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GOLF TALK LIVE - OCTOBER 30, 2000
JANICE MOODIE

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SCOTLAND'S JANICE MOODIE HAD A DREAM. SHE WANTED TO PLAY ON THE LPGA TOUR. THE REALITY HAS TURNED OUT TO BE BETTER THAN A DREAM. SHE PLAYS ON TOUR. SHE'S WON ON TOUR, AND NO PLAYER ON THE WINNING 2000 EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP TEAM HAD MORE POINTS THAN JANICE MOODIE. MEET HER, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

JANICE MOODIE IS FROM GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. THE COUNTRY WHERE GOLF BEGAN IN THE EARLY FOURTEEN HUNDREDS. GOLF IS IN HER BLOOD. GOLF IS IN HER HEART AND HAS BEEN SINCE JANICE WAS AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL. SHE EVIDENCED HER TALENT AND SKILL BY
WINNING JUNIOR EVENTS. THE '92 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP, BY SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTING SCOTLAND ON TWO WINNING CURTIS CUP TEAMS.

IN 1993, SHE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA, TO LEARN, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HER GOLF SCHOLARSHIP AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY. THE FOUR YEARS AT SAN JOSE HELPED HER REFINE HER SKILLS AND ACCLUMATE HERSELF TO PLAYING CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, WHERE HER DREAM OF JOINING THE LPGA TOUR, SEEMED TO BE AND WAS, WELL WITHIN HER GRASP. SHE JUST MISSED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS IN 1998 AND HER MOVE UP THE MONEY LIST HAS BEEN ACHIEVED AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE. IN THE EARLY SUMMER OF 2000, JANICE WON HER FIRST LPGA TOUR EVENT. A SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC, BY TWO SHOTS.

IN THE LATE SUMMER OF 2000, SHE WAS SELECTED FOR THE WINNING EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP TEAM, AND IN SEPTEMBER, AFTER TIEING TEAM MATES CARIN KOCH AND KATRIN NEILSMARK, FOR THE HIGHEST POINT TOTALS ON THE TEAM, SHE CELEBRATED HER WILDEST GOLF DREAMS, ALL OF WHICH HAD COME TRUE.

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

PETER KESSLER

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST AND FASTEST RISING STARS IN THE GAME, JANICE MOODIE. WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU AND YOUR PARENTS HERE TONIGHT.

JANICE MOODIE

THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

WITH YOUR FOLKS HERE, IT'S TRUE THAT, WHEN MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME VISIT US WITH KIDS, THEY WERE EXPOSED TO GOLF BUT YOU WERE GIVEN A RATHER FIRM PUSH BY YOUR LOW HANDICAP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

JANICE MOODIE

MHMM

PETER KESSLER

WINNING MOM. DID YOU HATE IT AT FIRST?

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH, I WASN'T TOO KEEN ON IT. YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL, MY MOM WANTED SOMEBODY TO PLAY WITH AND NOBODY ELSE WOULD REALLY PLAY WITH HER, SHE SAYS OH COME ON OUT AND PLAY WITH ME, SO IT WAS, IT WAS A FUN TIME THOUGH ONCE I KIND OF GOT INTO IT.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH GOLF?

JANICE MOODIE

JUST LIKE A BUG, YOU KNOW, IT'S, I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I GOT A HANDICAP AND THEN , WE HAD A COUPLE OF HANDICAP, OR TOURNAMENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COCA COLA CHALLENGE I THINK IT WAS, YOU KNOW AND WE ALL WENT OFF AND I WON THEM, I WON THE
BRONZE METAL THEN YOU KNOW THE NEXT SHOW I WON THE SILVER AND THEN THE GOLD AND IT, THAT KIND OF SPURRED ME ON AND THEN, THAT WAS IT, YOU KNOW. PEOPLE WERE LIKE, OH YOU KNOW, YOU'RE 16, YOU'RE PLAYING OFF SCRATCH, TURN PRO AND I'M LIKE, NO
I'LL, I'LL JUST WAIT TO (???) GLAD I DID.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAD A UNIQUE GIFT TO PLAY THE GAME IN ADDITION TO YOUR LOVE AND ENTHUSIASM FOR PLAYING THE GAME?

JANICE MOODIE

WELL I MEAN I WORKED HARD AT IT. I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY I HAVE A GIFT AT IT, BUT THE WORK THAT I REALLY PUT IN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND KEN STEVEWAY (???) WAS MY GOLF COACH BACK IN COTTER (???) GOLF CLUB, AND, BACK IN SCOTLAND.

WE PUT IN A LOT OF RANGE TIME. ACTUALLY, RANGE WHERE YOU HIT THE BALLS, YOU KNOW, YOU HIT ABOUT A HUNDRED OF THEM AND THEN YOU GO FIND THEM, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM

AND PICK THEM UP AND BRING THEM BACK AGAIN, SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN JUST BEATING BALLS OUT HERE, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU, YOU DON'T REALLY CARE HOW MANY YOU HIT. YOU HIT 500. YOU HIT 600. YOU KNOW, THE BALL PICKER UP GOES AND GETS THEM.

PETER KESSLER

WHETHER YOU'VE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH, AT HOME OR ON THE GOLF COURSE, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'VE ALWAYS RESPONDED PARTICULARLY WELL TO PRESSURE. WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT ABILITY TO RESPOND SO WELL STARTING AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE TO PRESSURE ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE?

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH, I. YOU KNOW I MEAN, GOLF COURSE WISE IT'S JUST I'M IN THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT. LOVE PLAYING GOLF, LOVE TO WIN AND HATE LOSING SO I THINK YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF, THEN THAT DRIVES YOU, BUT PERSONALLY, I'M JUST A VERY CALM PERSON. NOTHING REALLY BOTHERS ME, JUST KIND OF GO ON WITH IT.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'VE ALSO GOT A STRONG SENSE OF PRIORITY TOO IT SEEMS THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU SKIPPED THE LAST MAJOR OF THE YEAR SO THAT YOU COULD BE IN ATTENDANCE AT WINDY HILL, WHERE YOU LEARNED TO PLAY GOLF, FOR THE JANICE MOODIE TROPHY. WAS THAT AN EASY DECISION TO MAKE?

JANICE MOODIE

NO. IT WAS TOUGH, AND UH I GOT MY HANDS SCALPED BY LAURIE KANE FOR DOING SO. SHE'S LIKE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY, AND I'M LIKE YOU KNOW, I'D PLAYED 5 IN A ROW. IT JUST WORKED OUT THAT'S WHERE IT WAS IN THE SCHEDULE AND LAURIE, I'M VERY, VERY SORRY BUT
THE TROPHY THAT I HAD, I'D ALREADY PLANNED THAT FOR LIKE THE LAST YEAR AND THAT WAS A FANTASTIC THING FOR ME TO DO.

PETER KESSLER

IN MEETING YOUR PARENTS JUST BEFORE THE SHOW, THEY STILL ACT LIKE YOU'RE 10 YEARS OLE. IS THERE LOTS OF LOVE AND KIDDING AROUND IN YOUR FAMILY?

JANICE MOODIE

UM, I DON'T GET SEE THEM MUCH BUT MY MOM'S ALWAYS A JOKER AND A PRANKSTER AND SINGS EVERYWHERE, EVEN IN THE BATHROOM, SO UH, NO. YOU KNOW SHE'S GOT A REALLY GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND I THINK THAT KEEPS HER GOING.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT KIND OF PLAYER WAS SHE?

JANICE MOODIE

UM, VERY GOOD PLAYER. PLAYED OFF, SHE WAS A CHAMPION AT THE GOLF COURSE FOR 3 YEARS AND THEN I WASN'T ALLOWED TO PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS SO THAT'S WHY SHE WAS A CHAMPION FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS THERE AND THEN, ONCE I WAS 18, THEN I WAS ALLOWED TO PLAY IN IT AND I WON IT. ASKED TO DEFEND IT AND I SAID, NO, ONCE IS ENOUGH, SO

PETER KESSLER

IF I HAD ASKED YOU WHEN YOU WERE 12 OR 13 YEARS OLD, IN ADDITION TO GOLF, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE AND WHAT ELSE MIGHT YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID TO ME?

JANICE MOODIE

UM. BE A POLICE WOMAN.

PETER KESSLER

POLICE WOMAN.

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH.

PETER KESSLER

WHY?

JANICE MOODIE

UM, I, I LIKE THE OUTDOORS AND I PLAYED ON THE BOY'S SOCCER TEAM WHEN I WAS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL, SO, THAT WAS, THAT WAS A FUN THING. I WAS A, I WAS A TOMBOY. I JUST LIKED OUTDOORSY THINGS.

PETER KESSLER

WAS IT HARD FOR YOU TO WAIT TO TURN PRO? TO WAIT TO GO TO COLLEGE? YOU DIDN'T START JOSE STATE UNTIL YOU WERE 20. WHAT MADE YOU WAIT THAT LONG?

JANICE MOODIE

WELL, I LEFT SCHOOL WHEN I WAS 16. I WENT OUT INTO THE WORKING FORCE, AND YOU KNOW, BASICALLY, I'D WORK IN THE WINTERTIME. PLAY GOLF IN THE SUMMERTIME.

WORK IN THE WINTER TIME AND KIND OF GO INTO THAT, LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT'S A CATCH 22 IN ORDER TO AFFORD TO PLAY IN THE SUMMER, I HAD TO WORK IN THE WINTERTIME, SO, THAT'S WHAT I DID FOR FOUR YEARS AND THEN A FRIEND OF MINE, YOU KNOW, WAS TALKING ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUFF AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, I, I'D LIKE TO DO THAT, AND IT WAS EITHER THAT OR TURN PROFESSIONAL, AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU'RE 20 YEARS OLD AND THE EUROPEAN TOUR ISN'T LOOKING TOO HOT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE EASY SITUATIONS WHEN MARK, GAIL, THE COACH, YOU KNOW I, SENT MY S-A-T IN AND HE GIVES ME A PHONE CALL AND IS LIKE, OK, FULL RIGHT TO SAN JOSE AND I'M LIKE, WONDERFUL. WHERE'S SAN JOSE? YOU KNOW (LAUGHS), SO UH IT WAS, IT WAS A FUN THING.

I'M GLAD THAT I DID IT. I MEAN I HAD, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY FOUR YEARS OF BACKGROUND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE, YOU KNOW. I, ON THE TOUR ANYWAY, YOU KIND OF GO TO COLLEGE AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY'RE 18 AND THEN COME OUT ON THE TOUR AND EVERYTHING'S AUTOMATIC, WHERE AS I'D, I'VE BEEN IN THE WORK FORCE YOU KNOW. I, I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE. I WOULDN'T GO BACK.

PETER KESSLER

SO IT TURNED OUT THAT SAN JOSE HAPPENED TO BE JUST ABOUT THE GARDEN SPOT OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE YOU COULD PLAY GOLF EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR.

JANICE MOODIE

WELL, JANUARY, FEBRUARY GETS A LITTLE BIT RAINY, BUT APART FROM THAT IT'S DEFINITELY THE GARDEN SPOT. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE, YOU KNOW, I WENT THERE, AND, YOU KNOW, I WENT, I WAS, STAYED IN THE DORMS. GOT TO THE 12TH FLOOR BY MY FOURTH YEAR AND VERY FORTUNATE, LOU AND HEIDI WOODWORTH KIND OF TOOK ME IN SO IT WAS, IT WAS TOUGH AT THE WEEKENDS, YOU KNOW, I HAD TO GO DOWN TO SPANISH BAY AND KIND OF HANG OUT THERE, SO, THEY HAVE A CONDO DOWN THERE, SO, IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS TOUGH FOR SATURDAY.

PETER KESSLER

YEAH SPANISH BAY'S REALLY ROUGH.

JANICE MOODIE

(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER

WHEN WE COME BACK, LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS WHOLE BUSINESS AT THE MOST RECENT SOLHEIM CUP. YOU WERE ON THE WINNING TEAM. THERE WAS AN UNFORTUNATE MOMENT THAT HAS LINGERED. LET'S KICK THAT AROUND AND, UNTIL IT GOES AWAY AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT. DON'T GO AWAY.

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