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THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME HONORS THE GREAT PLAYERS AND THE GREAT CONTRIBUTORS TO THE GAME OF GOLF. ALL THE GREAT ONES ARE HERE.
OLD AND YOUNG TOM MORRIS. HARRY VARDON, WALTER HAGAN, BOBBY JONES, ARNOLD PALMER AND JACK NICKLAUS.

THIS IS WHERE THEY ARE HONORED AND REMEMBERED AND APPRECIATED FOREVER, AND TODAY, A NEW GROUP OF INDUCTEES TAKE THEIR WELL DESERVED PLACE ALONGSIDE THOSE ALREADY ENSHRINED. DEANE BEMAN, SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK, JACK BURKE, NEAL COLES, BETH DANIEL, JULI INKSTER, JOHN JACOBS AND JUDY RANKIN.

JOIN US ON GOLF TALK LIVE AS WE MEET A FEW OF THE BEST IN THE GAME'S GLORIOUS HISTORY.

PETER KESSLER
LIVE FROM THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA. WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, AS WE CELEBRATE THE INDUCTION OF EIGHT GREAT PLAYERS AND CONTRIBUTORS INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME. I'M PETER KESSLER.

WE'LL START OUR SHOW TONIGHT WITH TWO HALL OF FAMERS, JULI INKSTER AND BETH DANIEL. FUN TO DO THIS TOGETHER AS OPPOSED TO ALONE?

JULI INKSTER
I, I THINK IT IS. I MEAN IT'S REALLY HELPED HAVING BETH AROUND JUST KIND OF TO BOUNCE SOME STUFF OFF OF THIS WEEK.

BETH DANIEL
IT'S, IT'S BEEN GREAT. I, I'M REALLY PROUD OF JULI AND I'M ALSO VERY, VERY PROUD OF JUDY RANKIN AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK I'M ALMOST HAPPIEST FOR JUDY RANKIN BECAUSE SHE REALLY THOUGHT THAT SHE HAD NO CHANCE AT ALL TO EVER BE A HALL OF FAMER AND HERE SHE IS.

PETER KESSLER
IS THIS A STOP ALONG THE WAY OR IS THIS A DESTINATION DO YOU THINK?

JULI INKSTER
I THINK IT'S A DESTINATION, I MEAN, I THINK EVERY PLAYER, YOU KNOW, STARTING OUT I DON'T THINK YOU REALLY START OUT TO SAY I WANT TO GET IN THE HALL OF FAME, YOU KNOW, YOU START OUT TO WIN GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND THEN YOU START OUT TO WIN MAJORS AND THEN EVERYTHING

KIND OF ACCUMULATES AND I THINK THIS IS, THIS IS THE BIG BANANA RIGHT HERE, IS, IS GETTING IN THE HALL OF FAME AND I JUST, I WAS SITTING OUT THERE JUST LOOKING AT THE PEOPLE THAT IT'S BEEN IN, THAT, ARE, HAVE BEEN INDUCTED AND
I'M LIKE, I JUST, I CAN'T FATHOM MYSELF BEING ON THE SAME LEVEL WITH THEM.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THAT QUESTION?

BETH DANIEL
I FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. I THINK IN THE HALL OF FAME IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. THAT MEANS THAT YOU WERE ONE OF THE BEST EVER TO PLAY YOUR SPORT AND JULI AND I WERE SITTING UP THERE TALKING AND WE JUST KEPT SAYING, CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? IT IS. IT'S ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT OR NOT, THE STATE OF YOUR COMPETITIVE SPIRIT, TO KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING?

BETH DANIEL
WELL I THINK IT'S EASY FOR, FOR MYSELF, AND, AND FOR JULI TOO. I THINK WE'RE VERY SIMILAR PERSONALITIES. WE'RE BOTH EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE AND WE'RE BOTH EXTREMELY DRIVEN TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS, SO, EVEN IF THE HALL OF FAME WAS A GOAL AND YOU

ACHIEVE THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS OTHER GOALS TO ACHIEVE, SO YOU JUST KEEP GOING.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO ADD?

JULI INKSTER
YEAH, YOU KNOW, I, I, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY SAYS, YOU KNOW, WHY DO YOU KEEP PLAYING? WHY? YOU KNOW I LOVE THE GAME OF GOLF, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SO MANY YOUNGER GREAT PLAYERS OUT THERE. I LOVE COMPETING AGAINST THEM, YOU KNOW, I LOVE TRYING TO

BEAT THEM AND IT'S JUST KIND OF, SOMETHING I'VE DONE ALL MY LIFE AND, YOU KNOW, I, I FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, I'VE KIND OF HAD TWO CAREERS AND, AND YOU KNOW I FEEL LIKE I'M, I'M JUST, JUST HITTING MY PRIME RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU BOTH PERFECTIONISTS AND IF YOU ARE, HOW DO YOU EVIDENCE IT?

JULI INKSTER
SHE IS. DEFINITELY.

BETH DANIEL
I AM, WITHOUT DOUBT, A PERFECTIONIST. STILL, TO THIS DAY, I'M A PERFECTIONIST AND, I REALLY THINK THAT'S HELPED ME IN MY CAREER BECAUSE I, YOU KNOW, I WON'T TAKE MEDIOCRITY. I, I'VE GOT TO GO WORK AT SOMETHING UNTIL I GET IT RIGHT AND I'LL WORK IT TO DEATH. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WHEN DAVIS LOVE TAUGHT ME, HE USED TO TELL ME THAT,

HE'S LIKE, BETH, YOU HIT WAY TOO MANY GOLF BALLS. YOU TRY TO BE WAY TO PERFECT. JUST GO PLAY GOLF AND HAVE FUN AND WHEN YOU PRACTICE, HIT ENOUGH BALLS UNTIL WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON FEELS GOOD, THEN GO OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE AND WORK ON THAT

ON THE GOLF COURSE. IF IT WORKS ON THE GOLF COURSE THEN FORGET ABOUT IT. YOU'VE, YOU'VE DONE IT. YOU'VE MASTERED IT AND IF NOT GO BACK AND HIT A FEW MORE BALLS, BUT I'LL, I'LL JUST BEAT IT INTO THE GROUND.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU?

JULI INKSTER
WELL I'M A, I'M A PERFECTIONIST BUT I'M ABOUT HALF WHAT SHE IS.

BETH DANIEL
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.

JULI INKSTER
I MEAN I, I DON'T KNOW, I MEAN I, I DON'T LIKE TO PLAY MEDIOCRE EITHER AND, AND I THINK UM, I, I THINK THAT PUSHES ME TO, TO KEEP TRYING TO IMPROVE, BUT I THINK ONCE I'M OFF THE GOLF COURSE, I FORGET ABOUT IT AND, YOU KNOW, I MOVE ON.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU A BETTER MOM OR A PLAYER?

JULI INKSTER
OH I'M, HOPEFULLY I'M A BETTER MOM. YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT'S MY NUMBER ONE GOAL IN LIFE IS, YOU KNOW, RAISING MY TWO DAUGHTERS AND I THINK IT'S

HELPED MY GOLF GAME BECAUSE I DO HAVE SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, TAKES MY MIND OFF MY GOLF, AND I THINK I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS THAT REALLY WANT ME TO PLAY AND I THINK THAT HELPS ALSO.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LPGA. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STATE OF WOMEN'S GOLF IS RIGHT NOW?

BETH DANIEL
WELL I THINK WE'RE IN GOOD SHAPE RIGHT NOW. I THINK WE'RE IN A LOT BETTER SHAPE THAN, THAN PEOPLE THINK WE ARE, BUT WE, WE NEED TO GROW MORE. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO GROW. WE NEED TO, WE NEED TO SET GOALS FOR OUR ORGANIZATION AND TRY AND ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS AND, AND THAT IS

TO, TO GROW IN THE YEAR 2000 AND BEYOND. OUR PURSES ARE UP. THEY'RE CONTINUING TO, TO GROW. WE'RE GETTING BETTER TOURNAMENTS. OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR SPONSORS ARE BETTER THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN

AND OUR PLAYERS ARE BETTER THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN. THE, THE PROBLEM THAT WE'VE ALWAYS HAD, I THIN, IS THAT WE'RE WOMEN IN A MEN'S SPORT AND THAT'S BEEN VERY, VERY HARD TO OVERCOME OVER THE YEARS AND WE'RE STILL TRYING TO OVERCOME THAT.

JULI INKSTER
DITTO. YOU KNOW. I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER. I MEAN I, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I LOOK, YOU KNOW, I CAME OUT IN 1984 AND UH, YOU KNOW, THE PURSES ARE BETTER, THE COURSES WE'RE PLAYING ARE BETTER. THE PLAYERS ARE SO FAR

SUPERIOR TO WHAT THEY WERE WHEN I FIRST CAME OUT, BUT AGAIN, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PLAYING IN A MAN'S WORLD AND UH WE'RE, WE'RE DOING VERY WELL. COULD WE DO BETTER? YES WE CAN, AND THAT MEANS MORE TV, MORE MEDIA COVERAGE AND UM SOME RESPECT ABOUT HOW WE PLAY THE GAME.

PETER KESSLER
BUT OF COURSE YOU'VE GOT MORE FANS, MORE SPONSORS, MORE TOURNAMENTS, MORE MONEY AND MORE TV TIME THAN EVER BEFORE. THINGS ARE AWFULLY GOOD.

JULI INKSTER
THAT'S RIGHT. WE'RE, WE'RE, YOU KNOW, I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS.

PETER KESSLER
MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT IS WHEN YOU SAID DITTO. THAT'S ALWAYS MY BIGGEST FEAR, I'M GOING TO GET A ONE WORD ANSWER FROM SOMEBODY.

JULI INKSTER
I'M GREAT AT THAT. DON'T COUNT TILL YOU SEE (???).

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S WHY WE ONLY ASKED YOU TO BE HERE FOR ONE SEGMENT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE.

JULI INKSTER
THANK YOU

BETH DANIEL
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE COMING BACK WITH JACK BURKE, JR. DON'T GO AWAY.
(BREAK)

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