As the off season keeps players from competing on the Road to the LPGA, SymetraTour.com will run a new feature to keep fans in touch with the future stars of women’s golf. This edition of Time to Meet… features Washington state native and three-year member Jessi Gebhardt. The Oregon State alum posted three top-10 finishes while competing for the Beavers and was named Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2007. After graduation, she competed on the Cactus Tour in 2009 and finished third on the tour’s money list. In her second year on Tour, Gebhardt had her career-best finish in 2011 at the Price Chopper Tour Championship where she was runner-up. She made 16 starts in 2012 and recorded two top-20 finishes including a season-best T12 at the Challenge at Musket Ridge. See who she’d choose to play with for a last practice round on the Symetra Tour, her favorite sports team and what big event she has coming up in 2013
Name: Jessi Gebhardt
Education: Oregon State University (Business Administration, 2008)
Official website: www.jessigebhardt.com
Facebook: Jessi Gebhardt Golf
Hometown: Bellingham, Wash.
Resides: Chandler, Ariz.
If you could be on a show based only on your personality or interests, which one would it be and why?
Top Chef- I love the show and wish I could cook like them.
What was your favorite board game growing up?
If you could witness any event past present, or future, what would it be?
Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
What was the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
What’s your biggest fear?
What’s the most pressure you’ve ever felt in tournament golf?
Leading a mini tour event on the Cactus Tour against LPGA player Alena Sharp and finishing the tournament out, playing her head to head.
Describe the best meal you’ve had while on the road and where you had it…
Any meal at my housing hosts in New Hampshire. The Imse’s are the best.
What story does your family always tell about you?
We were all camping and the thought I was asleep so they started telling ghost stories. I was about six years old. I sat up halfway through and said ‘stop you are freaking me out.’ Everyone always laughs.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Success is a journey, not a destination”.
If you had one last round of golf to play, who would make up your foursome?
Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods and Martin White.
Who do you admire and why?
My parents Jim and Linda because of their unconditional love and support. They are great role models in life and wish to be half as great as them.
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter and why?
Facebook- it’s more interactive and have been on it longer.
What is the most rewarding charitable thing you’ve done?
Cooking in Ohio for a hospital care facility during and Outside the Ropes project.
What is your favorite sports team?
San Diego Chargers.
Describe your biggest sports accomplishment to date…
Finishing second in Albany, New York at the Price Chopper Championship in 2011.
Name what you like most and least about being a professional golfer
I love competing and being with friends. I hate not having a steady paycheck.
Most frequently listened to artist on your iPod?
If a movie were filmed about your life, who would play you?
What is your favorite country to travel to?
I want to go to Italy. My favorite I’ve been to is Mexico
If you could play one pro sport besides golf, what would it be?
First concert you ever went to…
Three things you would bring on a deserted island and why?
Knife for protection and hunting, my fiancé Martin White for protection and company and an endless amount of water because I’ll be thirsty.
What’s something you are looking forward to this year?
I got engaged to Martin White and our wedding set for August 24, 2013.
Favorite on-course snack?
If you had one last practice round on the Symetra Tour, who would make up your foursome?
Cara Freeman, Tara Goedeken and Kendall Dye.
If you had the opportunity to tell the fans and the media something about yourself or your career, what would it be?
I love golf; I love being out here and I cannot wait to be on the LPGA!