Golf Talk Live - Freddie Haas Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, SENATOR HUGHEY LONG, WHO OF COURSE HAD HIS LIFE CUT SHORT, GOT SHOT IN THE MID 30'S, HIS CARE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY MISHANDLED BUT YOU KNOW AFTER PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT IN THE 1930'S HE WAS ARGUABLY THE NEXT LARGER THAN LIFE POLITICIAN IN THE

COUNTRY WHO WAS GETTING READY HIMSELF TO MAKE A RUN AT THE PRESIDENCY. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE MOMENT THAT CAUSED YOU TO GO TO LSU THROUGH YOUR INTRODUCTION TO HUGHEY LONG.

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHS). MY UNCLE WAS A STATE SENATOR AND WE HAD, I HAD TO BUILD A GOLF COURSE IN DURMONT (?), ARKANSAS SO THAT I COULD WIN THE ARKANSAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP. I HAD TO

GET A, SOME WAY OR ANOTHER A SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO, GO TO COLLEGE. WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE ONE IN THE EARLY 30'S. JUST WASN'T THERE, AND SO WE BUILT IT, WE STARTED OUT WITH COTTON SEED HOLE (?) GREENS, WE FINALLY WENT

TO SAND WITH OIL (?) GREENS AND WE HAD TO BUILD A DAMN AROUND IT WHEN IT RAINED TO KEEP IT, ANYWAY, WE HAD A FIVE GREEN GOLF COURSE AND TWO TEES FOR ONE HOLE SO WE HAD SIX HOLES AND WE PLAYED THREE TIMES, WE GOT 18 HOLES THERE.

WELL, DAD WAS IN THE COTTON BUSINESS AT THAT TIME BUT HE ALSO WAS IN THE GOLF BUSINESS BUILDING THIS COURSE AND SOME NICE SCOTCH MAN CAME UP WHILE WE WERE JUST GETTING READY TO OPEN IT UP AND HE SAID LOOKS LIKE YOU

GOT A GOLF COURSE HERE. HE SAID, WHO'S YOUR PRO? DAD SAID WE DON'T HAVE ONE. HE SAID I'M YOUR PRO. DAD SAID WELL WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS? HE SAID I GOT SOME GOLF CLUBS. OOH HE SAID YOU GOT SOME

GOLF CLUBS? THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANY GOLF CLUBS IN DURMONT, ARKANSAS ARE MY SON AND ME. SO HE SAID COULD I SEE THOSE CLUBS? HE SAID

YEAH, SO HE PULLED UP HIS BACK OF TRUNK AND THERE WERE SOME GOLF CLUBS. WOODEN SHAFTS, SHAMY GRIPS, ALL RUSTY, ALL (LAUGHS) THERE WAS NO TWINE ON THE WOOD, NO INSERT IN THE FACE AND SO DAD SAID, WELL, LOOKS

LIKE GOLF CLUBS, WHAT, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SELL THEM FOR? HE SAID WELL THESE PEOPLE AROUND HERE DON'T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT THE GAME, HE SAID I'M GOING TO SELL THEM FOR FIVE BUCKS.

DAD SAID WELL I TELL YOU, I JUST GOT A CATALOG FROM SPALDING THIS MORNING. THEY ARE NOW SELLING STEEL SHAFTED WOODS RETAIL FOR NINE DOLLARS AND IRONS, STEEL SHAFTED, FOR SIX BUCKS.

PETER KESSLER
DESIGNED BY BOBBY JONES.

FREDDIE HAAS
DESIGNED BY BOBBY JONES. SO HE SAID I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO MOVE ALONG BECAUSE HE SAID YOU'RE TRESPASSING ON A FELLA GOLF PROFESSIONAL'S PROPERTY. I JUST APPOINTED MYSELF AS GOLF PRO HERE.

WELL HE STAYED THERE FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND THEN UNCLE LEO, IN BASHTRUM (?), LOUISIANA SAID COME ON DOWN HERE AND FRED RUN BOLLHOUSE (?) COUNTRY CLUB, SO DAD WENT DOWN THERE AND I WASN'T THERE A WEEK AND UNCLE LEO SAID COME ON DOWN AND PLAY IN THE LOUISIANA STATE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP. I SAID SURE, BUT I SAID

EDWIN MCLURES' GOING TO BE THERE ISN'T HE? HE SAID YEAH. I SAID WELL GOSH HE'S WON IT FIVE OR SIX TIMES. WHO, WHO IN THE WORLD CAN BEAT EDWIN MCLURES FROM SHREPOL (?). HE

SAID WELL, COME ON LET'S GO. WELL I PLAYED EDWIN IN THE SEMI FINALS AND I FINALLY NOSED HIM OUT AND I HAD TO PLAY A FRESHMAN AT LSU IN THE FINAL. LOOKS LIKE I MIGHT WIN THIS TOURNAMENT. BUT THAT GUY GAVE ME A PRETTY GOOD PASTY. HE PLAYED GOOD.

THE GUY PRACTICED ALL THE TIME. NEVER PLAYED. NOBODY KNEW HOW GOOD HE WAS BUT I'LL TELL YOU HE WAS GOOD... AND AS I GOT THROUGH UNCLE LEO COMES UP WITH HUGHEY LONG AND

I'VE FORGOTTEN WHETHER HE WAS A SENATOR OR A GOVERNOR.

PETER KESSLER
SENATOR THEN.

FREDDIE HAAS
WAS HE A SENATOR?

PETER KESSLER
I BELIEVE SO, SIR.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL ANYWAY, I SAID SENATOR, WELL, HOW DO YOU DO SIR? HE SAID YOUR UNCLE TELLS ME YOU CAN GET ME THE BEST GOLF TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. HE

SAID I WANT TO PUT IT TO PRINCETON, AND YALE, AND HARVARD AND MICHIGAN AND STANFORD

PETER KESSLER
AND EVERYBODY ELSE FOR ALL KINDS OF REASON .

FREDDIE HAAS
I WANT THE BEST, NOW HE SAID. I SAID BUT I'VE GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO ARKANSAS. HO HO HO HE SAID NO WAY. HE SAID MEET ME AT THE STADIUM TOMORROW MORNING AT 8:00 AND WE'LL

TALK ABOUT THIS, SO AT 8:00 WE WERE THERE. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS THING AND I FINALLY SAID TO HIM, I SAID SORRY (?) TO, WE NEED A PLACE TO PLAY. HE SAID WELL YOU CAN GO OUT TO

WESTDALE AND PLAY OUT THERE. I SAID (?) THAT'S FIVE MILES OUT THERE. IT'S A PRETTY LONG WALK TO GET OUT THERE. I SAID HOW WE GOING TO GET OUT THERE. HE SAID WELL WHERE WOULD WE PUT A GOLF COURSE AROUND HERE. I, I SAID

WELL, YOU SEE THAT AREA OVER THERE. YOU GOT A LOT OF COWS OVER THERE. I SAID CAN'T YOU JUST MOVE THOSE COWS OVER THAT RAILROAD TRACK OVER THERE AND LET'S BUILD A GOLF COURSE RIGHT THERE.

(LAUGHINGLY) OH NO HE SAID SON WE'LL NEVER MOVE THOSE COWS. HE SAID DO YOU KNOW I WOULD LOOSE THE VOTE OF EVERY FARMER IN LOUISIANA IF I DISPLACED THOSE COWS?

WELL, 25 YEARS LATER THEY CALLED ME UP AND HE SAID FRED WANTS YOU TO HELP DEDICATE THE GOLF COURSE HERE AT LSU. I SAID OH YEAH? I SAID WHERE IS IT? WELL GUESS WHERE IT WAS.

PETER KESSLER
WHERE THE COWS WERE.

FREDDIE HAAS
EXACTLY WHERE THOSE COWS WERE.

PETER KESSLER
AND OF COURSE HE DID CONVINCE YOU TO GO TO LSU AND YOU DID WIN YOUR NCAA AND WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK.

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHS) THAT'S RIGHT.

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