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.
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.
May 27th, 2020 | 36 mins 54 secs
amateur golf, amateurgolf.com, andy ogletree, golf channel, john augenstein, masters, ncaa, pinehurst, u.s. amateur, us open, usga, vanderbilt, walker cup
My guest on this episode is John Augenstein. After finishing runner-up to Andy Ogletree in last year's U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst, he was named to the 2019 United States Walker Cup team that was ultimately victorious against the GB&I squad at Royal Liverpool. My conversation with John was recorded in early April when we knew even less than we did now. We spoke about his practice rounds at Augusta National in preparation for the Masters, the vibe in the U.S. team room the night before the final day at the Walker Cup, and how he has balanced academics with athletics at Vanderbilt.
May 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
amateur golf, golf, jason gore, korn ferry tour, pepperdine, pga tour, tiger woods, us amateur, us open, usga, walker cup
My guest on this episode is Jason Gore. He's currently the Senior Director of Player Relations at the USGA, but we spoke mainly about his incredible year in 1997 where he captured the NCAA National Championship with his teammates at Pepperdine and played his way on to the 1997 Walker Cup team. Jason is one of the most well-liked guys in professional golf and shared plenty of great stories that will make this episode an instant classic.
May 12th, 2020 | 59 mins 3 secs
amateur golf, curtis cup, fsga, meghan bolger, meghan stasi, mid-am golf, ole miss, pine valley, shuck-n-dive, usga, women's golf
My special guest on this episode is Meghan Stasi! The list of players that have won four USGA titles in the same event is pretty small. It includes Jones and Nicklaus, as well as Meghan. We spoke about her playing career and her decade of dominace in the state of Florida. She also competed in the Curtis Cup in St. Andrews that was memorable for more reasons than you can imagine.
May 6th, 2020 | 46 mins 56 secs
clemson golf, doc redman, pga tour, polo, u.s. amateur, walker cup
My guest on this episode is Doc Redman. The standout from Clemson parlayed an incredible summer in 2017 to a U.S. Amateur Championship and a spot on the Walker Cup team. Now he's on the PGA Tour chasing down his victory. Lots of fun stories about the week at LACC and life on the tour.
May 1st, 2020 | 49 mins 9 secs
covid 19, dallas, golf, jordan spieth, korn ferry tour, maridoe, pga tour, samaritan, scottie scheffler, tony romo, viktor hovland, will zalatoris
My special guest today is Will Zalatoris! He joins me for a quick chat after the successful Maridoe Samaritan event that helped raise money for caddies and featured players like Viktor Hovland, Tony Romo, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth! Learn more about how they pulled off this amazing tournament while adhering to social distancing policies!
April 28th, 2020 | 40 mins 55 secs
anthony kim, boomer sooner, burly boys, college golf, ncaa golf, oklahoma, quade cummins, ryan hybl, sooners, usga
My guest on this episode is Ryan Hybl, Men's Golf Coach at Oklahoma. We spoke about his incredible seniors and the 2017 National Championship season. Fantastic stories about the progression of student-athletes that parents of junior golfers should DEFINITELY pay attention to!
April 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
amanda leonard, brookline, golf channel, justin leonard, nbc, open championship, ryder cup, tiny tweaks, usga, van de velde, walker cup
My guest on this episode is Justin Leonard. While you may know him as the hero of the 1999 Ryder Cup that made the "putt heard around the world", there is so much more to Justin's career than that one putt at Brookline. U.S. Amateur Champion. Open Champion. Players Champion. In this episode, we discuss the restart of the PGA Tour in June and his approach to broadcasting at Golf Channel and NBC.
April 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 5 mins
brooks koepka, chase koepka, european tour, golf podcast, minor league golf tour, pga tour, usf, usga
Our very special guest on this episode is Chase Koepka. Fantastic episode about life on the European Tour and his journey to the PGA Tour to play against the best players in the world.....and his brother, Brooks.
April 14th, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
adams golf, barney adams, breakthrough golf technology, callaway golf, lee trevino, pga, scotty cameron, stability shaft, taylor made, tight lies, tom watson
Our very special guest on this episode is Barney Adams! Do you remember the Tight Lies fairway woods that were all the rage in the 1990s? They seemingly came out of nowhere...but do you know the entire story? You will after this episode. You'll also learn about his new company, Breakthrough Golf Technology. They've developed a new innovative product...the Stability Putter Shaft. He developed this product after seeing that no significant innovation has been made putter shafts for decades.
April 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 12 mins
brooks koepka, european tour, goldman sachs, john hahn, kent state, pga tour, usga
Our guest on this episode is John Hahn. Former standout at Kent State that made it to the European Tour and competed all over the world. We spoke about his run at the U.S. Amateur in 2010, his U.S. Open appearance at Merion, and his improbable 58 that he shot in European Tour Q-School.
April 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
andy walker, big break, golf, golf channel, golf podcast, jason gore, lynn university, pepperdine, usga
Our guest on this episode is Coach Andy Walker from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He won a national championship as a player on the 1997 Pepperdine team and has coached multiple teams to National Championships. Won as a pro all over the world and starred on The Big Break Ireland!