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Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 3

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RICH LERNER
WELL THE MASTERS BEING THE FIRST MAJOR OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS VERY INTENSE FOR THE COMPETITORS. YOU WANT TO DO YOUR VERY BEST. KIND OF INTERESTING THOUGH. YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THIS WOULD BE THE CASE. THE MASTERS IS A REALLY GOOD FAMILY WEEK ISN'T IT? TELL US WHY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY COOL. I HAD BOTH MY BROTHERS, MITCH AND RICK THERE, MY WIFE OF COURSE, AMY, MY TWO CHILDREN, MY PARENTS, MY BROTHER IN LAW CAME UP AND MY MOTHER IN LAW, SO WE HAD A FULL HOUSE OF PEOPLE AND IT WAS JUST REALLY NEAT. I MEAN IT WAS, IT WAS FUN

JUST TO HAVE EVERYBODY THERE. WE PLAYED CARDS AND WE DID, YOU KNOW, PLAY STATION AND WE JUST DID A LOT OF FAMILY STUFF AND A LOT OF FAMILY TIMES SO EVERYBODY GOT TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER WHICH WAS REALLY GOOD.

RICH LERNER
AND YOU HAD YOUR LITTLE BOY ON THE BAG AT THE PAR 3.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I DID. THAT WAS SO COOL. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE PROUDEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS SEEING HIM ON THAT BAG JUST

RICH LERNER
AND THERE'S

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE HE IS JUST

RICH LERNER
20:CHRISTIAN, AND WE JUST SAW YOUR POP

CHRIS DIMARCO
YUP. HE IS, HE WAS, GOSH, LOOK AT HIM THERE, HE WAS

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT'S SUCH A PROUD MOMENT THERE.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING) LOOK AT THE UNIFORM RIGHT THERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE HAD, THE, THE POCKETS WERE TOUCHING HIS HEELS IT WAS SO CUTE. YOU KNOW HE JUST HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME. HE LOVES, LOVES BEING OUT ON GOLF, ANY WITH, ANYTHING WITH GOLF HE LOVES IT AND IT'S JUST SO MUCH FUN.

RICH LERNER
BEAUTIFUL SHOT RIGHT THERE.
I DON'T KNOW HOW STRONGLY YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT GUY RIGHT THERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH HE'S BEEN A BIG INFLUENCE ON MY LIFE TOO SO IT, IT, MY DAD'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART.

RICH LERNER
WELL, I KNOW HE WAS BUSTING AT THE SEEMS LAST WEEK WITH PRIDE. LET'S GO BACK TO LONG ISLAND. GIVE US A THUMB NAIL SKETCH OF THE DIMARCO FAMILY. WHAT DID YOUR DAD DO AND MOM AND HOW MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS?

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL MY DAD WORKED FOR A COMPANY CALLED C.F.S. CONTINENTAL FOODS AND LUCKILY HE GOT TRANSFERRED FROM NEW YORK AND MOVED, GOT US BACK TO ORLANDO WHICH WAS GREAT BACK IN 1975.

RICH LERNER
IN WHAT END OF THE BUSINESS WAS HE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE WAS A, A, A PRESIDENT OF, OF CFS,

A BRANCH HERE IN TOWN

RICH LERNER
OKAY

CHRIS DIMARCO
WHICH GOT TAKEN OVER BY CISCO FOODS AND NOW HE, HE JUST RECENTLY RETIRED IN DECEMBER, 42 YEARS I BELIEVE.

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
SAME COMPANY, WITH THE SAME JOB, SO I MEAN IT WAS

RICH LERNER
HECK OF A RUN

CHRIS DIMARCO
HECK OF A RUN

RICH LERNER
OKAY. SO HE GETS TRANSFERRED, YOU GUYS COME DOWN HERE TO CENTRAL FLORIDA. YOU'RE INTO FOOTBALL.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I, IT WAS FUNNY BECAUSE MY BROTHER, MITCH, WENT TO LAKE BRENTLEY HIGH SCHOOL AS A 9TH GRADER, MY BROTHER RICK WENT TO TIEG MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I WENT TO SABLE POINT ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL AND YEAH I PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR TEN YEARS. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I USED TO LOVE TO HIT, HIT PEOPLE, DEFENSE WAS MY, MY SPECIALTY.

RICH LERNER
WELL WHAT, WHAT DID YOU PLAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
ACTUALLY I PLAYED QUARTER BACK AND MIDDLE LINE BACKER, BECAUSE I TOLD THEM I WOULDN'T PLAY QUARTER BACK UNLESS THEY LET ME PLAY MIDDLE LINE BACKER BECAUSE I JUST LOVED PLAYING DEFENSE TOO MUCH.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, AND, YOU HAD TO GET OUT OF FOOTBALL, WHY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM MY 9TH GRADE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL I WAS LIKE, 5 FOOT, FIVE FOOT TWO

RICH LERNER
REALLY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I WAS VERY SHORT AND KIDS IN HIGH SCHOOL WERE VERY BIG AND I WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS DEFINITELY A GOOD CAREER CHOICE IN, IN, ON MY PART.

RICH LERNER
YOU FOUND THE RIGHT SPORT. WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DID YOUR BROTHERS HAVE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM THEY MADE ME TOUGH, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT. I USED TO GET, I USED TO GET BEAT UP PRETTY GOOD AS A KID BUT THEY MADE ME TOUGH. IT WAS FUN. NEVER GAVE THEM THE SATISFACTION OF CRYING.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)
WHO WAS THE, WHO WAS THE BEST ATHLETE OF THE THREE AT THE TIME?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, I THINK ALL THREE OF US WERE REALLY GOOD ATHLETES. EVERYTHING WE DID WE WERE ALL PRETTY GOOD AT EVERYTHING AND THERE WAS SO MUCH SIBLING RIVALRY AND THERE STILL IS TODAY. I MEAN GOSH WE PLAYED WATER BASKET BALL IN MY POOL YESTERDAY AND I GOT SCARS TO PROVE IT, SO I MEAN IT WAS

RICH LERNER
WHAT DO THE BROTHERS DO NOW?

CHRIS DIMARCO
MY BROTHER MITCH IS ACTUALLY AN EXECUTIVE FOR SPICE WORLD HERE IN TOWN.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
20:AND MY BROTHER RICK IS A BRANCH MANAGER FOR FIRST UNION.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. WHEN DID YOU FIRST PICK UP A GOLF CLUB?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THE FIRST TIME I PICKED IT UP WAS NOT LONG AFTER WE MOVED FROM NEW YORK. I THINK AGE 7.

RICH LERNER
MHMM. AND WHAT KIND OF HANDICAP WAS DAD PLAYING TO?

CHRIS DIMARCO
DAD WAS PROBABLY, I DON'T KNOW, A 12 OR 13, I THINK, YOU KNOW, HE WASN'T PLAYING THAT MUCH EITHER UNTIL HE MOVED HERE EITHER.

RICH LERNER
OKAY, SO THERE WAS NO, NOBODY IN THE FAMILY NECESSARILY GIFTED

CHRIS DIMARCO
MMM MMM

RICH LERNER
20:WHO PASSED IT ALONG TO YOU. SO YOU PICK IT UP AT A RELATIVELY EARLY AGE. WHEN DID YOU KIND OF GET HOOKED ON THE GAME?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY. THEY, THEY KEEP SAYING, I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T REMEMBER, BUT THEY SAY THAT THE FIRST TIME I EVER PLAYED 9 HOLES I SHOT 48 SO IT WAS VERY NATURAL TO ME.

I THINK MY SWING IS ALMOST THE SAME AS IT WAS WHEN I FIRST STARTED PLAYING AND, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S WHAT I HAVE. I HAVE A REALLY

NATURAL SWING. VERY, A LOT OF FEEL. I DON'T, I DON'T, THAT'S WHAT, I DON'T HAVE A TEACHER WHICH MIGHT NOT BE THAT SMART, I MEAN I NEED TO FIND SOMEBODY TO HELP ME OUT WITH THE

BASICS, THE FUNDAMENTALS BUT I PLAY BY SO MUCH FEEL THAT IT'S HARD TO TRY TO GET A CLUB IN A CERTAIN POSITION ALL THE TIME AND I LIKE TO KIND OF PLAY MYSELF OUT OF MY QUIRKS.

RICH LERNER
WE NEED TO HEAR THE STORY ABOUT YOUR FIRST HOLE IN ONE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH YEAH THIS WAS A GOOD STORY.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
I WAS ACTUALLY, I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, I WAS PLAYING WITH A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, CHRIS, AND WE HAD TWO, WE WERE PLAYING WITH TWO PRIESTS, SO I MADE SURE THEY SIGNED THE CARD, AND THEY, THEY, THEY

THERE WAS NO LYING

RICH LERNER
NO DISPUTING IT

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE WAS, THERE WAS, THEY COULD, NOBODY COULD DISPUTE ME AT ALL BECAUSE I HAD TWO PRIESTS AND THEY SIGNED IT.

RICH LERNER
WHEN DID YOU FIRST, SAY BREAK 70, WE'LL SAY, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO END UP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, YOU NEED TO BE SHOOTING IN THE 60'S, WINNING JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS.

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM, YOU KNOW I WOULD PROBABLY SAY I WAS AROUND 13.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
SOMEWHERE, 13 OR 14. PROBABLY WHEN I GAVE UP FOOTBALL AND STARTED PLAYING GOLF YEAR ROUND IS WHEN THE NOTICEABLE BECAME A LOT BETTER.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

(WRITTEN TEXT)
1990 NCAA ALL-AMERICAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

CHRIS DIMARCO
BECAUSE I GAVE IT THE FULL YEAR INSTEAD OF THE 6 MONTHS. IT WAS JUST, IT, IT JUST GOT PROGRESSIVELY BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER EVERY YEAR.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. SO YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO GO PLAY IN COLLEGE. GET A SCHOLARSHIP. WAS FLORIDA YOUR FIRST CHOICE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH, MY, MY BROTHER MITCH WENT THERE WHEN I WAS TEN, SO I WAS A GATOR FROM TEN AND THEN MY BROTHER RICK WENT THERE FROM TWO YEARS AFTER MY OTHER BROTHER AND THEN, SO HE WAS, THE YEAR HE GOT OUT I STARTED, SO BASICALLY I WAS A GATOR FOR 14 YEARS

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
GOING UP TO GAMES AND STUFF, SO I, I'VE BEEN A TRUE GATOR FOR, BOY, 22 YEARS NOW.

RICH LERNER
WHAT'S IT LIKE WHEN YOU DRIVE, OR WHEN YOU USED TO DRIVE THAT GATOR VAN WITH, WHICH YOU DROVE THE COUNTRY IN WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING THEN THE NIKE TOUR? WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU DROVE IN TO, LET'S SAY, KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
LUCKILY, KNOXVILLE WAS ON THE WAY OUTSKIRTS WHERE WE PLAYED IN THAT TOURNAMENT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
I THOUGHT FOR SURE SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE VAN THERE. IT'S FUNNY THAT THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE VAN HAPPENED IN OMAHA WHERE, THE YEAR AFTER NEBRASKA JUST DRILLED US 62 TO 28 IN, IN THE FIESTA BOWL. WE, SOMEBODY SPIT

ON MY CAR OR SOMETHING. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED BUT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, IT WAS FUN DRIVING THAT, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN DRIVING THAT VAN ESPECIALLY, I HAD IT IN '96 WHEN WE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS '97.

RICH LERNER
BEAT FLORIDA STATE

CHRIS DIMARCO
WE BEAT FLORIDA STATE.

RICH LERNER
WAS, WAS THERE A GREATER DAY, A GREATER DAY IN YOUR LIFE AS A SPORTS FAN?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT WAS, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE GREATEST DAY BECAUSE I WAS, I WAS WITH BOTH MY BROTHERS. WE WEREN'T IN A SPORTS BAR, WE WERE JUST, THE THREE OF US WATCHING THAT GAME. TRUE GATOR FANS, JUST GOING CRAZY. IT WAS, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. YOU EVER PLAY GOLF WITH STEVE SPURRY (?) ? THE COACH OF FLORIDA. HE'S A VERY GOOD PLAYER.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I'VE NEVER PLAYED WITH HIM, BUT I GOT, I GOT A VERY NICE THING. HE, ONE OF THE BOOSTERS GUYS AT FLORIDA TOLD ME THAT THEY TURNED THE GAME FILM OFF ON SUNDAY TO WATCH ME COME HOME AND WIN THE LAST HOUR OF THE TELECAST.

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
AND THEN I GOT A NICE LETTER FROM THREE OR FOUR OF THE COACHES DOWN THERE TELLING ME HOW GREAT, GREAT THEY WERE AND HAPPY AND PROUD THEY WERE AS GATORS FOR ME TO WIN. IT WAS PRETTY COOL.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S FANTASTIC. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND MUCH OF CHRIS' SUCCESS OF LATE IS DUE TO HIS NOW FAMOUS PUTTING GRIP, AND WHEN

WE COME BACK WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW HE GETS IT DONE, ALSO TELL YOU JUST HOW BOB BARKER AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT MAY HAVE SAVED THIS YOUNG MAN'S CAREER (LAUGHING). STAY WITH US.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH GOODNESS.

(MUSIC)

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