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Golf Talk Live - Johnny Bulla Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
 
SIXTY YEARS AGO, THIS MONTH, YOU WON THE LOS ANGELES OPEN AT RIVIERA. WHAT ARE YOUR HAPPIEST MEMORIES OF WINNING THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
MY WIFE WAS PREGNANT AND I WAS GLAD WE COULD HAVE MADE ENOUGH MONEY SO IT MADE IT EASIER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THE BOYS GAVE YOU A TOUGH TIME THAT WEEK, DIDN'T THEY?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
VERY MUCH SO.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHY?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, I WAS LEADING IT AFTER THE SECOND ROUND, OF COURSE YOU DON'T REHASH, IT'S ALL OVER WITH, BUT I WAS PAIRED WITH BYRON AND JUG McSPADEN AND ON THE FIRST HOLE, AT RIVIERA, YOU TEE OFF AND YOU GO DOWN THEN YOU GO
 
OVER THE BRIDGE AND JUG WENT AHEAD OF ME, AND BYRON, THEY BOTH WENT AHEAD OF ME AND JUG WALKED OUT AND BYRON WAS TO THE LEFT AND J... MY BALL AND JUG'S BALL WAS ON THE SAME
 
LINE. JUG WALKED OVER TO THE SHORTER BALL, TOOK A LOOK AT IT AND WALKED BACK AND STOOD AT THE SIDE, AND I ASSUMED THAT, THAT WAS MY BALL. DIDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO IT, IT WASN'T, THE NAME WASN'T UP ON IT VERY GOOD, I DIDN'T LOOK TOO MUCH AND AS
 
I HIT THE BALL, JUG SAYS YOU PLAYED THE WRONG BALL. SOON AS I HIT IT IN THE AIR... AND UH JIM MURRAY, WHO'S A SPORTSWRITER WHO HAPPENED TO BE GOING ALONG WATCHING, HE HAD NEVER SEEN ME PLAY, AND HE TOLD ME LATER,
 
HE SAID THAT, THAT JUG, AFTER BYRON HIT HIS, JUG WENT OVER TO BYRON AND SAYS WE GOT HIM NOW. HE'LL BE ALL UPSET AND I TOOK SEVEN ON THE HOLE. I SHOT SEVENTY-FIVE. I NEVER HAD TOO MANY PEOPLE PULLING FOR ME BACK THEN.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
BUT WAS THAT TRUE GENERALLY OF THE TOUR, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT NOBODY REALLY HELPED ANYBODY ELSE WITH THEIR GOLF SWING AND THERE WAS VERY LITTLE PRIZE MONEY. THEY ONLY PAID 15 OR 20 PLACES. IT WAS SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST IN MANY WAYS WASN'T IT?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. THAT'S RIGHT, BUT YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
NO
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
I WASN'T THAT WAY. I NEVER TRIED TO HURT ANYBODY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
I'M SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT JUG INTENTIONALLY MISLEAD YOU INTO PLAYING THE WRONG BALL.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH, HE DID THAT SEVERAL TIMES.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TO YOU?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL TO OTHERS.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
YOU DIDN'T FALL FOR IT AFTER THE FIRST TIME.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH NO, NO, NO. NO ONE TIME WAS ENOUGH.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
(LAUGHING)
 
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF YOUR FANS. WE'VE GOT GEORGE CALLING FROM ALABAMA. HOW ARE YOU GEORGE?
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
 
FINE PETER. HOW ARE YOU, SIR.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IN. VERY WELL, THANKS.
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
 
HEY MR. BULLA, HOW ARE YOU DOING, SIR?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
I'M DOING GREAT.
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE): I FEEL LIKE I'VE KNOWN YOU FOR MANY YEARS AND 1956, WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, MY MOTHER BOUGHT ME A SET OF SEARS AND ROBUCK, JC HIGGINS, JOHNNY BULLA SIGNATURE CLUBS AND I'M JUST SO UH SO EXCITED ABOUT MEETING YOU AND I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU, WHAT WAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SEARS AND
 
IF YOU'LL JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT I'LL HANG UP AND LISTEN, CONSIDERING THAT THE SPONSORSHIPS OF NIKE AND ALL THE BIG COMPANIES NOW, I'D JUST LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THAT, AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
GIVE ME THAT OVER AGAIN, I DIDN'T QUITE
 
PETER KESSLER
 
HE WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT SEARS. YOUR DEAL WITH SEARS ROBUCK.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH MY DEAL WITH SEARS?
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
 
YES SIR.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, I HAD PROMOTED WALGREEN GOLF BALLS BEFORE AND I WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT PROMOTED GOLF EQUIPMENT IN THE RETAIL OUTLET, AND SEARS FELT LIKE THAT, THEY HAD A GOOD MARKET IF WE COULD DEVELOP GOOD CLUBS, SO, I
 
HELPED THEM DEVELOP CLUBS AND BALLS AND THEY BECAME REALLY BIG BECAUSE THEY WERE SO MUCH CHEAPER, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TOLD ME OVER THE YEARS THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE PROBABLY TAKEN UP GOLF IF THEY HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO BUY CHEAPER CLUBS TO START WITH, SO I FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL ME ABOUT THE RISE AND FALL OF RALPH GUDAL.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, THEY ALWAYS SAID THAT RALPH LOST HIS GAME BECAUSE HE LOOKED AT PICTURES, THAT'S NOT TRUE. RALPH HAD A HISTORY OF BEING GREAT, AND THEN FALLING BACK. YOU KNOW HE, HE WAS SECOND IN THE NATIONAL OPEN IN '33
 
AND THEN YOU DIDN'T HEAR FROM HIM UNTIL ABOUT '37. HE HAD A VERY UNUSUAL SWING. HE STAND REAL, STOOD RIGHT CLOSE TO THE BALL AND HE, HE COULDN'T MOVE ON IT LATER ON IN LIFE AND HE COULDN'T HIT IT. HE JUST WENT DOWN HILL. PROBABLY AFTER, OH I GUESS, JUST BEFORE THE WAR HE STARTED LOOSING HIS GAME.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
YEAH THE STORY WAS, THE POPULAR STORY THAT, IN THE LATE 30'S HE WAS ASKED TO WRITE AN INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK AND HE HAD BEEN A FEEL PLAYER AND THAT WHEN HE STARTED TRYING TO ANALYZE WHAT HE WAS DOING, THAT THAT'S WHEN HE BEGAN NOT TO PLAY WELL, BUT YOU'RE SAYING THAT'S AN EXCUSE.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
THAT'S AN EXCUSE. THAT'S AN EXCUSE. NO. HE JUST, HE JUST, HE HAD A HARD TIME. HE WENT IN PEAKS AND FINALLY FELL DOWN AND NEVER BROUGHT IT BACK UP.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL US ABOUT LEFTY STACKHOUSE, AS WE'RE WATCHING ACTUALLY GOUDAL THERE IN HIS PRIME, AND OF COURSE HE WON SEVERAL MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE LATE 30'S.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
GREAT PLAYER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL US ABOUT LEFTY STACKHOUSE AND IVAN GANTZ.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, THEY WERE BOTH LEFT HANDED, AND THE FRUSTRATION OF TRYING TO PLAY RIGHT HANDED, ALONG WITH A GREAT BIG TEMPER MADE THINGS KIND OF HECTIC AT TIMES. I REMEMBER LEFTY,
 
ONE TIME I WAS DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS AND HE GAVE IT A QUICK HOOK AND, AND THERE'S A ROSE BUSH THERE, AND HE RUN HIS HANDS RIGHT THROUGH IT, AND HE SAYS, WITH HIS RIGHT HAND, HE SAYS YOU'LL NEVER GET IN THERE AGAIN.
 
JUST SCRATCHED HIS HANDS ALL TO PIECES AND YOU GOT TO FEEL SORRY FOR HIM, BUT THAT'S, THAT WAS HIS PERSONALITY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
BUT HE COULD ALSO PLAY COULDN'T HE?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH YEAH. HE WAS A GOOD PLAYER. BUT HE WAS LIKE TOMMY BOLT. HE COULDN'T CONTROL HIS TEMPER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT ABOUT IVAN, THE TERRIBLE GANTZ?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL (LAUGHS) THE SAME STORY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
DID BRENASEED DO THE SAME THING WITH THE ROSEBUSH?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH HE WAS, HE WAS, HE, HE BROKE CLUBS AND THREW TANTRUMS WHEN HE PLAYED BAD.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT ABOUT KYLE LEFOUN?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL KYLE, KYLE WAS, I THINK HE WAS MORE OF A CLOWN THAN HE WAS BEING MAD BECAUSE ONE TIME, THE OLD, THE OLD STORY ABOUT HIM PUTTING SO BAD HE TIED THE PUTTER ON THE BACK OF HIS CAR WITH A STRING AND DRUG IN TILL IT
 
CAME OFF.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TO PUNISH IT.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
TO PUNISH IT, YEAH.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
IS THAT A TRUE STORY THAT YOU TWO GOT IN A FIGHT, AND YOU DIDN'T BACK DOWN FROM A LOT OF STUFF EITHER AND THAT HE SOMEHOW MANAGED TO PICK YOU UP AND THROW YOU ON TOP OF LOCKERS?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
THAT IS THE BIGGEST, THAT'S THE BIGGEST FARCE THAT EVER WAS. WHAT HAPPENED, THAT INCIDENT HAPPENED BEFORE I EVEN KNEW KYLE. IT WAS BACK IN THE EARLY 30'S AND, NO KYLE COULDN'T HAVE THROWN ME ON A, ON A
 
LOCKER. HE WAS, I WAS 215, SIX-THREE. HE COULDN'T COME CLOSE. I HEARD THAT STORY. THE GUY WRITING THE STORY WITH HOGAN'S LIFE. HE, IT, IT WAS, YOU HEAR A LOT OF THOSE STORIES.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THAT'S WHY WE WANTED YOU TO COME IN SO YOU COULD CLEAR UP ALL THE CONFUSION.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
THAT GETS, THAT GETS OUT OF HAND.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WE'LL, WE'LL CLEAR SOME MORE UP BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
 
(MUSIC)
 
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