Golf Talk Live - Bruce Lietzke Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT YOU WERE BRIEFLY A SECURITY GUARD BEFORE YOU DECIDED TO TURN PRO, I MEAN, THIS IS WHAT SOME OF US HAD IN MIND.

BRUCE LIETZKE
IT IS NOT FAR OFF EITHER. YOU SEE - YOU SEE HE SHOT HIS ONE BULLET THERE, THAT'S ALL I HAD. BUT MINE WAS LOCKED IN A DRAWER. HE - AT LEAST HE CARRIED HIS IN SHIRT POCKET. MINE WAS LOCKED IN A DRAWER AND THEY DIDN'T GIVE ME THE KEY TO THAT LOCK.

PETER KESSLER
AND THE GUN WAS IN THE OTHER DRAWER, RIGHT? A BULLET IN ONE ... (LAUGHS)

BRUCE LIETZKE
AND THE GUN WENT ON (???) - DIDN'T, COULDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO EITHER ONE OF THEM. SO I'M NOT VERY FAR OFF FROM THAT. AND THAT HAPPENS TO BE ONE MY ALL TIME, GREAT TV SHOWS TOO.

PETER KESSLER
I TRIED TO GET THEM TO FIND THE PART WHERE HE SAYS, 'WELCOME TO THE ROCK', AND HE'S GOT 3 GUYS IN THE CELL.

BUT THE DOOR IS UNLOCKED AND IT'S OPEN. (LAUGH)

BRUCE LIETZKE
YEAH ... AT - AT THE ROCK HERE, WE HAVE 3 RULES. NUMBER 1 RULE: FOLLOW ALL RULES. OBEY ALL RULES, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. GREAT SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
NOW I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT LIKE ANDY GRIFFITH WAS ON THAT SHOW AT HOME.

BRUCE LIETZKE
UH ... I, I DON'T KNOW IF I'M ASHAMED TO SAY OR NOT, BUT THROUGH THE YEARS OF WATCHING THAT SHOW, AND ... AND THERE WERE SOME GREAT FAMILY VALUE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED THOUGH ABOUT THE WAY, UH, ANDY GRIFFITH TAUGHT RON HOWARD.

I TRY TO REMOVE THE, THE UH, KIDS NAMES. BUT UM, MY FAVORITE EPISODE IS PROBABLY THE MOCKINGBIRD, WHERE HE KILLS - WHERE OPIE KILLS THE MOCKINGBIRD WITH THE SLINGSHOT.

AND INSTEAD OF, UH, PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT, HIS DAD OPENS THE DOOR - OPENS THE WINDOW, AND MAKES HIM LISTEN TO THE BABIES THAT ARE CHIRPING OUTSIDE, UH, BECAUSE HE HAD KILLED THEIR MOTHER.

AND IN GENERAL, THOSE KIND OF RULES, UH, APPLY AT MY HOUSE. UH, NO PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT BUT, UH, MAKING KIDS REFLECT ON DECISIONS THAT THEY MAKE. UH, AND IN SOME WAY, THAT PUNISHMENT ITSELF, UH, SERVES ITS PURPOSE,

PETER KESSLER
STRONG MEDICINE.

BRUCE LIETZKE
FOR THE MOST PART. SO, UH, A LOT - LOT OF TIMES, THOSE ARE THE KIND OF, UH, RULES I SET DOWN.

PETER KESSLER
ONE OF THE REASONS I THINK THAT YOU ENDED UP TAKING THAT JOB BRIEFLY IS BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T PLAY UP TO THE STANDARDS YOU HAD HOPED IN THE NCAAS IN YOUR FINAL YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON AND SORT OF GAVE UP GOLF FOR A WHILE. WHY DID YOU?

BRUCE LIETZKE
UH, MY WHOLE YEAR, SENIOR YEAR, WAS REALLY UH NOT A VERY GOOD ONE. UH, WE HAD MADE PLANS FOR ME TO TURN PRO RIGHT AFTER THE NCAA, HAD A NEW CAR I WAS GONNA DRIVE TO THE MINI TOURS IN CALIFORNIA OR WHEREVER I WAS GONNA GO.

AND EVERYTHING WAS KIND OF BUILDING UP TO THAT CRITICAL TIME. AND I ... I PLAYED POORLY REALLY MY WHOLE YEAR, HAD A POOR NCAA. AND THE TIME CAME FOR ME TO PULL THE TRIGGER, IF YOU WILL, AND MY BULLET WASN'T IN THERE.

I WAS NOT PREPARED TO TURN PRO, TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT AND DECISION WITH MY GAME AT A PRETTY LOW, UH, EBB. AND I JUST BACKED AWAY FROM THAT DECISION AND UH, WENT HOME AND SAT FOR WHILE, LET THAT DEADLINE PASS.

AND UH, MY DAD LET ME SIT AROUND FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING. AND THEN HE PUT ME TO WORK AS BARNEY FIFE, AS A SECURITY GUARD, UH, AND LET ME WORK IT OUT ON MY OWN.

AND I FOUND OUT THAT THAT 9-TO-5 JOB, IN MY CASE THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT OCCASIONALLY, UH, SENT ME RUNNING BACK TO THE GOLF CLUBS IN 6 MONTHS. BUT IT TOOK ABOUT 6 MONTHS FOR ME TO, UH ...

GET COMPLETELY AWAY FROM THE GAME. AND UH, MY, MY HOME PRO TALKED ME - AFTER 4 MONTHS OF NOT PLAYING, MY HOME PRO TALKED ME INTO PLAYING IN THE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP IN BEAUMONT.

AND I WENT OUT AND WON THAT AND TURNED RIGHT AROUND AND PUT THE CLUBS AWAY FOR ABOUT 2 MORE MONTHS. AND UH, I GAVE A CALL,

AND FINALLY THE COMMITMENT CAME IN - IN DECEMBER, LIKE I SAID, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFTS. UH, I HAD APPLIED AND GOT, UH ... AN ASSISTANT PRO JOB IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, UH, IN APRIL. AND IT WAS ABOUT DECEMBER WHEN I WENT TO MY DAD AND I SAID,

'WHAT DO YOU THINK IF I TURNED PRO AND STARTED PLAYING, UH, MINI TOURS.' AND HIS ONE QUESTION WAS, HE SAID, 'ARE YOU READY TO GET THOSE CALLUSES BACK ON YOUR HANDS?' AND I SAID, 'YOU KNOW WHAT? I AM. I'M READY TO GO HIT SOME BALLS.' AND THAT WAS IT.

AND UM ... I HAD - I GOT THROUGH THAT PHASE AND UH, AND WORKED MY WAY INTO THE MINI TOURS AND, AND CARRIED ON. SO IT WAS A, IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD INVESTMENT. UH, WHAT SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY DESPERATE TIME, BUT IT UH, IT WAS A TIME THAT I ...

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I'D EVER BACKED AWAY FROM GOLF. I HAD BEEN PLAYING GOLF SINCE I WAS 5 YEARS OLD AND REALLY TOURNAMENT GOLF SINCE I WAS ABOUT 9 OR 10.

AND IT WAS MY FIRST TIME EVER TO - TO GET AWAY FROM GOLF. AND IT WAS REFRESHING, AND I WAS READY TO GO.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WERE AFRAID OF ABOUT TURNING PRO ONCE YOU HAD MADE THE DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT?

BRUCE LIETZKE
UH ... WELL, I - I WAS AFRAID OF WHAT WAS OUT THERE. I DIDN'T KNOW THE COMPETITION. AND AS IT TURNS OUT, THE COMPETITION WAS THE SAME 'KNUCKLE HEADS' I WAS PLAYING COLLEGE GOLF AGAINST AND I HAD BEATEN, YOU KNOW, OFF AND ON.

UM, BUT CERTAINLY THERE'S AN UNKNOWN. YOU GO FROM, UH, THE COMFORT OF LIVING WITH YOUR PARENTS AND, AND THEM SUPPLYING YOU WITH EVERYTHING, UH, AND PLAYING FOR TROPHIES TO ALL OF A SUDDEN, STARTING A CAREER AND STARTING A JOB.

AND UH, YOU BET, THERE'S A LOT OF UH ... AND I'M AS INSECURE AS - AS OTHER, OTHER PEOPLE, I WOULD IMAGINE, AND I - THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. UH, BUT THEY GOT ANSWERED PRETTY QUICK. I, I HAD SOME PRETTY IMMEDIATE SUCCESS,

UM, PUTTING UP MY OWN MONEY. AND I HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A SPONSOR FROM AN UNCLE THAT, THAT HELPED EASE THINGS. BUT I HAD SOME EARLY SUCCESS ON THOSE MINI TOURS. AND THAT UH, ALL THOSE QUESTIONS AND DOUBTS EVENTUALLY STARTED LEAVING.

PETER KESSLER
AS WE TAKE A SHORT BREAK, WE'LL SEE A PICTURE OF YOU AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON WITH, AS YOU TOLD ME BEFORE, EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP THAT THE TEAM WON.

BRUCE LIETZKE
OH BOY...

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S NOTHING ON THE BACK OF THIS SHIRT, I BELIEVE, JUST ALL OF THE ONES THAT, THAT WERE WON IN THE 1950'S. NICE HAIR CUT.

BRUCE LIETZKE
50'S AND 60'S, YEAH, THAT WAS, THAT WAS AS LONG AS COACH DAVE WILLIAMS WOULD ALLOW US TO WEAR OUR HAIR. THAT WAS IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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