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Golf Talk Live - World Golf Village Special Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
WELCOME BACK. GREAT PLEASURE TO SEE YOU DEANE.

DEANE BEMAN
THANK YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, IN YOUR CASE, THE LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORY IS SO PERFECT BECAUSE, NOT ONLY WERE YOU A GREAT PLAYER WITH YOUR 3 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE TWO U.S. AMATEURS,

THE BRITISH AMATEUR, BUT YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GAME, MAKING THE TOUR FROM A SMALL ORGANIZATION INTO ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATIONS OF ANY KIND IN THE WORLD. YOUR NOTION THAT A COURSE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE BUILT DURING THE DEPRESSION TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

YOUR VISION FOR THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE, JUST TO NAME A FEW THINGS, WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

DEANE BEMAN
WELL, I, I SAID TODAY AND I'VE SAID A NUMBER OF TIMES THAT I'M MOST PROUD OF HOW HARD WE WORKED AND HOW SUCCESSFUL WE WERE TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME INTACT IN THE ERA OF BIG TIME MONEY SPORTS. NO OTHER SPORT HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT

AND WE'VE KEPT THE, THE RESPECT FOR THE GAME BY THE PLAYERS, RESPECT, A LOVE, CONTINUED LOVE OF THE GAME BY THE PLAYERS, RESPECT FOR THE RULES AND RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AS COMPETITORS AND WE'VE, WE'VE KEPT THE FAITH WITH SPORTSMANSHIP IN GOLF

AND NO OTHER SPORT HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT IN THE ERA OF ALL THIS BIG MONEY.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN MAKING IT GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT A COURSE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE BUILT BETWEEN 1920 AND 1932, FOR IT TO BE WORTHY OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.

DEANE BEMAN
WELL, UH, IT, REALLY THAT WASN'T THE, THAT WASN'T THE FOCUS OF MY ATTENTION. THE FOCUS OF MY ATTENTION, AND OF COURSE MOST OF THOSE GREAT GOLF COURSES WERE BUILT TO PLAY GOLF ON. STRICTLY TO PLAY GO. THEY WEREN'T BUILT TO HOLD

30 OR 40 OR 50 THOUSAND SPECTATORS AND WHAT I ATTEMPTED TO DO WAS TO RECOGNIZE THAT, EVEN THOUGH THE GAME IS THE SAME FROM A STANDPOINT OF THE AUDIENCE, IT'S MUCH DIFFERENT, AND A GOLF TOURNAMENT

CAN NOT BE SUCCESSFUL NATIONALLY UNLESS IT'S SUCCESSFUL LOCALLY, AND YOU CAN'T BE SUCCESSFUL LOCALLY UNLESS IT CAN COMPETE WITH OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT WITH BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, AND BASEBALL WHERE YOU'RE VIRTUALLY SITTING IN A STADIUM WATCHING.

NOW YOU'VE GOT TO WATCH GOLF BY WALKING AROUND MAYBE TWO, THREE, FOUR OR FIVE MILES BUT WE CAN MAKE IT CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO SEE EVEN IF YOU'RE WILLING TO WORK, WALK THE 4 OR 5 MILES AND THAT'S THE CONCEPT AND

THE IDEA BEHIND STADIUM GOLF. IT WASN'T, WHEN WE BUILT THE FIRST TPC STADIUM GOLF COURSE, WE DIDN'T BUILD IT FOR THE PLAYERS. WE BUILT IT FOR THE FANS, AND WE BUILT ON THAT AND I, AND I FELT THAT IN GOLF THE FANS WERE SHORT CHANGED, AND UH, MORE, THE MORE OF THOSE KIND OF GOLF COURSES

THAT ARE BUILT THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE THE FANS, THE BETTER OFF THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE.

PETER KESSLER
THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE WAS REALLY YOUR VISION. IT'S NOW A REALITY. WHAT EVIDENCE WILL YOU REQUIRE TO JUDGE IT A SUCCESS IF IT HASN'T ALREADY COME IN?

DEANE BEMAN
WELL MY EVIDENCE IN, IN IT'S SUCCESS IS IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND IT'S SUCCESS WILL NEVER BE MEASURED IN IT'S FIRST YEAR OR IT'S FIRST TWO YEARS. ANYTHING OF THIS SIZE REQUIRES PUTTING TOGETHER, GETTING STARTED

AND IT'S CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO REACH IT'S ULTIMATE POTENTIAL AS SOON AS YOU LAUNCH IT AND UH IT, IT IS SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE IT'S HERE. IT'S GOING TO BE HERE. IT WILL BE HERE FOR LONG AFTER I'M GONE, AND IT WILL

CONTINUE TO GROW IN STATURE AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE ME. MORE MEANINGFUL TO THE PLAYERS AND MORE MEANINGFUL TO THE MILLIONS OF AMATEURS WHO LOVE THE GAME.

PETER KESSLER
TO GET IN UNDER THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORY CLEARLY MEANS IN YOUR PARTICULAR CASE THAT YOUR PLAYING RECORD AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION RECORD AWAY FROM PLAYING THE GAME ARE BOTH BEING

RECOGNIZED. DOES THAT HELP RECONFIRM AND REVALIDATE IN YOUR HEAD THE WISDOM OF YOUR DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE UP THAT PART OF YOUR PLAYING CAREER SO YOU COULD MAKE THE OTHER CONTRIBUTION THAT YOU HAVE?

DEANE BEMAN
WELL I NEVER, I, I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT IN, QUITE IN THOSE TERMS WHEN I DECIDED TO, TO UH TO RETIRE FROM COMPETITIVE GOLF BECAUSE I WAS STILL A GOOD PLAYER AT THE TIME. I'D HAD SOME PHYSICAL DIFFICULTIES BUT I WAS

STILL WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS. I WON A TOURNAMENT, LITERALLY A WEEK BEFORE I TOLD THE BOARD I'D TAKE THE JOB IF THEY OFFERED IT TO ME, BUT UH I, I THINK THAT UH, I THINK THAT MY WHOLE PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE IS, IS TO LOOK FORWARD AND NOT LOOK BACK. I MADE A DECISION AFTER

GIVING IT A LONG AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND IN MY OWN MIND, IN MY OWN MIND, IF I HAD NOT TAKEN THE JOB, I MIGHT BE HERE AS A PLAYER BECAUSE I COULD STILL PLAY AND I MIGHT, NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW, BUT IN MY OWN MIND, I CAN TELL YOU I BELIEVE THAT I WOULD HAVE WON A LOT MORE GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND I WOULD HAVE

WON SOME MORE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUT UH I, I DON'T, I DON'T LOOK BACK AT THAT WITH ANY REGRET AT ALL. WHAT I SAID AT THE TIME AND I'LL SAY AGAIN TODAY IS THAT I FELT I COULD MAKE A GREATER CONTRIBUTION IN THE JOB AS COMMISSIONER AND HELPING TO BUILD THE GAME AND BRING IT TO MILLIONS

OF MORE GOLF FANS AND TO MAKE IT A MORE IMPORTANT GAME IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS THAN I COULD AS A PLAYER. I STILL BELIEVE THAT AND I HAVE NO REGRETS AT ALL.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WILL YOU STAY WITH US FOR A FEW MORE MINUTES?

DEANE BEMAN
CERTAINLY.

PETER KESSLER
DON'T GO AWAY. WE'LL BE BACK WITH DEANE BEMAN.
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