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Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 1

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GOLF TALK LIVE - JAN. 22, 2000
CARIN KOCH

TEASE
CARIN KOCH IS TRYING TO FULFILL HER GOAL TO BE ONE OF THE GAME'S BEST.
AT A TIME WHEN THERE ARE MORE BRILLIANT PLAYERS ON THE LPGA TOUR THAN EVER BEFORE IN THE ORGANIZATION'S 50 YEAR HISTORY AND CARIN KOCH IS SUCCEEDING.
MEET HER NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
(MUSIC)

SWEDEN'S CARIN KOCH BEGAN TO PLAY GOLF WHEN SHE WAS NINE. SHE PLAYED ON 7 SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAMS THROUGH 1999 AND WON THE 1988 SWEDISH GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE 1990 EUROPEAN TEAM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

SHE HONED HER GAME IN AMERICA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA AND TURNED PROFESSIONAL IN 1992. SHE PLAYED IN EUROPE AND ASIA WITH INCREASING SUCCESS BEFORE JOINING THE LPGA TOUR IN 1995. CARIN MARRIED STEFAN KOCH AT THE END OF 1995. THEIR SON OLIVER WAS BORN IN LATE 1998 AND CARIN PLAYED ON TOUR UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF HER 8TH MONTH OF PREGNANCY.

SHE HAS SIX 2ND PLACE FINISHES ON TOUR AND SHE GIVES HERSELF CHANCES TO WIN OFTEN AND MORE CONSISTENTLY THAN EVER BEFORE. IN 2000, SHE WON THE CHRYSLER OPEN ON THE EVIAN LADIES EUROPE TOUR IN SWEDEN WHERE SHE LEARNED TO PLAY AS A GIRL. SHE WON MORE MONEY AND MORE FANS THAN EVER BEFORE IN 2000 AND PUNCTUATED HER YEAR AS A WINNING MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP TEAM, WHERE, AS A ROOKIE, SHE WON HER THREE MATCHES AND CLINCHED TO THE WINNING POINT FOR HER TEAM WITH A 17TH HOLE BIRDIE AND HER TWO AND ONE WIN OVER MICHELLE REDMAN.

SHE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AGAIN IN THE FIRST LPGA EVENT OF 2001. EXPECT HER TO KEEP KNOCKING UNTIL SHE WINS, AND WHEN SHE DOES, DON'T EXPECT HER TO END THE FUN OF WINNING ANYTIME SOON.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOLHEIM CUP HERO, LPGA STAR, CARIN KOCH. IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

CARIN KOCH
THANKS FOR HAVING ME. I ENJOY IT.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS. I HOPE I'M NOT OUT OF LINE OR GIVING ANYTHING AWAY IF I WISH YOU AN EARLY HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY.

CARIN KOCH
NO, THANK YOU. YOU CAN DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE, STARTING AT ABOUT 30, A LOT OF PEOPLE START TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT THEY'VE DONE AND ARE THEY HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY'VE DONE. ARE YOU SATISFIES WITH WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED, WOULD YOU SAY
BOTH OFF AND ON THE GOLF COURSE TO THIS POINT?

CARIN KOCH
VERY. I'VE REACHED SO MANY LEVELS, AND SO MANY GOALS THAT I DIDN'T THINK I WAS GOING TO DO WHEN I TURNED PRO. I WAS ALWAYS KIND OF AN AVERAGE AMATEUR I THOUGHT AND WHEN I DECIDED TO TURN PRO I THOUGHT I'D TRY IT AND IF IT WOULDN'T WORK OUT I'D JUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I KNEW I COULD DO THAT, NEVER HAD PROBLEMS WITH THAT, SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST, I, I'VE DONE SO MUCH THAT I COULDN'T DREAM OF.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT OFF THE COURSE?

CARIN KOCH
OFF THE COURSE, I, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, A WONDERFUL SON, I'M SURROUNDED WITH A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE AND A LOT OF GREAT FRIENDS, AND I'M JUST A VERY LUCKY PERSON.

PETER KESSLER
I READ THAT SOME OF YOUR EARLY HEROES WERE EGMAR STANMAR AND BJORN BORG AND LISELOTTE NEUMANN. ALL OF WHOM, OF COURSE, HAVE IN COMMON THAT THEY PLAY INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TEAM SPORTS.

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER

WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU HAD A SENSE OR AN INSTINCT FROM AN EARLY AGE THAT YOU WERE PROBABLY BETTER SUITED TEMPERAMENTALLY TO INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TEAM SPORTS?

CARIN KOCH
I GREW UP, LIKE YOU SAID, WITH ALL THOSE INDIVIDUAL HEROES. WE USED TO STOP SCHOOL AND WATCH INGEMAR DO HIS DOWN HILL SKIING RACES. THE WHOLE SCHOOL WOULD BE IN THE LIBRARY WATCHING TV AND THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN SCHOOL, AND THEN DEFINITELY I WAS LOOKING UP TO LISELOTTE.

SHE WON THE SWEDISH MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS I BELIEVE IT WAS WHEN SHE WAS 15, AND SHE'S ABOUT 5 YEARS OLDER THAN I AM I THINK, SO, YOU KNOW, I WAS WATCHING HER DO THAT AND SHE WAS FROM THIS LITTLE TINY TOWN IN SWEDEN AND I JUST, I, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I CAN OWE HERE A LOT THAT I'M OUT HERE BECAUSE I, SHE, I ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO HER THEN AND I DO NOW. I THINK SHE'S A GREAT ROLE,
ROLE MODEL, AND, BUT I, I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF, YOU KNOW, THE FUTURE BEING AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT AND ALL THAT. I ALWAYS LIKED TEAM SPORTS AS WELL.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DID YOU AND GOLF FIND EACH OTHER?

CARIN KOCH
THROUGH MY DAD. MY DAD LOVED THE GAME. HE LOVED ALL SPORTS AND HE HAD A BAD BACK WHEN HE WAS YOUNG AND GOLF WAS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT HE COULD DO BECAUSE HE COULDN'T RUN, AND DO THINGS LIKE THAT SO, I THINK HE WAS LONELY, I THINK HE NEEDED SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH.

MY MOM HATED IT AND, SO HE BROUGHT ME OUT, AND MY MEMORIES FROM THAT IS, SUMMER EVENINGS IN SWEDEN. IT STAYS LIGHT THERE UNTIL ABOUT 10, 11 AT NIGHT AND I JUST REMEMBER AFTER A DAY OF PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS, MY DAD AND I WOULD GO UP TO THE GOLF COURSE AND, AND PLAY 9 HOLES ON THIS KIND OF A, A NINE HOLE BEGINNERS COURSE AT OUR CLUB, AND THOSE ARE REALLY GREAT MEMORIES AND WE WOULD, WE WOULD ALWAYS PLAY MATCHES AND I WOULD ALWAYS WIN, AND HE WOULD BUY ME ICE CREAM OR CHOCOLATE ON THE WAY HOME, AND THAT'S KIND OF HOW HE GOT ME TO GO WITH HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU KNOW, HE KIND OF HAD TO BRIBE ME, AND THEN IT GOT UP TO, YOU KNOW, IF YOU DO THIS AND THAT I'LL BUY YOU A PUTTER AND A NEW GOLF SET, SO I ALWAYS HAD KIND OF INCENTIVES AND I LOVED THE COMPETITION PART OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU STARTED TO BEAT OTHER PEOPLE, OTHER THAN YOUR FATHER

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS QUIETLY)

PETER KESSLER
YOU STARTED TO BEAT THEM REGULARLY

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WAS THERE A POINT IN TIME THAT YOU SAID, YOU KNOW, I SEEM TO DO THIS BETTER THAN MOST OF THE OTHER PEOPLE MY AGE, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS. DO YOU REMEMBER A SORT OF TURNING POINT THERE?

CARIN KOCH
NO I DON'T REALLY. I, YOU KNOW, I HAD DIFFERENT GOALS AND DIFFERENT DREAMS AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT I REACHED THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE ABLE TO WAS GOING TO COLLEGE AND COMING OVER HERE TO AMERICA AND GO TO COLLEGE. THAT WAS ALWAYS A DREAM THAT I'D HEARD OF OTHER GIRLS DOING AND MY DAD HAD TALKED ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, ONE DAY I WAS IN TULSA AND I WAS DOING IT AND I, IT JUST KIND OF HITS ME AS I GO ALONG I THINK.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT OTHER DREAMS DID YOU HAVE BESIDES WANTING TO COME TO AMERICA AND PLAY GOLF?

CARIN KOCH
WELL COMING, YOU KNOW, ON TOUR, AND PLAY.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANTED TO BE EVER?

CARIN KOCH
LOTS OF THINGS.

PETER KESSLER
LIKE

CARIN KOCH
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE A COSMETOLOGIST. MAKE-UP ARTIST. I ALWAYS WOULD MAKE UP MY FRIENDS AND DO THEIR HAIR AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND... I, I'M, NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF ANYTHING ELSE I DON'T THINK. SOMETHING IN THE HOTEL BUSINESS I WAS A LITTLE BIT INTO FOR A WHILE TOO.

PETER KESSLER
LIKE OWNING THEM.

CARIN KOCH
YEAH

(CARIN AND PETER LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK

CARIN KOCH
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
20:AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CARIN KOCH (LAUGHS).

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