Golf Talk Live Transcript - Lorie Kane - January 15 2001 - Part 2

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH SOMEONE FROM THE HOMETOWN.

LORIE KANE
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. THIS IS JENNIFER. HELLO JENNIFER.

JENNIFER FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
HELLO LORIE, HOW ARE YOU?

LORIE KANE
I'M GREAT, JENNIFER.

JENNIFER FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
THAT'S GOOD. I WAS JUST WONDERING, AFTER YOUR SUCCESSFUL YEAR ON THE LPGA TOUR, ARE YOU NOW GOING TO SET YOUR SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER ON THE MAJOR TOURNAMENTS THIS YEAR?

LORIE KANE
OH GOOD QUESTION. WELL I'D LOVE TO WIN A MAJOR AND I THIN I CAN. I THINK THE ONLY THING I CAN DO IS MAYBE BE A LITTLE BIT MORE PREPARED. WE TALKED EARLIER ABOUT MAYBE NOT PUTTING, YOU KNOW, TAKING ALL THE DEMANDS OF THE MEDIA AND TRYING TO JUST PLAN AND GET READY FOR TOUR... MAJOR TOURNAMENTS.

I'VE TRIED TO ALWAYS TAKE THE THEORY THAT A MAJOR TOURNAMENT ISN'T ANY DIFFERENT THAN A REGULAR TOURNAMENT, BUT I KNOW IT IS, AND THERE'S, THERE ARE SITUATIONS THAT YOU KNOW, COURSES ARE TOUGH FOR THE U.S. OPENS AND I'VE ONLY PLAYED IN A FEW. IT'S THE TOUGHEST GOLF YOU'LL PLAY, SO I'M GOING TO TRY TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR THE MAJORS, YES.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU LIKE THE IDEA THAT IF YOU HAD TO LOOSE THE DU MAURIER THAT YOU GAINED THE WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN AND THE GREAT ROTATION OF COURSES THAT IT WILL PLAY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

LORIE KANE
WELL I THINK, PETER, THAT'S THE KEY, TO GIVING THAT TOURNAMENT THE STATUS OF A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT WE ARE IN A ROTATION THAT DESERVES, YOU KNOW, IT IS THE BRITISH OPEN, AND ALL OF WHAT THE BRITISH OPEN IS ABOUT. WE KNOW HOW SPECTACULAR IT IS FROM THE MEN'S SIDE SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN SEE THE SAME FROM THE WOMEN'S SIDE AND I KNOW THAT THE EUROPEAN GIRLS ARE REALLY EXCITED AND THEY SHOULD BE. IT'S THEIR MAJOR, IT'S THEIR OPEN, AND, AND OUR NEW MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

PETER KESSLER
I THINK YOU'RE PLAYING SUNNINGDALE AND ROYAL LITHUM AND ST. ANNE'S.

LORIE KANE
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S JUST THE GREAT, GREAT LIST. THE SAME COURSES

LORIE KANE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
THAT THE MEN HAD MADE FAMOUS OVER THE YEARS.

LORIE KANE
EXACTLY.

PETER KESSLER
I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO GO THERE AND DO THE SAME THING.

LORIE KANE
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
PRETTY COOL.

LORIE KANE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH SOMEBODY ELSE FROM CANADA, DAVE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA. HOW ARE YOU, SIR?

DAVE FROM BRITISH COLUMBI
GOOD

PETER KESSLER
FIRE AWAY DAVE.

DAVE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA
HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLE
VERY WELL THANKS.

DAVE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA
I'VE HEARD YOU AND NANCY LOPEZ ARE CLOSE. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT RELATIONSHIP?

LORIE KANE
YEAH, A LITTLE BIT. I MET NANCY WHEN I FIRST CAME OUT ON TOUR. WE WERE AT A ROOKIE, OUR FIRST PLAYER'S MEETING, AND NANCY AND AMY ALCOTT ACTUALLY CAME UP AND INTRODUCED THEMSELVES TO US, AND I FELT THAT THAT WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE, AND NANCY AND I HAVE JUST KIND OF GROWN A FRIENDSHIP FROM THAT POINT ON. WE PLAY A LOT OF GOLF TOGETHER, A LOT OF PRACTICE ROUNDS.

WHEN, WHEN SHE IS OUT ON TOUR, SHE CAME TO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND THIS YEAR AND PLAYED IN THE, THE ISLAND CHALLENGE SKINS GAME ALONG WITH ANIKA AND SEREE AND IF THERE'S ANYTHING I NEED, NANCY WILL BE THERE FOR ME. I, I CALL HER MY MENTOR ON TOUR AND ACTUALLY WHEN I'M ASKED TO, TO DO REQUESTS OR REQUESTS COME TO ME AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S THE ODD CHANCE THAT I MIGHT NOT WANT TO DO IT, I ASK MYSELF WOULD NANCY DO IT, AND THE QUEST... THE ANSWER I COME UP WITH IS YES, SO I ALWAYS TRY TO FIND TIME TO DO THOSE THINGS AND NANCY HAS GIVEN SO MUCH TO THE TOUR THAT I WANT TO TRY TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT NANCY'S DONE, YOU KNOW, SO TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD SOMEBODY ELSE CAN ENJOY THE WORK THAT WE'VE DONE.

PETER KESSLER
I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE DOING THAT ALREADY, THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME RELATIONSHIP WITH SEREE AS NANCY HAS HAD WITH YOU, AND OF COURSE SHE BLITZED EVERYBODY THIS WEEKEND WITH THAT 64 YESTERDAY.

LORIE KANE
YES, SHE DID, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY SAY, BE WARY OF THE SICK BECAUSE SHE WASN'T FEELING VERY WELL WHEN I TALKED TO HER ON TUESDAY DURING THE PRACTICE ROUND AND WEDNESDAY SHE DIDN'T COME TO THE COURSE AND THURSDAY SHE TOOK HER PRO AM EXEMPTION, SO FOR SEREE TO DO THAT, SHE WAS, SHE WASN'T FEELING QUITE UNDER THE WEATHER.

I HAVE A LOT OF... SEREE AND NANCY AND I ARE, ARE FUN TO PLAY WITH, FUN TO BE AROUND, WE HAVE FUN WITH EACH OTHER AND I KNOW THAT NANCY'S AS PROUD AS SEREE AS I AM, PARTICULARLY THIS LAST WEEKEND, WITH THE WAY THAT SHE'S HANDLED THINGS THROUGHOUT LAST YEAR WITH SOME CHANGES AND, SHE'S TAKEN CONTROL OF HER LIFE, AND DEFINITELY CONTROL OF HER GOLF GAME AND SHE'S GOT A NEW CADDIE, COLIN CAN AND I KNEW THAT THEY WOULD MAKE A PERFECT TEAM AND SHE'S WORKING WITH TOM AND I CAN'T REMEMBER TOM'S LAST NAME, BUT, HER SWING COACH AND SHE'S A MACHINE AND SHE DOES, SHE SWINGS THE CLUB PERFECT AND SHE'S JUST GOT SUCH A GREAT ATTITUDE THAT I LOVE SPENDING TIME WITH HER.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU PLAY A GOLF COURSE, AS GREAT AS GRAND CYPRESS IS, YESTERDAY I SAW YOU ON THE PRACTICE TEE

LORIE KANE
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
BEFORE YOU WENT OUT, DO YOU FIND YOURSELF JUST WARMING UP OR DO YOU FIND YOURSELF DOING A LITTLE PRACTICING OF THE SHOTS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THAT DAY ON THE GOLF COURSE?

LORIE KANE
WELL, I TRY TO PREPARE MYSELF FIRST THING AND I GET UP IN THE MORNING AND I'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO MY WORKOUT BEFORE I GO TO THE GOLF COURSE AND I WAS IN, AT LACITA COUNTRY CLUB WHERE I HAVE A CONDO AND I WAS RUNNING ON THE TREADMILL THERE, VISUALIZING THE HOLES AND PLAYING THE ROUND BEFORE I ACTUALLY GOT TO THE GOLF COURSE, AND YESTERDAY, WITH THE CONDITIONS BEING THE WAY THEY WERE, IT WAS VERY CALM IN COMPARISON TO THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS, SO THE STRATEGY ON THE GOLF COURSE CAN BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, AND, BUT I TRY TO JUST WARM UP AND GET A GOOD FEEL FOR MY SWING AND MY TIMING AND TIMING AND RHYTHM IS, IS THE KEY TO MY GOLF SWING, SO I TRY TO DO EVERYTHING A LITTLE BIT SLOWER AND, AND JUST KIND OF BUILD INTO IT AND, YOU KNOW, HAVE REAL GOOD POSITIVE THOUGHTS.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING A ROUND, HOW MANY SWINGS THOUGHTS CAN YOU HOLD IN YOUR HEAD, AND STILL PLAY YOUR GAME? HOW MANY THOUGHTS CAN YOU HAVE AT ALL AND STILL PLAY YOUR GAME, IF ANY?

LORIE KANE
ZERO

PETER KESSLER
ZERO

LORIE KANE
I TRY TO THINK OF, OF NOTHING BUT YOU KNOW, GOOD SMOOTH SWING, I'LL TAKE THE WORD THAT DANNY'S, THE NEW WORD FOR DANNY IS COMMITMENT, WE NEED TO BE COMMITTED TO EVERY SHOT. HE GIVES ME THE NUMBER, WE TALK ABOUT THE CLUB, AND I NEED TO PUT THE BEST SWING I POSSIBLY CAN, AND THAT'S WHAT A CLEAR MIND AND REALLY NOTHING BUT HIT THE TARGET, AND I TRY TO DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
NO RHYTHM THOUGHTS, NOTHING LIKE THAT?

LORIE KANE
WELL, I HAVE A LOT OF MOVEMENT IN MY FEET AND, AND THAT'S THE KEY AND IF I FIND MYSELF GETTING TOO QUICK OR TOO SLOW THEN, IT'S NOT A GOOD FEELING AND I BUILD FROM THE GROUND UP SO, YOU KNOW, I SANG THE LAST TIME I WAS ON HERE (LAUGHS), I'M NOT SINGING TONIGHT, BUT THAT'S THE FEELING OF HAVING GOOD RHYTHM AND, SO IT'S NOT, I DON'T THINK OF IT AS A SWING THOUGHT AS TO JUST, YOU KNOW, A GOOD FEELING.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT IS IT ABOUT A COURSE LIKE GRAND CYPRESS THAT MAKES ALMOST EVERYBODY TURN OUT AND GETS EVERYBODY EXCITED ABOUT PLAYING THERE BEYOND IT BEING, OR WHAT ARE THE REASONS BEING THAT IT IS ONE OF THE GREAT COURSES THAT YOU'LL PLAY ALL YEAR?

LORIE KANE
WELL, I GUESS, IT'S THE FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR AND PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THOSE THAT PROBABLY ENDED AT THE END OF THE SEASON IN OCTOBER ARE ANXIOUS TO GET BACK OUT PLAYING. I PLAYED RIGHT UP UNTIL THE 18TH OF DECEMBER AND I JUST WANTED TO KEEP PLAYING BECAUSE I'D BEEN PLAYING WELL BUT TO GO TO A COURSE LIKE GRAND CYPRESS IT REQUIRES GREAT TEE SHOTS, GOOD POSITIONING, IT REQUIRES ALL YOU HAVE INTO THE GREENS, THE PAR 3'S ARE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST THAT WE PLAY, AND IT'S JUST A GREAT GOLF COURSE. I MEAN THE 9TH AND 18TH HOLE ARE, I MEAN, THEY'RE TOP NOTCH AND WE DON'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT ON TOUR.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WIND (??) NUMBER TWO AND AS WE LEAVE YOU I'VE GOT SOME STATISTICS TO SHOW YOU THAT I'LL BET YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT YOURSELF, SINCE 1997.

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT

PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK, AS WE GO TO BREAK. MOST BIRDIES OF ANY PLAYER, MOST ROUNDS UNDER PAR OF ANY PLAYER, 4TH IN EARNINGS, 5TH IN TOP 3 FINISHES. DID YOU KNOW ANY OF THEM?

LORIE KANE
I DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THEM.

PETER KESSLER
NEITHER DID I TILL MY PRODUCER TOLD ME.

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(BREAK)

PETER KESSLER
SHOULD WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW ALBANY CLASSIC?

LORIE KANE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
WOULD THAT PLEASE YOU?

LORIE KANE
IT WOULD VERY MUCH PLEASE ME.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IT OUT AND YOU TELL US

LORIE KANE
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
EVERYTHING. WE'LL START WITH THE TEE SHOT TO THE PAR 3, 11TH AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME, YOU ARE THREE SHOTS BACK OF, I THINK, SHANI WA (?).

LORIE KANE
RIGHT. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD SWING, AND THE RESULTS, I THOUGHT I HAD A HOLE IN ONE. IT WAS AWFULLY CLOSE. IT JUST BROKE A LITTLE TOO SOON. LOST SOME SPEED, SO I TAPPED IT IN.

PETER KESSLER
YOU MISREAD IT SLIGHTLY.

LORIE KANE
YEAH A LITTLE BIT.

PETER KESSLER
THIRD SHOT, PAR 5, 16TH.

LORIE KANE
NOW THESE ARE THE WEDGES THAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON. THESE PITCH SHOTS AND THIS WORKED OUT VERY WELL. I'M GETTING BETTER AT THOSE SHOTS.

PETER KESSLER
DID THEY EVEN MAKE YOU PUTT THAT ONE?


AND NOW HERE YOU ARE FOR THE OUTRIGHT LEAD ON 18. NOBODY COULD ACCUSE YOU OF BEING TENTATIVE HERE.

LORIE KANE
NO. THIS GREEN RUNS AWAY FROM YOU. IT'S STRAIGHT DOWN HILL AND I THOUGHT I HIT A GREAT PUTT UNTIL YOU SEE IT GO BY ABOUT TEN FEET (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
EVEN LOOKS LIKE MORE.

LORIE KANE
YES. I JUST GOT A LITTLE, I THOUGHT I HIT A GOOD STROKE, AND IT WAS A GOOD PUTT, AND... THE REASON I MADE THIS ONE IS, I THINK, I SAW THE BREAK, I SAW HOW IT BROKE ON THE WAY BY AND I JUST SAID I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS.

PETER KESSLER
HOW'S THAT STROKE?

LORIE KANE
THIS IS THE BEST I'VE SEEN IN A WHILE FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
NOT A LOT OF WAVING AROUND OF THAT PARTICULAR PUTTER HEAD.

LORIE KANE
NO

PETER KESSLER
NOW HERE YOU ARE ON THE TEE WITH MIHUN KIM.

LORIE KANE
THAT'S RIGHT. I WAS PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT GETTING BACK INTO A PLAY OFF, HAVING WON IN ST. LOUIS AND I KNEW THAT I WAS GOING TO WIN THIS ONE, AND I JUST KIND OF SAID, BE CONFIDENT AND PUT THE BEST SWINGS YOU CAN AND, I HAD THIS SAME SHOT IN THE REGULAR, YOU KNOW, MY, ON THE 72ND HOLE, I JUST PLAYED IT A LITTLE WIDER. I THINK DONNA CAPONI WAS DOING THIS TELECAST AND SHE HAD TALKED ABOUT WHERE I WAS AND MAYBE THAT IT WAS A DISADVANTAGE TO BE COMING IN FROM THAT SIDE OF THE FAIRWAY AND I THOUGHT IT WAS MORE TO AN ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE GREEN SLOPES AWAY. I WAS ACTUALLY HITTING INTO THE SIDE SLOPE AND, WHEN MIHUN KIM HIT HER SHOT, KIMMY HIT IT
THROUGH THE GREEN TO THIS POINT AND SHE'S GOT ONE OF THE BEST SHORT GAMES ON TOUR AND I WAS PRETTY SURE SHE WAS GOING TO MAKE THIS PETER.

PETER KESSLER
SO WAS SHE.

LORIE KANE
YES

PETER KESSLER
ESPECIALLY THE LAST 6 INCHES.

LORIE KANE
YEAH, AND THE DOOR WAS OPEN.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU FEELING CONFIDENT OR DO YOU JUST TELL YOURSELF TO STAY YOU'RE YOUR ROUTINE, WITH WHAT GOT YOU HERE, AND JUST DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

LORIE KANE
I WAS FEELING REALLY CONFIDENT. I, LIKE I TOLD YOU EARLIER, MY HANDS WERE SHAKING ON THE PUTTER IN ST. LOUIS AND HANDS WERE DEAD STILL HERE. I KNEW WHERE IT NEEDED TO GO AND I JUST PUT A GOOD STROKE ON IT.

PETER KESSLER
SO IF THE FIRST ONE'S A RELIEF, THIS IS THE FLAT OUT THRILL.

LORIE KANE
YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

PETER KESSLER
AND SO SOON AFTER THE FIRST WIN, REALLY.

LORIE KANE
YES, AND NANCY HARVEY JUST, LIKE DROWNED ME WITH CHAMPAIGN.

PETER KESSLE
WELL BY THIS POINT IT'S OLD HAT. YOU KNOW YOU JUST NEED TO GET AWAY. A FELLOW COUNTRY MAN YES?

LORIE KANE
YES. SHE IS.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO AHEAD AND CHECK IN WITH BRIAN IN ONTARIO WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. DON'T YOU BRIAN?

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
YOU BET. HOW YOU DOING PETER?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL, SIR. THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IN WITH US.

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
LORIE, HOW ARE YOU?

LORIE KANE
HI BRIAN

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT YEAR LAST YEAR AND

LORIE KANE
THANK YOU

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
LOOKING FORWARD TO BETTER GOLF FROM YOU AND HOPEFULLY A MAJOR THIS YEAR.

LORIE KANE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
I ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK A PERSON LIKE YOURSELF, WOULD YOU COME AND PLAY A MEMBER GUEST DAY WITH ME? UH, I GOT TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

LORIE KANE
OKAY

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
THE NATION'S CUP. WE'VE HAD IT FOR TWO YEARS.

LORIE KANE
RIGHT

BRIAN FROM ONTARIO
I'D JUST LIKE TO ASK YOU HOW YOU FEEL, IS IT GOING TO BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE, ARE THEY GOING TO INVITE MORE COUNTRIES INTO IT? IS IT GOING TO CONTINUE ON? WHERE IS IT GOING TO GO? AND, THE SOLHEIM CUP. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOU BEING IN IT AND MAYBE CANADA ALSO GETTING INVOLVED IN THAT TOO, AND I'LL, LIKE TO HANG UP AND LISTEN TO YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

LORIE KANE
WELL THANKS BRIAN. WELL TO ANSWER THE FIRST ONE, THE NATION'S CUP I THINK IS A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT FOR US IN CANADA. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME MORE TEAMS ENTER INTO IT. IT'S, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THE NATION'S CUP IS, IT'S A MATCH BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES.

THE PROBLEM WE'VE RUN INTO, FROM A MEDIA'S POINT OF VIEW IS THEY DON'T THINK THAT THE U.S TEAMS ARE STRONG ENOUGH, THAT THEY'RE NOT GETTING, PARTICULARLY ON A SOLHEIM YEAR, LIKE LAST YEAR WAS, THAT'S CRAZY BECAUSE
THE AMERICANS COULD GO 25 DEEP AND STILL FIND, YOU KNOW, THE BEST PLAYERS. WHETHER IT CONTINUES, I THINK, DEFINITELY FOR THIS YEAR, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PLANS ARE FOR THE YEARS TO COME. THE SOLHEIM CUP NEEDS TO STAY THE WAY THE SOLHEIM CUP IS. IT HAS A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, IT'S GETTING IT'S PRESTIGE LIKE THE RYDER CUP AND TO CHANGE IT I THINK WOULD BE A HINDRANCE.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANOTHER EVENT, MAYBE A PRESIDENT'S CUP FOR THE WOMEN. I THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE THE WAY TO GO, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE NATION'S CUP EXPAND POSSIBLY INTO THAT TYPE OF THING AND HAVE IT IN CANADA.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, GIVEN THE LADIES TOUR IS TRULY INTERNATIONAL, THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT ARE LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE, AREN'T THEY?

LORIE KANE
WELL I CERTAINLY HOPE SO AND I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, COMMISSIONER VOTAN AND THE REST OF THE LPGA STAFF ARE, I'M SURE, LOOKING INTO, INTO THOSE THINGS. IMG RUNS THE NATION'S CUP IN CANADA AND IT'S A GREAT EVENT. WE PLAYED REALLY WELL LAST YEAR AND WE DIDN'T LOOSE THE CUP, THE AMERICANS RETAINED THE CUP, SO, IT SAYS A LOT FOR WOMEN'S GOLF AND I THINK IT'S, IT'S A GOOD WAY FOR CANADIAN WOMEN'S GOLF TO DEFINITELY IMPROVE.

PETER KESSLER
SO WHEN THE GUY ASKED YOU TO BE PLAYING THE MEMBER GUEST, DID YOU DO THE NANCY LOPEZ TEST?

LORIE KANE
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
WOULD NANCY HAVE PLAYED IN THE MEMBER GUEST?

LORIE KANE
NANCY WOULD PROBABLY HAVE PLAYED IN THE MEMBER GUEST IF SHE COULD FIT IT INTO HER SCHEDULE.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)
HE LET YOU OFF THE HOOK.

LORIE KANE
HE DID

PETER KESSLER
BEFORE YOU EVEN HAD A CHANCE, I WAS CURIOUS TO SEE HOW YOU WERE GOING TO HANDLE, LET'S, LET'S SEE WHAT SCOTT IN NOVA SCOTIA WANTS TO ASK. HELLO SCOTT.

SCOTT FROM NOVA SCOTIA
GOOD EVENING.

PETER KESSLER
GOOD EVENING, SIR.

SCOTT FROM NOVA SCOTIA
GREAT SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU.

SCOTT FROM NOVA SCOTIA
GOOD EVENING, LORIE. HOW ARE YOU?

LORIE KANE
I'M GREAT, SCOTT.

SCOTT FROM NOVA SCOTIA
LISTEN, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU REGARDING YOUR, MO NORMAN. I KNOW YOU LIVE DOWN IN TITUSVILLE

LORIE KANE
I DO

SCOTT FROM NOVA SCOTIA
AND I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU'D HAD ANY CHANCE TO WORK WITH HIM OR GAINED KIND OF ADVISE FROM HIM.

LORIE KANE
I SEE MO QUITE REGULARLY, USUALLY EVERY DAY, THAT I'M NOT ON TOUR OR NOT TRAVELING. MO HAS ALL KIND OF LITTLE THING SOT TELL ME AND IT'S WHEN HE DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO TELL ME, IS WHEN I KNOW I'M DOING WELL, BUT HE IS NOT, AND VERY QUICK TO MENTION THAT I'M NOT SWINGING IT LIKE I USED TO AND HE DOESN'T REALLY TELL ME A LOT PERSONALLY.

HE WILL TALK TO DANNY AND KIND OF GIVE DANNY SOME INSIGHT. WE HAD TALKED ABOUT MY WEDGE PLAY AND I SPENT A COUPLE HOURS WITH MO JUST HITTING WEDGES, LAST FALL OR, I GUESS IN APRIL, BEFORE HE WENT BACK HOME TO CANADA AND WE WERE THERE AND I PROBABLY COULD HAVE SPENT THE WHOLE DAY AND NIGHT HITTING WEDGES WITH HIM BECAUSE HE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE. HE IS A, A GREAT GUY AND I'M SO HAPPY THAT I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW HIM AND WHAT HE'S DONE WITH GOLF AND HOW HE HITS THE GOLF BALL, I MEAN IT'S, HE'S 70 SOMETHING YEAR'S OLD AND IT'S QUITE AMAZING THAT HE'S HITTING IT THE WAY HE, HE DOES. HE PUT ON A LITTLE CLINIC AT LACITA COUNTRY CLUB WITH JAN STEPHENSON AND HER COACH, LAST WEEK BEFORE WE WENT UP TO GRAND CYPRESS, SO, IT WAS AMAZING TO WATCH HIM.

PETER KESSLER
WELL IT'S INCREDIBLE, I MEAN, WHEN HE TAKES OUT THE 5 IRON AND SAYS I'M GOING TO HIT IT 180 YARDS 20 FEET OFF THE GROUND

LORIE KANE
YES

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160 AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S EXACTLY WHAT

LORIE KANE
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
HE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE.

LORIE KANE
EXACTLY.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S PRETTY SCARY

LORIE KANE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND BY THE WAY, SEREE'S TEACHER IS TOM CREEVY, HERE

LORIE KANE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
IN ORLANDO. THAT SHE'S BEEN WORKING WITH SINCE LAST YEAR

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT. ALRIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK NOW. HERE'S A SWING THAT YOU'LL LIKE

LORIE KANE
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS ONE FROM THE '99 N ICHIREI.

LORIE KANE
OH THIS IS, THIS IS GOOD SHOT. JANICE MOODIE HAD JUST HIT BEFORE ME. SHE WAS MY TEAM MATE IN THIS MATCH. SHE PUT IT QUITE CLOSE TO THE HOLE AND I FOUND THE CUP FOR ONE MILLION YEN.
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK (LAUGHS)

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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.