The Back of the Range Golf Podcast

Weekly interviews from prominent amateurs, coaches, and personalities from the game of golf!

About the show

The Back of the Range Golf Podcast, hosted by Ben Adelberg, is a weekly interview-driven podcast focusing on the game of golf. Prominent amateurs and professionals, coaches, and personalities from the game share their stories each and every week. Sometimes, the best stories in golf aren't found on tour. You'll find them at The Back of the Range.

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Episodes

  • Mac Meissner - 2020 Southern Amateur Champion from SMU

    August 4th, 2020  |  51 mins 47 secs
    amateur golf, bryson dechambeau, college golf, golf channel, mac meissner, maridoe, ncaa golf, smu, southern amateur, southern golf association, us amateur, usga

    My guest on this episode of The Back of the Range Golf Podcast is Mac Meissner from SMU. He just recently captured the 2020 Southern Amateur Championship and is poised to make a run at the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes. Fantastic episode with a two-time All-American that is going to be a player to watch for many years to come.

  • Pierceson Coody - 2020 Western Amateur Champion

    August 2nd, 2020  |  18 mins 57 secs
    amateur golf, cole hammer, college golf, crooked stick, parker coody, pierceson coody, rasmus neergaard-petersen, us amateur, usga, western amateur

    Special Bonus Episode on a Sunday! I had a chance to catch up with the 2020 Western Amateur Champion, Pierceson Coody on his ride home from Carmel, Indiana to Plano, Texas. We spoke about his play at the Western and what his thoughts are looking towards the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes.

  • Mike McGraw - Baylor Men's Golf Coach

    July 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 25 mins
    baylor golf, college golf, cowboy golf, edmond golf, golf, golf school, mike holder, mike mcgraw, ncaa golf

    My guest this week on the 150th episode of The Back of the Range is the head coach of men's golf team at Baylor University with three national championships to his name, Mr. Mike McGraw. We spoke about his start in the game, what led him to become a coach, and we also spoke about some of his coaching philosophies that he employed at Oklahoma State, Alabama, and now at Baylor. If you are a junior golfer or even a collegiate golfer, you'll get so much out of this episode.....but if you're looking for some good stories, like eating carne asada and swimming at Rickie Fowler's house during a recruiting trip...don't worry. This episode has some incredible stories as well

  • Davis Thompson - Georgia's Top Dawg

    July 23rd, 2020  |  34 mins 27 secs
    amateur golf, davis thompson, georgia bulldogs, georgia golf, ncaa, pga tour, rsm classic, sea island, usga, wagr

    I had a great conversation with Davis and we hit one several topics including his start in the game and what ultimately led him to the University of Georgia. Davis was the runner-up to Akshay Bhatia in the 2019 Jones Cup....and when Akshay turned professional and didn't use the winner's exemption into the PGA Tour's RSM Classic....it went to Davis. What did he do with that exemption? He made the cut and picked up a top 25 finish. And that should serve him well, since he went ahead and won the 2020 Jones Cup Invitational (by 9 shots) will return to play in his 3rd PGA Tour event later this fall. He picked up First-Team All-American honors, he was a Haskins Award and Nicklaus Award finalist.....this is a young player that you will be seeing on TV for many years to come.

  • Tim Jackson - The Amateur Legend from Tennessee

    July 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    amateur golf, brandt snedeker, danny green, tennessee golf, tga, tim jackson, usga

    Tim Jackson’s 30 year golf career is defined by global greens, national records, hometown loyalty and old fashioned fun. His career is highlighted by top prizes at the 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur, representing the U.S. as a member of the 1995 and 1999 U.S. Walker Cup Teams, and participating in the 1995 and 2002 Masters. He also won the North and South Amateur in 1998 and the 1995 Simon Bolivar World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela. Tim captured 13 Tennessee State Championships, won the Tennessee State Amateur in 1994, 1998, 2001, and 2005 and Tennessee State Mid-Amateur in 1989, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2005, and 2010. Tim won the 2002 Tennessee State Open, the 2005 Tennessee State Match Play, and 2011 Tennessee Senior State Open. He also holds 7 City of Memphis Championships and was named Tennessee Player of the Year 9 times.

  • Karl Vilips - #1 Ranked Junior Heads to Stanford

    July 8th, 2020  |  47 mins 34 secs
    ajga, akshay bhatia, amateur golf, conrad ray, junior golf, karl vilips, koalakarl, michael thorbjornsen, ncaa golf, stanford, usga

    My guest on this episode is Karl Vilips from Perth, Australia. He is a two-time Junior President's Cup team member, Quarterfinalist at the 2019 US Amateur, Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 Youth Olympics, and a 4-time Rolex Junior All-American. Karl and I spoke about his start in the game and his journey in junior golf. If you're a parent of a junior golfer, or know a junior golfer, or if YOU are a junior golfer looking for a little advice on how to navigate the way to collegiate golf.....this episode is for you!

  • Michael Beard - Pepperdine Men's Golf Coach

    July 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    amateur golf, champions tour, frank beard, lee trevino, michael beard, ncaa golf, pepperdine, pga tour, sahith theegala, usga, wcc, william mouw

    My guest on this week's episode is Michael Beard, Head Coach of the Pepperdine Men's Golf Team. He's a former player at Pepperdine that came back to his alma mater and this year was named the National Coach of the Year award. We spoke about Pepperdine quite a bit, hit on several topics involving the team, but if the name Beard rings a bell....yes, his father Frank Beard played on tour, won 11 times and played on the Champions Tour during that amazing era in the 90's when Jack, Trevino and Palmer will still the kings. Had to talk about that as well!

  • Bob Koepka - Stories from a Golf Dad

    June 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 44 mins
    amateur golf, bob koepka, brooks koepka, chase koepka, dick groat, european tour, fsga, fsu golf, junior golf, nike golf, pga tour, usf golf, usga

    My guest on this week's episode is Bob Koepka, father of Brooks and Chase Koepka. I know that I have been saying this quite often, but this episode is another instant classic. You'll notice that I am gladly getting the hell out of the way and letting Bob tell some fantastic stories about raising two young boys that had an interest in golf. If you really pay attention, you'll see how random moments in the career of a junior golfer were addressed and identified immediately.....and they ended up becoming life lessons that would be applied down the road by professional golfers. This episode has something for everyone. If you're a parent of a junior golfer.....TONS of great information. If you're wondering how Brooks and Chase ended up playing in Europe to start their professional careers? Yep, it's in here as well.

  • Davis Riley - Winning at Every Level

    June 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    ajga, alabama, davis riley, footjoy, golf, hattiesburg, jay seawell, korn ferry tour, maridoe, pga tour, titleist, usga, will zalatoris

    My guest on this episode is Davis Riley, from Hattiesburg, MS. Davis has been a success at every level of the game. From winning U.S. KIDS events, becoming an AJGA All-American, two-time runner-up at the U.S. Junior and stardom at Alabama. Now, Davis is competing on the Korn Ferry Tour and before the coronavirus put a halt to this season, he picked up his first win on the tour in Panama. We had a great conversation about life on tour and the incredible way that he punched his ticket to the U.S. Open in 2015.

  • Ron Jaworski - The Quarterback of Golf Courses

    June 10th, 2020  |  53 mins 26 secs
    augusta national, blue heron pines, downingtown, golf, honey run, nfl, philadelphia eagles, pine valley, ramblewood country club, river winds, ron jaworski, running deer, tom brady, valleybrook

    My guest on this episode is Ron Jaworski. If you are a casual fan of professional American football, I have no doubt that you already know Jaworski's accomplishments. After a 17 year career in the NFL, spent primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles, he moved into broadcasting where he was a fixture at ESPN and also joined the Monday Night Football team. Like many former athletes, he does some motivational speaking engagements and has been involved in other business ventures.....but why is Ron Jaworski my guest this week? Well....Ron Jaworksi owns and operates golf courses. Yes, that was plural....golf courses. In fact, right now.....Ron Jaworski Golf owns and operates seven premier daily fee golf clubs in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. That's why he is my guest this week on The Back of the Range Golf Podcast!

  • Billy Foster - The Legendary Caddie from West Yorkshire

    June 4th, 2020  |  46 mins 2 secs
    billy foster, caddie, darren clarke, golf, ian poulter, lee westwood, matthew fitzpatrick, open championship, ryder cup, seve ballesteros, tiger woods

    My guest on this episode is Billy Foster. He has toted the bag for Ryder Cuppers like Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, and Sergio Garcia. We spoke about his experience working the Ryder Cup, learning the intracacies of Augusta from Seve, and he even provided some behind the scenes stories about some of the players he has worked for. We probably could have gone on for hours and hours if we were in person and had a few pints between us.....

  • Alex Fitzpatrick - Wake Forest's Walker Cupper from Sheffield

    May 29th, 2020  |  27 mins 40 secs
    alex fitzpatrick, college golf, european tour, matthew fitzpatrick, us amateur, usga, wake forest, walker cup

    My guest on this episode is Alex Fitzpatrick. Alex had a solid showing at the 2019 Walker Cup where he went 2-2. He had an impressive singles victory against Cole Hammer and he also teamed up with Conor Purcell in the opening match on Saturday to defeat US Amateur Champion Andy Ogletree and my last guest, U.S. Amateur Runner-Up, John Augenstein. This episode was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States and cancelled his sophomore season at Wake Forest. In fact, we were speaking about Wake Forest making another run towards the National Championship...before finding out later that the entire season would be cancelled. During Alex's freshman year, he won his match against Stanford's Henry Shimp in the quarterfinals. It's hard not to root for Alex.....I think you're going to see a lot of him on the amateur and collegiate scene in the next couple years. While multiple Walker Cup appearances are rare in the world of amateur golf these days......I don't think it'll be a surprise if you see him representing the GB&I team again in 2021 at Seminole.