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Golf Talk Live - Lorie Kane Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
IF YOU HADN'T TURNED PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR LATE 20'S, WHAT WERE YOU GONNA BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

LORIE KANE
(LAUGH)

GOOD QUESTION.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU.

LORIE KANE
UM . PETER, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE STAYED INVOLVED IN THE GAME. I . I STARTED WORKING AT MY HOME CLUB, BELVEDERE, IN CHARLOTTETOWN WHEN I WAS 12,

UH, CLEANING CLUBS AND THEN I GRADUATED INTO THE SHOP. AND I DID ALL THE THINGS THAT UH, PROBABLY AN ASSISTANT WOULD DO UP UNTIL THE POINT I TURNED PRO.

UM, I LOVE THE BUSINESS. AND I ENJOY THE OTHER SIDE OF IT AS MUCH AS I DO THE PLAYING. UH, SO I . I PROBABLY WOULD BE STILL INVOLVED WITH THE BUSINESS.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE WATCH YOU PLAY GOLF, YOU DO SO WITH AN INNER JOY THAT WE CAN CLEARLY SEE . HAPPY TO BE THERE, HAPPY TO BE PLAYING. IF IT'S A BAD SHOT YOU'RE GONNA SHAKE IT OFF AND GO TO THE NEXT ONE.

LORIE KANE
YUP.

PETER KESSLER
WE WATCH ANNIKA PLAY AND SHE GIVES US THE SENSE THAT SHE NEVER STRAINS FOR HER SCORES, THAT THERE'S AN INNER CONTENTMENT THAT LET'S HER GLIDE.

LORIE KANE
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THAT?

LORIE KANE
WELL I FIND . ANNIKA'S . A SUPER PLAYER AND A GREAT PERSON AND IS VERY LEVEL ON THE GOLF COURSE. UH, I'VE LEARNED A LOT PLAYING WITH HER. UM, AS MUCH AS I DON'T REACT OR . I SOMETIMES DO REACT TOO MUCH TO SHOTS. AND .

THIS WEEKEND IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. WE FINISHED TODAY AND I HAD FIVE HOLES TO PLAY. I 3-PUTTED THE FIRST HOLE. I 3-PUTTED THE NEXT HOLE. I PARRED THE . THE FOLLOWING HOLE. I MADE A DOUBLE ON 17. AND I MADE AN EAGLE ON THE 18TH.

AND I WAS GOING LIKE THIS . (MOVES HAND UP AND DOWN). NOW, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANNIKA SORENSTAM. SHE STAYS WITHIN HERSELF. UH, AND OBVIOUSLY DOES VERY WELL WITH IT, UM, WHICH IS PROBABLY SOMETHING I'M STILL LEARNING.

UH, I HAVE FUN THOUGH OUT THERE. AND I . I LIKE TO SHOW MY EXPRESSIONS. AND UH . YOU KNOW, PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT LIKE DOTTIE AND HELEN AND THE REST OF THE GIRLS OUT THERE.

BUT, ANNIKA IS VERY EVEN KEEL AND I REALLY THINK THAT THAT'S UH . THAT'S A BIG PLUS FOR HER GAME.

PETER KESSLER
ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD HAS BEEN KARRIE WEBB. AND THIS YEAR, SHE HAS STEPPED IT UP

LORIE KANE
YEAH . WOW ...

PETER KESSLER
TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

DO YOU SUPPOSED THAT'S A REACTION TO WHAT ANNIKA HAS BEEN DOING SINCE ANNIKA WON THE U.S. OPEN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN '95?

LORIE KANE
YEAH, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE TWO OF THEM, UM . A LITTLE BIT OF A RIVAL BETWEEN THEM. AND UH, IT'S GOOD FOR THE TOUR BECAUSE IT'S MAKING ALL OF US RIGHT DOWN THE LINE, UH, PICK IT UP A NOTCH OR TWO.

UH, KARRIE NEEDS TO BE COMMENDED. SHE'S . SHE'S A FANTASTIC ATHLETE AND A . AND A GOOD FRIEND AND A GOOD PLAYER AND .UH, WINNING LIKE SHE IS AND PLAYING THE GAME AND LOWERING HER SCORE - STROKE AVERAGE, IT'S JUST .

IT'S . IT'S FANTASTIC. AND I THINK IT'S JUST PHENOMENAL FOR OUR SPORT. UM, YOU KNOW, THE LPGA TOUR GROWS EVERY YEAR WITH THE NEW PLAYERS THAT COME.

AND, YOU KNOW, WITH SE RI PAK AND . AND HER ABILITY, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE JUST HEADING INTO THE MILLENIUM . YUCK, THAT WAS A TOUGH ONE. (CHUCKLE) AND UH, YOU KNOW, I'M . I'M GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT YOU WAITED SO LONG TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL WAS A RELUCTANCE TO NOT LEAVE HOME AND FAMILY, TO STAY WHERE YOUR ROOTS ARE?

LORIE KANE
YEAH, UM, YOU KNOW, A BIG STEP FOR ME WAS GOING TO ACADIA UNIVERSITY IN WOLFVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA, WHICH IS REALLY ONLY 6 HOURS FROM HOME.

UH, I WAS VERY MUCH A HOMEBODY GROWING UP AND . AND LIKED TO BE AROUND MY MOM AND MY DAD. AND UH, I LIKED THAT SECURITY. UM,

IT SURPRISES ME SOMETIMES TO KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN AND THE ROADS I'VE TRAVELED IN THE LAST 3 YEARS BEING ON TOUR FULL-TIME AND UH KNOWING THAT I'VE HAD THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. BUT, PROBABLY GOING BACK TO THAT QUESTION ABOUT THE '92 WORLD AMATEUR HAS HELPED ME GET TO WHERE I AM NOW. AND,

YOU KNOW, IT . IT REALLY MADE ME PUT THE QUESTION TO MYSELF, 'ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH TO DO THIS ON YOUR OWN?' AND 'CAN YOU BE WITHOUT YOUR MOM AND DAD?'

AND UH, AS TOUGH AS IT IS LEAVING, WHEN I DO GO HOME, UM . I KNOW, AND I'LL TELL YOU THIS, THE DAY MY PARENTS TOOK ME TO ACADIA IN WOLFVILLE, MY MOM SAID ONE THING TO ME. SHE SAID, 'YOU CAN ALWAYS COME HOME.'

AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT I DO, UH, THAT IS SOMETHING I'LL NEVER FORGET.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU FIND THAT YOU HAD HIDDEN RESERVES OF STRENGTH THAT YOU WERE UNAWARE OF BEFORE YOU GOT DROPPED OFF THAT DAY?

LORIE KANE
YEAH, YOU KNOW, I KNEW I COULD SURVIVE. UH, I JUST NEEDED SOMEBODY TO PUSH ME, UH, TO GET ME GOING, TO SHOW ME THE ROAD THAT I COULD WALK ALONE. AND I ENJOY BEING ALONE AND DOING THINGS ON MY OWN.

I'M A MAD SHOPPER. AND UH, DANNY AND I TRAVEL TOGETHER AND HE DOESN'T LIKE TO SHOP SO I'M OUT IN THE MALLS, IF WE'RE NOT PLAYING ON ANY GIVEN DAY, AND THAT'S WHERE I AM IN WHATEVER CITY WE ARE.

UH, SO I ENJOY THE TIME I HAVE ALONE. BUT UH, I SURE AS HECK LIKE GOING HOME.

PETER KESSLER
DANNY'S NOT THE ONLY MALE WHO DOESN'T LIKE SHOPPING, I CAN ASSURE YOU. LET'S . LET'S TALK TO ANTHONY IN ONTARIO. HELLO ANTHONY.

ANTHONY FROM ONTARIO
HELLO PETER. GOOD EVENING. HI .

PETER KESSLER
GOOD EVENING SIR.

ANTHONY FROM ONTARIO
UH, HI . HI LORIE AS WELL.

LORIE KANE
HI ANTHONY.

ANTHONY FROM ONTARIO
UH, THE LAST TIME I SPOKE TO LORIE WAS AT THE DU MAURIER CHAMPIONSHIP AT GLEN ABBEY. UH, I HAPPENED TO CATCH HER ... SHE WAS ON HER WAY ACROSS THE CLUBHOUSE SO ON THE FRONT LAWN THERE FROM THE PRACTICE GREEN.

AND I'D RECOGNIZED HER. I WAS STANDING WITH MY WIFE BY THE SCOREBOARD. SO I WENT OVER AND ASKED FOR AN AUTOGRAPH. UH, HER RESPONSE WAS THE QUICK SMILE AND TO SAY SURE AS LONG AS I DIDN'T MIND WALKING

LORIE KANE
(CHUCKLE)

ANTHONY FROM ONTARIO
ALONG WITH HER, WHICH WAS NOT A PROBLEM UNTIL WE GOT TO THE FIRST TEE. IT WAS THEN THAT I'D REALIZED THAT THE REASON I HAD TO WALK WITH HER BECAUSE SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO TEE OFF.

LORIE KANE
(LAUGH)

ANTHONY FROM ONTARIO
AND THAT STRUCK ME AS . AS A BIG SURPRISE THAT A TOURNAMENT GOLFER WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE THAT KIND OF TIME OUT ON HER WAY TO ACTUALLY BEGIN HER FINAL ROUND. AND I JUST WANTED TO CALL AND SAY 'THANKS' `CAUSE I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO AT THE TIME.

LORIE KANE
WELL, I'M GLAD I COULD DO THAT, ANTHONY. IT'S NEVER UH . YOU KNOW, I WOULD TELL YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE, UH, IF IT WASN'T APPROPRIATE TIME. UM, BUT WHEN YOU'RE HEADING DOWN TO THE TEE, I MEAN,

IT'S NOT A BOTHER TO UH . YOU KNOW, FOR ME, AGAIN, IT JUST - I'M SPEAKING ONLY FOR MYSELF. UH, IF I HAVE A MINUTE, I'LL TRY TO SIGN . OR, YOU KNOW, OR CHAT WITH SOMEBODY ON THE WAY TO THE TEE.

AND UH, THEN I GET INSIDE THE ROPES AND THAT'S WHEN I'M IN MY OFFICE. AND UH . YOU KNOW, THE SHOW STARTS. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
BUT IF WE WENT THROUGH THE LPGA TOUR GUIDE, YOU WOULD SAY TO ME ALMOST ABOUT EVERY SINGLE NAME IN THERE, 'YES, SHE WOULD DO THAT TOO'. AND SHE DOES THAT TOO.

LORIE KANE
YES . UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
AND THERE'S THAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF GIVING BACK, ISN'T THERE?

LORIE KANE
THAT'S RIGHT. UM, I THINK ON OUR TOUR ONE OF OUR STRENGTHS IS OUR PERSONALITIES AND THE ABILITY THAT WE HAVE, UH, TO PUT FORTH THOSE PERSONALITIES. UH, EVERY WEEK THERE'S A 144 OF US, DIFFERENT PEOPLE,

UH SHOWING DIFFERENT SIDES OF . OF THE GAME. UH, AND I THINK IT'S A REAL TRIBUTE TO . TO WOMEN SPORT AND . AND OUR GAME OF GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
I KNOW YOU'RE THAT THE LEAST FUSSED OF ANYBODY ABOUT THE SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE NOT WON AN LPGA TOUR EVENT EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN WINNING.

I'VE GOT A VERY INTERESTING STATISTIC THAT WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU AND OUR AUDIENCE. AND THIS IS A GRAPHIC COMPARING YOUR CAREER TO DAVID DUVAL'S PRIOR TO HIS FIRST WIN AND PRIOR TO YOURS.

LORIE KANE
HEY.

PETER KESSLER
LOOK HOW SIMILAR THEY ARE. ALMOST THE SAME NUMBER OF EVENTS, SAME NUMBER OF RUNNER-UPS. YOU HAVE A FEW MORE TOP-10'S. AND WE WILL LOOK FOR THE NEXT TIME YOU COME TO JOIN US, AN EQUAL NUMBER OF WINS ON THE DUVAL - KANE COLUMNS. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
RESULTS AS PROFESSIONALS
BEFORE 1ST TOUR WIN
DUVAL KANE*
EVENTS: 86 83
RUNNER-UPS: 7 7
TOP-10'S 19 26
*NO LPGA WINS AS OF 5/10/99 )

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