August 24, 2000
SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY
USGA: Why don't you give us a little run down.
JAMES DRISCOLL : I think the match was even through nine holes. I won the first hole
with a birdie and then he birdied -- I don't know what hole he birdied -- he birdied 2
maybe. Yeah, I think he birdied 2. We both birdied 3. We played really well, we were both
under par for the front nine. Then I birdied 10, 12, 14 and 15 to close out the match. I
played really well on that back nine. Didn't make any bogeys for the day.
Q. Second nine bogeys?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Not really, couple tap-ins. The longest putt was probably on 10, I
made a 15-footer.
JAMES DRISCOLL : My short irons were pretty good. My wedges were pretty good.
Q. You had no bogeys and how many birdies?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Six.
Q. That would be a 65.
JAMES DRISCOLL : Well, with three holes left. But...
Q. Yeah. What's the...(Inaudible)?
JAMES DRISCOLL : It's my fifth amateur. Last year was the only time I made Match Play,
I made it to the quarterfinals and lost to David Gossett.
Q. You just graduated?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Yes.
Q. What are your plans after this?
JAMES DRISCOLL : I'm going to go to the qualifying tournament this fall. I'm going to
turn pro right after this.
Q. What's your major at UVA?
JAMES DRISCOLL : I was a history major.
Q. Strength of your game? Other than short irons.
JAMES DRISCOLL : Actually short iron's probably the weakest part of my game, it's just
that today it was on. I don't know, probably long game, tee balls and long irons is
probably the strength of my game which helps a lot. The first couple holes out here,
especially in the morning when the ball's not going quite as far, you can have 4-and
5-irons in the first couple holes. That helps. I usually have been getting off to pretty
good starts in the course.
Q. What round did you lose to Gossett last year?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Quarterfinals.
Q. You had a good senior season in college, have had a pretty good summer. Coming in,
has World Amateur Team Championship been on your mind? Was it on your mind coming in, and
how do you kind of feel about it now that you're back into the quarterfinals?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Well, I got -- I didn't even think about it at all this summer. Like I
didn't even know it was the year of the world team championship. Then I got a letter from
the USGA saying that I was being considered. Then I started thinking about it a lot,
because I mean it would be a great honor to play for my country, being that there are only
four guys chosen. I figured it would be a huge honor, great way to end my amateur career.
But to be honest, this week I haven't even thought about it once. It's weird. I thought
about it a lot this summer. Right after I got the letter. But this week I haven't really
thought about it at all.
Q. Both Courville and Gregorski, do you know either one of them very well?
JAMES DRISCOLL : I played at Courville with Northeast Am this year, I've never met
Q. We don't know who's gonna win that match. Is your family -- did your family come
JAMES DRISCOLL : Yes, my parents are here and I think every -- all my brothers here. I
have five older brothers and an older sister. I think they're all here.
Q. All your siblings?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Everyone's here. I sometimes lose track of all of them. I think
they're all here.
Q. Where do you fit?
JAMES DRISCOLL : I'm the youngest.
Q. Are all of them golfers?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Kind of. To different levels. But some are pretty good and some aren't
Q. You're the best?
JAMES DRISCOLL : Yeah.
Q. How are your emotions heading into the final, the next stage here?
JAMES DRISCOLL : I don't know. I'm pretty calm. I think it's gonna help a lot that I
made it to the quarterfinals last year because I was a little bit shocked last year at the
-- that day of quarterfinals. Because it's an afternoon tee time. The crowds were a lot
bigger last year for the quarterfinals. It just -- I wouldn't say I was rattled but I was
a little uncomfortable. I'm a lot more calm this year kind of knowing what to expect.
Hopefully I can play a lot better than I did last year in the quarters. I didn't play well
Q. You're going to play Mid-Am obviously tomorrow. Is it any different playing an older
guy, a veteran who's steady? Do you change your game accordingly or no?
JAMES DRISCOLL : I don't change my game at all. I don't know, it's not -- I think some
of the Mid-Ams are -- don't hit it quite as far but they -- so you can think you've got an
advantage off a tee or something but they end up hitting a 4-or 5-iron in there ten feet.
So I think playing with Mid-Am in different terms it's gonna help. You know they're going
to have birdie putts the same length as you. You just can't underestimate them even if
they hit it shorter. I know Courville hits it really far so it won't be any different
really if I play him. I don't know about Gregorski. But it's all about numbers though. It
doesn't really matter how you do it. You know they're gonna make birdies so you just got
to make as many as you can.
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