LEGENDS OF THE HALL: Gordie Smith
00:00-00:30 – Intro sequence, Hello, etc. Host Bruce Rainnie introduces interviewee Gordie Smith.
01:10 – GS advises that amateur golfers should adjust their expectations and keep things basic wrt playing golf.
02:00 – Father got GS and brothers interested in golfing. GS grew up caddying for his father and his father’s friends.
02:33 – Hung around the golf course – back when GS was younger it was more possible to play at night – played Par 27 after golf course closed.
03:30 – Signature Mustache – shaved right before Canadian Open.
04:15 – Known for hitting balls quite far, over 300 yards. Jerry MacMillan also known for long shot. GS believes that hitting hard and far was influenced by hockey players golfing.
05:30 – Meets John Brophy by firing a ball over his head. Slapshots helped GS train for a hard shot.
06:30 – “I always took a full swing at everything.”
08:15 – Teacher Bruce Walker reached out to universities for golfing on his behalf. GS ended up playing golf for the University of South Florida.
09:30 – GS toured schools in Florida with his grandfather. At the University of South Florida, the coach watched him play. GS drove a ball over the lake, and got a scholarship on the spot.
11:00 – GS found it difficult to adapt to playing all year long: in the winter in Florida and summer in Nova Scotia.
11:30 – Placed 7th in the 1988 Canadian Open – Saw himself on the leaderboard near the end of the course and got nervous.
14:00 – Came close to qualifying for the PGA tour but missed by a small margin.
14:45 – Remarks on John Daly, that he could hit farther than GS
16:00 – GS has no regrets but did wish he had a mentor to pave the way for a Nova Scotian golfer.
18:00 – These days, not making the PGA tour is not as big a deal as there are other high-level tours like the Web Dot Com tour.
19:00 – Throughout his career, GS has had 6 holes-in-one. The first was at age 12, another at the Digby Classic after a few drinks. GS reminisces on the adrenaline rush he gets when it happens.
20:45 – Today, GS is the general manager of the Ashburn Golf Club. Does not teach golf as technology has advanced past his knowledge. Golfs about once or twice a week, but long-distance vision is getting worse with age.
22:00 – Winning a major tournament with his son as caddy was a good feeling.
23:00 – Sons love golf also – younger son wants to play college golf.
23:30 – Golf taught respect, communication at all ages. “Golf is a wonderful way of life.”
24:30 – Thank you, goodbyes, etc.