Golf Talk Live - Loren Roberts Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 13, 2000, 5:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHING)


HE'S SAYING HIS DAUGHTER IS DIEING RIGHT NOW WATCHING HER PICTURE ON TV. YOU KNOW MEMPHIS IS A GREAT PLACE. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, WE JUST SAW THEM LIVE IN MEMPHIS, AND THE CITY IS DOING A LOT FOR JUNIOR GOLF. WE HAVE A PHONE CALL

LOREN ROBERTS
IT IS

JENNIFER MILLS
FROM CHARLES HUDSON. HE HAS A QUESTION AND I THINK YOU ALL KNOW EACH OTHER PRETTY WELL.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
WELCOME CHARLES.

CHARLES FROM TENNESSEE

HELLO JENNIFER. HOW YOU DOING?

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD THANK YOU.

LOREN ROBERTS
HEY CHARLES, HOW ARE YOU?

CHARLES FROM TENNESSEE

HEY LOREN.

JENNIFER MILLS
HOW'S THE COURSE?

CHARLES FROM TENNESSEE

OH, OKAY. OKAY. JUST, OF COURSE THIS IS MY FIRST TIME CALLING IN, BUT UH LOREN WAS, IS, IS ONE OF MY HEROES AND HE WROTE FOR ABOUT A TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY KIDS IN THE INNER CITY UH, NOT ONLY DOES HE DONATE HIS FUNDS By the ALSO IS OUT THERE PARTICIPATING IN GIVING OUR KIDS ONE ON ONE TUTORING. HE'S, AND HAS ALSO GOTTEN TO KNOW MOST OF OUR KIDS ON A ONE ON ONE BASIS SO HE'S DEFINITELY WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE HEROES OF OUR PROGRAM WHICH IS CALLED THE MID SOUTH JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL CHARLES, THAT'S AWFULLY NICE OF YOU TO SAY THAT. I MEAN I, I APPRECIATE THAT. YOU KNOW CHARLES HAD THE VISION SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO START THIS MID SOUTH JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAM AND IT'S A YEAR LONG PROGRAM. IT'S JUST NOT ABOUT GOLF. IT'S ABOUT CHARACTER AND, GREAT PROGRAM AND I BELIEVE SINCE THEY HAVE GONE TO FIRST TEE AND THEY WERE BASICALLY FIRST TEE BEFORE THERE EVER WS A FIRST TEE

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
SO AND I, I REALLY THINK THAT THEY HAVE BEEN A LEADER IN THIS TYPE OF JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAM AND I THINK IT'S BECAUSE OF CHARLES HUDSON'S VISION.

JENNIFER MILLS
CHARLES, THANKS FOR THE CALL. THAT'S GREAT. WE, WE GIVE BACK IN, YOU KNOW, WHENEVER WE CAN, AN DI KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE PGA TOUR PLAYERS HAVE DONE, VERY, VERY WELL, AND, AND SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED FOR IT. I KNOW YOU GET SATISFACTION SEEING KIDS AND

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL

JENNIFER MILLS
PEOPLE TAKING UP THE GAME YOU LOVE.

LOREN ROBERTS
UH YEAH, I, I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER GAME, YOU KNOW TO TEACH SELF DISCIPLINE AND SELF RELIANCE AND MOTIVATION AND UM, YOU KNOW, JUST GOLF'S A GREAT GAME. OBVIOUSLY IT'S BEEN A GREAT GAME FOR ME AND GOLF HAS GOT A LOT MORE MASS APPEAL TO IT, IT REALLY DOES.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
AND UH IT'S A GREAT GAME FOR THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T NEED ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE. IF YOU CAN'T FIND OTHER KIDS TO HANG WITH, IF YOU CAN GET TO A GOLF COURSE OR GET TO A DRIVING RANGE, YOU CAN, YOU CAN PLAY GOLF OR PARTICIPATE IN THE SPORT WITHOUT HAVING ANY, HAVING TO HAVE ANYONE ELSE THERE BE WITH YOU.

JENNIFER MILLS
YEAH. IT'S A GOOD SOLITARY SPORT. LET'S GO BACK TO THE PHONES. JOHN, FROM CALIFORNIA IS ON THE LINE, WELCOME JOHN.

JOHN FROM CALIFORNIA

HI. GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU, JENNIFER.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU'RE WELCOME JOHN. HI LOREN.

LOREN ROBERTS
HEY JOHN

JOHN FROM CALIFORNIA

I JUST WANTED TO TAKE THE CHANCE TO TALK TO YOU. I'M KIND OF EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I'M A, I'M A FAN OF YOUR BECAUSE I'M A CAUPOLII (??) ALUMNI, MYSELF.

LOREN ROBERTS
ALRIGHT.

JOHN FROM CALIFORNIA

AND STILL LIVE IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY

JOHN FROM CALIFORNIA

AND AT THE SAME TIME I'VE ALWAYS BEEN BAFFLED BY THE FACT THAT WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL AREA TO GO TO MEMPHIS

LOREN ROBERTS
(LAUGHS)

JOHN FROM CALIFORNIA

WHICH IS NOT A BAD AREA, I HAVE FAMILY LIVES ABOUT 70 MILES NORTH

LOREN ROBERTS
UH HUH

JOHN FROM CALIFORNIA

BUT I'VE ALWAYS TRIED TO CATCH YOU AT THE AT & T AND ASK YOU THAT AND I'VE NEVER HAD ANY LUCK.

LOREN ROBERTS
OH, WELL YOU CAUGHT ME NOW. IT WAS STRICTLY, MY MOVE TO MEMPHIS WAS A DECISION, A CAREER DECISION TO BE CENTRALLY LOCATED. I THINK I GOT HUNG UP ONE TOO MANY TIMES WITH THE FOG IN SAN LOS OBISPOS AND COULDN'T GET HOME SUNDAY NIGHT, SO I DECIDED TO MOVE SOMEWHERE WHERE IT WAS A LITTLE EASIER TO TRAVEL SO I COULD SEE MY FAMILY A LOT MORE WHEN THE KIDS STARTED SCHOOL, AND THAT WAS THE MAIN REASON THAT I MOVED.

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT'S A REAL CONSIDERATION BECAUSE THERE'S JUST SO MUCH TRAVEL. LET'S CONTINUE WITH OUR PHONE CALLS. MARTY, FROM NORTH CAROLINA'S ON THE LINE. WELCOME MARTY.

MARTY FROM NORTH CAROLINA

OH THANKS, LOREN, I WANT TO KNOW HOW THE LOSS OF PAYNE STEWART HAS EFFECTED YOU AND THE OTHER PLAYERS ON THE TOUR.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, UM, YOU KNOW, IT. WE, WE ALL HAD A SPECIAL FEELING FOR PAYNE. HE WAS SUCH AN OUTGOING GUY AND HE JUST WAS A GREAT MOTIVATOR. HE LOVED TO PLAY IN THE TEAM EVENTS.


HE WAS SUCH A MOTIVATING FACTOR AT RYDER CUPS AND PRESIDENTS CUPS AND YOU COMBINE THAT WITH HIS FAITH THAT HE HAD FOUND IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AND UM HIS, HIS PASSING, I THINK, HAS, HAS TOUCHED MORE LIVES. GOLFERS AND NON GOLFERS, I THINK, THEN ANYBODY THAT I CAN REALLY REMEMBER .

AND UH HE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE MISSED ALWAYS, AND, AND I HOPE THAT HIS, HIS LEGACY IS ALWAYS REMEMBERED, NOT ONLY FOR HIS GOLF, BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN BEING THAT HE WAS AND BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH AND

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU MENTIONED HOW HE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED. WE WERE BOTH AT THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP AND THAT WAS, IT WAS AN ODD FEELING BECAUSE IT WAS A YEAR AGO.

LOREN ROBERTS
IT REALLY WAS, AND TO SEE THE SEGMENT ON THE BAG PIPER AT HOUSTON, GOING IN AND OUT OF THE MIST, I, I JUST UH I MEAN THAT WAS, THAT WAS SUCH AN EMOTIONAL DAY FOR EVERYONE THERE, AND I'M GLAD THAT I, THAT THAT, I THINK EMOTION WILL STILL BE THERE FOR YEARS TO COME.

JENNIFER MILLS
IT'S A WAY TO TAKE SOMETHING POSITIVE

LOREN ROBERTS
RIGHT

JENNIFER MILLS
AND MOVE FORWARD WITH IT.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
YEAH, YEAH. WE ARE GOING TO MENTION TO YOU OUR INTERNET SITUATION. WE HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE YOU INVOLVED. WE'D LOVE TO GET YOUR INPUT HERE ON GOLF TALK LIVE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LOG INTO THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM YOU CAN. YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT'S COMING UP ON GOLF TALK LIVE, WHO OUR GUESTS ARE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO E-MAIL US A QUESTION, WE TOOK THE ONE TONIGHT FROM JEFF, SO YOU MIGHT GET YOURS ON NEXT WEEK, WHO KNOWS. WE HAVE BIO'S FOR OUR GUESTS AND WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE SHOWS AIR, SO IF YOU MISSED YOUR FAVORITE GUEST, YOU CAN TUNE IN ANOTHER TIME. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE TO WRAP THING UP WITH LOREN ROBERTS. STAY WITH US.


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Club apologizes for calling cops on black women members

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 11:07 pm

YORK, Pa. - A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course.

“I felt we were discriminated against,” one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. “It was a horrific experience.”

Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper.

At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren’t keeping up with the pace of play. Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue.

On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them.

Despite that, the women skipped the third hole to avoid any other issues, she said.

It’s part of golf etiquette that slow-moving players let groups behind them play through if they are holding things up, and often golf courses have personnel who monitor the pace of play, letting golfers know when they are taking too long.

The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the county and world, Thompson said. They’re very familiar with golf etiquette, she said.

After the ninth hole, where it is customary to take a break before continuing on the next nine holes, three of the group decided to leave because they were so shaken up by the earlier treatment, the women told the paper.

Thompson said the man from the second hole, identified as former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister and several other white, male employees approached the remaining two women and said they took too long of a break and they needed to leave the course.

The women argued they took an appropriate break, and that the men behind them were still on their beer break and not ready to tee off, as seen in a video Thompson gave the newspaper. The women were told that the police had been called, and so they waited.

Northern York County Regional Police arrived, conducted interviews and left without charging anyone.

“We were called there for an issue, the issue did not warrant any charges,” Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel said. “All parties left and we left as well.”

A phone listing for Steve Chronister rang busy on Monday. He told the York Daily Record he didn’t have time to comment on Sunday.

Jordan Chronister’s wife and co-owner of the club, JJ Chronister, said Sunday she called the women personally to apologize.

“We sincerely apologize to the women for making them feel uncomfortable here at Grandview, that is not our intention in any way,” she told the newspaper. “We want all of our members to feel valued and that they can come out here and have a great time, play golf and enjoy the experience.”

She said she hopes to meet with them to discuss how the club can use what happened as a learning experience and do better in the future.

Thompson said she’s not sure a meeting is what needs to happen.

“There needs to be something more substantial to understand they don’t treat people in this manner,” she said.

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Randall's Rant: Augusta has the power to strengthen LPGA

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 9:57 pm

Augusta National Golf Club is turning women’s golf upside down.

If you care about the LPGA, that should be your hope, anyway.

Your hope should be that the investment made in the new Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship announced at the Masters three weeks ago will eventually filter up the women’s ranks.

While the new amateur event comes with significant challenges for the women’s tour - with its first major (the ANA Inspiration) in a tough spot the same week as the Augusta National Women’s Amateur - there is LPGA seed money being planted in Georgia

There’s an investment that may grow the women’s game beyond fueling new interest among girls.

“I just hope corporations start recognizing the value of investing in the women’s game, the way Augusta National does,” two-time major champion Cristie Kerr said. “There are so many corporate sponsors in the men’s game who don’t invest a single dollar in the women’s game. Obviously, that’s their prerogative, but we have a lot of value as a tour.”

And there’s your hope.

Augusta National is a collection of power brokers, CEOs and leaders now invested in growing the women’s game.

They’re taking a special interest in watching these young female amateurs emerge, and it’s only natural to expect they’ll become emotionally invested in where these young players go.

And a lot of these young players will go on to the LPGA.

The LPGA is thriving under commissioner Mike Whan’s leadership, with Whan seeing opportunities where others didn’t. He saw Asian interest in the tour as an asset, not the liability so many thought a decade ago.

The LPGA had withered to 23 events in 2011 with $40 million in total prize money. This year, it's up to 34 events with a tour-record $68 million in prize money. Whan did that with a lot of Asian backing.

Of the 10 tour events the LPGA has staged so far this year, including this week’s tournament in San Francisco, nine have Asian-based title sponsors. Even the LPGA’s domestic events are thriving on Asian money. 



All six of the U.S. events staged so far this year have Asian-based title sponsors. You have to move into May and next week’s Volunteers of America Texas Classic before finding an American corporate title sponsor of an American LPGA event.

That starts changing with summer approaching, but overall there will be 17 Asian-based companies or organizations as title sponsors of LPGA events this year, with 14 American-based entities sponsoring or owning events.

Whan says that’s a good thing.

“The diversity of sponsorship on the LPGA makes us a stronger business,” Whan said. “Since I’ve been in office, we’ve worked through recessions in different parts of the world. None of those recessions were crippling to our overall schedule, because we have so many sponsors on board, from so many different places.”

Whan says American corporate interest is growing considerably, with more American marketing partners joining the LPGA this year. The next steps players would like to see are increased purses and endorsement opportunities for women.

The winning two-man team at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic this week will take home a combined $2,073,000. This week’s LPGA Mediheal Championship features a $1.5 million purse for the entire field.

“The income gap in golf is as much a concern to me as the corporate income gap is to working women,” 12-time LPGA winner Stacy Lewis wrote in an essay earlier this year for the World Economic Forum.

U.S. Solheim Cup captain and LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster started wearing a San Francisco Giants cap this year with no endorsement deals on her bag or shirt. She has become more outspoken about the lack of corporate support for all female golf pros.

“I'm going to say it right now, and I probably shouldn't say it, but I just don't understand how all these companies get away with supporting PGA Tour events and not supporting the LPGA,” Inkster said at the last Solheim Cup. “It makes me a little upset, because I think we've got a great product. We deserve our due.”

With Augusta National investing in young amateur women, it may only be a matter of time until corporate America significantly steps up support. The game’s greatest power brokers appear ready to grow with the young women they will begin investing in next year. That should be the hope for anyone who cares about the LPGA.

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Report: Tour close to finalizing Detroit tournament

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

With the final pieces of the 2019 schedule falling into place, the PGA Tour appears on the verge of returning to Michigan for the first time in nearly a decade.

According to a Detroit News report, the Tour is "believed to be close" to an agreement to bring a tournament to the Motor City beginning in 2019, reportedly likely to take place at Detroit Golf Club near downtown.

While the specifics remain undisclosed, the prime candidate for such a move appears to be The National. The Washington, D.C.-area event, which benefits Tiger Woods' TGR Foundation, was sponsored by Detroit-based Quicken Loans from 2014-2017. This year the tournament will be conducted at TPC Potomac without a title sponsor.

According to a Detroit News report in September, Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert was open to continuing his company's sponsorship of the event if it shifted to Detroit.

In addition to The National, the only other current PGA Tour event without a title sponsor is the Houston Open. On Monday Charles Schwab was introduced as the new title sponsor of the Fort Worth Invitational beginning in 2019.

The PGA Tour has not held an event in the state of Michigan since 2009, the final year of the now-defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. While the final details of a revamped schedule have yet to be announced, the Tour is expected to unveil its itinerary for the 2018-19 season at The Players next month.

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Inbee Park quietly reclaims world No. 1

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 6:44 pm

Inbee Park moved back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in about as ho-hum fashion as you’ll ever see a player take the top spot.

It isn’t that she doesn’t care about the top ranking. It just wasn’t a priority in her return to golf this year, after missing big portions of the last two years with injuries.

With an Olympic gold medal and seven major championship titles, the LPGA Hall of Famer isn’t done trying to top the scoreboards that matter most to her.

“To be honest, I never really think about being No. 1 again,” Park said early last week, before tying for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. “If it comes to me, great. If not, it doesn't matter.”

It came to her for the fourth time in her career.

Park, 29, reigned at No. 1 for 59 weeks in her longest run on top, back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

Oddly, this run to No. 1 almost comes as a surprise to Park, who didn’t need long to get back to the top spot after returning to the tour. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month in her second after missing seven months with a back injury.

Park last lost the No. 1 ranking in October of 2015, doing so to Lydia Ko.

In six starts this year, Park has finished T-3 or better four times. She leads the tour in scoring average (69.13) and is second in greens in regulation (77.5 percent).

Just wait until her putter heats up.

Yeah, Park’s not very satisfied with her putting. She’s one of the greatest putters who ever played the women’s game, but she has been frustrated with the inconsistency of her stroke much of this season. Of course, her standards are high. She ranks second in putts per greens in regulation so far this year.

On Sunday, this is how Park summed up her putting in 2018: “Some days, I’ve been really good. Some days, I’ve been really bad.”

Park has led the LPGA in putts per GIR in five of the last 10 years. She switched from her preferred mallet-style putter to a blade earlier this season and won with a Toulon Madison blade at the Founders Cup last month. She was back with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet this past week. That’s the putter she used to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. She used an Odyssey Sabertooth winged mallet in her 2013 run of three consecutive major championship victories.