LPGA Golf Legend Nancy Lopez Says Her Positive Golf Attitude Helps in Business World

PRATTVILLE – Golf legend Nancy Lopez said her positive attitude formed early in life helped her on the LPGA Tour and now in the business world since retiring from top-tier tournament play. Lopez won 48 LPGA Tour events including three major championships and is a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame.

She spoke Wednesday at the Auburn Montgomery Outreach Business Breakfast Series that is co-sponsored by the Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

Lopez was introduced to golf at age 8 by her father and he instilled a positive attitude in her that followed her on the tour and in her post-golf life.

“In the business world we must be positive,” said Lopez, who entered the LPGA Legends Tour about eight years ago. “Being positive opens a lot of doors.

Lopez was joined by Becky Newell, the LPGA’s Director of Tournament Business Affairs. Newell said golf is a growing spectator and participant sport for women and has opened many business doors for them.

Newell said 2014 was the best year in attendance, viewership, and sponsorship for the LPGA that hosted 34 events in 15 countries. Sewell promotes Golf as a Business Tool and How to Be More Efficient in Business.

The Breakfast Series was at an appropriate location, the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, the location of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic scheduled Aug. 26-30.

Lopez told several stories from her LPGA touring days, which ended in 2002, and took questions. “Be a great champion and a good loser,” she said.

-Dana Beyerle