Lisa Renneke Davis was a leader on the golf course and in the classroom for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons golf team. She has a career in real estate in Nashville and still keeps up with what is happening at Lipscomb. She spent some time this past week to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
“I played golf at Lipscomb from 2001 through 2005. Ralph Samples was my coach.”
Why did you choose to attend Lipscomb?
“I am originally from Brainerd, Minnesota which is about two hours north of Minneapolis.
“Minnesota has the most golfers per capita which is always a fun fact. We were at the golf course almost every day when we were kids.
“I was going to play basketball and golf at an NCAA Division III school in Minnesota. It was also a church school.
“Coach Samples offered me a scholarship early on. When he first offered it to me it felt a little intimidating at the time. I was going to be coming down south and I hadn’t spent a lot of time in the South, especially the Southeast.
“We kept in touch even after I told him I was going to go to another school. He called me literally two weeks before I would have to be on campus in Minnesota. He told me he was going to have to find someone on campus to fill a spot on the team if he couldn’t sign me.
“At that time Lipscomb was just going Division I. He asked me to sleep on it and I did. I prayed on it. I left for work the next morning and signed the official papers and left them for my mom. I told her I left the paper for me to go to school in Nashville and she signed them.
“I had been to Tennessee earlier to look at Middle Tennessee State and Belmont. A friend of mine, Ali Weber, went to Belmont because she was interested in music. MTSU was a little too big for me. I had heard of Lipscomb and was familiar with the Green Hills area so I decided to give Lipscomb a try.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Being an underclassmen and being the only non-Southerner on the team, was quite an experience, especially in August when it was so hot.
“Everybody always asks where someone was on 9/11. I know this isn’t a great or fond moment, but my very first golf tournament in college was at Tennessee Tech and it was on 9/11. I will never forget where I was on that golf course when we found out about it and I won’t forget the reactions of the team. It was so eerie. It still gives me goose bumps thinking about it.
“We were told there were planes running into the Twin Towers (World Trade Center) and we were like, what? I don’t know how anybody played golf after that.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Coach Samples was wonderful. He was more like a grandfather figure for me.
“When I came to campus he did a personality test on me and we both had the same personality. I don’t know how that happened. He was so proud we had the same personality.
“He was a good person to see on the course. I was very independent like most golfers. I was trying to be as mentally strong as possible. He would shine a little light onto everything.
“He was so supportive. He would make you laugh. I never slept the night before a golf tournament. I laugh at the fact I did that to myself at that age, but that was my life in athletics. Now I wish I had more fun with it.
“Obviously, Ralph had a big influence on me. But I would also have to say John Hudy.
“My last two years at Lipscomb I really wanted to make the point of putting forth an effort in the weight room as well as on the golf course. He was such a positive influence.
“I was doing everything I could do to be a better golfer. A lot of the golfers (at Lipscomb) were laughing at me at the time for doing it, but now weight training is pivotal for golfers. I definitely was in shape.
“Some of my friends at big time golf programs couldn’t believe we didn’t have a structured weight program, but Hudy did. He had a schedule for me and all of the other golfers were invited. I was always there.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“My best memories were the days at Elam Hall, watching all of us running in on weekends to sign in by midnight! Ha!
“That made a lot of special friendships on its own -- not many other alumni from a university can say they made friends fighting to grab the sign in sheet for curfew. I met some of my closest friends there.
“On a more serious note, I would say chapel and Bible classes were a strong influence overall on me as a person.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“That God has a plan for each of us. There is a big picture that goes beyond your job and your family. There is a presence that is with you during trials and tribulations in your life.
“So many genuine people went to Lipscomb. My closest friends here in Nashville are from Lipscomb. We all seem to be on the same page.
“Being back in Nashville and saying I went to Lipscomb they know I stand for more than just being a business person. There are standards, morals and values that are true Lipscomb standards.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“My official major was German, but organizational communication and business were my minors.
“Charlie McVey was the German professor. He was extremely encouraging. I was from Minnesota and we took German from a very young age. I wanted to go to Vienna when I was at Lipscomb, but I couldn’t do it because I was playing golf. That is a regret I still have.
“Another favorite professor was Jeff Mankin. At the time there weren’t a lot of women in the business school. He was extremely supportive. I had a little bit of a tough time with accounting, but he was really helpful and he made himself accessible. Accounting was my enemy.”
Where do you live now?
“We live in Franklin, Tennessee, right next to the Natchez Trace.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I sell real estate for RE/MAX Advantage.
“My husband and I also own a property management company we started in Texas called Skol Investments. We also flip homes. We have properties we manage in Tennessee, Texas, Minnesota and Arizona.”
Tell us about your family.
“My husband is Greg Davis. We have two daughters, Anja and Isabel.”
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.