Q. Taking the concept of the foreign players dominating right now, can you think of something that might be done or the reason that the Americans are kind of taking a back seat at this particular time? Is there something in the training or the discipline of the foreign players that perhaps we don't do?
NANCY LOPEZ: I really like to probably look at that. I think that when you look at all the Korean players that have come over here, they are very, very good players. I don't know why we have gone away from that here in the United States. I feel like -- I feel like we have had pretty good junior programs but when you see the players that are coming up you see more foreign players having the great players that are coming up. I don't know if it's, you know, the parents, what they are doing, if they are you know, not supporting their kids in more, you know, more sports, more golf. I know when I was growing up I didn't have computers. I hardly watched television, but I was doing something with my mom and dad and my dad played golf. So I played golf with him. And he took the time to do that. I think that lots of times and probably Ray and are guilty too, we could spend a little more time doing something with our kids to play golf our daughters don't play golf. Ashley is a softball player and Erinn is a basketball player and Torri, she plays some golf with us when we go out on the golf course. I think it's really you know, the parents have to introduce the sport to their child and take them out there and show them the interest to keep that growing because it's hard-- I know when we were playing golf it was a rich man's sport and for us to have the opportunity to go out on the golf course and play wasn't that easy. I know junior programs really didn't exist when I was coming up. I played golf with the guys, my age, and really got better because I played with them. But I think that we really need to push -- encourage the young girls to come out and play golf. If we can bring programs to every city that we come to when we have an LPGA event, and have something -- because I know kids are always looking for something to do to be a part of and if they can come out and see golf, women's golf, I think you can start an interest there and keep it going, but it is more time-consuming. You see a lot of kids playing other sports because it doesn't take as much time. Golf, you know, if I -- when I look back on it every day when I played, you know, there's four, five hours, six hours of my day to practice, but it is what I wanted to do. You have got -- you have got to form the interest first I think to bring those girls out here. I think in other countries there's probably not -- I know soccer is very popular in England and some other countries, but golf has been something that, I think, that the parents have said this is something we can encourage you to do and you can become a professional and you can make a living doing it. I think that they have encouraged them in that way and with that, they have gotten trainers for these girls. I know Se Ri Pak has had trainers for ever, I think, helping her and coaches working on her golf game. So I think that they just -- they set a goal, let's play golf, and I think over here there's so many things to do that the young kids just aren't interested in just golf. They do other things, and because like I said, golf is more time consuming maybe, but I think that we're going to work on that. I think the LPGA is going to work on encouraging young women to start playing golf, really push that and I think that that would be a great thing because I would like to see more American players coming up with a kind of golf that they need to come out here and win golf tournaments.
Q. Are you saying that there's no substitute for having a parent that's interested? You have any amount of these programs but if your parent weren't taking you out to play you are not going to get there...
NANCY LOPEZ: I think that's where it starts. In junior programs, if you can bring the kids out, get them interested, then I think they can influence the parents to help them also to keep them going saying, mom and dad, I want to play golf. I think it is a great sport, let's play golf. I think that that would be one way to get them interested, but I know we did a junior clinic years ago in Los Angeles, and I think there was supposed to be about 150 kids. It ended up being about 400 kids that came and it was great. It was a lot of fun. They gave me the 6 year olds or -- 60 of them. It was really fun. They were really interested, but yet a lot of those kids didn't have the money to play golf, but every week we would donate shoes, clubs, different stuff to help these kids and distribute all that stuff to give them the opportunity to do that. I think The 1st Tee Program is helping in that respect to get kids out there to play a little bit more golf.
It's such a great sport. It is something that you can do with your parents but it is something that's a great sport you can do for a long, long time.
Q. Any pressure on you from the LPGA to stay given that there's certain instability perhaps in the Tour at the moment?
NANCY LOPEZ: No, I mean, there's not any pressure for me to stay out here. I think that I always look at the other players and hope that they can, you know, carry the torch that has been carried through all the years on the LPGA Tour and we do have the players that can do that. We have got great players out here. Television is going to help us. If we could have television every weekend, I feel that women's golf would be very, very popular, but it's hard when you don't see us every weekend. You just see us once in a while and get to see the competitiveness of the players out there. Like last week, if that tournament would have been on television I think that you'd see the great players that we have and it has to be consistent though week-in and week-out like it has always been for the men. But I will still be around in spirit, and support the LPGA as long as I live because it is a wonderful organization and it has been a part of my life for a long, long time.
NANCY LOPEZ: I don't know for sure what I am going to do right now with the Senior Tour. I won't be able to play any of the events this year, I believe, because I am going to be busy doing other stuff, but I would certainly like to play a little bit maybe next year, you know, once in a while. I really didn't want to leave this Tour to join another Tour. I would love to support that Tour though and help them in any way that I can. But my priorities are going to be my family and other things that I want to do and then if I can play in other event, I will.
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