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.
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.
January 16th, 2019 | 50 mins 11 secs
dave stockton, justin rose, pga tour, phil mickelson, rory mcilroy, ryder cup, usc, web.com tour
Our guest this week is Dave Stockton, Jr. and in this episode we cover everything from his role as his father's caddy on the PGA Tour as a 12 year old, being an assistant captain at the 1991 Ryder Cup, working alongside his father and brother to improve Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson's putting.....the stories that Junior shares in this episode will blow you away.
January 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
amateur golf, florida golf, fsga, jeff golden, lexi thompson, marc dull, pga tour, usga
Our guest this week is Jim Demick, the Executive Director of the Florida State Golf Association. This episode was recorded at FSGA headquarters in Tampa, Florida. We talked about how the biggest state golf association in the United States manages over 600 days of tournament competition, 38 state championships, and all of the people that make it happen. We also talked about where he was in 1986 when Jack Nicklaus won The Masters. (HE WAS THERE!)
January 3rd, 2019 | 58 mins 43 secs
adidas, golf, ian poulter, marty hackel, pga tour, polo ralph lauren, puma, rickie fowler
Our guest this week is the most stylish man in golf! Marty Hackel is still a contributor to Golf Digest Magazine, and is still considered their Fashion Director Emeritus. Marty shared some stories about the fashion that we all see on the PGA Tour, his thoughts on Tiger and Phil, and the dreaded white belt syndrome!
December 27th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
golf, minor league golf tour, pga tour, q-school, steve lebrun, web.com, west palm beach
Our special guest this week is Steve LeBrun from West Palm Beach, Florida. With his back against the wall after three average rounds in Web.com Q-School Finals this year, Steve qualified on the number with a final round 62. Steve tells the entire story of that round and what is means for him, his family, and his prospects as a professional chasing his way back to the PGA Tour.
For those of you that think the life of a professional golfer is glamourous....and full of private jets, courtesy cars, and endless endorsement deals...well, during this episode, Steve draws back the curtain and reveals what life is really like for professionals chasing the dream.
December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 19 mins
amateurgolf.com, golf, jordan spieth, justin thomas, masters, ryder cup, stewart hagestad, usc golf, usga, walker cup
Our guest this week is Stewart Hagestad. The 2016 U.S. Mid Amateur champion and 2017 US Walker Cup member talks about his college days at USC, fighting off nerves to make the cut at The Masters, and his decision to be a career amateur. Stewart also talks about his junior golf days with his pals Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
December 12th, 2018 | 44 mins 24 secs
brooks koepka, golf, minor league golf tour, pga tour, professional golf, scott turner, web.com tour
Our guest this week is Scott Turner, the owner/operator of the Minor League Golf Tour based out of South Florida. The MLGT has been around since 2004 and through over 1400 tournaments, they've paid out over 8.5 million in prize money. Nearly 80 of their former players had status on the PGA and/or Web.com Tour in 2018. When Scott isn't running overseeing the day-to-day operations of the tour, he competes in amateur tournaments all over the state of Florida. Since reclaiming his amateur status, he has racked up numerous wins in Florida State Golf Association events and was the Palm Beach County Golf Association Player of the Year in 2018.
December 5th, 2018 | 49 mins 23 secs
arizona, boston red sox, crossfit, golf, pga tour, scott stallings, tennessee, tiger woods, whisper rock
Our guest this week is Scott Stallings. Before becoming a 3X winner on the PGA Tour, Scott was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year as a Golden Eagle at Tennessee Tech University. Scott picked up his first win in 2011 at the Greenbriar. He backed up that win in 2012 at the True South and won again in 2014 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Scott has battled health issues, but with the help of a new fitness program, he is in the best shape of his life as he enters his 9th year on the PGA Tour.
November 28th, 2018 | 36 mins 33 secs
american century championship, golf, kansas city royals, pga tour, podcast, saberhagen, the match, tiger woods, world series
Our guest this week is Bret Saberhagen! The 1985 World Series MVP and two-time Cy Young Award winner stopped by to talk a little baseball as well as some of his exploits from playing the celebrity golf circuit. Specifically, the American Century Championship. Also, he shares his thoughts on why pitchers make good golfers.
November 21st, 2018 | 29 mins 46 secs
amateur golf, garrett barber, golf, jack nicklaus, lsu, ncaa, pga tour, podcast, rsm classic, sam burns, tigers
Our guest this week is Garrett Barber from the LSU Men's golf team.
Following his win at the Jones Cup earlier this year, Garrett was granted an exemption into the 2018 RSM Classic, his first PGA Tour event. We spoke about his transition from a small school in Hobe Sound, Florida to joining one of the largest freshman classes in the history of LSU. Garrett also participated in the Junior President's Cup and had some great stories to share about his captains, David Toms and Jack Nicklaus.
November 14th, 2018 | 44 mins 2 secs
amateur golf, cole hammer, college golf, golf, podcast, spieth, texas, usga
Our guest this week is Cole Hammer, freshman sensation from the University of Texas Men's Golf Team.
If you follow amateur golf, you've probably heard of Cole Hammer. As a 15 year-old, he burst on the scene at the 2015 U.S. Open. He hasn't slowed down since. After winning the 2018 US Four Ball with partner Garrett Barber earlier this year, he captured the Western Amateur as well as semifinalist honors at the US Amateur AND Junior Amateur. A tremendous young man out of Texas with a bright future ahead of him.