Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic First Round Notes and Interviews

Lake Merced Golf Club
Daly City, California
April 24, 2014


Rolex Rankings No. 30 Karine Icher (-6)
Rolex Rankings No. 4 Lydia Ko (-4)
Rolex Rankings No. 122 Dewi Claire Schreefel (-4)
Rolex Rankings No. 83 Mo Martin (-3)
Rolex Rankings No. 33 Morgan Pressel (-3)
Rolex Rankings No. 13 Michelle Wie (E)


The first round of the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic was suspended due to darkness at approximately 7:51 p.m. PST with the final player getting off the course at 8:08p.m. The round, whose start was delayed two hours due to fog in the Bay Area, will pick back up at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning with tee times for the second round remaining the same. Seven groups are still out on the course.

Karine Icher leads a group of five players, who are all in the clubhouse, by two-strokes after firing an impressive opening-round 66 (-6). 

“It was just a good day.,” Icher said. “I’m happy about that.  I stayed confident all through the round.”

Big Day for Ko
Lydia Ko had a big day on Thursday and it had little to do with her stellar play on the course as early on Thursday, Ko was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.

“You know, I just do what I love to do:  play good golf.  That’s where my confidence builds up.  Kind of be named in that top 100 of the most influential people in the world is huge,”  Ko said. “Top 100 in the country is big, but in the whole world, you know, it’s a huge honor, especially amongst the big names there.”

Some of the other big names joining Ko on the list include Pope Francis and Barack Obama.

While the off the course accolades were nice, Ko also put together a steady round of golf with six birdies against two bogeys en route to a 68 (-4) to sit two shots off the lead.  

On top of her solid play and accolade from TIME, Thursday was also Ko’s 17th birthday. Fans serenaded Ko with “Happy Birthday” on the first tee, several of her fellow players took to twitter to wish the 17-year old a happy birthday and the New Zealander was even greeted with a cake following the end of her round.  Asked about being sang to on the first tee Ko replied.

“Kind of embarrassing, but then so happy that a lot of people knew about my birthday.  I was happy and thanked all the people there who were singing.”

Martin Enjoying California Love
California native Mo Martin put together an impressive opening round 69 (-3) in her home state.

“I did everything pretty well today:  drove the ball well, hit my approaches well; and it was a very good putting day,” Martin said. “I really like this golf course because every shot is demanding.  From the tee to the approach, you’ve got to work it both ways  then you’ve got to putt well.  It’s got some challenging bunkers, too.  Kind of tests you all around.  I am a fan of the old California golf courses. My family has been here for six generations.  I was just saying maybe it’s in the blood.”

Martin, who is looking for her first-career LPGA victory, is playing with a heavy heart due to the recent passing of her grandfather, Lincoln, at the age of 102.

“I’m so blessed,” Martin said. “I think I said the other day I think I went like 20 innings with him.  I had so much extra time with him, and I loved every moment of it.”


Pressel Perseveres
Morgan Pressel was able to post one of the low rounds of the day, a 69 (-3), despite struggling with her swing. 

“Yeah, it was actually a bit of a struggle out there,” Pressel

admitted. “I’d say my short game definitely kept me in it.  I stayed patient.” 

Despite hitting a mere seven fairways, Pressel manged to sit in a tie for seventh thanks to a solid shortgame and a hot flatstick, needing only 28 putts on her round.   

“I didn’t hit the ball very well off the tee but I’m just going to go out there and work this afternoon,” Pressel said. “As poorly as I hit the ball, I’m right in it.  I’m grateful for that.”


Schreefel Solid on Day One
Dewi Claire Schreefel put together one of the best rounds of the day with a 68 to sit in a five-way tie for second place. Schreefel was solid all day hitting 15-of-18 greens and needing 28 putts on her round to find herself two back of the lead heading into the second round. 

“Putter was really, really nice day.  I mean, when you make birdies you’re rolling the putter well,” Schreefel said. “All in all I played really well from tee to green.”

Despite the delay, Schreefel was able to stick to her gameplan and tie her low round of the season.

“Well, I was luckily in bed when one of the other players texted me there was a delay,” Schreefel explained. “So I just had a pleasant morning where I’m staying.  I relaxed and kept to my routine and didn’t come out here earlier than I would.”


Pair of TLPGA Players in the Hunt

One of the many unique aspects of the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is that the event is co-sanctioned with the Taiwan LPGA, and features 17 players from Taiwan and the TLPGA. A pair of those players, Huei-Ju Shih and Wei Ling Hsu find themselves on the leaderboard in a tie for 12th after opening round 70s (-2). 


Quote of the Day
“Yeah, I think the strategy on this golf course is to stay short of the hole. It’s a tough golf course, especially with the wind and temperature.  Gets so cold.  You try to get to stay warm and try to catch the right wind and you go with it and make some putts.” –Karin Icher talking about her opening round 66 and her strategy for the course.


The Social Scene
The morning fog created quite a stir with players, several of whom took to social media to discuss it.

One of the more humorous tweets came from Jaclyn Sweeney who tweeted that the morning wave was delayed by @KarlTheFog, San Francisco’s fog’s Twitter persona with over 40,000 followers.

“Thanks to @big_MatTeO I am told that the fog that has delayed @SwingingSkirts morning wave has a name and a twitter handle @KarlTheFog #karl” - (@JaclynSweeney22)

KARINE ICHER (-6)

Q. He said you guys decided to kind of not putt downhill.
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, I think the strategy on this golf course is to stay short of the hole.

Q.  Okay.
KARINE ICHER:  And try as much as you can to be that uphill putt.

On 17 I had a downhill putt.  I had a really good shot.  I was kind of dead, but it was difficult.

So I think it's the key on this course.  Today I had good driving, good putting.  My coach help me a lot yesterday because he came and help me on the range, on the putting green.

Things are going great, so...

Q.  Staying steady?  I mean, a lot of players seem to a problem, either one bad hole or tee shots or...
KARINE ICHER:  It's a tough golf course, especially with the wind and temperature.  Gets so cold.  You try to get to stay warm and try to catch the right wind and you go with it and make some putts.

Q.  You have to feel good about the first day.
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, it's a good score.  Hope to be on the same feeling tomorrow.  Probably going to have rain, so we will see.

Q.  Is your little girl here.
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, she's here.

Q.  So go pick her up and have dinner?
KARINE ICHER:  Now we have to pick her up, give her a bath, feed her, and go back to bed, so...

Q.  We both have almost three year olds, so we understand.
KARINE ICHER:  You know.

Q.  What else?
KARINE ICHER:  No, it was just a good day.  Happy about that.  I stayed confident all through the round.

Q.  Did you hit every green in regulation?
KARINE ICHER:  I missed one par-3, No. 3.  Yes, No. 3.

Q.  Amazing consistency.
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, no, it was a good day.  Sometimes you have good days, so you take it.


LYDIA KO (-4)

Q. Did it feel like a good round out there?
LYDIA KO:  Definitely.  You know, I didn't really know what to think after bogey on the first hole, and especially three putting.  I definitely had a chance of making a par there.

Yeah, you know, I guess I backed it up well with a birdie on 2.

I kind of took confidence from that.

Q.  With the greens that firm, was there more thinking on the approach shots than normal?
LYDIA KO:  I think so, especially when you get some downhill lies.  They're really tough to, you know, spin.  Even though you're on a flat lie, it's tough to spin there, too.

It's tough.  I played good today, so hopefully good memories and positive thinking for tomorrow.

Q.  I know you look up to Michelle.  What were you thinking when you putted out on 17 and she is telling you to go hit that tee shot?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I wanted to finish today.  I was not going to come out here at 6:  30 in the morning and play one hole.  I definitely knew where she was coming from.

And there you go.  There is the horn.  So thank God we're not coming tomorrow.  Yeah, you know, it was just get it in the hole.  I was thinking just hit the fairway.  I don't know where it goes.

Q.  Good playing.  Thanks for your time as always.
LYDIA KO:  Thank you.

Q.  What was that like when everyone was singing you happy birthday as you were walking out to the tee?
LYDIA KO:  Kind of embarrassing, but then so happy that a lot of people knew about my birthday.  I was happy and thanked all the people there who were singing.

Q.  And today not only is your birthday, but they announced that you're one of Time's influential people in the world.  What is that honor like at 17?
LYDIA KO:  It's huge.  You know, I just do what I love to do:  play good golf.  That's where my confidence builds up.  Kind of be named in that top 100 of the most influential people in the world is huge.
Top 100 in the country is big, but in the whole world, you know, it's a huge honor, especially amongst the big names there.


DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL (-4)

Q. Great opening round: 68.  What was working for you out there today?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL:  Everything pretty good.  I think the stats for driving are not going to show that I hit it pretty good, but when I missed it was solid.  So it was still out there.  I got out of the rough okay.

Putter was really, really nice day.  I mean, when you make birdies you're rolling the putter well.

I had some shots in there that I didn't really have to make long putts, but I made some decent ones, too, like 25- and 20-footers.

All in all I played really well from tee to green.

Q.  A lot of the talk this week is about how difficult this course is playing and is going to play.  Talk about the challenges that this course presents to a golfer.
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL:  I was a little surprised when people said it was really tough, but I think the colder it's going to get, the rainy, the windy, the teeth of the course are going to show.

It's going to be longer and you're going to hit longer clubs in.  The greens are playing pretty firm, so it's going to be hard to get it close and keep it on the green.

Today there wasn't that much wind.  That's why I think the scores are reasonably low.  At times we go way lower.  That's why you still see some under-par scores.

So we'll see what brings tomorrow.  I mean, I think tomorrow is going to be a sketchy day with the weather.  We'll see what it is.

I think if you drive the ball well, you get some roll out of the fairways and you have shorter clubs in.  Again, if it's going to blow hard, it's all different.

Q.  You mentioned the weather.  Talk about the two-hour delay you had this morning and what you did during that time.
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL:  Well, I was luckily in bed when one of the other players texted me there was a delay.  So I just had a pleasant morning where I'm staying.  I relaxed and kept to my routine and didn't come out here earlier than I would.

Just did my thing.  I can see if you're out here and the first tee time it's annoying, because you're getting ready and you can't start and you have to wait and wait and wait and have to get ready in a different rhythm.

But not for me.  I mean, I knew what was happening and I just kept to my routine.

Q.  Finally, going off that, you got your 18 in today.  Some people aren't going to be able to.  Do you see that as an advantage going into tomorrow?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL:  Oh, definitely.  Especially when you have your round going like I did, you don't want to stop.  You want to keep the good rhythm.  You don't want to have to rush and then rush to come out here in the morning and feel all different.

So, I mean, it's a huge plus to finish the round.  I think a bunch of them are going to finish, but I feel for them that are not going to finish.  And it's going to be so cold, so...


MICHELLE WIE (E)

MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, it's a tough golf course.  I'll take even par round.  I think it's a good position in the first round.  I just need to make some more birdies tomorrow morning and go from there.

Q.  What happened on the first hole?  I didn't see it.
MICHELLE WIE:  (Laughing.)  I hit it right and then I went in the bunker on the 6th hole.

Q.  On the 6th hole?
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, then it was like a whole circus just because I was trying to hit it down the 6th hole so I was waiting for them to finish the hole.  So that took a while.

Then I hit a 5-iron, I hit the lip, and I just went over the bunker.  Chipped out and then hit a 7-iron to about 15 fight, which I almost made.

Q.  That's the kind of stuff we do.
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, quick trip to the (indiscernible) didn't hurt anyone.

Q.  You got a drop.  Was that the sprinkler head in your stance?
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah.

Q.  You said you need to make some birdies in the morning.  Where do you feel like you stand in the tournament?  Even par kind of keeps you in the fray a little bit.
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, like I said, I had a lot of birdie opportunities on the back nine that I just didn't really take advantage of.

Hopefully go out there tomorrow, start off on the back nine, and make some birdies early on.

Q.  This is the first time you've played here.  You've never played at Blackhawk?
MICHELLE WIE:  No, I never.  No.

Q.  So this is your first event competitively, right?
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Q.  Any Stanford comments?  What was the gallery like today?
MICHELLE WIE:  Nothing.  It was pretty quiet.  It was nice.

Q.  Pretty good size.
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, a lot of people.  Hopefully see some more out on the weekend.

Q.  The sun would help.
MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah.


MORGAN PRESSEL (-3)

MODERATOR:  We'd like to welcome one of our co-leader into the interview room, Morgan Pressel.  Congratulations.  A great 3-under par, 69 today.

Got to feel pretty good about how you played out there today.  Take me through your round.  What was working well in your game?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  Yeah, it was actually a bit of a struggle out there.  I say my short game definitely kept me in it.  I stayed patient.  I didn't hit the ball very well off the tee.  Missed a lot of fairways, and a few of them hit trees and bounced back into the fairways.

Got a little lucky on occasion were I took advantage of the holes where I could.  Nearly had two hone-in-ones today, so that was kind of exciting.  Would have been more exciting if they had gone in.  On 12 I like hit the pin, I'm like Ah, 100,000 grand.  That would have been nice.

But I'm just going to go out there and work this afternoon.  As poorly as I hit the ball, I'm right in it.  I'm grateful for that.  I certainly putted well.  Just need to kind of straighten out the driver a little bit and get back after it this afternoon.

MODERATOR:
  What does that tell you about where you were mentally when your swing isn't necessarily there but you find a way to shoot a score like you did today?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  I think that's a big difference for me this year in general.  That kind of round where I am hitting everything poorly and to the right, I would get frustrated and down and wouldn't have been have been able to scrape around a 3-under par round.

So definitely stayed tough.  It's a tough golf course.  I knew nobody was going to go out there and blitz it.  If I could occasionally get it into position for the best chance to make par and occasionally make a putt for birdie I would be doing okay.

MODERATOR: 
Everyone has been talking about this course.  Everyone seemed excited to get here this week and see it.  What have your thoughts been on the golf course?  As you said, it's playing tough.  Is it the kind of golf course you like to play?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  It's definitely the kind of golf course, because I'm basically a straight ball hitter.  Wasn't quite the case today.

I like a tough test.  I'm not such a fan of courses that are birdiefests.  I like one that tests all aspects of your game, and this one certainly does.  Even once you get it on the green it's no bargain.  The greens are very difficult.

The cold, kind of damp air makes it more challenging.  The ball doesn't fly as far, and the rough is thick as can be.

MODERATOR:  Watching you over the past year, it seems your game has really been coming.  You played really well kind of trying to make the Solheim Cup team.  Worked really hard on that; did that.
But you seem to be in a really good place personally, professionally.  Are you about as happy and content in life right now as you've ever been?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Yeah, I'm very comfortable out here.  I'm enjoying it.  I've been married now for a year and a little bit.  My husband is one of my biggest supporters, and it's been a fun journey together.

You know, I just don't put quite as much pressure on myself anymore, and I think that's made a big difference.

MODERATOR:  Questions for Morgan?
Q.  Mo said she warmed up four times.  That makes it challenging when you're waiting to start.  Can you take us through your morning, and maybe also your final hole on the front nine, as you used an example of you going off to the right of the fairway and recovering for par?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Yeah, so this morning we were just kind of -- they were announcing the update right before I would have needed to start my warmup, so when I was just about ready to go out they would say it's delayed.

So I was what, about an hour and 15 minutes after the first tee time, so I had a little bit of leeway where I didn't have to keep going out and warming up like one the first groups would.

But we were sitting around inside and I was --  I'm like I'm just going to go hit some balls.  Because I can because I have been hitting it so poorly and I knew that I needed to go practice a little bit more.
So I went out there a little early and had a full range session when no one.  Nobody was really on the range because they kept delaying it.

Then I went in and had a third breakfast and came out for just a few balls before I tee'd off.  So I kind of warmed up early and hit a couple shots before I tee'd off.

Q.  And 18?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  So on 18 I hit a drive to the right, which was my trend, and hit the tree.  Came down pretty far back.  Just hit a 6-iron up the left, kind of a punch 6-iron.

I had another 6-iron to the green.  Might have needed one more club.  Thought I hit a pretty good shot, but ended up short of the green.  Had a tough little chip.  Hit it to about 10 feet and made it for par.

So that's how some of my holes certainly went today.  Then on the next hole, missed a drive right.  Hit it in the front left bunker and hit a great bunker shot to two and a half feet and missed that.
So it was a little bit of both.

Q.  On 18 you were in the bunker?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Yeah.

Q.  A friend of mine I guess knows somebody you played with in the pro-am and said you were complaining about hitting the ball and weren't too confident going into this.  Is that the case?  Why did you feel that way?  Obviously worked out.
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Because I probably missed more fairways yesterday than today.  Didn't hit it very well.

Same thing.  Just getting frustrated.  So I spent quite a while after the round yesterday.  Even though I played late was on the range for a while after my pro-am.  That's why I went out a little bit earlier today.

It didn't seem to work, but I was hitting my irons better today than yesterday, so maybe tomorrow it'll all come together.

Q.  Looking a little your record the last five years, so many high finishes but obviously haven't won in a while.  How restless are you to break through again?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Like I said a minute ago, I'm trying not to put so much pressure on myself.  I'm out here just playing a game for a living.

I certainly want to win and play well and those are my goals, but I'm working on just getting a little bit better ever day and trying to -- like I come off the golf course today and I'm going to work on what I feel like I need to work on, and not with winning in my mind, even though I am tied for the lead.

I just need to come out tomorrow and play better and not worry about what anybody else is doing.  If I come out and I play the way that I feel like I'm capable of playing, I don't think it would be an issue.

Q.  Your round in Phoenix, you had a quick start there, too.  Any comparisons?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Maybe low expectations, because I did the same thing in Phoenix.  I was so made with my golf swing and felt terrible.

So I guess lower expectations gets me off to a hot are start.  I don't know.

MODERATOR:  Few more bad rain sessions.

Q.  Were you hitting last night then you said you played late?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Maybe 45 minutes after my pro-am.  Maybe about 6:00.

Q.  So it wasn't dark?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  No, no.  We took off about noon.

Q.  How are you different now than the Kraft Nabisco many, many years ago?  You mentioned not getting frustrated as easily.  Is that the biggest difference between you at 25 and 17 or 18?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Yeah, I think I've gone through a lot of changes over the years.  Times when I've been overly aggressive and times when I've been the opposite and a little tentative.

I think now I'm just trying to find a little bit of a balance in golf and life and everything else.  I don't know.  I mean, I've grown up, so I don't know.  That's a tough question.

I just feel more comfortable.  I've learned a lot over all the years.  Every round that we play is a chapter in a book of learning for us.  You find something that went wrong and some way that you can fix it.  You know, my big Rolodex of swing thoughts that I have.

My game has changed a lot and I've changed a lot.

MODERATOR:  Is it different now being tied for the lead?  Do you look at that differently now in your career compared to earlier in your career?  Is there more of a comfort level?  Ease?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Well, you certainly -- I don't know.  Being in the lead, it's something that you think about.  I can't say that I don't.  But it is Thursday, so it's a little early.  I know that I have a long way to go and I know what I have to work on.

Q.  Any thoughts on the LPGA being back in San Francisco?  Just with all the culture and diversity here, what it means to the tour and you to.
MORGAN PRESSEL:  I think it's great.  I think it's great to be back here in San Fran.  You know, grateful to Swinging Skirts for bringing us back here.  Look at the crowds.  Everybody is excited that we're here.  It's nice to be in a city.  We don't often get to stay in, cities, especially one as awesome as San Fran.

It's just a great place to spend the week.  Happy that we could come.

Q.  Couple questions.  One on the course.  Now that you've played it, where does it rank?  Most players seem to think it's one of the harder ones you play.
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Definitely that's what I heard before I came.  It's tough.  They were right.  It's very tough.

But like I said, I like a challenge.  I think in terms of courses that we play on tour, it's definitely up there.  It's a good test of golf.  Those are the courses that I prefer the most.
So I would put it right up there with some of our better course on tour for sure.

Q.  The other question is, I'm curious of your thoughts on Lydia Ko and sort of this wave of teenagers.  Not that long ago you were headlining that wave, you and Michelle.  Now it's six, seven years later.  What are your thoughts on them and just how the LPGA has evolved in the last seven, eight years?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  I think it's great.  Great for the tour.  A lot of youth.  They're the future.  At one point I was the future; now I'm just here.  (Laughter.)  Been here for nine years.

I certainly feel like I have some years left.  But they've got a lot of years left.  I remember when I was their age thinking, God, nine, ten years from now, that seems like forever away.  And I'm already here.  Does go by fairly quickly.

But I think it's great for the fans.  I think they love watching the youth and their excitement and passion that they show.  It's just they're so good.  It's a lot of fun to play with them, too.

Q.  You're only 25.  Does that feel different because of them?
MORGAN PRESSEL:  Well, we'll be saying the same thing about them.  Even more about Lydia.  She'll have been out here for 10 years at 25.  I mean, I am still young, so some people don't remember that I've been out here for nine years.

I mean, that's why I think I still have some time left.  Hopefully my best golf is still ahead of me.

MODERATOR:  Any more questions?  Morgan, I still think of you as young.  Don't think of yourself as old.  Thank you very much.

MO MARTIN (-3)

MODERATOR:  Good afternoon everyone.  We would like to welcome in our current leader, Mo Martin, into the interview room.  First off, congratulations.  A great 3-under par round on a difficult golf course out there.

A little bit of a delay this morning due to the fog.  Just take me through your round.  How were you able to put together such a fabulous round out there today?

MO MARTIN:  As always, one shot at a time.  I did everything pretty well today:  drove the ball well, hit my approaches well; and it was a very good putting day.

Just dissected the golf course.  I really like this golf course because you've got to -- every shot is demanding.  From the tee to the approach, you've got to work it both ways - or you have to be able to.
Then you've got to putt well.  It's got some challenging bunkers, too.  Kind of tests you all around.  I am a fan of the old California golf courses, so...

My family have been here for six generations.  I was just saying maybe it's in the blood.

MODERATOR:  Different players seem to feed off different golf courses.  You seem like a player who's fared well in it seems like tougher golf courses.  Do you like the test you get when you have to really think your way through a golf course?
MO MARTIN:  I do, definitely.  I think it keeps you in the moment.  My accuracy is my biggest strength.  I don't hit the ball too far, so just keep it in play, and when I get the putter rolling and my approaches, I mean, it's really fun to play well on these courses.

MODERATOR:  You've been playing well in recent weeks.  Has there been something in your game that's really come together recently that's led to a string of finding something, I guess?
MO MARTIN:  Well, no.  I mean, a couple years ago, the start of the season before this, I started working with Ian Triggs and he's helped me quite a bit.  It's been nice to check in with him.  He's kept me on a good path.

I haven't done anything drastic and didn't change anything in the off season.  Th significant thing was my grandpa passed away about a month ago.  So that was definitely emotional.  Still is.  I've got an L around my neck that I'm wearing.  Actually been wearing that for a couple months.  Reminds me of him.

I just think in the last month I've been able to reflect and just been -- just really been filled with gratitude, and especially with my family, the way everybody has come together and treated the situation.

MODERATOR:  For those of the media members in here that didn't know Lincoln, he was a fabulous man, one I feel very blessed to have gotten the opportunity to know.

Can you just tell everyone about Lincoln and what made him so special.  I love the fact that he ate ice cream every morning and said that was a key to longevity in life.  Made my diet seem a lot better.

MO MARTIN:  It would really be hard to do him justice in a couple sentences.  But greatest person I've ever met.  He was definitely my role model.  Changed my life when I got to know him in the last 10 years.  Most peaceful person I've ever met.

I believe he had six U.S. patents and didn't say a word about them.  Not a single word.  I didn't know about them until recently.  So very humble.  Just always had a smile on his face and so pleasant to be around.  Everybody out here loved him.  He followed women's golf and he was a fan of everyone.

And the ice cream, yeah, he had ice cream on his cereal every single morning.

MODERATOR:  The key to long life.  And how old exactly was he when he passed?
MO MARTIN:  102.

MODERATOR:  102.  One of those significant human beings that leaves a lasting impact.  I was reading Bethann Nichol's (ph) article which was really wonderful, on Lincoln, and kind of brought back some memories.

I liked the fact where she said how you said your aunt I think it was made a T-shirt that said you were Lincoln Martin's granddaughter.  Lincoln got to be so famous out here.  Everyone knew him and he was always on his scooter and we always felt blessed to have a chance to get to know him whenever he stopped by.  So I know he's still out there watching, just in a different spot.  He's probably got the best view out of anybody.

MO MARTIN:  Yeah, he's up there riding a Segway eating ice cream.  That's for sure.

Q.  I saw in the media guide where it said he traveled to events as late as when he was 100.  How often did he come?
MO MARTIN:  My rookie year came out to nine events, so definitely traveled.  This is my third year, so he was 100.  Came out to nine events.

And last year, haven't counted them, but I would say it's in the region of four or five.  Five probably.  He traveled out to Rochester last year, so...

Q.  That is something to be that age and be out there.
MO MARTIN:  I'm so blessed.  I think I said the other day I think I went like 20 innings with him.  I had so much extra time with him, and I loved every moment of it.  He was lucid and funny and his memory was intact.

They were really fun years.

Q.  You talked about him being such an important influence on you.  Can you share any stories?  Maybe it's away from golf; maybe it's golf.  And maybe a little more on the patents that you just told us about.
MO MARTIN:  Oh, okay.  Well, jeez, he would tell me a lot -- and actually one of the last things he said to me, he wasn't feeling well and he said, Don't push it, let it fall.  So he would say that to me a lot.

He was an extremely hard worker.  He was well into his 90s -- probably up to until 101 he would be up at 6:30, dressed, fully dressed, nicely, and eating breakfast at 6:30, 7:00.  Table would be set.  He was like that really until the day he passed.

I couldn't think of a better influence.  He was just extremely humble and kind.  Another thing, I never heard him say a bad word about anybody or anything.  I never heard the man complain.  That's never.  So that's really impressive to me.  That's a huge lesson.  I couldn't ask for a better grandpa.

Q.  (Question regarding flavor of ice cream.)

MO MARTIN:  A couple years ago we found an ice cream, triple vanilla, so he would put that on his Cocoa Rice Krispies.  Instead of milk he would put half and half on it.  He would drink coffee and Coke.  I would offer him water sometimes and he would be funny about it.  He would say, No, I don't touch that stuff.

His theory about diet was if it tastes good, eat it.  And when you're full, stop.  If you pay attention to those two things, you're doing pretty well.

Q.  (No microphone.)
MO MARTIN:  Oh, yeah, it's great.  I eat oatmeal, which is a small variation in the morning.  But I put half and half on it, too.  He taught me well there.

Q.  Back to today's round, this course - you've been around on various courses -  how does this course compare as one of the tougher ones that you play?  Because of the weather this seems like a hardy experience.  You got fog and you don't know what's going to happen.
MO MARTIN:  Yeah, fog is not something you can watch a radar and predict.  I think I warmed up four times today.  We were the second group off, so I was on and off the range.

I mean, that's kind of -- mentally you got to stay focus and prepared for whenever it does burn.  Because when it started to burn off it burned off quickly, and then actually it came back.

So kind of second and third holes, we could still see the balls, but the fog definitely came back in.

To answer your question, it's definitely one of the more difficult golf courses.  It's challenging in every department.  I also think it's a fair golf course.  A couple times I barely missed the green and I was in a good cut.  It wasn't like it fell off.  I think it's a very difficult but very fair golf course.

Q.  When you say the fog came back, was that a delay at that point?
MO MARTIN:  It wasn't a delay.  We played through it.  The fog was just kind of rolling in and out all morning.  Just have to be prepared.  Didn't know if there was going to be another delay.  If it had continued to roll in, we would have had another delay.  But we didn't.

Q.  You said you're a big fan of old California golf courses.  What features do you mean when you say that, and what features exist here that put Lake Merced in that category?
MO MARTIN:  I just think of old trees, rough, fairly narrow.  I mean, that's kind of what I got comfortable with growing up.  You know, there are all kinds of courses in California, but I do think that's kind of a hallmark of it.

Q.  (No microphone.)
MO MARTIN:  I grow up in Pasadena, and my family was her before the 49ers.  We've been here fore six generations.

Q.  Was it windy today?
MO MARTIN:  It was windy.  The wind was a little bit inconsistent.  I thought this week we would have a real steady wind off the water, but today it was going a little bit cross.
It changed a little bit, so we had to keep an eye on that.

Q.  You said here for six generations.  You mean living in San Francisco or...
MO MARTIN:  Actually the valley or L.A.  So central and southern.  I'm native.

Q.  Along those lines, does that mean your grandfather traveled from California to Rochester last year?
MO MARTIN:  Oh, yes.

Q.  Was that one of his last ones?
MO MARTIN:  Yes.  He traveled from -- went from Porterville, which is a small kind of sleepy town, down to Bakersfield.  I think he had two more stops before getting to Rochester.  So traveled quite a ways to come see me.

MODERATOR:  Any more questions for Mo?
Thank you very much.  Thank you for sharing so much on Lincoln.  I know he's a special person, and one that you have led his example and carried that on.  Even though he's no longer with, us you are carrying that legacy on.

Great playing.  We look forward to seeing you more this week.

MO MARTIN:
  Thank you very much.

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