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March 8, 2015
Legendary golfer Tom Watson talks with Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski about his enjoyment of the sport and his role in making a youth golf course become a reality in Maryville during the March edition of “All Things Northwest” on the University’s National Public Radio affiliate KXCV-KRNW.
Jasinski’s interview with Watson airs at 9:06 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, on KXCV 90.5 FM in Maryville and KRNW 88.9 FM in Chillicothe.
During the interview, Watson talks with Jasinski about his decision to lend his golf course design expertise to the Junior Course at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park and his desire to ensure youth have opportunities to learn and practice golf. The interview also features Watson reflecting on how he took up golf at an early age and the influence of his parents in his life as well as some of the favorite moments of his career and how he learned from accomplished peers Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus.
The second portion of the program features Jasinski talking with local dentist Dr. Bruce Twaddle, who planted the seed for the youth course in Maryville and serves as chair of the local steering committee.
“Mr. Watson was very gracious with his time and everything was on the table from his childhood, through his storied career, charity work, design projects, and the importance of youth golf and the reason for the creation of the youth golf course at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park,” KXCV-KRNW Station Manager Rodney Harris said. “He was very candid about being in the twilight of his career and the emotions that brings.”
Twaddle was inspired to organize the drive for the youth golf course in 2011 after, during a side trip to Scotland from the British Open, he observed kids playing on a youth course. In the summer of 2012, he formed a group to investigate possibilities for the course and the group eventually began meetings with Watson and his design team to make the course a reality.
The privately-funded, nine-hole Junior Course is designed for children and beginning golfers and is set to open this summer.
“I fear we’re not creating new golfers and this facility is a place where we can do that,” Watson tells Jasinski during the interview. “It gives the opportunity to teach the game at an early level that will create lifetime golfers. My whole point … is to try to get the kids to love the game enough where they want to continue to play it when they get older.”
During his 45-year golf career, Watson, a Kansas City, Mo., native, has claimed four Missouri state amateur championships, eight PGA major championships, 39 PGA tour wins and 71 total professional wins, including three senior British Open titles. Watson, who was the top golfer during the 1980s, also is a six-time PGA Player of the Year and member of five Ryder Cup teams.
He also has made an impact with his charitable work and volunteerism. He founded the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS research in honor of his longtime caddie, has assisted the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University, helped raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital and worked in support of American troops through a variety of activities.
Watson is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and has designed more than a dozen courses in the U.S. and on three different continents.
“All Things Northwest,” which is underwritten by United Electric Cooperative, Atchison/Holt Electric Cooperative and Clarinda Regional Health Center, airs at 9:06 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and features Jasinski discussing topics of interest with community leaders and University faculty and staff, among others. In addition to airing on KXCV Maryville 90.5 FM and KRNW Chillicothe 88.9 FM it is available online after its initial airing at www.kxcv.org.
KXCV, which signed on the air in 1971 as the first full-power public radio service in Missouri, provides in-depth news and information with an alternative music format. In 1993, KRNW went on the air in Chillicothe, extending its programming across most of the northern 25 percent of Missouri. While all of its programming emanates from the Northwest campus in Maryville, the radio station also serves as a training ground for Northwest students interested in broadcasting.
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