Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 6

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(VIDEO BEGINS):
(1958 ALL-STAR GOLF)
ALL-STAR GOLF HOST:
ONCE AGAIN, WELCOME TO ALL-STAR GOLF, TELEVISION'S TOP SPORTS SHOW THAT BRINGS TOGETHER EACH WEEK 2 OF THE GREATEST PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS IN THE GAME IN STROKE PLAY COMPETITION.

I'M DICK DOWNAHEE (SPELLING-???) SPEAKING TODAY FROM THE DESOTO LAKES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA. OUR MATCH PROMISES TO BE A CLASSIC.

OUR CHAMPION, BACK AFTER 6 WINS OF THIS SERIES OF ALL-STAR GOLF TO DEFEND HIS TITLE TODAY, THE GREAT PLAYER FROM BOCA RATON, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, SAM SNEAD.

SAM, HOW ARE YOU?

SAM SNEAD
PLEASURE TO BE BACK.

ALL-STAR GOLF HOST:
WELL, IT'S SURE NICE TO HAVE YOU. HOW YOU FEEL?

SAM SNEAD
WONDERFUL. LOOKS WE'RE GONNA HAVE A NICE DAY AND A NICE MATCH, I HOPE.

ALL-STAR GOLF HOST:
I THINK SO BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT OPPONENT FOR YOU TODAY, SAM. THE 1958 NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPION,

ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE AMONG THE GAME'S GREATEST SHOT-MAKERS, FROM PARADISE COUNTRY CLUB, CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA, TOMMY BOLT.

TOM, HOW ARE YOU? NICE TO HAVE YOU ON ALL-STAR GOLF.

TOMMY BOLT
HOW ARE YOU, DICK? CERTAINLY NICE TO BE HERE, DICK. UH, SAM'S WON 6 MATCHES ALREADY. I'D LIKE TO DETHRONE HIM OF HIS TITLE TODAY, I LIKE TO TRY TO.

ALL-STAR GOLF HOST:
WELL, YOU'RE A GREAT SHOT-MAKER. AND WE KNOW IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT MATCH.

(VIDEO ENDS)

PETER KESSLER
NOW I DON'T THINK YOU TOOK HIS TITLE THAT DAY BUT .

TOMMY BOLT
NO, I DIDN'T (CHUCKLE).

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGH) GO WITH WHAT - TELL ME ABOUT IT THEN.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH . WELL, I - IT WAS ONE - IT WAS A BAD DAY FOR ME, PETER. UM, I DIDN'T PLAY VERY WELL. AND I WASN'T IN A GOOD - VERY GOOD . VERY .

GOOD FRAME OF MIND. AND I DIDN'T UH, IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS THAT UH EVERYBODY HAS, I GUESS. AND UH SNEAD, HE - HE WAXED ME GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
BUT YOU DID PRETTY WELL AGAINST HIM, ACTUALLY WON MORE TIMES THAN NOT, HEAD TO HEAD WITH SAM .

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
IN TOURNAMENTS AND IN EXHIBITIONS, RIGHT?

TOMMY BOLT
YES ... YES. UM, I BEAT HIM TWICE IN THE PGA IN '54 AND '55. AND THAT WAS BACK WHEN UH, WHEN HE WAS - REALLY COULD PLAY.

UH, AND - AND HE WAS THE PGA'S 'DRAW IN CARD', YOU KNOW - YOU KNOW, YOU DRAW THE GALLERY WITH YOUR . WITH SNEAD. SNEAD DREW ALL THE PLAY - I MEAN, THE PEOPLE OUT THERE.

AND UM, IF YOU BEAT HIM, WELL UM .

THE PGA FROWNED UPON THAT. YOU - YOU - YOU KNOW, YOU DIDN'T GET MUCH GALLERY. SO THAT . THE MONEY WASN'T COMING IN LIKE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. SPECTATORS WEREN'T THERE.

AND THEY DIDN'T LIKE THAT. AND UH, I THINK THEY MIGHT'VE LET ME UH . KNOW IT TOO A COUPLE OF TIMES.

UM, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BEAT SAM IN - IN UH ST. PAUL THE FIRST UH, FIRST TIME, IN 39 HOLES WE PLAYED. AND I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO HANG ME THERE, BOY, BEATING SAM SNEAD.

ARE YOU - CAN YOU IMAGINE BEATING SAM SNEAD, A NOBODY LIKE ME? AND UH .

I BEAT HIM THE NEXT YEAR IN DETROIT. I BEAT HIM 2 AND 1. HE .

CHICK HARBERT WAS . CHICK HARBERT WAS IN THE LOCKER ROOM TAKING - BEFORE THE MATCH, CHICK HARBERT WAS IN THE LOCKER ROOM TAKING RESERVATIONS.

AND UH ... I TOLD .

PETER KESSLER
AIRPLANE RESERVATIONS?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, AIRPLANE RESERVATIONS. I SAID, 'WELL, I'M NOT GOING HOME TODAY, CHICK.' UM, AND I - AS I WAS WALKING OUT THE FRONT DOOR,

I SAID, 'HEY SAM, CHICK'S MAKING RESERVATIONS IN THERE. UH, YOU CAN - YOU BETTER MAKE YOURS IF YOU WANT TO GET HOME TODAY.'

GUESS WHAT? HE WENT IN THERE AND MADE RESERVATIONS. AND I BEAT HIM 2 AND 1.

PETER KESSLER
DIDN'T HE TELL YOU LATER IN THE DAY, 'I MADE ONE FOR YOU TOO'?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. HE TOLD ME LATER ON. AND - AND I - WHEN I WAS ON THE PUTTING GREEN, HE'D COME BY THERE, SAID, 'TOM, I MADE ONE FOR YOU TOO'. (LAUGH) BUT IT WAS A LITTLE LATE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'D ALREADY GOTTEN HIM BY THEN.

TOMMY BOLT
I'D ALREADY GOT HIM.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S FIND OUT WHAT JIM IN ARIZONA WANTS TO ASK YOU. HELLO JIM.

JIM FROM ARIZONA
HI PETER. HI MR. BOLT. HOW ARE YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, HOW YOU DOING?

TOMMY BOLT
FINE.

JIM FROM ARIZONA
I WAS CURIOUS MR. BOLT, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SOME OF THE CHANGES IN GOLF EQUIPMENT SINCE YOU'VE PLAYED? AND SECONDLY, DO YOU BELIEVE SOME OF TODAY'S PLAYERS ARE - ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THE TOUR'S HISTORY?

SOME HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED THAT THEY AREN'T. AND THAT'S MY QUESTION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

TOMMY BOLT
UM . WELL, THE TREMENDOUS CHANGE IN THE EQUIPMENT UM, IT - IT'S SO MUCH. UH, EVEN THE UM . THE UH .

THE - THE GOLF COURSES ARE BETTER MANICURED THAN THEY WERE BACK WHEN WE - WE PLAYED. AND THE UH . THE UH .

I - I NEVER REALLY PLAYED IN TOURNAMENTS WITH UH, WITH WOODEN SHAFTED CLUBS. BUT I PLAYED WITH THEM WHEN I WAS A KID. UH, I'VE ALWAYS PLAYED WITH STEEL OR GRAPHITE. AND GRAPHITE AND - AND .

GRAPHITE SHAFTS AND - AND UH, AND THE IMPROVEMENT ON THE BALLS AND - AND THINGS LIKE THAT, HAVE UH JUST MADE IT UH, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE HOW - WHAT A CHANGE IT IS.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IS THE CHANGE, SAY FROM 1951, WHEN YOU WON YOUR FIRST PRO EVENT AT PINEHURST NUMBER 2, TO TODAY IN THE BALL AND THE GOLF CLUB?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL .

JUST LIKE I SAID BEFORE, PETER, THE GRAPHITE SHAFT AND - IS SO LIGHT. AND THE - THE METAL HEADS ARE LIGHTER THAN UH PERSIMMON. UM .

YOU CAN CREATE MORE HEAD SPEED. YOU HIT THE BALL FURTHER. THE BALL'S ARE BETTER MADE. AND SO, THERE'S YOUR DIFFERENCE. YOU CAN HIT THE BALL 30, 40, MAYBE 50 YARDS FURTHER THAN YOU COULD BECAUSE YOU CREATE MORE HEAD SPEED WITH A LIGHTER CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
A LOT OF THE GREAT PLAYERS HAVE SAID THAT THEY'D LIKE TO SEE THAT THE DISTANCE THE BALL TRAVELS BE REDUCED A LITTLE BIT. WOULD YOU BE IN FAVOR OF THAT?

OR DO YOU THINK YOU JUST .

TOMMY BOLT
I THINK THAT UH, YEAH, IT'S GETTING OUT OF HAND, PETER, REALLY. I THINK IT'S GOING TOO FAR, THE BALLS ARE, AND THE .

NOT FOR ME NOW, BUT I'M TALKING FOR THE PLAYERS THAT ARE PLAYING OUT THERE TODAY.

THE BALLS ARE TRAVELING TOO FAR. THE - TIGER WOODS DRIVING IN ON A 378 YARD HOLE. EVEN IF IT IS DOWNWIND, THAT'S A TREMENDOUS DRIVE, BELIEVE ME.

PETER KESSLER
DO FEEL THAT THE PLAYERS, BASED ON THE QUESTION OUR VIEWER ASKED A FEW MOMENTS AGO, DO RESPECT THE TRADITIONS AND - AND DO CARE ABOUT THE VALUES OF THE GAME AND ITS HISTORY?

TOMMY BOLT
I . I THINK SOME OF THEM DO, PETER. BUT UH - UH . NOT ALL OF THEM. IT'S - IT'S THE SAME ALL OVER. UH, SOME OF THEM RESPECT THE GAME AND SOME DON'T. IT'S - IT'S - IT'S THE SAME EVERYWHERE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT, AS WE SPEND A COUPLE MORE MINUTES TOGETHER, EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SHOOTING THESE DAYS AND HOW OFTEN YOU'RE PLAYING IN JUST A MOMENT.

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