Nobody knows the PGA TOUR pros better than their wives. PGATOUR.COM has asked several TOUR wives to provide 18 things we should know about their husbands. This installment was written by Jen LeBrun, wife of PGA TOUR member Steve LeBrun.
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By Jen LeBrun, Special to PGATOUR.COM
HOW WE MET: Steve and I knew of each other growing up. His parents were good friends with my aunt and uncle and my parents. I don’t ever remember actually officially meeting him. It was always assumed we knew each other.
While growing up we would see each other at church and weddings. In my memory, our first real contact was at my cousin’s wedding. I was 16 and he was 19. Our moms set us up to dance. A good try on our mom’s part but Steve and I were at different stages in our life, him in college and I in high school, so nothing ever came about at the time. Five years later at my other cousin’s wedding, we saw each other again. This time I was 21 and in college, he was 24 and a professional golfer. I remember saying to him, “So you are a pro golfer? Do you know Tiger Woods?!” I didn’t know much about golf. It was his third season as a professional golfer, playing and traveling on the NGA Hooters Tour at the time. He was leaving for a tournament the next day but a couple of my cousins and I were going out for drinks after the wedding and asked him to come along. He went home to finish packing and then ended up meeting up with us. There was interest, we exchanged emails, and communicated for a month or so, but I actually had a boyfriend at the time so the emails kind of fizzled away.
The following year I graduated college and came home. Steve was home playing on the Golden Bear Tour, a local mini-tour. My sister, cousin and I were getting together to go out for the night and my cousin mentioned it to her mom. Her mom was actually out with Steve’s mom. His mom told my cousin that he was home and to give him a call. So she did. (Steve told me, some time after, that he had a talk with his mom the next day, to NEVER tell a girl that he was sitting at home doing nothing … haha). Steve met us at my cousin's and drove us. He was always in the back of my mind and he seemed like the perfect guy for me, but I wanted to play it cool and strongly told my cousin that I wasn’t sitting in the front seat. We had a fun night and, needless to say, I sat in the front seat on the way home.
We exchanged numbers and a couple of days later I called him to go to a movie with me. We started officially dating shortly after that. The timing was finally right. Nine months later we were engaged and nine months after that we were married.
Now eight years married with two beautiful daughters, we have finally achieved the dream of a PGA TOUR card at the PGA TOUR Q-school in 2012, when he tied for second. It’s been a long, rough road to get here, battling injuries, off and on Web.com Tour to mini-tours, and part-time jobs to make ends meet. But I fell in love with a man with a passion and a will to never give up and he is such an inspiration to me.
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