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Golf Talk Live - World Golf Village Special Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
YOU TOLD ME WHILE WE WERE IN COMMERCIAL BREAK THAT ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN THE GAME IS THE TEACHING OF THE GAME AT IT'S MOST BASIC LEVEL. TELL ME WHY YOU FEEL THAT WAY?

DEANE BEMAN
WELL I, YOU KNOW, THE STATS WILL TELL YOU THAT. WE HAVE, I DON'T KNOW THE NUMBER, BUT LET'S SAY, A COUPLE MILLION PEOPLE COMING INTO THE GAME EVERY YEAR, A COUPLE MILLION LEAVING, WHO HAVE GIVEN UP OUT OF FRUSTRATION, UM AND, AND YOU'RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH NET GAIN OUT OF THAT.

IF YOU CAN KEEP THE FUNNEL OF THE PEOPLE COMING IN, THAT'S STILL A COUPLE THREE MILLION AND IMPROVE YOUR RATE OF PEOPLE GETTING OVER THAT FIRST HORRENDOUS PROBLEM OF GRABBING A HOLD OF THE CLUB AND HITTING IT AND MAKING IT DO, NOT WHAT

YOU WANT BUT AT LEAST REASONABLY WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO, SO THAT YOU RETAIN MORE OF THOSE, THE GAME WOULD GROW AT A MUCH FASTER RATE THAN IT IS, BUT IT'S NOT AND THAT IS, I THINK IT'S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT

NEEDS TO BE ATTACKED AND IT COULD MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE RIGHT AWAY IN THE NUMBER OF GOLFERS, NEW GOLFERS, WHO ARE STAYING IN THE GAME, AND AT THE BASIC LEVEL OF TEACHING.

PETER KESSLER
A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT YOU ARE THE FATHER OF THE MODERN TOUR, AS YOUNG AS YOU ARE, THE SENIOR TOUR, WHAT'S NOW THE BUY.COM TOUR. NOW THE TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CLUB AND

CHAMPIONSHIP ARE ALL YOUR IDEAS. IF THOSE BRAIN (??) CELLS ARE STILL WORKING AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, WHAT KIND OF VISIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR WHAT THE FUTURE MIGHT HOLD?

DEANE BEMAN
OH I , THERE'S NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT THE VALUES THAT ARE INHERENT IN GOLF, THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN, THAT THE VALUES THAT IT PROJECTS TO PEOPLE, THAT MORE AND MORE MOTHERS AND FATHERS ARE, ARE SEEING THAT VALUE, ARE WANTING THEIR

CHILDREN TO, TO POSSESS THOSE VALUES. CLEARLY WE ARE IN A VERY ATTRACTIVE GAIN FOR THE FUTURE. I THINK WE'RE SELFISHLY, FROM MY STANDPOINT, I THINK WE'RE A VERY ATTRACTIVE GAME FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. PEOPLE

NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS, WHETHER IT'S HITTING A GOLF BALL OR, OR TELLING THE TRUTH OR WHATEVER IN LIFE AND THAT IN GOLF, AS,

AS WE SEE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE, YOUR OWN MASTER. YOU CALL YOUR OWN PENALTIES. YOU KNOW YOU PLAY BY THE RULES OR YOU'RE REALLY NOT PLAYING THE GAME AND YOU SIGN FOR YOUR SCORECARD AND YOU SIGN FOR YOUR NEMBOR (21:13??) AND THERE'S NO EXCUSE, AND IF IT, YOU DIDN'T GET IT RIGHT IT DOESN'T COUNT. YOU DON'T GET
A RECOUNT IN GOLF. YOU JUST GET TO PLAY NEXT YEAR OR TOMORROW. IF IT'S THE U.S OPEN, IT'S NEXT YEAR, IF IT'S

ANOTHER TOURNAMENT IT'S TOMORROW, BUT YOU, YOU LIVE AND DIE BY YOUR OWN MISTAKES, UM, AND IT, AND IT, I BELIEVE IT'S A GREAT LIFE'S LESSON.

PETER KESSLER
A GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEND TIME WITH YOU AGAIN. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING A FULL HOUR WITH YOU BACK IN ORLANDO, UNDER WARMER CIRCUMSTANCES.

DEANE BEMAN
BE DELIGHTED TO DO IT.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WELL DESERVED INDUCTION TONIGHT.

DEANE BEMAN
THANK YOU. THANK YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SAM SNEAD AND BOB GOALBY. DON'T GO AWAY.
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