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And now you plan to be a golf instructor?
That's a big goal, to become a certified PGA of America teaching professional. I would love to be able to communicate to our audience that way.

You're also the host of "Playing Lessons." Have you surprised any tour pros with your game?
I filmed one with Ian Poulter, the ultimate match player. We had a bunker contest—hardest shot in golf, a 35-yarder to a pin on a ridge. He knocked it to three feet. I went next and almost holed it. He said on-air, "Wow, Holly Sonders can officially play golf." And because he lost, he had to make his famous Ryder Cup crazy-eyes face and do a fist pump. That was my request.

Holly Sonders

'[Ian Poulter] said on-air, "Wow, Holly Sonders can officially play golf."'


Tommy Gainey got you to wear two gloves for his playing lesson.
Yes, and when he showed me how to grip it and swing like he does, I hit a cameraman on our crew. Sorry!

You've been getting up around 3 or 4 a.m. to go to work. How do you have the energy to work out?
I go to the gym four days a week, get a good sweat. I can't run because I don't have a meniscus. I also suffer from scoliosis. So for me, it's a lot of body-weight stuff. I don't touch weights anymore. My arms get muscular very quickly. Even carrying luggage. I don't want huge arms.

Your workout goes beyond yoga poses, though.
Plenty of squats and lunges. I worked with a trainer before, Karen Palacios-Jansen. I have the shortest torso in the world.

Sitting down, I'm shorter than anyone. Then we stand up, and I'm taller than anybody. I don't want to do crunches or anything that makes me shorter, but I do 500 ab exercises three times a week, usually standing up. Lengthening while strengthening.

What's it like to become a golf celebrity so quickly?
One time last year I was on the beach and had a bikini top on. I'm still thinking I'm a kid and no one is paying attention. I was getting into a car and a guy shouts, "Holly Sonders!" That's when it hit me. My private life is over.

You're comfortable with the attention?
Yes; I love people. But it's the celebrities or people I don't expect who come up to me: "Oh my God! 'Morning Drive!' " Like Kevin Sorbo, who played Hercules on TV. So many people love the game and are fanatics, and it's cool to see.

Has a tour pro ever asked you out?
No one has asked me out seriously. A joking thing? Sure. This is a classy sport, and the people I've run across seem family oriented. I put the vibe out there that I'm not interested. They realize very quickly that it's not going to happen.

Not to go all Facebook on you, but what is your relationship status?
That stuff is private, and I like to keep it private.

Anything else you'd like to share?
One of my teeth is fake. If you can't tell, I'm not telling you which one it is. It's a very prominent tooth. Got knocked out in the second grade.

Holly Sonders

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