Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
GOLF TALK LIVE - JOANNE CARNER
FEB. 5, 2001
 
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WHEN JOANNE CARNER WAS THE GREAT GUNDY, SHE WAS JOYFULLY BUILDING ONE OF THE BEST RECORDS IN THE HISTORY OF AMATEUR GOLF. WHEN JOANNE BECAME BIG MAMA AS A PROFESSIONAL, HER WINNING RECORD

AS A PLAYER AND AS AN ENTERTAINER WAS EVERY BIT AS BRILLIANT. MEET THE INCREDIBLE LPGA HALL OF FAMER, JOANNE CARNER, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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LIKE BABE ZAHARIAS BEFORE HER, JOANNE GUNDERSON CARNER LOVED THE SHEER THRILL AND EXCITEMENT OF THE PHYSICAL ACT OF GIVING A GOLF BALL A HEALTHY WALLOP AND A LONG RIDE. SHE DIDN'T USED TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO DO IT. SHE USED TO THINK ABOUT THE

TARGET, AND AT HER BEST, NO ONE WAS MORE CONFIDENT IN THEIR ABILITY TO WIN. NO ONE ENJOYED THE BATTLE OF MATCH PLAY MORE. NO ONE RECEIVED MORE PLEASURE, JUST PLAYING, AND THE KICK WAS JUST AS GREAT PLAYING 18 HOLES ON HER OWN FOR FUN AS IT WAS PLAYING FOR A U.S. OPEN TITLE.

AS AN AMATEUR, JOANNE GUNDERSON, A.K.A. THE GREAT GUNDY OF KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON, WON THE USGA GIRL'S JUNIOR, THE U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR 5 TIMES, AND OWNED AN UNBLEMISHED AND UNDEFEATED RECORD ON FOUR

CURTIS CUP TEAMS. SHE WON THE AMATEUR IN 1957,1960, '62, '66 AND '68. SHE WAS THE LAST AMATEUR TO WIN AN LPGA EVENT, THE BURDINES INVITATIONAL, THE RICHEST EVENT ON TOUR IN 1969. JOANNE HAD NO MORE WORLDS TO CONQUER IN AMATEUR GOLF

AND TURNED PRO AT THE AGE OF 30 IN 1970 AND WON HER FIRST PRO EVENT AS A PRO IN HER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SEASON AT THE WENDELL WEST OPEN OVER MARILYN SMITH IN A PLAYOFF. FROM 1974 THROUGH 1984, THE 43 TIME TOUR WINNER

WAS LEADING MONEY WINNER THREE TIMES, WAS SECOND LEADING MONEY WINNER THREE TIMES AND NEVER WORSE THAN NINTH. JOANNE AND HER HUSBAND DON WERE ALMOST NEVER APART DURING

BOTH PHASES OF HER CAREER. THEY FISHED, THEY RELAXED, AND FOUND SERENITY LIVING OUT OF A TRAILER, WHICH COULD USUALLY BE FOUND PARKED BY A LAKE WITH THE SMELL OF DON'S COOKING PERMEATING THE AIR.

JOANNE HAS FOUND INCREDIBLE SUCCESS AS A PLAYER AND IN HER PERSONAL LIFE. SHE HAS GIVEN JOY TO MILLIONS OF FANS. SHE HAS SET RECORDS FOR OTHERS TO SHOOT AT AND SHE HAS NEVER TIRED OF THE THRILL OF SEEING THE LITTLE WHITE BALL PAINTED AGAINST THE SKY.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. I AM HONORED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE GAME'S ALL TIME GREAT PLAYERS, ONE OF THE GAME'S ALL TIME GREAT CHARACTERS, JOANNE CARNER. I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU HERE.

JOANNE CARNER
THANK YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
SO TELL ME, HOW COOL WAS IT TO BE THE GREAT GUNDY?

JOANNE CARNER
UM... YOU KNOW THAT WAS PROBABLY WHEN I PLAYED THE BEST, SO I, I HAD NO FEAR... I JUST, IT WAS MATCH PLAY, AMATEUR GOLF THEN, AND THAT WAS, I WAS BETTER AT THAT THAN, THAN I AM AT MEDAL PLAY, BUT, I JUST THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT AND, AND WAS REALLY GOOD AT IT.

PETER KESSLER
A LOT OF PEOPLE, WHEN THEY BECOME CELEBRITIES, AREN'T AS CRAZY ABOUT BEING A CELEBRITY AS THEY THOUGHT THEY MIGHT BE. YOU LIKED BEING THE GREAT GUNDY, DIDN'T YOU?

JOANNE CARNER
OH YES. OH YES. WELL I'VE ALWAYS HAD A NICKNAME ANYWAY, PETER, BUT... GREAT GUNDY WAS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE FIRST ONES AND IT JUST STUCK WITH ME AND, AND TO THIS DAY I STILL HAVE PLAYERS WHO, WHO CALL ME GUNDY, YOU KNOW... BACK IN THE AMATEUR

DAYS, YOU KNOW, JUDY BELL, THE USGA WENNA (??) STILL CALLS ME GUNDY, YOU KNOW, SO, MANY, MANY GOOD MEMORIES WITH THAT ONE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE PART OF THE REASON THAT YOU WERE ALWAYS A FEEL PLAYER IS BECAUSE YOU PLAYED SO MUCH OF YOUR EARLY GOLF AS A KID BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON?

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS) YEAH, THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. WHEN I, WHEN I STARTED WE LIVED NEAR A LITTLE NINE HOLE PUBLIC GOLF COURSE AND WE WERE ALLOWED TO PLAY AFTER THE PAYING CUSTOMER, SO WHEN EVERYBODY WAS HAVING DINNER AT NIGHT THEN WE WOULD PLAY AND, AND

OF COURSE THEN SUNSET WOULD, WOULD COME IN AND WE WOULD PLAY IF IT WAS A MOONLIGHT. REAL GOOD MOONLIGHT. WE WOULD PLAY. YOU KNOW WE'D BE TEN, TWELVE, FOURTEEN KIDS, ALL OUT THERE PLAYING, AND THE ONLY WAY YOU COULD TELL WAS BY THE, THE LIGHT ON

THE BACK OF THE GOLF BALL. THEN YOU COULD TELL. YOU COULD SEE IT, TAKE OFF, BUT OTHER THAN THAT YOU HAD TO GO BY FEEL, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE SAYING. SO YOU HAD TO GUESS WHETHER YOU SLICED IT OR HOOKED IT OR WHATEVER, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE A NATURAL? THAT IT CAME TO YOU EASILY?

JOANNE CARNER
IT CAME VERY EASY. I, I NEVER REALLY PRACTICED BUT I PLAYED, YOU KNOW, AND WE MADE FUN. WE USED TO MAKE UP ALL THESE GAMES, YOU KNOW, OVER, RAISED IN THE SEATTLE AREA YOU HAD ALL THESE HILLS AND EVERYTHING

AROUND THE GREENS, SO WE WOULD, WE WOULD MAKE UP GAMES TO CHIP AND RUN UP AND DOWN THE HILL AND SIDE HILL LIES AND ALL THAT SO I STARTED OUT, YOU KNOW, LEARNING TO BE A SHOT MAKER AND, AND IT WAS ALWAYS FUN AND WE ALWAYS HAD CONTESTS GOING ALL THE TIME.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST TIME THEY TRIED TO RUN YOU OUT OF TOWN WHEN YOU WON THAT FIRST TOURNAMENT WITH A 24 HANDICAP.

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
AND SQUEEZED OUT A LITTLE 79 ON THEM.

JOANNE CARNER
WELL I, I WENT INTO AN INNER CLUB MATCH IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON, AND, BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE CALLED FIRCREST AND I HAD THIS 24, 25 HANDICAP AND I WENT IN THERE AND I HIT LIKE TWO OR THREE BALLS OUT OF

BOUNDS, TWO OR THREE THREE PUTTS AND, AND STILL SHOT 79. WELL OF COURSE THEN THEY JUST CUT MY HANDICAP, YOU KNOW, RIGHT IN HALF, RIGHT THEN.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE BEING THE YOUNGEST OF FIVE KIDS MADE YOU TOUGHER AND MADE YOU MORE OUTGOING BECAUSE YOU NEEDED TO BE VOCAL TO BE HEARD?

JOANNE CARNER
UM... NO.

PETER KESSLER
WHY NOT?

JOANNE CARNER
UM... I THINK I WAS SPOILED.

PETER KESSLER
REALLY?

JOANNE CARNER
YOU KNOW. YEAH. THE BABY. YOU KNOW, I GOT ALL, I THINK MY OLDER SISTERS, AND UH, MY BROTHER'S THE NEXT CLOSEST TO ME. HE'S 13 MONTHS OLDER THAN I AM, SO WE WERE ALMOST LIKE TWINS GROWING UP BUT, I THINK THEY GOT ALL THE HARD

WORK AND MADE, MADE TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE AND TO KEEP YOUR EDUCATION GOING AND, AND ALL THIS, MUCH MORE SEVERELY THAN I DID, ALTHOUGH I WAS ONE OF TWO THAT WENT TO COLLEGE BUT WHEN I CAME ALONG, I WAS YOUNG ENOUGH THAT, YOU KNOW,

THEY, THEY SORT OF EASED OFF A LITTLE ON THAT, YOU KNOW. I DID HAVE TO FIGHT FOR MY, MY RIGHTS AND WHAT NOT BUT BASICALLY I THINK I WAS SPOILED. LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT THOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU MADE IT TO THE FINALS OF YOUR FIRST NATIONAL JUNIOR AND DIDN'T WIN

JOANNE CARNER
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU HAPPY ABOUT HAVING GOTTEN THAT FAR, OR WERE YOU ANGRY THAT YOU DIDN'T MAKE IT ALL THE WAY?

JOANNE CARNER
WELL I LOST TO A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, SO I WASN'T THAT DISAPPOINTED BUT I WAS DISAPPOINTED, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHY, PETER, BUT I, I JUST GREW UP BELIEVING I COULD BEAT ANYBODY. I REALLY HAD NO FEAR AGAINST ANYBODY MALE OR FEMALE.

PETER KESSLER
WHERE DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT CAME FROM

THAT CONFIDENCE?

JOANNE CARNER
I HAVE, I HAVE NO IDEA. YOU KNOW I'VE HAD, I'VE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE WORKING ON THEIR DOCTORATES COME AND TALK TO ME ABOUT MENTAL ATTITUDE OF THE GAME AND WHAT MADE YOU SUCCESSFUL AND SO ON AND, AND I SAID IF I KNEW I'D WRITE A BOOK, YOU KNOW, BUT UH IT'S

JUST INSTILLED IN ME, AND WHEN I TALK TO MY BROTHER, HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, YOU WERE JUST A BORN COMPETITOR RIGHT FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS I REMEMBER, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU EVER HAVE TO, IN THOSE DAYS, THINK ABOUT HOW TO MAKE YOUR GOLF SWING OR DID YOU JUST, DID YOU JUST DECIDE WHERE YOU WANTED THE BALL TO GO?

JOANNE CARNER
UH.... WELL I THINK YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT, BUT I LEARNED BY SAM SNEAD'S ORIGINAL BOOK. MAY, MAYBE NOT HIS ORIGINAL BUT IT'S ONE OF THOSE REAL THIN OLD ONES.

PETER KESSLER
THE EDUCATION OF A GOLFER?

JOANNE CARNER
UM.... I'M, I'M NOT SURE OF THE TITLE OR NOT, BUT ANYWAY, IN THERE WAS JUST PHOTOGRAPHS AND, AND IT SAID, YOU KNOW, THE LEFT HAND GOES LIKE THIS, THE CLUB LAYS RIGHT ACROSS HERE, YOU KNOW, SO, I PUT MY PALM UP, LOOK AT THE PICTURE, AND THEN, PUT MY HAND

ON THERE AND THEN THE RIGHT HAND GOES LIKE THIS AND THEN, THEN YOU PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER AND I'D GET IT IN FRONT OF A MIRROR AND SEE IF IT LOOKED LIKE THE PICTURE, AND WHAT NOT, SO, I STARTED WITH A REALLY GOOD GRIP WHICH IS OFF SAM SNEAD'S BOOK, AND THEN FROM THERE, I COULD LEARN

TO WORK THE BALL AND WHAT NOT, BUT I HAD TO GO TO A LITTLE FINER PRO TO LEARN TO, TO WORK IT A LITTLE MORE AND, AND LEARN SOME OF THE WEDGE SHOTS, LIKE, IN THE SEATTLE AREA YOU NEVER HIT THE, THE BALL FIRST. YOU
ALWAYS HIT A HALF AN INCH BEHIND A WEDGE.

PETER KESSLER
WHY'S THAT?

JOANNE CARNER
AND, AND IT JUST STOPS DEAD. STOPS DEAD, YOU KNOW. IT WON'T SPIN BACK OFF THE GREEN, IT WON'T BOUNCE FORWARD YOU KNOW, AND YOU CAN HIT IT VERY, VERY AGGRESSIVE, BUT MOST PEOPLE TRIED NOT TO HIT BEHIND THE WEDGE.

PETER KESSLER
I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, DURING THIS BREAK, WE'LL JUST RUN OVER AND YOU SHOW ME HOW TO HIT THAT

SHOT REALLY QUICK

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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Putting prepared Park's path back to No. 1

By Randall MellApril 26, 2018, 12:13 am

Inbee Park brings more than her unshakably tranquil demeanor back to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings this week.

She brings more than her Olympic gold medal and seven major championships to the Mediheal Championship on the outskirts of San Francisco.

She brings a jarring combination of gentleness and ruthlessness back to the top of the rankings.

Park may look as if she could play the role of Mother Teresa on some goodwill tour, but that isn’t what her opponents see when she’s wielding her Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet.

She’s like Mother Teresa with Lizzy Borden’s axe.

When Park gets on one of her rolls with the putter, she scares the hell out of the rest of the tour.

At her best, Park is the most intimidating player in women’s golf today.

“Inbee makes more 20- and 30-footers on a regular basis than anyone I know,” seven-time major championship winner Karrie Webb said.

All those long putts Park can hole give her an aura more formidable than any power player in the women’s game.

“A good putter is more intimidating than someone who knocks it out there 280 yards,” Webb said “Even if Inbee misses a green, you know she can hole a putt from anywhere. It puts more pressure on your putter knowing you’re playing with someone who is probably going to make them all.”

Park, by the way, said Webb and Ai Miyazato were huge influences on her putting. She studied them when she was coming up on tour.

Webb, though, believes there’s something internal separating Park. It isn’t just Park’s ability to hole putts that makes her so intimidating. It’s the way she carries herself on the greens.

“She never gets ruffled,” Webb said. “She says she gets nervous, but you never see a change in her. If you’re going toe to toe with her, that’s what is intimidating. Even if you’re rolling in putts on top of her, it doesn’t seem to bother her. She’s definitely a player you have to try not to pay attention to when you’re paired with her, because you can get caught up in that.”


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Park has led the LPGA in putts per greens in regulation five of the last 10 years.

Brad Beecher has been on Park’s bag for more than a decade, back before she won her first major, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. He has witnessed the effect Park can have on players when she starts rolling in one long putt after another.

“You have those times when she’ll hole a couple long putts early, and you just know, it’s going to be one of those days,” Beecher said. “Players look at me like, `Does she ever miss?’ or `How am I going to beat this?’ You see players in awe of it sometimes.”

Park, 29, won in her second start of 2018, after taking seven months off with a back injury. In six starts this year, she has a victory, two ties for second-place and a tie for third. She ended Shanshan Feng’s 23-week run at No. 1 with a tie for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open last weekend.

What ought to disturb fellow tour pros is that Park believes her ball striking has been carrying her this year. She’s still waiting for her putter to heat up. She is frustrated with her flat stick, even though she ranks second in putts per greens in regulation this season.

“Inbee Park is one of the best putters ever,” said LPGA Hall of Famer Sandra Haynie, a 42-time LPGA winner. “She’s dangerous on the greens.”

Haynie said she would rank Park with Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Nancy Lopez as the best putters she ever saw.

Hall of Famer Joanne Carner says Park is the best putter she has seen since Lopez.

“I thought Nancy was a great putter,” Carner said. “Inbee is even better.”

Park uses a left-hand low grip, with a mostly shoulder move and quiet hands.

Lopez used a conventional grip, interlocking, with her right index finger down the shaft. She had a more handsy stroke than Park.

Like Lopez, Park prefers a mallet-style putter, and she doesn’t switch putters much. She is currently playing with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter. She won the gold medal with it two years ago. She used an Oddysey White Ice Sabertooth winged mallet when she won three majors in a row in 2013.

Lopez hit the LPGA as a rookie in 1978 with a Ray Cook M1 mallet putter and used it for 20 years. It’s in the World Golf Hall of Fame today.

“I watch Inbee, and I think, `Wow, that’s how I used to putt,’” Lopez said. “You can see she’s not mechanical at all. So many players today are mechanical. They forget if you just look at the hole and stroke it, you’re going to make more putts.”

Notably, Park has never had a putting coach, not really. Her husband and swing coach, Gi Hyeob Nam, will look at her stroke when she asks for help.

“When I’m putting, I’m concentrating on the read and mostly my speed,” Park said. “I don’t think mechanically about my stroke at all, unless I think there’s something wrong with it, and then I’ll have my husband take a look. But, really, I rely on my feel. I don’t think about my stroke when I’m out there playing.”

Hall of Famer Judy Rankin says Park’s remarkably consistent speed is a key to her putting.

“Inbee is definitely a feel putter, and her speed is so consistent, all the time,” Rankin said. “You have to assume she’s a great green reader.”

Beecher says Park’s ability to read greens is a gift. She doesn’t rely on him for that. She reads greens herself.

“I think what impresses me most is Inbee has a natural stroke,” Beecher said. “There’s nothing too technical. It’s more straight through and straight back, but I think the key element of the stroke is that she keeps the putter so close to the ground, all the time, on the takeaway and the follow-through. It helps with the roll and with consistency.”

Park said that’s one of her fundamentals.

“I keep it low, almost like I’m hitting the ground,” Park said. “When I don’t do that, I miss more putts.”

Beecher believes the real reason Park putts so well is that the putter brought her into the game. It’s how she got started, with her father, Gun Gyu Park, putting the club in her hands as a child. She loved putting on her own.

“That’s how she fell in love with the game,” Beecher said. “Getting started that way, it’s played a huge role in her career.”

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Teams announced for NCAA DI women's regionals

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 25, 2018, 10:50 pm

Seventy-two teams and an additional 24 individuals were announced Wednesday as being selected to compete in the NCAA Division I women's regionals, May 7-9.

Each of the four regional sites will consist of 18 teams and an extra six individual players, whose teams were not selected. The low six teams and low three individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 18-23, hosted by Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

The four regional sites include Don Veller Seminole Golf Course & Club in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted by Florida State; UT Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas; University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., hosted by the University of Wisconsin; TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., hosted by Stanford University.

Arkansas, Duke, UCLA and Alabama are the top seeds in their respective regionals. Arizona State, the third seed in the Madison regional, is the women's defending champion. Here's a look at the regional breakdown, along with teams and players:

Austin Regional Madison Regional San Francisco Regional Tallahassee Regional
Arkansas Duke UCLA Alabama
Texas USC Stanford Furman
Michigan State Arizona State South Carolina Arizona
Florida Northwestern Kent State Washington
Auburn Illinois Oklahoma State Wake Forest
Oklahoma Purdue North Carolina Vanderbilt
Houston Iowa State Colorado Florida State
Miami (Fla.) Virginia Louisville Clemson
Baylor Wisconsin N.C. State Georgia
Texas A&M Campbell Mississippi Tennessee
BYU Ohio State Cal UNLV
East Carolina Notre Dame San Diego State Kennesaw State
Texas Tech Old Dominion Pepperdine Denver
Virginia Tech Oregon State Oregon Coastal Carolina
UTSA Idaho Long Beach State Missouri
Georgetown Murray State Grand Canyon Charleston
Houston Baptist North Dakota State Princeton Richmond
Missouri State IUPUI Farleigh Dickinson Albany
       
Brigitte Dunne (SMU) Connie Jaffrey (Kansas State) Alivia Brown (Washington State) Hee Ying Loy (E. Tennessee State)
Xiaolin Tian (Maryland) Pinyada Kuvanun (Toledo) Samantha Hutchinson (Cal-Davis) Claudia De Antonio (LSU)
Greta Bruner (TCU) Pun Chanachai (New Mexico State) Ingrid Gutierrez (New Mexico) Fernanda Lira (Central Arkansas)
Katrina Prendergast (Colorado State) Elsa Moberly (Eastern Kentucky) Abegail Arevalo (San Jose State) Emma Svensson (Central Arkansas)
Ellen Secor (Colorado State) Erin Harper (Indiana) Darian Zachek (New Mexico) Valentina Giraldo (Jacksonville State)
Faith Summers (SMU) Cara Basso (Penn State) Christine Danielsson (Cal-Davis) Kaeli Jones (UCF)
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Leach on grizzlies, walk-up music and hating golf

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 25, 2018, 10:47 pm

He's one of college football's deepest thinkers, and he has no time to waste on a golf course.

Washington State head football coach Mike Leach created headlines last week when he shared his view that golf is "boring" and should be reserved for those who, unlike him, need practice swearing. The author and coach joined host Will Gray on the latest episode of the Golf Channel podcast to expand on those views - and veer into some unexpected territory.

Leach shared how his father and brother both got bitten by the golf bug as he grew up, but he steered clear in part because the sport boasts an overly thick rule book:

"First of all, the other thing I don't like is it's pretentious. There's a lot of rules. Don't do it this way, don't do it that way. You walked between my ball and the hole. This guy has to go first, then you go after he does. I mean, all these rules, I just don't understand."

Leach also shared his perspective about what fuels the vibrant fashion choices seen on many courses:

"You can tell there's a subtle, internal rebellion going on with golf, and where that subtle, internal rebellion manifests itself is they really liven up the clothes. I mean, they're beaten down by all the little subtle rules, so they really liven up the clothes. Maybe have knickers, maybe they'll have a floppy hat or something like that."

Leach on the advice he would sometimes offer when friends explained their rationale for hitting the links: 

"They say, 'Well I don't go there to golf or go to take it seriously. When I go golf, I just like to have some beers.' And I'm thinking, 'You know there's bars for that? There's bars for that, and at those bars they have, often times, attractive women and music going on?'"

Leach is heading into his seventh season at Washington State, and he also described a unique hazard that can sometimes pop up at the on-campus course in Pullman, Wash.:

"In the spring the grizzlies come out, and the grizzly preserve is right across the street from the golf course. So they’ll be out, you’ll see them running around on the hills inside the preserve there. But there is this visual where, all of a sudden you drive up this hill on your golf cart, and you’re at the tee box and you’re getting ready to hit, and on the hill just opposite of you it’s covered with grizzly bears. And as you’re getting ready to hit your ball, it occurs to you that the grizzly bears are going to beat you to your ball."

Other topics in the wide-ranging discussion included Leach's proposal for a 64-team playoff in NCAA Division I football, his chance encounter with Tiger Woods before a game between the Cougars and Woods' Stanford Cardinal, his preferred walk-up music and plans for "full contact golf."

Listen to the entire podcast below:

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Post-Masters blitz 'exhausting' but Reed ready for return

By Ryan LavnerApril 25, 2018, 8:24 pm

AVONDALE, La. – After briefly suffering from First-Time Major Winner Fatigue, Patrick Reed is eager to get back inside the ropes this week at the Zurich Classic.

The media blitz is an eye-opening experience for every new major champ. Reed had been told to expect not to get any sleep for about a week after his win, and sure enough he jetted off to New York City for some sightseeing, photo shoots, baseball games, late-night talk shows, phone calls and basketball games, sitting courtside in the green jacket at Madison Square Garden next to comedian Chris Rock, personality Michael Strahan and rapper 2 Chainz. Then he returned home to Houston, where the members at Carlton Woods hosted a reception in his honor.

With Reed’s head still spinning, his wife, Justine, spent the better part of the past two weeks responding to each of the 880 emails she received from fans and well-wishers.

“It’s been a lot more exhausting than I thought it’d be,” he said Wednesday at TPC Louisiana, where he’ll make his first start since the Masters.

It’s a good problem to have, of course.

Reed was already planning a family vacation to the Bahamas the week after Augusta, so the media tour just took its place. As many directions as he was pulled, as little sleep as he got, Reed said, “We still had a blast with it.”


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There are few places better to ease into his new world than at the Zurich, where he’ll partner with Patrick Cantlay for the second year in a row.

Reed wants to play well, not only for himself but also his teammate. After all, it could be an important week for Cantlay, who is on U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk’s radar after a victory last fall. That didn’t earn him any Ryder Cup points, however – he sits 38th in the standings – so performing well here in fourballs and foursomes could go a long way toward impressing the captain.

“There’s maybe a little extra if we play well,” Cantlay said, “but I’m just trying to play well every week.” 

Reed got back to work on his game last Tuesday. He said that he’s prepared, ready to play and looking forward to building off his breakthrough major.

“A lot of guys have told me to just be careful with your time,” he said. “There will be a lot of things you didn’t have to do or didn’t have in the past that are going to come up.

“But first things first, you’ve got to go out and grind and play some good golf and focus on golf, because the time you stay and not focus on golf will be the time you go backward. That’s nothing any of us want. We all want to improve and get better.”