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Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 1

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HE REFERS TO HIMSELF BY A NUMBER OF NICK NAMES. OLD TOM, OLD DAD, OLD THUNDER . THE REST OF US CALL HIM MR. BOLT. VISIT WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT, TOMMY BOLT, NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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PETER KESSLER
THE FOLLOWING IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW COME THEY DON'T MAKE CHARACTERS LIKE TOMMY BOLT ANYMORE? NOT THAT ANYONE COULD HAVE DREAMED UP TOMMY BOLT. SOMETIMES NOT EVEN TOMMY BOLT KNEW WHAT TOMMY BOLT WAS GOING TO DO UNTIL TOMMY BOLT DID IT.

HE MADE A LOT OF IT UP AS HE WENT ALONG, AS ENTERTAINERS WITH GREAT INSTINCTS SO THRILLINGLY DO. IT LOOKS LIKE A FACE THAT ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE, BUT THEN HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN AWAY THAT EVERYBODY LOVES

THAT FACE. A FACE BORN TO SCOWL IN A WAY THAT AMUSES RATHER THAN FRIGHTENS IT'S AUDIENCE. HE WON SO MUCH MONEY PLAYING GOLF AND CARDS IN ITALY IN WORLD WAR TWO THAT HE REQUIRED A TRUNK TO HOLD IT ALL. HE LOST SO MUCH MONEY ON THE BOAT RIDE HOME THAT HE NO LONGER HAD USE FOR THE TRUNK.

HE MADE BEN HOGAN LAUGH. HE KNEW ARNOLD WHEN ARNOLD HAD TWO PAIR OF PANTS, ONE ON AND ONE AT THE CLEANERS. THE OKLAHOMA BORN TOMMY BOLT KNEW HOW TO PLAY THE HEAT, THE HUMIDITY, THE FIELD AND SOUTHERN HILLS, WHERE THE UNITED STATES OPEN

MADE IT'S FIRST APPEARANCE THERE IN 1958. HE'S A HALL OF FAMER, EXPECTING AND WAITING TO BE ELECTED. 85 YEAR OLD TOMMY BOLT NOW ENTERTAINS AND PLAYS AND LOVES LIFE AT BLACK

DIAMOND, WHERE THE MEMBERSHIP ADORES HIM AND RECENTLY GAVE HIM A REPLICA OF THE UNITED STATES OPEN TROPHY THAT HE WON 43 YEARS AGO,

BUT THE TROPHY SITS IN A LOCKED GLASS CASE AT BLACK DIAMOND. NOBODY WANTED TO LET TOMMY TAKE IT HOME IN CASE HE FOUND HIMSELF A LITTLE CARD GAME ON THE WAY HOME, BUT FOUND HIMSELF A LITTLE LIGHT ON CASH.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MAJOR CHAMPION, MAJOR CHARACTER, TOMMY BOLT. IT'S SO GREAT

TO SEE YOU

TOMMY BOLT
HELLO PETER

PETER KESSLER
AS IT ALWAYS IS.

TOMMY BOLT
GOOD TO SEE YOU, PETER, AND YOU LOOK GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
YOU LOOK GREAT.

TOMMY BOLT
WELL, I FEEL PRETTY GOOD PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN DID YOU START WEARING THE COLORFUL OUTFITS TO GO WITH THE COLORFUL PERSONALITY?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL, PETER I'VE BEEN, EVER SINCE I WAS A KID OUT OF THE CADDIE RANKS, I WANTED TO, I CADDIED FOR SOME OF THE OLDER PROFESSIONALS, AND THE WAY THEY DRESSED, I SAID IF I EVER GOT

ANYTHING IN MY POCKET, ANYTHING IN MY POCKET, I'M GOING TO DRESS LIKE THAT, AND SO I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO YOU KNOW, PLAYED A LITTLE GOLF AND WON A LITTLE MONEY AND GOT LUCKY AND BOUGHT SOME OF THIS STUFF.

PETER KESSLER
BUT HOW DID YOU GUYS, AND YOU WERE ON TOUR PRINCIPALLY IN THE 50'S, WAS YOUR MAIN DECADE OF PLAYING THE

MOST TOURNAMENTS, GIVEN THE ABSURDLY LOW AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY AVAILABLE, HOW DID YOU LIVE, MAKE
ENDS MEET AND BUY CLOTHING LIKE THAT?

TOMMY BOLT
I DIDN'T BUY CLOTHING LIKE THIS, PETER, BACK IN THOSE DAYS

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. ACTUALLY, MOST OF THE CLOTHING WAS GIVEN TO US, REALLY, JUST TO WEAR CLOTHES FOR, FOR, NOW PALM BEACH GAVE US A LOT OF CLOTHES. THE PALM BEACH COMPANY DID,

IN THE EARLY 50'S, I CAN REMEMBER THAT, AND I WORE THE MUNSINGWEAR SHIRTS. THEY COME UP WITH SOME SHIRTS FOR US, SOME GOLF SHIRTS FOR US AND, AND FOOT JOY WAS PUTTING OUT

ALL THOSE GOLF SHOES SO I GOT IN ON THAT. SO, MOST OF IT, MOST OF OUR CLOTHING WAS FREE. YOU COULD, YOU
COULD DRESS PRETTY GOOD FOR FREE AND THEN, IN THOSE DAYS PETER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU ALWAYS SEEM SO HAPPY AND SO COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN. WHAT'S YOUR HAPPINESS SECRET?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL PETER, THE, THE GOOD LORD BEEN GOOD TO ME, BOY, HE BLESSED ME WITH, I GUESS A, A GOOD LIFE. I'VE LIVED A GOOD LIFE. SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO, AND, AND MADE A GOOD LIVING AT SOMETHING I WANTED TO DO. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CAN BEAT THAT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW THE GUYS IN THE 20'S, LIKE HAGEN AND SARAZEN, WHEN THEY WON A MAJOR, THEY REALLY WANTED TO WIN A MAJOR BECAUSE IT MEANT THAT THEY COULD GET MORE MONEY IN EXHIBITION FEES. WAS THAT TRUE FOR YOU AFTER YOU WON THE OPEN? DID THE PRICE GO UP?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH THE PRICE WENT UP A LITTLE BIT, PETER, YEAH, BUT MY GOAL WAS TO WIN THE OPEN. I SET THAT GOAL WHEN I WAS A KID CADDYING.

AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO DO IT AT SOUTHERN HILLS. AND I'M, I'M JUST HAPPY THAT I COULD PLAY WELL ENOUGH TO DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE LUCKY THEY DIDN'T TAKE ALL THE MONEY AWAY FROM ALL THE CLUB THROWING YOU DID. NOW YOU ALWAYS TELL ME THAT YOU WEREN'T REALLY THROWING CLUBS, THAT YOU WERE TOSSING CLUBS AND IF THAT'S REALLY TRUE, AND A COUPLE OF PICTURES I'D LIKE

YOU TO LOOK AT, TOGETHER, WITH ME AND OUR AUDIENCE AND JUST TELL ME WHETHER THESE ARE TOSSES OR THROWS. SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIRST ONE TOGETHER.

TOMMY BOLT
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
NOW WOULD THAT BE A TOSS OR A

TOMMY BOLT
NO, THAT'S, THAT'S A THROW RIGHT THERE PETER.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOMMY BOLT
I INTENDED TO THROW THAT ONE.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S CHERRY HILL 1960 U.S OPEN?

TOMMY BOLT
CHERRY HILL 1960

PETER KESSLER
WITH CLAUDE HARMON BACKING OUT OF HARMS WAY?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH HE'S TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE WAY THERE, HE'S NOT DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF IT BUT HE'S TRYING TO, AND, THERE WAS A CARP JUMPING UP THERE PETER.

PETER KESSLER
A CARP?

TOMMY BOLT
OH YEAH, IN THE WATER. THAT'S WATER RIGHT NEXT TO THE TEE, AND I HIT A COUPLE OF DRIVES ACROSS THERE AND THEY, THEY CAME BACK INTO THE WATER AND I JUST GAVE THAT DRIVER A NICE LITTLE TOSS IN THERE.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOMMY BOLT
TRIED TO SPEAR THE CARP, THE FISH, THE CARP.

PETER KESSLER
NOW DIDN'T, DID SOME YOUNG BOY RUN IN TO THE LAKE AFTER TO GET THE DRIVER AND HIGH TAIL IT OUT OF THERE?

TOMMY BOLT
HE WADED IN THERE AND GOT THE DRIVER OUT AND TOOK OFF WITH IT, AND I SET ONE OF MY FRIENDS AFTER, AFTER HIM TO GET IT, COST ME $15 TO GET IT BACK.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ANOTHER SHOT, AND YOU CAN TELL US EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN BY THE REACTION WE'RE ABOUT TO SEE HERE. IS THAT A COMBINATION OF TOSS AND THROW?

TOMMY BOLT
THAT IS, YEAH THAT'S A KIND OF A COMBINATION, PETER, YES IT IS. A TOSS AND, AND A THROW. I, I THREW THAT ONE RIGHT THERE. I DIDN'T TOSS IT. YOU'LL SEE SOME TOSSES LATER ON.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

HOW DID YOUR WIFE, AND DOES YOUR WIFE, MARY LOU, PUT UP WITH YOU AND MIGHT MAKE LIFE SO GREAT FOR YOU?

TOMMY BOLT
SHE'S BEEN GREAT FOR ME, PETER. IT, ACTUALLY, IF IT HADN'T HAVE BEEN FOR MARY LOU I PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL AS I HAVE BEEN. SHE WAS, SHE WAS A GREAT INSPIRATION. A REAL, REAL WIFE AND HOMEMAKER AND THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED. SHE'S BEEN THAT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU HAVE PLAYED GREAT GOLF FOR ESSENTIALLY 65 YEARS NOW. WHAT'S YOUR SECRET THERE?

TOMMY BOLT
PETER, JUST PLAY EVERYDAY. YOU GOT TO PLAY MOST EVERY DAY. YOU CAN'T, GOLF IS A VERY DEMANDING GAME AND YOU HAVE TO REALLY DEVOTE A LOT OF TIME TO IT IN ORDER TO PLAY WELL, AND

I'VE BEEN LUCKY MY HEALTH DOES NOT, IS NOT TOO BAD. I'M, I DON'T FEEL, I FEEL PRETTY GOOD. I DON'T, I COULD STILL WALK AROUND THE GOLF COURSE AND I CAN SHOOT WELL UNDER MY AGE. I
NEVER, IF I EVER GET TO MY AGE I'M,

COMING IN. WHEREVER I GET THERE, TO MY AGE, THAT'S WHEN I'M GETTING OFF THE COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
THE LAST THREE SCORES I'VE HEARD THAT YOU'VE SHOT IN THE LAST TEN DAYS ARE 71, 72, 73. NOW YOU'RE AVERAGING, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY A DOZEN SHOTS UNDER YOUR AGE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AREN'T YOU?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH I HAVE, I'VE SHOT, I'VE BEEN, I PLAYED PRETTY WELL BUT I'M NOT PLAYING FROM THOSE BACK TEES PETER. I'M PLAYING FROM, YOU KNOW, THE LIGHT GRAYS, NOT THE DARK GRAYS ANYMORE.

I, I MOVED, I MOVED IT UP A LITTLE BIT WHEN I GOT 80.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S WHY THEY GIVE YOU A BUNCH OF SETS OF TEES, RIGHT?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
SO YOU CAN MOVE UP WHEN YOU'RE READY TO (LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
USE THEM ALL. USE THEM ALL.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOMMY, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK

TOMMY BOLT
SURE

PETER KESSLER
AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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