April 10th, 2019 | 53 mins
ajga, devon bling, masters, pebble beach, ucla, ucla golf, us amateur, usga, viktor hovland, walker cup
It's MASTERS WEEK! Our guest this week tees it up at the Masters by way of his runner-up finish at the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Devon Bling, sophmore at UCLA, went on an impressive run in his first U.S. Amateur appearance at Pebble Beach. We spoke about his humble beginnings at his home course, China Lake, in Ridgecrest, California. We discussed college life in LA, the run at the U.S. Amateur, and we also played a game of "BLING OR NO BLING". You don't want to miss that!
April 3rd, 2019 | 34 mins 18 secs
college golf, dylan meyer, fighting illini, illinois golf, mike small, pga championship, ryder cup, steve stricker, thomas detry, thomas pieters, usga
Our guest this week has been at the helm for Illinois Men's Golf for nearly 20 years. In that time, he has guided the Illini to Big Ten Championship titles in nine of the last 10 seasons and coached two NCAA individual champions. Coach Mike Small is not just a successful coach, but an incredible player in his own right. He's played in over a dozen majors, won 12 Illinois PGA Seciton Championships, and went back-to-back at the PGA Professional National Championship.
March 27th, 2019 | 54 mins 10 secs
brandon hagy, corby segal, pga tour, scga, straight down classic, usga
Our guest for this week is Corby Segal! When he isn't caddying on the PGA Tour, you can find him dominating the Southern California Mid-Am circuit. He draws on his experience working for players like Brandon Hagy, Briny Baird, and Brandt Jobe to help his own game. Want proof? He's played in 15 USGA Championships and is the 2018 Southern Cal Mid-Amateur of the year.
March 22nd, 2019 | 42 mins 11 secs
alan bratton, kristoffer ventura, masters, matthew wolff, ncaa golf, oklahoma state, pga, rickie fowler, us amateur, usga, viktor hovland
Our guest for this very special BONUS episode here at The Back of the Range is the 2018 United States Amateur Champion, Viktor Hovland! Viktor steamrolled through the competition at Pebble Beach last summer and won the US Amateur after only being down in one match, for one hole....the entire match play portion. He is part of the Cowboy juggernaut that is working to go back-to-back. But before Nationals.....he's going to play The Masters.
March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
fsga, paul tesori, pga tour, players championship, tiger who, tiger woods, tpc sawgrass, uf golf, usga, vijay singh, webb simpson
While everyone is getting ready to watch THE PLAYERS this week, there is only one man on the bag for the PLAYERS Champion, Webb Simpson. Our guest this week is that man: Paul Tesori. This is an amazing episode where we talk about his twenty years of caddying on the PGA Tour, his days playing the tour, his All-American career at Central Alabama and UF, and most importantly....The Tesori Family Foundation.
March 5th, 2019 | 53 mins 22 secs
cbs, dottie pepper, furman, golf, hagen, justin thomas, masters, nysga, pga tour, sarazen, solheim cup, tiger woods, usga
This episode has some spice to it! (See what we did there?) Dottie Pepper joins us this week at The Back of the Range and we covered some amazing topics. Golf on TV, the filth of Poppie's Pond at the ANA, her incredible playing career, and what it takes to prepare to cover the PGA Tour for CBS. This is a VERY fun episode and we barely kept up with her!
February 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
amateur golf, dartmouth golf, jeronimo esteve, pga tour, puerto rico, usga, world amateur golf
Our guest this week is Jeronimo Esteve! Jero is very proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and has competed in the Latin American Amateur Championship, the World Amateur Championships, and has competed in numerous USGA championships. We talk about how he ended up playing college golf at Dartmouth, how he balances a busy family life with his golf ambitions....and the story of the 2011 United States Mid-Amateur that all started with a routine visit to the tailor to get a suit for his sister's wedding.
February 6th, 2019 | 30 mins 33 secs
alabama golf, brooke henderson, curtis cup, kristen gillman, lexi thompson, lpga, texas golf, usga
Our guest this week is Kristen Gillman, the 2018 U.S. Women's Amateur. She just turned pro and is a rookie on the LPGA Tour, but we chatted about her amateur accomplishments that include....well, just about everything you can imagine. Curtis Cup, World Amateur Team, All-American at Alabama.....oh, and she actually has TWO U.S. Amateur wins. Her first? At the age of 16. She's got some serious game and some great stories!
January 30th, 2019 | 54 mins 48 secs
byron nelson, chip lutz, golf, pennsylvania golf, pga tour, r&a, senior amateur, usga
Our guest this week is Chip Lutz. Where do we begin with this guy? How about back-to-back Canadian AND British Senior Amateur Championships in 2011 and 2012? We chat about his days at the University of Florida playing with legends like Gary Koch and Fred Ridley, his meteoric rise after turning 55, practice rounds with Tom Watson, and an amazing story about Lord Byron Nelson.
January 23rd, 2019 | 1 hr 29 secs
golf, indiana golf, lpga, parziale, ping, shannon johnson, south dakota golf, thorny lea, us mid am, usga, women's golf
Our guest this week is Shannon Johnson, the 2018 US Women's Mid Amateur Champion. Shannon has played in 13 USGA Championships and has racked up 13 state titles in her home state of South Dakota including four straight Women’s Amateur titles between 2003-06. We talked about her amateur career, her decision to stay an amateur, and her home course of Thorny Lea in Massachucets. Does that name ring a bell? That's Matt Parziale's club. He won the 2017 US Mid Amateur.....so clearly we had to talk about Parz and the culture at Thorny Lea.