Golf Talk Live - Jan Stephenson Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
10 YEAR OLD MARTINA, WHAT ARE DOING UP THIS LATE AND WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION FOR JAN?

MARTINA FROM CALIFORNIA
WELL, UM . WHEN I TAKE A BIG - UH, WHEN I TAKE MY SWING, I UM, I MAKE A DIVOT AND THEN I CAN'T SWING THAT FAR. AND MY MOM'S BEEN TRYING TO HELP ME BUT I STILL CAN'T GET IT.

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S . THAT'S - THAT'S A GOOD ONE. BUT IT'S GOOD THAT YOU'RE OUT THERE WITH YOUR MOTHER. IS THIS WHEN YOU PRACTICING OR WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING?

MARTINA FROM CALIFORNIA
UH WELL, I HAVEN'T PLAYED THAT MUCH BECAUSE WHEN I DO PLAY, I SORT OF SKIP SOME HOLES BECAUSE . AND WHEN I DO PLAY, I SORT OF MAKE LITTLE DIVOTS IN THE GROUND. AND I JUST DON'T THROW THEM THAT FAR.

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, THAT'S OKAY. YOU KNOW, IT'S OKAY TO TAKE LITTLE DIVOTS. I THINK THE - THE KEY IS WHEN YOU DO GO TO PLAY, BECAUSE IT CAN BE FUN TO PLAY GOLF, IS DON'T START FROM THE TEE.

START FROM HALFWAY IN TO THE GREEN `CAUSE THAT WAY YOU'LL LEARN TO HIT BUNKERS AND CHIPS AND PUTTS. BECAUSE SOMETIMES IF YOU GET TIRED OF HITTING FROM THE TEE AND BY THE TIME YOU GET NEAR THE GREEN,

YOU'RE TIRED AND YOU'VE WASTED TOO MUCH TIME AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE NEXT HOLE. SO THE KEY IS TO GO TO WHEREVER YOUR PARENTS HIT THEIR SHOTS AND THEN HIT IN WITH THEM.

SO THEN YOU LEARN ALL OF THE GAME. SO IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER IF YOU DON'T HIT IT VERY FAR. BUT IF YOU'RE - IF YOU ARE TAKING TOO MUCH DIVOT AND IT'S BECAUSE OF YOUR BACKSWING,

MY WHOLE KEY IS, BECAUSE I'M - I WAS PRETTY SMALL WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, WAS THAT I TRY TO SET MY - GET MY SETUP AND THEN JUST TRY SWING WITH MY ARMS. DON'T TRY TO USE YOUR BODY `CAUSE THEN IT MAKES IT TOUGH TO COME BACK TO THE SAME PLACE.

JUST MAKE - MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T TAKE TOO BIG A BACKSWING.

MARTINA FROM CALIFORNIA
OKAY, THANK YOU.

JAN STEPHENSON
THANK YOU. GOOD LUCK.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK TO SOPHIE IN MASSACHUSETTS. HELLO SOPHIE.

SOPHIE FROM MASSACHUSETTS
HI JAN.

JAN STEPHENSON
HI SOPHIE.

SOPHIE FROM MASSACHUSETTS
LISTEN, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR WONDERFUL FINISH, THAT YOU - YOU'D PLAYED SO WELL THIS PAST YEAR. AND I HEARD THAT YOU WON FIRST PLACE IN THE UH, LITTLE - IN THE VISTA LEGENDS. AND CONGRATULATIONS.

JAN STEPHENSON
THANKS SOPHIE. I MEAN, IT'S THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT I - THAT REALLY SUPPORT ME. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE IT'S UM, IT'S PRETTY IMPORTANT TO ME. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE OUR SENIORS TOUR.

AND UM, I MEAN, I GOT LUCKY THAT - THAT BETH DIDN'T PLAY TOO WELL `CAUSE SHE WAS IN SECOND PLACE. BUT IT WAS REALLY NEAT TO - TO WIN SOMETHING

`CAUSE AT MY AGE YOU DON'T WIN TOO MUCH AND YOU DON'T REACH YOUR GOALS. AND IT WAS ONE OF MY GOALS SO IT WAS REALLY NEAT TO HAVE DONE THAT.

SOPHIE FROM MASSACHUSETTS
WELL, SUZANNE AND I ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST. AND I WANTED TO ASK YOU: HOW IS YOUR NEW GOLF COURSE COMING ALONG AND THE NEW DESIGN OF YOUR GOLF COURSE?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH WELL . WELL, WALKABOUT IS - IS REALLY DOING WELL. IT'S - IT'S ACTUALLY MY - MY NEW LOVE. I MEAN, I - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DOING IT. AND IT WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME TO BREAK THROUGH. AND . AND UM,

THE OWNERS . IT WAS PRETTY NEAT BECAUSE THEY'D NEVER BUILT A GOLF COURSE BEFORE. AND WHEN I WENT THERE TO PRESENT - TO DO A PRESENTATION TO SEE IF I COULD GET THE BID,

AND THEY SAID - I AND - WE - I ASKED THEM WHY, LATER ON, THAT THEY HIRED ME. AND THEY SAID 'BECAUSE OF YOUR ENTHUSIASM. WE DIDN'T EVEN CARE IF YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DESIGN.'

SO UM, IT'S - IT'S DOING REALLY WELL. WE'RE GONNA HAVE GOLF SCHOOLS, I'M TALKING ABOUT A 'JAN FOR JUNIORS' GOLF SCHOOL FOR KIDS. AND .

PETER KESSLER
WHERE EXACTLY IS IT?

JAN STEPHENSON
IT'S UH EAST OF ORLANDO. AND UH, IT'S IN TITUSVILLE. UM, I - AND I'M ACTUALLY . IT'S - IT'S A WHOLE AUSTRALIAN THEME, OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE NAME WALKABOUT. BUT I'M EVEN USING AN AUSTRALIAN GRASS THAT HAS JUST BEEN GRANTED APPROVAL BY THE USGA.

AND SO UM, IT'S - IT'S GONNA BE A WHOLE 'AUZ' (AUSTRALIAN) EXPERIENCE. I HOPE WHEN YOU DRIVE IN, YOU'RE GONNA FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN AUSTRALIA AND THAT YOU'LL REALLY HAVE A GOOD TIME.

PETER KESSLER
PEOPLE, WHEN GIVEN THEIR OPPORTUNITY, FOLLOW THEIR DREAM AND DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. HAVE YOU DONE WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO AND DID YOU FOLLOW YOUR DREAM?

JAN STEPHENSON
ABSOLUTELY. I FOLLOWED IT ALL THE WAY. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY CAREER. EVERY SINGLE DAY UH, I - I AM SO LUCKY. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. AND PEOPLE ASK WHY I WORK SO HARD. BUT I REALLY TRULY ENJOY IT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU SEE YOURSELF PLAYING THE TOUR 5 YEARS FROM NOW GIVEN YOUR BUILDING ENTHUSIASM AFTER THE - OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS?

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, YOU KNOW, IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY. I - I HEARD AN INTERVIEW THAT I DID WHEN I WAS 25. AND I SAID, 'OH, BY . BY THE TIME I'M 35, I'LL BE WELL AND TRULY RETIRED FROM GOLF.' (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
NICKLAUS SAID THAT TOO.

JAN STEPHENSON
SO . UH, YOU KNOW, I'M - I'M NEVER SAYING NEVER. BUT UM, I LOVE TO PLAY TOO MUCH. I JUST HOPE I CAN STAY HEALTHY BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO PLAY.

AND - AND THIS DESIGN, IT IS REALLY FUN TO CREATE BECAUSE I'VE BEEN THE WORLD'S WORST CRITIC WHEN YOU PLAY A GOLF COURSE. I MEAN, EVERY TIME I PLAY A GOLF COURSE, 'THIS IS WRONG. THIS SHOULDN'T BE IN THE WRONG PLACE AND .'

AND OUR OFFICIALS LAUGH AT ME BECAUSE I ALWAYS FILL - I'M THE ONLY ONE THAT FILLS THESE FORMS ABOUT HOW THEY DID THE COURSE WRONG, HOW THEY DID THE TEES WRONG.

EVERY SINGLE WEEK I FILL OUT THESE FORMS. AND . AND UM, SO IT - I REALLY LOVE DESIGNING.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GET YOURSELF INTO THE KIND OF SHAPE YOU NEED TO BE IN TO PLAY COMPETITIVELY. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CASEY MARTIN SITUATION?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH, THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION. I - I FEEL THAT UM, IT'S REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT - WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH CASEY. BUT I - I CAN THINK OF THE TIMES, I MEAN, I - I'VE WATCHED BEN HOGAN BE IN A LOT OF PAIN.

I MEAN, WHEN I WAS IN FORT WORTH, I WATCHED HIM HIT BALLS EVERY DAY. AND I THINK OF PEOPLE LIKE HIM AND BILLY GLASSON. AND PEOPLE - EVEN WHEN I WAS INJURED AND MY BACK WAS BAD,

THAT IF I COULD HAVE TAKEN THE CART, I PROBABLY COULD HAVE PLAYED. SO THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT - THAT UH WERE DISABLED. AND YET GOLF IS AN ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR. AND IT'S DEFINITELY A .

I DON'T CARE, YOU HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE TO PLAY. AND IF YOU'RE PLAYING BASKETBALL OR SOMETHING ELSE, YOU COULDN'T HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE RUN FOR YOU.

IN GOLF, WALKING IS A HUGE, HUGE PART OF IT, THE ENDURANCE. I GOT TIRED THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND ENDURANCE IS A HUGE, HUGE PART OF IT. AND I THINK HE HAS A BIG ADVANTAGE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S UH, TAKE A SHORT BREAK. AND AS WE LEAVE, I'M GONNA TELL EVERYBODY THE ADDRESS OF WALKABOUT SO THEY CAN GET IN TOUCH AND COME DOWN AND PLAY WHEN - WHEN DO YOU OFFICIALLY OPEN?

(DURING BREAK, GRAPHIC SHOWN:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
About Walkabout GC:
walkaboutgolf.com
Or jan@walkaboutgolf.com

On Jan:
jan@liquidgolf.com)

JAN STEPHENSON
NOT TILL NOVEMBER.

PETER KESSLER
NOT TILL NOVEMBER OF 2000. ABOUT WALKABOUT GOLF CLUB, WALKABOUT GOLF DOT COM (walkaboutgolf.com) OR JAN AT WALKABOUT GOLF DOT COM (jan@walkabout.com)

AND FOR JAN, JAN AT LIQUID GOLF DOT COM (jan@liquidgolf.com). WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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