olympic
medalist swimmer/TV host), Manon Rheaume (first female pro
hockey player) and a score of others, young women of the
nineties are cheerfully tossing aside outdated stereotypes
of female athletes who must sacrifice beauty and femininity
to excel in male-dominated sports. And it's not a trend
restricted to American culture--look at golf's Annika Sorenstam.
the message that women of all ages can enjoy and excel in
golf (and other sports) is Pennsylvania LPGA teaching pro
Lisa Ann Horst. "Too many women don't get out and enjoy
the same sports that men enjoy," she says. "You
can still be a wife and a mother--you can still be feminine."
a 2-handicapper, Horst picked up her first club at the age
of seven and began competing in amateur tournaments at nine.
Her father introduced her to the game, and nurtured her
competitive drive. "My father loved golf. My three
brothers and I all played, and from the time I was 12 my
parents would sacrifice their summer vacations to take us
across the country to compete in the larger amateur tournaments."
won a number of events, including the USGA Pennsylvania
Women's Amateur, and was named to the PING Junior All-American
Team. Attending a modest-sized high school, she found herself
the only girl on the golf team. Not intimidated, the 100-pound,
5'3" athlete posted an undefeated record and captained
the team her senior year. She earned a golf scholarship
to college and competed in the NCAA Championships for Penn
Horst considered the LPGA Tour. "But by then I was
feeling a bit burnt-out," she recalls. "I really
didn't have the edge needed to win on that level. I wanted
to compete in golf the rest of my life, but I didn't want
it to *become* my entire life."
became certified as an LPGA instructor, and has since augmented
her love of golf with running, weight-training, skiing...and
rock climbing. Together with her husband Eric, a world-class
climber, Horst scales famous crags across America and Europe
each year. After photographs of her accomplishments appeared
in several magazines, she began considering another career-on-the-side,
sports modeling. Also on the horizon may be an instructional
video and calendar. In the meantime, Horst is content to
teach, compete and encourage more women to participate in
golf by way of example. She vows to continually push herself,
on the fairway or vertical mountain wall, without losing
personal challenge is as important as competition,"
she says "It's the same with golf. We all strive for
the perfect swing, but the game should be about enjoyment."
Dine family golf outing in the late-70s. (Robert, Lisa,
John, Bob, Bill and Jill)