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Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A TEMPER?

CARIN KOCH
AT LEAST ON THE GOLF COURSE. YEAH, I, I HAVE. I'VE ALWAYS HAD A TEMPER.

(PETER AND CARIN LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU HAD TO APOLOGIZE TO SORT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS FOR AN OUTBURST?

CARIN KOCH
NO, IT HASN'T BEEN THAT BAD. WELL I HAVE TO, MY HUSBAND, BECAUSE HE CADDIED FOR ME FOR THREE YEARS SO I DEFINITELY HAD TO APOLOGIZE TO HIM A FEW TIMES AND WE DID PRETTY GOOD AT KEEPING THE GOLF ON THE GOLF COURSE AND NOT TAKING IT HOME WITH US, AND THEN, THE THIRD YEAR WE DID NOT SO GOOD ON IT SO THEN, HE'S NOT CADDYING ANYMORE. WE DECIDED TO STAY MARRIED INSTEAD. BUT, YEAH I'VE ALWAYS HAD A TEMPER AND I'VE ALWAYS HAD TO FIGHT AND TRY TO NOT HAVE A TEMPER, AND THAT'S HARD, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT I DO AND I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT THE GAME. THE PART OF MY GOOD SIDE IS THAT I DO HAVE THAT TEMPER AND I JUST HAVE TO GET IT OUT OF ME IN A DIFFERENT WAY, AND, AND TRY TO CONTROL IT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU WORK ON IT IF ONE CAN WORK ON IT?

CARIN KOCH
(SIGHS) I WISH I KNEW THE ANSWER TO THAT (LAUGHS). I, I WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE DAYS THAT I'D COME OUT AND MY GOAL WOULD ALMOST BE, NOT, YOU KNOW, NOT TO BE MAD, AND THAT, THOSE WOULDN'T BE VERY GOOD DAYS BECAUSE I WOULDN'T CARE, INSTEAD, AND IT, AND I'VE TRIED TO FIND THAT BALANCE, AND THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS SINCE I HAD MY SON, AND, I'VE GOTTEN A LOT CALMER AND I, IT'S NATURALLY COME TO ME. I HAVEN'T HAD TO WORK ON IT. I STILL LOSE IT SOMETIMES. YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT PERFECT, YET, BUT IT'S, I'M IN MORE HARMONY MYSELF NOW, AND I DON'T, GOLF IS NOT AS BIG OF A THING ANYMORE, SO I DON'T TAKE EVERY BAD SHOT SO SERIOUSLY ANYMORE.

PETER KESSLER
IS YOUR HUSBAND MORE EVEN TEMPERED THAN YOU ARE?

CARIN KOCH
YES, HE'S VERY LAID BACK AND EVEN TEMPERED, WHICH IS GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WELL SO HOW DID HE MAKE THE CLEVER DECISION TO GO FROM YOU TO EQUALLY IF NOT, MORE TEMPERAMENTAL, HELEN ALFREDSON AND WORK FOR HER FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS?

CARIN KOCH
UH THAT'S A, WELL, I GUESS YOU WOULD HAVE TO ASK HIM THAT QUESTION, BUT, HE'S, HE'S KNOWN HELEN FOR LONGER THAN HE'S KNOWN ME ACTUALLY. THEY KNEW EACH OTHER PLAYING GOLF GROWING UP AT THE SAME CLUB IN SWEDEN AND IT JUST KIND OF CAME NATURALLY. SHE ASKED HIM FOR ONE TOURNAMENT AND THEY WORKED WELL TOGETHER, I THINK BECAUSE THEY'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER SO LONG, AND HE IS EVEN TEMPERED AND CALM SO... US, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE HOT NATURED PEOPLE NEED THAT I THINK.

PETER KESSLER
SWEDEN SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP AND NURTURE THE TALENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT, AND EVEN TO THE EXTENT THAT GOLF IS AN EXPENSIVE GAME HERE BUT IT'S

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
INEXPENSIVE IN SWEDEN, AND THEN IF YOU SHOW SOME PROMISE AT AN EARLY AGE IT DOESN'T COST YOU ANYTHING AT ALL. TELL US HOW THAT WORKS.

CARIN KOCH
WELL, THE, ALL THE CLUBS IN SWEDEN ARE, WHAT YOU WOULD CALL HERE, I GUESS, SEMI-PRIVATE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE A MEMBER SOMEWHERE AND IF YOU'RE A MEMBER SOMEWHERE YOU CAN PLAY ANYWHERE FOR GREEN FEES AND BEING A MEMBER CAN BE VERY CHEAP.

YOU CAN BE A MEMBER AT A CLUB THAT YOU NEVER REALLY PLAY AT, YOU JUST KIND OF WRITE LETTERS OR YOU JUST SEND YOUR ANNUAL FEE IN AND THEY MIGHT NOT EVEN HAVE A COURSE, OR I THINK THEY HAVE TO HAVE A COURSE BUT IT MIGHT BE A NINE HOLE COURSE UP NORTH SOMEWHERE WHERE IT'S REALLY CHEAP LAND, SO IT CAN BE REALLY INEXPENSIVE TO BE A MEMBER AND THEN YOU CAN PAY GREENS FEES AND GREENS FEES ARE MAYBE, ON AN AVERAGE, 25 DOLLARS ON THE WEEKENDS AND 20 OR A HUNDRED, OR 15 ON THE WEEKDAYS, SO YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT VERY EXPENSIVE TO PLAY, AND, WHEN, ALL THE CLUBS USUALLY HAVE A LOT OF JUNIOR ACTIVITIES. JUNIORS ARE VERY WELCOME TO PLAY.

AT OUR CLUB, FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAD A POOL, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, I WOULD HIT SOME BALLS AND THEN GO TO POOL AND JUST HANG OUT ON SUMMER DAYS THAT, THAT, YOU KNOW THE WEATHER WAS GOOD ENOUGH.

SO, IT'S JUST, IT'S EASY TO, TO PLAY AND IT'S INEXPENSIVE LIKE YOU SAID AND, I WOULDN'T SAY THAT IT DOESN'T COST ANYTHING AT ALL IF YOU GET BETTER BUT YOUR CLUB USUALLY WILL HELP YOU, LIKE THEY HELP ME, WITH GAS MONEY FOR, TO GO TO TOURNAMENTS AND THE ENTRANCE FEE, SO MY PARENTS DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY ALL OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT THE SWEDISH GOLF FEDERATION, DON'T THEY, AT SOME POINT, IF YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH, TAKE YOU UNDER THEIR WING AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE COST OF WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE SO THAT YOU CAN WORK ON YOUR GAME AND TRAVEL A LITTLE BIT TO PLAY IN TOURNAMENTS?

CARIN KOCH
YEAH, THEY, YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TEAM IF YOU'RE A GOOD PLAYER, AND, WHAT WE DID, WE WENT TO SPAIN, FOR EXAMPLE, ON TRAINING CAMPS, IN THE WINTER TIME. THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY PAID FOR THAT, AND THEN MY, MY CLUB STILL HELPED ME AS WELL WITH, STILL WITH THE GAS MONEY AND THE ENTRY FEES AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SO ALTOGETHER, YOU KNOW, THOSE TWO HELPED TO PAY A LOT OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DID YOU AND ANNIKA SORENSTAM BECOME FRIENDLY?

PETER KESSLER
WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR YEARS. WE PLAYED TOGETHER WHEN WE WERE QUITE YOUNG. SHE DIDN'T START AS EARLY AS I DID BECAUSE SHE WAS PLAYING TENNIS AT THE TIME AND SHE LIVED IN ENGLAND WHEN SHE WAS REAL YOUNG, SO, BUT WE WERE PROBABLY 14 OR SO, THE FIRST TIME WE PLAYED TOGETHER AND WE PLAYED ON THE NATIONAL TEAM TOGETHER AND THOSE TRIPS TO SPAIN WE'VE DONE TOGETHER AND ALL THAT KIND OF THINGS.

IF YOU COULD ADOPT ONE OF HER PERSONALITY TRAITS OR ONE OF HER DISCIPLINES THAT YOU PARTICULARLY APPRECIATE AND ADOPT IT FOR YOUR OWN, WHAT MIGHT THAT BE?

CARIN KOCH
I'D LIKE TO ADOPT IT ALL IF I COULD

(PETER AND CARIN LAUGH)

CARIN KOCH
EVERYTHING ON THE GOLF COURSE I'D LOVE TO HAVE. DEFINITELY HER MENTAL STRENGTH. YOU KNOW, SHE, SHE HAS A GREAT GOLF GAME, A GREAT GOLF SWING AND EVERYTHING IS, YOU KNOW, PERFECT, BUT HER MENTAL ABILITIES ARE JUST INCREDIBLE. I THINK SHE'S SO STRONG AND SHE DOESN'T GET DOWN ON HERSELF TOO MUCH, OR IF SHE DOES SHE COMES BACK UP RIGHT AWAY, AND YOU KNOW, I, I TRY TO LEARN A LOT FROM HER.

PETER KESSLER
HAS SHE ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT OR WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD SEE DEVELOPING OVER TIME WITH HER?

CARIN KOCH
I THINK IT DEVELOPED OVER TIME. I, I WAS JUST TALKING TO OUR COACH THAT WE BOTH HAD PIA NILSON ON THE NATIONAL TEAM AND WE WERE JUST MEM... JUST REMEMBERING WHEN WE PLAYED AND WON THE 1990 EUROPEAN TEAM, JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS IN IRELAND AND ONE, I THINK IT WAS ONE PLAYER COULDN'T PLAY THE LAST DAY, OR, OR SOMETHING AND ANNIKA ASKED THAT SHE DIDN'T PLAY, AND THAT'S KIND OF FUNNY NOW, YOU KNOW THAT, MOST OF THOSE GIRLS ARE NOT EVEN REALLY PLAYING THAT MUCH ANYMORE AND HERE'S ANNIKA'S WHO'S, YOU KNOW, NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD, AND SHE DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY, SO I THINK, I THINK IT CAME OVER TIME AND, AND WHEN SHE WON HE OPEN, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT WAS JUST A HUGE THING FOR ME BECAUSE I'D GROWN UP WITH HER AND HERE, ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU KNOW, SHE'S THE OPEN CHAMPION.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A BREAK

CARIN KOCH
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
20:AND BE RIGHT BACK WITH CARIN KOCH. SOME ODDS AND ENDS FROM HER GREAT 2000 SEASON AS WE LEAVE YOU.

(MUSIC)

(WRITTEN TEXT)
CARIN KOCH - 2000 SEASON

-WON THE CHRYSLER OPEN ON THE EVIAN LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR.

-FIRST EUROPEAN PLAYER TO PLAY MORE THAN ONE MATCH AND GO UNDEFEATED AND UNTIED (3-0-0) IN HER DEBUT SOLHEIM CUP PERFORMANCE

-WON 2000 LADIES' WORLD CUP OF GOLF WITH PARTNER SOPHIE GUSTAFSON

-PLAYED IN LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 1ST TIME AFTER HIGHEST CAREER MONEY LIST FINISH (28TH)

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