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Golf Talk Live - Lorie Kane Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
THE GREAT WALTER HAGEN ONCE SAID AFTER FINISHING SECOND IN THE U.S. OPEN, AFTER BEING ASKED HOW HE DID, HE SAID, 'I LOST.' HE DIDN'T SAY, 'I FINISHED SECOND.' HE SAID, 'I LOST.'

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT THE PAIN OF NOT WINNING IS A MORE INTENSE EMOTION THAN THE THRILL THAT WINNING PROVIDES. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT IN YOUR CASE?

LORIE KANE
WELL . (SIGH) I'M NOT SURE. YOU KNOW, I . I'VE BEEN ASKED A LOT IN THE LAST LITTLE WHILE ABOUT NOT FINISHING THE JOB OR NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE. AND,

UM, BUT I JUST . I - YOU KNOW, I JUST TRY TO PUT MYSELF, EVERY WEEK, GIVE MYSELF OPPORTUNITIES TO BE, UH, AT THE TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD AT THE END OF SUNDAY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I HAVE HAD SOME, YOU KNOW, AGONIZING THOUGHTS OF 'WELL CAN I WIN?'. UH, 'AM I ABLE TO WIN?'

UM, I TOOK TWO WEEKS OFF AT EASTER TIME AND DECIDED THAT, UH, MY GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO LOWER MY STROKE AVERAGE.

AND, I KNOW I'VE TALKED TO A LOT OF THE REPORTERS ABOUT THAT. UH, BUT DURING THAT TWO WEEK BREAK, I HAD A LITTLE MEETING WITH MYSELF AND DECIDED THAT I HAD TO START TALKING THE TALK.

I NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO SAY MYSELF, 'YOU CAN WIN.' UH, NOT THAT MY GOAL HASN'T CHANGED, BUT IT'S ANOTHER PART OF THE GOAL. AND I THINK BY THINKING I CAN WIN, I'M MAKING MYSELF STRONGER AND BUILDING MY CONFIDENCE. AND,

UH, IT OBVIOUSLY WORKED BECAUSE WE WENT TO ATLANTA AND I PLAYED SOME . SOME OF THE BEST GOLF I'VE EVER PLAYED AND AGAIN CAME UP SHORT. BUT UH,

I'M PATIENT AND . OR I'M GOING TO HAVE TO BE PATIENT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TAKE THIS GAME UH . YOU KNOW, TOO . TOO HARSH ON YOURSELF. UH, YOU JUST HAVE TO LIVE THROUGH IT.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME BRIEFLY ABOUT THE POLITICS THAT KEPT YOU OFF THE WORLD AMATEUR TEAM EARLY IN THIS DECADE THAT LEAD YOU ULTIMATELY TO MAKE A DECISION THAT MAYBE THIS IS THE TIME TO TURN PROFESSIONAL.

LORIE KANE
WELL THAT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR, NOT ONLY MYSELF, BUT MY FAMILY. UM, I HAD PLAYED 4 YEARS INTERNATIONALLY FOR TEAM CANADA. AND IN THE 4TH YEAR, UH, WHICH WAS 1992,

UH THE CANADIAN . CANADA WAS HOSTING THE WORLD TOUR - WORLD AMATEUR IN VANCOUVER. UH, I FELT THAT I HAD FOLLOWED ALL THE CRITERIA THAT THE C.L.G., WHICH IS THE AMATEUR BODY IN CANADA, HAD SET DOWN TO SELECT THE TEAM.

UH, WHEN WE PLAYED OUR CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP IT HAPPENED TO BE IN MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, WHICH WAS VERY CLOSE TO . TO HOME. AND I HAD A LOT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS THERE TO COME OVER TO ROOT ME ON AND WATCH THE TOURNAMENT AND . AND .

FIND OUT AT THE END WHETHER OR NOT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN NAMED TO THE TEAM. UM, UNFORTUNATELY I WASN'T. AND, I STILL TO THIS DAY DON'T KNOW WHY. UM,

TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, IT . IT WAS A VERY . LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME. UM, I - MY SISTER REPRESENTED ME, UH, AND HAD I NOT HAD A LAWYER IN THE FAMILY, THINGS PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DONE.

WE . WE ASKED THE QUESTION TO THE ASSOCIATION WHY I WASN'T SELECTED FOLLOWING THEIR CRITERIA THAT THEY HAD SET DOWN AND THEY COULD NOT GIVE ME AN ANSWER.

UH, SO MY SISTER, MARILYN, TOOK IT A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AND ENDED UP GOING TO COURT. AND IT WAS JUST A TERRIBLE MESS. UM, BUT THE END RESULT WAS THAT I WAS NAMED TO THE TEAM. I DID PLAY IN THE WORLD AMATEUR. AND AFTER IT WAS OVER,

I FELT LIKE GOLF WAS DONE FOR ME. UM, I HAD BEEN TOLD THAT MAYBE I SHOULDN'T PLAY AMATEUR GOLF ANYMORE, THAT I MIGHT NOT BE WELCOMED. AND I REALLY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE GOLF WASN'T WHERE I WANTED TO BE ANYMORE BECAUSE IT WASN'T A FRIENDLY THING.

UM, BUT TOOK A COUPLE MONTHS AND . AND THEN DECIDED ON A SNOWY DAY IN APRIL THAT I BETTER CALL THE CANADIAN PGA BECAUSE I REALLY WANTED TO PLAY IN THE DU MAURIER SERIES.

AND I NEEDED TO GET MY CARD AS A CANADIAN PLAYER, UH, CANADIAN TOUR CARD. SO I WENT TO TORONTO IN UH EARLY MAY AND THE FROST WAS STILL ON THE GROUND AND . AND WE TEED IT UP AND I THINK I, WHAT, MADE MY CARD BY A SHOT.

SO, THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

PETER KESSLER
AS PAINFUL AS THAT EXPERIENCE WAS, IN A FUNNY WAY, IN A GOOD WAY, IT REALLY TURNED THINGS AROUND BECAUSE THAT WAS THE IMPETUS THAT GAVE YOU THE SHOVE TO TURN PROFESSIONAL WHICH I SUPPOSE YOU DON'T REGRET ONE MINUTE OF THAT DECISION.

LORIE KANE
ABSOLUTELY NOT. UM, I THINK THE EXPERIENCE TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT MYSELF. UH, IT DEFINITELY TAUGHT ME THAT MY FAMILY WAS BEHIND ME ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AND WHATEVER IT WAS THAT I CHOSE TO DO. UH ...

BUT, AS FAR AS MY GOLF GAME WAS CONCERNED, I WAS READY. I MEAN, I . PLAYING IN THE WORLD AMATEUR UNDER THE CONDITIONS THAT I PLAYED IN, I HAD DREAMT FOR 3 MONTHS THAT I WAS GONNA MISS THE BALL ON THE FIRST TEE.

I HAD ACTUALLY CRIED ALL NIGHT, THE NIGHT BEFORE I WAS TO PLAY, AND MY SISTER, MARILYN, WHO HAPPENED TO BE IN VAN - IN VANCOUVER ALONG WITH MY MOM, I SAID, 'I DON'T THINK I CAN PLAY.'

AND, BOTH OF THEM SAID, 'WELL, THERE'S GOING TO A KANE TEEING OFF TOMORROW.' AND MARILYN SAID, 'AND IT HAS TO BE ME.'

AND SO, YOU KNOW, I LIVED THROUGH THAT EXPERIENCE AND . AND I WILL AGREE WITH YOU, PETER ,THAT UH, IT'S MADE ME A STRONGER PERSON AND I THINK, AGAIN, HELPED ME PREPARE FOR WHAT IT IS OUT HERE THAT WE DO WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT.

PETER KESSLER
DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING THAT WORKED OUT FOR THE GOOD, YOU'RE STILL ANGRY AND NOT READY TO FORGIVE COMPLETELY, AREN'T YOU?

LORIE KANE
WELL, THERE'S . THERE'S PARTS OF IT THAT UH I DON'T UNDERSTAND. AND UM, IT . IT DOES . IT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH ME. UH, BUT WE HAVE A PACK IN OUR FAMILY THAT WE DON'T TALK ABOUT IT MUCH. UH, MY DAD, IT REALLY BOTHERS HIM.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, I WOULD HAVE LIKED THEM TO HAVE SAID, 'YOU KNOW, YOU DID SUCH AND SUCH AND THEREFORE YOU CAN'T PLAY.' AND I WOULD HAVE SAID, 'FINE.'

UH, BUT THEY DIDN'T. AND I ALWAYS WONDER . YOU KNOW, I HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH PEOPLE WHO . WHO DON'T LIKE ME. AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY. AND . AND YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER, IT'S . IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET PAST IT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TURN TO SOMEBODY WHO DOES LIKE YOU. WE HAVE JOHN IN NEWFOUNDLAND. HELLO, JOHN.

JOHN FROM NEWFOUNDLAND
GOOD EVENING PETER. HI LORIE.

LORIE KANE
HI JOHN.

JOHN FROM NEWFOUNDLAND
I WANT TO SAY I'M A MEMBER OF BALLY HALLY AT SAINT JOHNS NEWFOUNDLAND.

LORIE KANE
ALL RIGHT!

JOHN FROM NEWFOUNDLAND
AND, THE ONLY BUNCH OF ISLANDERS CHEERING FOR YOU FROM P.E.I. SO WE WATCH EVERY WEEK THE LEADERBOARD. UM, I WANT TO TALK - GET YOU TO TALK A BIT ABOUT THE PROSPECTS FOR MORE PEOPLE FROM CANADA MAKING IT ON . ON THE TOUR .

ON THE . THE TOURS IN THE UNITED STATES, THE -- WHAT I THINK ARE THE IMPROVING PROSPECTS.

UH, WE WANT SOME COMPETITION FOR THOSE GUYS DOWN THERE, MORE THAN JUST YOU AND THIS -- I KNOW THERE'S 4 OR 5 MORE NOW.

BUT, HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK ACROSS CANADA OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS? AND I THINK THERE'S MORE COMING. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

LORIE KANE
WELL ABSOLUTELY JOHN. I THINK, UM . WELL THE R.C.G.A. AND . AND YES, THE C.L.G.A., ARE TRYING TO DEVELOP BETTER JUNIOR PROGRAMS AND WORK ON THAT ASPECT. I THINK THAT THAT'S WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO. I MEAN, I THINK YOU NEED GOOD GRASSROOTS PROGRAMS TO .

YOU KNOW, TO DEVELOP YOUNG PLAYERS. UM, AGAIN, THE OPPORTUNITY'S THERE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO TO A UNIVERSITY, WHICH I DIDN'T DO IN THE STATES. UM, BUT THERE'S LOTS . LOTS AND LOTS OF GOLF OUT THERE.

AND I THINK FROM ONE . OF ONE COAST TO THE OTHER IN CANADA, UH, IT'S GETTING BETTER. AND I KNOW IN OUR REGION, JOHN, ATLANTIC CANADA, UH THERE'S GOLF COURSES POPPING UP EVERY DAY. SO,

THERE'S NOT A LACK OF PLACES TO PLAY.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. AND WE WILL COME BACK AND TAKE MORE OF YOUR CALLS AND KICK AROUND GOLF RIGHT AFTER THIS WITH LORIE KANE.

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