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Elise Lobb Interviews Holly Sonders and Blair O'Neal

Elise Lobb interviews female golfers/commentators, Holly Sonders and Blair O'Neal, delving into how they manage their different golf careers.

Released on 5/19/2016

Credits

Producer: Dean Peterson

Transcript

00:00
You were the sweetest person
00:01
I have ever met.
00:02
Aw! Thank you.
00:03
We met when I was so little,
00:04
in the picture, I'm like down to here.
00:04
I was very short. - Aw! I want to see that!
00:06
I want to see that. That's awesome.
00:07
(laughs) - But, I think I got my growth spurt.
00:08
(dance music)
00:13
For someone aspiring
00:15
to follow in your footsteps,
00:17
what kind of path and footsteps
00:18
do you need to take
00:19
for starting to do that?
00:20
My long story short is
00:23
I got a scholarship to play
00:24
at Arizona State.
00:25
Played there for four years,
00:26
and as soon as I graduated,
00:27
I took my first modeling job.
00:28
A month later, and I was in
00:29
Hawaii doing a photo shoot.
00:32
to pay for all my golf expenses.
00:34
To get where I am,
00:36
and where so many of my colleagues are
00:38
it's not easy.
00:39
We would have so many interns
00:41
that would always come in,
00:42
and they all thought,
00:43
hey, we get makeup,
00:44
then we show up, and the the teleprompter ready
00:45
for us to go. No offense though.
00:47
And, that's not how it goes. Right.
00:48
We're writing our own stuff.
00:49
We're getting there at
00:51
three, four hours early.
00:51
I ended up playing for
00:52
a couple of years,
00:53
and then I took five years off.
00:55
And, I was doing modeling full-time.
00:57
So, my path is
00:58
really completely different
00:59
than anyone else out on tour.
01:01
Where I'm at now,
01:02
being signed with Cobra, Puma,
01:05
going on big break,
01:06
and winning that show,
01:07
and doing a lot of the media stuff.
01:08
and working on Golf Channel.
01:10
I've been able to blend both careers,
01:12
but it's been a lot of work,
01:13
and it's really a balancing act.
01:14
Right.
01:15
which is really tough.
01:16
For you, figure out
01:17
if you'd rather be here doing this,
01:19
being a reporter.
01:20
Would you rather be in a studio
01:22
as a studio host,
01:23
or if you want to be
01:25
live at the events,
01:26
calling live golf.
01:27
Right.
01:28
Because there's really
01:29
three different aspects of tv media.
01:31
But, yeah, I think
01:33
at the end of the day,
01:34
the golfing is what
01:35
kind of makes all of that happen.
01:37
So, you need to be
01:37
playing and competing,
01:38
and just continuing
01:40
to get better on the golf course.
01:41
I've been lucky enough
01:42
to do all of it.
01:43
To have a chance
01:44
to learn all of those skills.
01:45
So, being well-rounded is really important,
01:47
but decide what you'd like to do,
01:48
whether you like to be in a studio,
01:49
or you love it out here,
01:51
and then specialize it.
01:52
Well, I had such an amazing time
01:53
interviewing Blair and Holly today.
01:55
The one amin thing that I got
01:56
out of interviwing them,
01:57
that I don't have to choose.
01:59
I don't have to choose broadcasting.
02:00
I don't have to choose golf or modeling.
02:02
All three of them work together,
02:03
and that's the tip that I'm going
02:05
to take wwth me
02:06
throughout my career.
02:07
Thanks to Golf Digest
02:08
for making this happen today!
02:09
(dance music)
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