John O’Hurley’s (J. Peterman on Seinfeld) proposal on the par three No. 7 at Pebble Beach is one of the great golf stories ever told.
Then fiancé, now wife (spoiler alert), Lisa Mesloh was a college golfer, she’s got some game. O’Hurely and Mesloh are both five handicaps and their matches are civil wars.
O’Hurely envisioned the perfect proposal on the legendary No. 7, a 100-yard par three next to the Pacific Ocean. O’Hurely planned to hit his approach over the green and into the back bunker. From there he planned to hack around until it was time for her to pull the pin, whereupon she would find an engagement ring box in the hole.
Things didn’t go as planned,
- Instead of hitting it over the green, O’Hurely hit it to eight feet
- Mesloh ended up in the sand trap
- In haste, Mesloh pulled the pin, found the box, thought it was garbage and tossed it off the green
- With O’Hurley on one knee, she mischievously pushed him over
At this moment O’Hurely aborted his plan, he got off the ground, picked up the box, took a knee and proposed.
She said yes and they’re married.
We spoke with O’Hurley for his movie, Swing Away. In the movie, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos, played by Shannon Elizabeth travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined against all odds to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, “Zoe” rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer played by O’Hurley.
If O’Hurley’s in it, it’s good — go see the movie.
PS: today’s O’Hurley’s birthday, happy birthday, John