Grad Plays The Ball As It Lies; In Golf and LifeTo exemplify something, you must fully inhabit it, know it inside and out. Not everybody can do this, which is why it is all the more noteworthy when someone sets a truly great example. Lisa Noble, a PGCC Orlando alumnus is well on her way.
“I discovered a love for the game as I began to learn the game. As I began to spend time working on my game, it was equal to spending time with myself & learning who I am” she continues, “It also shows me how it equates to life. Like every round of golf, everyday of your life will not be the same.”
While the game of golf does offer us a mulligan, life isn’t always so willing to oblige. Sometimes you’ve got to keep the ball rolling. Over Lisa’s tenure at PGCC Orlando she made it a point to keep that ball rolling no matter what. “I always had a love for golf & always sought avenues to continue my learning experience." This is what brought her to PGCC, however, finding her way here was one thing; getting to school was an entirely different animal. Complications resulting from a car accident, including car trouble and rehabilitation, placed a strain on Noble, who was already busy being a single mother to two young boys; but that stumbling block merely became an opportunity for her to offer up a different perspective.
”It was a 2.5 hour commute” she recalls, “I looked forward to the drive because I was finally on a career path that I loved!” she continues “8 - 12 was a very sacred time of imparting golf knowledge & exchanging information” she concludes that “It was the time of my life because golf is the love of my life!”
Her love of golf, the result of groundbreaking participation in her college’s golf team, ran deep and was clearly a guiding force in her life. “Playing on a high school team was not afforded to me because women playing on golf teams did not exist in the area where I lived. I had the opportunity to be the first female on the "first" Pitt Community College Bulldog's Golf Team. It was a men’s team, of course, but because there were no women’s teams, I was granted full play and practice privileges.”
No matter how much things change, it can still be a difficult adjustment to be a woman in a male dominated sport, but Noble used golf as a means of connecting to other golfers, because that’s her bottom line, and this is no understatement; PGCC provided a platform for her to learn and grow.
“The greatest lesson I learned at PGCC is that I really love golf! Despite the many obstacles during the 16 months, I realized my life was like a round of golf and I just learned to play the ball as it lies. My dedication, drive and passion help me to see obstacles as opportunities. I could not have completed those 16 months if I did not have that love! The love is what continues to make the difference.”
Noble’s experience cannot be summed up in a single word, but her enthusiasm for golf certainly can be; it is nothing short of...effervescent. She's currently dedicating her time to expanding her breadth of experience as a volunteer at Lauden Golf of Ponte Vedra Beach and she’s still got her eye on the future. “I've been building my career for years, so it is shaping up nicely. However, I'm still awaiting my dream job.”
So, what is that dream exactly? “My dream job would be to become a professional golfer and be a touring pro on the LPGA. Someone once said that I was not to have an amateur career on my resume because I was always meant to play as a professional. I thought that was the one of the kindest and highest compliments ever.”
She may play it cool, but Noble isn’t short on fans, she’s got at least two at home. “As a single mom, my kids attended my first day of orientation” continuing, “as we sat in orientation they drew pictures of the PGCC seal, I have them to this day because I want to frame them. Just when you think kids are not listening, our director asked the question "Who thinks they're the best golfer?" My boys looked at me and said, “You are mommy, you're the best golfer!"