Alumnae corner: Lisa DePaulo
April 15, 2009
Austin local Lisa DePaulo graduated from Texas in 1988. Although she was born and raised in Southern California, she considers Austin to be her true hometown.
What is your favorite place in Austin? For the landscape, I love Mansfield Damn (on RR-620 in Lakeway). My favorite eatery is Rosie’s in Lakeway.
What do you miss most about your college days? I miss getting to play tourneys without having to pay the bill!
What is your favorite memory as a student at The University of Texas? Lighting the tower after winning conference in ’84 and ’86.
What is the best part about being a Texas Ex? The best part about being a Texas Ex is being a Texas Ex! Unlike any other school, it’s a kinship that knows no age, a bond that doesn’t need any explanation. You could be anywhere in the world and see someone wearing a Longhorn hat, and they’re probably going to help you. No one else has that.
What was the hardest part about moving halfway across the country to attend college? The biggest thing for me was playing on dormant Bermuda greens, learning to hit chip shots with something other than a sand wedge and learning to play in bad weather.
Looking back, would you want to change anything about your collegiate career? I would have been a business major. I was on the “whatever lets me play golf” major plan, and I didn’t appreciate the opportunity to get a degree. Now that I run my own business, it really would have been nice to study business and know something going into it.
What is one thing you would want people to know about you? People think I’m a lot tougher than I am, but really, I’m a softie. I’m also a huge Frank Sinatra fan. Well, a pretty big fan. I mean, I don’t have a ton of his albums … just like 20 or 25.
What do you love most outside of the game of golf? I love cooking, music and watching sports.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in life? Graduating and getting my (LPGA) Tour card
What was it like to play on the Ladies' Asian Tour? I’ve done the Asian Tour five times. It’s like golf boot camp. Every day you wake up for a 5 o’clock hour-long bus ride to the course. You’re eating weird food that messes with your digestive system, and your time-zone is completely opposite. It’s not for the people who aren’t willing to endure and make sacrifices. Wimps don’t make any money there.
What is LPGA Qualifying-school like? I’ve been to Q-school 15 times. I guess I’m as stubborn as my grandfather. It’s a very uncomfortable atmosphere. It’s very lonely. You have to up your selfishness a gear. People who normally say hello to you will ignore you completely. It’s an unsettling feeling knowing there are only a few spots for so many people there.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I see myself on the Senior Tour. Hopefully, they still have it. Hopefully, my business has doubled. Working and playing golf? It can’t get any better than that. I love being my own boss.