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On the Cover: The "Captainess," Lisa Pavin

By September 12, 2010

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(Photo courtesy of Avid Golfer Magazine)

The image above is the cover of the September 2010 issue of Avid Golfer magazine (Dallas/Fort Worth edition). It shows Lisa Pavin, wife of American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, and it's generating a bit of buzz across the Web. And even across the pond: The British Independent writes:

"It looks like the American Colin Montgomerie has most to fear from in next month's Ryder Cup won't be Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson or even Tiger Woods. Oh no. Instead it's the American captain's wife, Lisa Pavin, who is probably giving the European captain sleepless nights - not least because of a fairly revealing photoshoot for this month's edition of the American golf magazine Avid Golfer."

"Fairly revealing" might even be an accurate description of Pavin's covershot when compared to the way it was described on golfchannel.com: "The article includes numerous photos of a scantily clad Lisa Pavin and comments that stretch the traditional role of a captain's wife."

Numerous and scantily clad? Actually, all the inside photos that accompany the article are fairly staid. Lisa with her daughter, Lisa with her husband.

But the "stretch(es) the tradition role of a captain's wife" is certainly true of Lisa, both for her Avid Golfer cover shot and for her continued outspokenness. The Avid Golfer article is a very interesting read and details some of the brouhahas in which Lisa Pavin has been involved - and also details how involved she is in some of the behind-the-scenes decisions about the Ryder Cup team (outfits, menus, etc.).

Does the conservative PGA of America wince when it sees stuff like that covershot? Or are PGA officials - in private - pleased at all the Ryder Cup publicity Lisa is generating on her own?

One thing that's safe to say is that the PGA has probably gotten more than it bargained for when it named the by-reputation-softspoken Corey Pavin as its 2010 Ryder Cup captain. Pavin got involved in the imbroglio with reporter Jim Gray that ended in a public shouting match. Lisa had previously badmouthed another reporter on Twitter (she no longer has a Twitter account). And now comes Lisa's covershot that is variously described as "fairly revealing" and "scantily clad."

I would simply call it unusual for someone in Lisa's position. What do you think - is that cover photo innapropriate for someone in Lisa Pavin's position, or is the fuss much ado about nothing?

Read the Avid Golfer article about Lisa Pavin


September 13, 2010 at 10:00 am
(1) Bob says:

I’m glad she is wearing a cross. Jesus would be proud.

September 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(2) Golf Girl says:

In the context of today’s media/sports/entertainment culture it’s to be expected. The ability to attract attention is highly valued these days and as such I feel that Lisa Pavin is probably receiving more praise than criticism for her unusual/revealing photo shoot.

September 14, 2010 at 7:27 am
(3) IntoTheRough says:

If it gets more fans to the game then I’m happy – it’s not like she was posting sex tapes. It’s tame and it’s cheap, but it gets attention.

September 16, 2010 at 7:31 am
(4) steve says:

Tasteful, sells magazines. If you got it flaunt it. Corey obviously approves.

September 16, 2010 at 7:58 am
(5) cleopatra says:

Oh well all this will make the inevitable Corey/Lisa divorce all the more newsworthy. My mum had an saying which we could remind ourselves of “Pride comes before a fall”

September 16, 2010 at 8:14 am
(6) jm southers says:

no one says anything about the blonde gal on the golf channel in her mini skirts and her bikini television.

September 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(7) tj says:

“Does the conservative PGA of America wince when it sees stuff like that covershot?” I wince…but not because of anything Lisa is doing. I wince at the hypocrites in the PGA who would censor any part of this.

September 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm
(8) Dennis says:

Pretty lady, but obviously not the sharpest crayon in the box. I wonder what her purpose was in posing like this for a stodgy game like golf? Promote the game, promote her husband, or promote herself?

It’s not like the outfit is scandalous, but why the prominent crucifix?

September 21, 2010 at 9:22 am
(9) J. Gravelle says:

Say, maybe this boating thing really IS a legit sport:



September 24, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(10) bigfoot911 says:

Gee… and I though golf was a game of integrity…
nice….. but, if she was a military wife, the solider married to her would be subject to fine and/or court martial , for not keeping up with the high standards expected by it’s professional personnel. I guess golf, too, like most other sports, is overdue to be dumbed down to keep up the rest of our social decay.

October 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(11) The Colonel says:

@ bigfoot911: The military would not do anything to her husband. What Army did you serve in???! Obviously, none… Do the NEOCONs have one now?

October 6, 2010 at 11:02 am
(12) 0hi0m0m says:

After the Tiger Wood’s scandal, and how mouse-like Elin was portayed as being…Golf wives are ‘mad as Hell’, and they’re not taking it anymore!! You go Girls!

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