Welcome to our series Golfers We Love. Where we interview women who love the game of golf. Whether they play professionally, work in the industry or just love to play occasionally, we want to share their stories with you!
This week, we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Stone!
Name: Elizabeth Stone (Elle on Instagram)
Job/Career: Most recently the Lead Assistant at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. Recently left to start a new experience, hopefully it works out!
First, thank you so much for answering some questions with us! We like to start off with your beginning in golf. How did you get started playing the game?
I started playing in the fall of 2014. I bartended at the time and an ex boyfriend had gotten me clubs the winter before and decided it’d be a fun thing to try where I could socialize at the same time. I still have a scorecard where I shot 137 in Vegas (kudos to the person who could handle that whole round with me and keep score!) but I currently seem to be hovering low-mid 80s. My best round has been a few 81s, so I know I’m close to breaking 80 soon!
That’s awesome! You’re so new to the game, very exciting. So are there things that you’re working towards with your golf? Any goals?
The only tangible goal is to break 80. I’m constantly getting instruction from incredible teachers at Superstition Mountain and they have improved my game so much. As long as I remain happy and in love with the game, I don’t really mind what I’m writing down though.
We love that. The best thing is to just be enjoying yourself. If someone asked you why you love the game of golf, what would you tell them?
This game has, in a way, saved my life. By changing it! While I remain carefree and goofy when I’m playing, working in the industry has taught me professionalism, respect, and how to live a full life without being in the party scene constantly. I’m still a work in progress, but golf teaches me the “before and after” effect through hard work is completely worth it. I’m also a big fan of self-accountability, and golf is a game where only you putting in the work is going to help you improve.
Those are great reasons to play golf. We haven’t heard anyone explain those yet so it’s very refreshing. So out of all the golfers in the world…who is your golf role model?
That’s a tough question! Meeting so many people who work in the golf industry on different levels has influenced me in different ways. Trevor Broesamle of Santa Barbara was my first coach and taught me how to loosen up while still taking the game seriously. Matt Brooks, the Director of Golf at Superstition Mountain, has been my close friend, boss, and instructor, and has impacted the growth of my skill the most. Karinn Dickenson (who you ladies may know) is a good friend of mine and a GREAT player. Having a positive female role model and friend my age
is pretty invaluable in this game.
So great! A lot of the times people will say a professional they see on TV. We love that you have close friends and mentors that you can name. Do you have any superstitions when you play a round of golf?
No true superstitions. If I’m playing well I won’t change anything, if I’m not sometimes I switch a ball up. Because it was probably the ball, right?
Always the ball! (Haha) We know you’ve caddied a few times before for a friend, what’s your most favorite and least favorite part?
Caddying for Matt in the PPC qualifier (in which he came 2nd and qualified!) and the Arizona Open (he made the cut but I don’t remember how we finished) was quite the experience. I’m now going to be looping for him for the PPC at the end of April in South Carolina. It’s televised so keep an eye out for us! The scary/worst part is just knowing that I’m inexperienced and could make a mistake, but Matt trusts me for a reason I guess.
The best though is being there for your friend and seeing a lot of great golf. Matt is a very focused player, but he plays his best golf when he’s in between focused and fun. If he hits a bad shot in tournament play, he immediately gets in his head. Because we’ve played so much together, I can help him get back in the right head space almost immediately. It’s an awesome feeling to watch your player bounce back and play well again.
The positives of that experience are awesome. That’s very cool that you guys work together so well. Okay….now some off-topic questions! Let’s get to know you a little more.What is something that you are really good at but kind of embarrassed that you are good at it?
I really enjoy singing (I used to enter shows and contests years ago), but these days I’d need a couple cocktails to feel comfortable singing in front of anyone who I didn’t grow up with. Most recently though, the Uber driver let me plug my phone in and I was feeling my music, so he got a one man show from me hahaha. He was a good sport!
Would we love to be a fly on the wall of that Uber! Okay…you are all in on golf but what are your hobbies besides golf of course?
It’s probably one of the questions I get asked the most in my dating life. Guys see pictures of nothing but golf and ask if I do anything else. For the past few years, the answer was genuinely no. Recently I’ve taken up knitting, learning about guns, and starting to hike in the Valley.
Those are some great hobbies! And no one knows that we all do other things besides golf because no one really wants to see it on our golf accounts! #socialmedialife Alright Elizabeth, what would be the title of the current chapter of your life?
The title of the current chapter in life? Probably something like “Good Things are Coming.”
Yaaaasss! Good things ARE coming. When they do, what is your spirit animal going to be?
My spirit animal would probably be some sort of monkey. Has the tools and knows how to use them, but sometimes would rather just relax and let loose.
Interesting, we like it! What’s the weirdest family tradition your family has?
My parents are from Indiana, so sometimes our food choices are a little suspect. Our favorite family meal is my mom’s homemade noodles with chicken on top of mashed potatoes. Carb loading at its finest!
Whoa, that is some major carbo load. So if we came to your house for dinner, what would you personally prepare?
I’d ask what you wanted first, but I’m a big meat eater and love pairing whichever grilled protein with an equally delicious and colorful side. With plenty of 3-for -$9.99 wine from the Circle K gas station. Haha it’s sneaky good, I promise!
3 for $9.99?! It must be sneaky good! What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you lately?
I’ve had some pretty cool experiences the last couple of weeks, and I incorporate humor into my every day life so I expect funny stuff. But at the WMPO, while it’s not funny, I got to walk behind the ropes during the Pro-Am with Charley Hoffman and Emmit Smith for their last two holes and I will never forget that.
That is an amazing experience Elizabeth! Truly unforgettable.
Thank you to Beth for interviewing with Graceful Golfer! Love getting to know these ladies a little better! If you have any questions that you’d like for us to ask future interviewees or even have a request for an interviewee, comment below and let us know!