Written by Lisa Cornwell
Former Razorback Women’s Golfer & Golf Channel commentator
The beauty of the game of golf is that success isn’t determined by a single shot or even 18 holes. Success is determined by the summation of multiple rounds that can often see ebbs and flows, from shot to shot, from adversity to triumph.
For me, it has been a similar journey with the game I have played for a lifetime. I had most of my success in golf when I was 15-16-17 years old. Unfortunately, I suffered a big burnout with the game and so when I got to college sort of my love for golf had diminished greatly. I hate that. Looking back it’s not a regret because it was just where I was, but I regret the fact that I didn’t love it the way I did before so that I could have really enjoyed the college experience. I hate to say that it was a struggle but I just wasn’t as passionate about it.
I put so much pressure on myself to try to love golf again that I just wish I would have been more vocal and talked to people about it. To admit that I maybe wasn’t in the best place with it (golf) and either try to work through it or determine if maybe I was making the right decisions. I think one of the hardest things in life is to disappoint people and I don’t think you ever want to purposefully do that. I think that I could have found my passion a little bit with a way to make the game fun again instead of putting myself in a corner. If I have one regret it is that I could have gone to Bev Lewis, Melissa Harwood-Rom or Jeri Thorpe to have that conversation about where I was and how I could be better and be better mentally. You know so much of what we do, either in sports or life, is all about where we are with that in our head. To be able to talk about that and communicate is really important. I wish that I would have done that.
Before college, all I wanted to do was play professional golf. The natural segue way was college golf and then professional golf which is what a lot of my friends that I grew up playing junior golf did. But then when I got into college I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do because I didn’t love golf anymore and I didn’t want to play professionally. I thought about law and I event took the LSAT and I was prepared to go to law school and then decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer so I got into sales because my sister and Dad were in sales and they were successful.
But I was never really enthusiastic about it (sales) every day and I had some friends who were in television in Little Rock. They worked at KARK, the NBC affiliate, and so I was around the newsroom a little bit. There was something about it that reminded me of being an athlete – you know the adrenaline rush, the excitement and the pressure.
So I decided to go back (to school). I had already gotten my degree but could get a minor in broadcast journalism and do an internship. I just fell in love with it. I was kind of a late entrant into the television business. I was in my late 20s and it didn’t matter because I finally found something that I loved. And it reminds me of being an athlete. Often times you feel that adrenaline rush when you are trying to get something ready and on air.