Here at Pinks and Greens we’re experts on all things fit, fashion, and function when it comes to athletic gear for our customers. But we know from your phone calls, posts, and comments you want more than just advice about your outfit — you want answers to all things sports — What are the best tennis balls? How do I tip a caddy? Should I stretch before or after I run?
That’s why we created our PG Pros Panel. Our PG Pros are all experts in their own fields, including fitness training, running, yoga, nutrition, golf, tennis, and wellness. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the guidance, advice, and tips you need and want. As our “go-to experts” you’ll see them pop up in our blogs, on our discussion boards, and any other place we need expert advice.
OUR PG GOLF PRO: KAREN NOBLE
Today we’re turning the spotlight on our PG Pro Karen Noble.
Karen started playing golf when she was just 10 years old and never looked back. “Golf is in my family, it’s in my blood. My mom won the NJ state amateur championship. But I was not that kid who aspired to be a professional athlete or play on the LPGA tour,” she confesses. “I was going to play field hockey in college but then I got into Wake Forest University and walked onto the golf team as a freshman.”
It must have been fate, because as a senior, Karen was named Most Valuable Player for her team and named Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Wake Forest.
Karen qualified for the LPGA tour on her first attempt and played on the tour from 1992-1999. Her best finish was a tie for second in the 1992 LPGA championship, shooting a 65 in the final round. Karen recalls, “I think I won $80,000, which was insane at the time. My rookie year was my best year — I was so young, I had no idea what I was doing!”
After eight years on the tour, Karen decided to step back. “I was getting tired of traveling. I wanted a family and that would not work with being on the road,” she says.
SHARING HER LOVE OF GOLF WITH OTHERS
Karen didn’t stay away from golf too long — less than a year after her retirement she began teaching at the Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale NY, a job she held for seven years. She then moved on to become the assistant golf coach at Columbia University. Since 2010, she was been the Director of Instruction at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, NJ.
These days, when she is not golfing, you’ll probably find Karen playing platform tennis/paddle and doing Barre Method workouts. “I love to ski with my kids up in Stratton, VT. I also love to take my daughters golfing — it’s relaxing and fun.”
Since she works on weekends, a typical Friday night is a pretty mellow affair. “My Friday night is more like a Sunday night. I love to barbecue a nice strip or porterhouse steak and enjoy it with a salad and baked potato while sitting outside on my deck,” she says. “When I am not working, my favorite way to unwind is in front of a roaring fire sipping a nice glass of wine.”
One of Karen’s favorite quotes is by Antonie de Saint Exupery, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” It’s pretty fitting considering that she has spent her career meeting and exceeding the goals she has set for herself. She tells us, “I am am most proud of achieving the goals that I set for myself as a child and young adult — to play on the U.S. Curtis Cup team and to play on the LPGA tour.”
PG ACTIVE SERIES FOR GOLF BEGINNERS
We’re so excited that Karen Noble has joined our PG Pro panel of experts. Ever think about taking up golf but were too intimidated by all the equipment, gear, and rules? In the coming weeks, Karen will share her wisdom, knowledge and expertise as our “PR Golf Pro” as we kick off a series of articles breaking down everything you need to know if you want to try the sport. First up: “Womens Golf Clubs: What Do I Need to Start Playing?”
Check back often to our PG Active Blog to follow this series, or subscribe to our emails to be notified as each new “episode” in the series goes live!