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Giants, 49ers Charity Shootout during the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am


We’re a close family, we’re close with all of our children, and golf has always been a great bridge.


I also think about golf in


My fi rst hole-in-one was at Cypress on No. 3. I love Mon- terey Peninsula and the Shore Course, and Pebble Beach is certainly one of my favorites. KUIP: We used to bring our clubs when we were a little younger. Mike and I have this saying that tired broadcasters cuss on the air, and broadcasters that cuss on the air become minor league hitting and pitching coaches. So we make sure that we are well rested, so we can do what we’re there for, which is call the games. But I think the most fun we’ve had on a course is the one they’re playing this sum- mer—Merion. We also used to play a course in Houston called Tour 18, where every hole was a duplicate of some of the great holes around the world. That was great. •••


Who’s the better golfer between you two? KRUK: I play a lot in the off- season. Duane probably plays 10 times a year. He’s probably about an 18 handicap. The best I’ve ever been is


a 2. I was a 2 until about two years ago. Father Time has kind of caught up to my body.


regard to baseball. Pitchers have to worry about how to get out of a jam. They can’t worry about how they got into a jam. If you are a golfer, you learn that very early on. It’s paramount to have that attitude on the mound. I do think that there are a lot of things that are similar with the mental approach to golf and baseball. Larry Dierker, who was a manager with the Houston Astros, encouraged his pitchers to play golf, so they would go out there and think. KUIP: I accepted the Jack Lemmon award on behalf of all of the [crappy] golfers out there. What that award meant to me is that we appreciate the game, we like the game, we have fun with the game. Maybe around 15 years ago, I just stopped getting mad out on the course. Just have fun. I think that’s kind of the spirit of the award. •••


You play baseball for 17 years and it’s great, but sooner or later you pay for it. KUIP: Mike has always been a terrifi c golfer. Nowadays, Dave Flemming is probably the best golfer of our group. He does play on the road a lot. He’s probably a 5 or a 6. •••


In 2011 you won the Jack Lemmon Ambassador of Golf award. What does the game of golf mean to you? KRUK: Golf is generational to me. I have four sons and a daughter. We all enjoy


playing golf. It’s something that you can competitively play with younger genera- tions, and still win. I still have bragging rights at the house when it comes to golf. There are rough spots you have in every relationship with your child as they go through different stages. You have to have things that are com- mon ground, which they look forward to, even when you disagree with life’s philoso- phies. Golf has always been that for us, regardless of how things are going at that time.


Who would comprise your dream foursome? KRUK: If I was going to play golf with anybody in the world, I would want to play golf with Roger Maltbie and Johnny Miller—those two guys I think would be hysterical. I enjoy their com- mentary when I watch golf. I’ve had the chance to play with Roger Maltbie, which is quite entertaining. And I would say the late Ken Venturi would be the other guy in the group. KUIP: I’d like to have Babe


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