Yet, as Lovelace recalls, she had no initial intentions of trying out for Howard's varsity squad.
"I remember discussing it before high school and at the time saying, 'No,' " she said. "But coach (Frank) Lupashunski contacted me and encouraged me to come out. He took me under his wing."
Lupashunski, the man responsible for getting Howard's golf program off the ground in the 1950s, says he didn't think twice about adding Lovelace even though there were no other girls playing in the county.
"To be honest, I didn't really think about her being the first one," he said. "She was a very good player and, in my estimation, a great addition. And if I remember correctly, there wasn't anyone at the time opposed to it."
Lovelace quickly established herself as one of the team's top few players and word got around pretty quickly that she was more than capable of holding her own in matches.
By the time she reached her senior year, Lovelace was playing as the Lions' top golfer and winning regularly.
"I think the boys were a little embarrassed at times that a girl was playing better than them, especially when they were supposed to be their team's top guy," Lupashunski said. "But I tell you what, she was awfully good."
In addition to golf, Lovelace also excelled on the tennis court in high school. She earned three varsity letters and won the mixed doubles county championship in 1977.
After graduating from Howard, she attended Catonsville Community College pursuing a major in recreation and parks. But still not exactly sure what she wanted to do with her life, she also began working at Hobbit's Glen under Hank Majewski.
It was during her time with Majewski, who has since been selected as a member of the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame, that Lovelace realized that she was destined for a future in the golf business.
But to get to her ultimate goals, she had to overcome some hurdles. When Lovelace was initially thinking of getting into the PGA program, she wasn't exactly greeted with open arms.
"Honestly, I did not feel welcome at all," she said. "I would go to these meetings and I would stick out like a sore thumb."
So she instead decided to shift her focus at the time to getting into the LPGA program. After years of tests and studying, she became a member in 1994.
It was a year later, when Fairway Hills was opening up that she got her big break.
"I saw that as a terrific opportunity, getting to go over there as the course's first professional and get things going," Lovelace said.
To feel secure that she would be able to hold onto the position, though, Lovelace knew she would have to once again start working toward becoming a PGA member.
In 1998, on her first try and as the only female playing, she passed her 36-hole Player Ability Test. That got her going on her way toward the PGA Professional Golf Management Program and eventually securing PGA membership in 2001.
Later in 2005, after long-time Hobbit's Glen PGA golf pro Gene Ward retired, Lovelace was selected to be general manager of both of Columbia's courses, Hobbit's and Fairway Hills.
In the six years since taking over, Lovelace has made an impact on the local golf scene that stretches beyond the two courses' full annual members. Introducing kids in the county to the game, particularly girls, has been high on the priority list.
That's why, as the county's public schools reinstituted golf as a varsity sport in 2005 and then added girls golf in 2009, Lovelace has done everything she can to accommodate the teams and players.