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August 11, 2000

Lorie Kane


LAURA NEAL: Welcome. Go over your score card first.

LORIE KANE: We'll go with the front. I birdied 1. I had -- hit sand wedge to 22 feet. Bogeyed the third hole. Hit a 6-iron short of the green into a big hole and basically didn't get up-and-down. Then I holed out on the 5th hole from the bunker. 6th hole, I hit 7-iron, 6 feet. 13, I hit 5-iron, had 25 feet. 16, I hit a 9-iron 15 feet. And 18, I hit a 5-iron 8 feet.

Q. Sounds like you were pretty crisp with your irons today, Lorie?

LORIE KANE: I was pretty solid. I missed a couple of shots, but I was really quite pleased with the way I was swinging the club all day.

Q. How far was the shot you holed out?

LORIE KANE: Bunker shot, oh, it was a short bunker shot, maybe 20, 25 feet, 30 feet. I kind of was below the hole. It was one of those shots that you have a real good chance of making.

Q. I couldn't tell from where I was standing, but your second club -- how long was that putt? Didn't it go on the side?

LORIE KANE: The second putt.

Q. For bogey.

LORIE KANE: That was right in the heart.

Q. I couldn't tell from where I was.

LORIE KANE: If I had hit the first putt with enough on that line, it was in. I just didn't hit the putt hard enough.

Q. What did you do today that you perhaps didn't do yesterday? Or what went for you today that didn't drop for you yesterday?

LORIE KANE: Definitely the putter. I made some really good putts today that I had the same chances yesterday and just didn't capitalize on them. I think overall, the last couple of days, I've been swinging the club really well, and I know that out here if you get it on the green, you're going to give yourself some chances.

Q. When you looked ahead to today, is this what you saw in your mind, this kind of score, this kind of play?

LORIE KANE: Well looking at the scores from yesterday's morning round, I had a good feeling that a low number could be shot out here. And we had a long day yesterday, and it took a long time to finish. As a result, the greens got a little chewed up near the end of the day. I was looking forward to getting out on to some fresh greens this morning.

Q. Is this what you looked ahead and said: "This is what I want to accomplish on Day 2"?

LORIE KANE: You want to make birdies any day you're out there. I just wanted to get a little bit better than yesterday.

Q. Lorie, the birdie on 18 with the crowd behind, that just looked like an awesome scene out there.

LORIE KANE: It was very exciting. It's been awesome. I was joking with -- I can't remember what his name is from CTV, and I apologize for that. He mentioned yesterday that we might not have any crowds or as big of crowds as we had yesterday. And I said, who was that guy that mentioned that? Because there were a lot of people out there this morning. It surprised me. And it was really nice to see. It just goes to show you how important this tournament is and where we are and that the Ottawa fans want to see some good golf, and they're seeing it.

Q. How are you feeling with this being the major, potentially the last du Maurier, and being this thick in the hunt and this well after two rounds?

LORIE KANE: I'm feeling really good. I've been feeling, since I left St. Louis, that there would be one real nice thing to do for du Maurier, and to thank them for what they've done for us, is to get a Canadian to win this thing. And I truly believe that someone will see what's going on with this tournament and how important it is to Canadian sport, not just golf, but sport and women's sport for sure, that we're going to find somebody to pick this up. I'm feeling really good about the weekend, and I'm looking forward to having some more fun and to do some more entertaining.

Q. You're feeling good about your chances, obviously, going into the final two rounds after today.

LORIE KANE: Yes, you have to be positive. And what good hockey player said "Winning is an attitude"? I'm not saying his name anymore (laughter).

Q. (Inaudible.)

LORIE KANE: Absolutely. It's fun to have people watching you when -- I have to comment that the volunteers, the security that are following us around are doing a great job of trying -- this is a pretty tight golf course, and there's not a lot of places for people to stand. And they're doing a good job of trying not to -- the spectators definitely don't want to get in our way. And the volunteers are helping them control where they're going, and they're doing a real good job of --. I'm sure that it may be a distraction to other players that are playing with me or around me, because those chairs are really loud.

Q. Obviously things are just clicking for you today. How did you feel, everything, your whole golf game?

LORIE KANE: I feel very confident. I said yesterday teeing off that it's a feeling I haven't had in -- I don't think I've ever felt this confident and calm. And I know what I want to do, and I'm doing it. Danny and I are picking good clubs and managing ourselves around. And again today I made some great saves and got myself around the golf course with as few problems as possible.

Q. Lorie, you won by three shots last week. But if it gets tight on the weekend, how much will knowing that you can -- you've punched through, what will that be able to do for you?

LORIE KANE: Again, it's the confidence thing. You have to just keep building. And you can't look forward, but you can't look backward, either. You've got to stay in the present and play it one hole at a time. There's two long days of golf left. And tomorrow the goal is to go out and start off where I finished: Hit solid golf shots and give yourself some chances, and let's have some fun.

Q. That sequence at 16, 17, 18, and then on 1, you nearly birdied every hole. And on 17, I would say you must have just rolled by the side door.


Q. Was that the part of your round where you decided: Okay, we've got this thing going, here?

LORIE KANE: Yeah, absolutely. It's momentum. And once you get it, you have to keep riding it and keep building on it. Yesterday, I felt the whole group -- we'd make a birdie, then one of us would make a bogey, and that would just kind of wash out the birdie momentum. So I was trying to build and just trying to stay within my own game today and play the best I could.

Q. Does saving par on the last hole keep you going?

LORIE KANE: Saving par? I had a good chance at birdie. No, I'm just teasing. I'm just joking with you (laughter.) I hit my drive -- I shouldn't -- I stared the heck out of that one. And to get on the green was key. And once I got on the green, I said, "I'm going to give this one a chance." And I did.

Q. What was the length of that putt on No. 9?

LORIE KANE: The first putt would have been, I would say, 30 feet. It was pretty much side to side.

Q. Can you say where your saves were today, which holes?

LORIE KANE: Yes, I can do that for you, I think. The 8th hole, I got up-and-down out of the bunker. I would have to say that 9, yes, was a save, because I didn't have much of a lie in the rough after my drive. No. 10, I'd hardly call it a save. I was just in the front of the -- it was easier to chip in than anything. And that's about it.

Q. How many greens did you hit, Lorie?

LORIE KANE: How many greens did I hit? I hit 13 greens. I may have missed one there, but I think 13.

Q. Lorie, how are you handling the emotional aspect of what's happened on the course the last eight days? In the position you are in today, are you really as relaxed as you appear before us, or are you ready to blow up at any time?

LORIE KANE: No, I'm very relaxed.

Q. How are you able to do that?

LORIE KANE: I think I've been waiting my whole life to win a golf tournament, and the pressure I've been carrying and putting on my own self has been -- the weight of the world is gone. And I'm out here just having a blast. And I am as relaxed as I appear. I'm glad I look relaxed, because I am.

Q. Is that also where Danny comes into play today for you? You mentioned before how, shall we say, at appropriate times he gives you a kick in the pants -- I think that's how you worded it.

LORIE KANE: That's right.

Q. Is that also a comfort to you?

LORIE KANE: Absolutely. To know that -- we have a situation where he gets the number, picks the club, and I execute the shots. And when you're not too concerned about what's going on, or if I get too concerned about what's going on, he's the first one to: "Slow down. Here, this is the plan. Let's not veer from it. And keep working and keep moving forward." And he's very knowledgeable. He knows my golf swing inside out, and he's -- I've never seen Danny Sharp have a bad day. If I'm having one, he's going to let me know about it.

Q. Lorie, besides Annika and Karrie, who do you expect to come out of the pack on this course in the next few days?

LORIE KANE: Juli Inkster comes to mind really quick. There's just about anybody, because this golf course, you know, sets up good for the long hitters and also sets up for the girls who can have good wedge games. I know Se Ri is ready to bust out of there, too. It's anyone's game. Definitely Inkster. She'd be one I'd put my money on.

Q. Has this probably been the most exciting week, considering going from last Saturday, the buildup, and then coming here and really being the one person everybody is coming to see?

LORIE KANE: Of course. I've never experienced this before, ever. The attention is fun. I think it's great for the tournament. This is what we work for. This is what we are, we're in the entertainment business, and we try to bring people out to introduce them to the game of golf and the LPGA. And it's fantastic. I'm really -- the crowd has been awesome.

Q. Do you know the people carrying that PEI sign around out there?

LORIE KANE: Yes, I know several of those folks. I received a sign that's in the locker room that is probably as wide as this is, right here, and it's from my home club, signed by all the members, and a note. It's been wonderful, the congratulations I've been getting, the good-lucks and the flowers, and I've got a lovely bottle of Dom from the great people at Deloitte Consulting. So it's been really --. I know those ladies. They've actually -- they're very good friends of Mardi Lunn's, when Mardi won the tournament in Boston, Mardi was having a few wines with them. They were staying at the same hotel. I call those girls Mardi's fans, as well.

Q. So Mardi has Canadian fans?

LORIE KANE: Yes, she does. She has Prince Edward Island fans.

Q. Do you like your position? Do you like being first and second position going into Saturday and Sunday? Is that a good, comfortable place to be?

LORIE KANE: It is, a good, comfortable place to be. You just have to keep building, you have to make birdies. And I think I learned to be a little more comfortable last week, kind of sleeping with the lead on Sunday, and -- or Saturday. And I'm just going to keep making birdies.

Q. Lorie, did you happen to see the kids wearing the T-shirts, "I am Kane -adian"?

LORIE KANE: No, I haven't seen those.

Q. I was going to bring up the same point, because those kids wouldn't necessarily have been at this tournament two or three years ago. There's just a whole bunch of people that you have made come to watch you play.

LORIE KANE: Well, I hope that -- that kind of makes me feel good, because I was lucky that my mom and dad were golfers and got me involved in the game. And not every child's parents play golf. But if they want to come out and see the tournament, this is the best place to see it. And our golf is comparable to what they're going to grow up and learn to play. The LPGA is where it's at. And we encourage kids to come and watch our tournaments. It excites me to see young kids out here watching us play and learning a little bit more about the game. I think it's -- golf is a great game for kids to learn, because they learn sportsmanship like no other sport can teach. Etiquette -- there's rules. And golf is a game that you can learn life skills from golf. And I'm glad to see there's lots of kids out here.

Q. How are you going to make sure that your own family stays home this weekend?

LORIE KANE: Because I know that there's only a few flights out, and I don't know that they'll get here in time. No, if they wanted to come, they'll come, but I know that they're going to stay at home.

Q. Lorie, you spoke so highly of the du Maurier Series. Is there a chance that the Classic doesn't make it, is there still a chance the du Maurier Series could be saved?

LORIE KANE: I don't know. Maybe there is if -- I know du Maurier obviously can't be involved. But potential for somebody else to come and take that on a smaller scale. I think it would be wonderful. The Series is -- it's a really unique thing to Canada, and it really allows Canadian women who want to go to that next level as a club professional, to stay in the business on the playing side, to kind of have a little bit of both. Because, let's face it, at a club, people don't always want to take lessons from people who can't play, even if you are a professional. They want to know that you have a little bit of game. And they like to see their local club pros out playing in tournaments. And there's nothing for the girls to play in other than our Canadian PGA Championship and the du Maurier Series. I hope we can find a way to keep that going.

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