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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    Graysen Huff - 2020 Patriot All-America Champion

    February 3rd, 2021  |  49 mins 7 secs
    auburn, golf, graysen huff, idaho golf, patriot all-america, sec golf, war eagle

    My guest on this episode is Graysen Huff. The Auburn Tiger captured the 2020 Patriot All-America title and is looking to make a run at a SEC Championship this spring. We spoke about his journey from Idaho to Auburn and his experience at Auburn. War Eagle!

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    John Wade - Jones Cup Invitational Tournament Director

    January 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    amateur golf, golf, john wade, jones cup, ocean forest golf club, sea island, wagr, walker cup

    My guest on this very special episode is John Wade, the director of golf at Ocean Forest Golf Club...the site of the Jones Cup Invitational. How does John get bitten by the golf bug, then find a way to turn it into his profession, and then end up as the tournament director of one of the elite national invitationals? How does that happen?'s a great story, we will dig into all of the details and we will learn about Ocean Forest Golf Club, some Jones Cup history, and how it relates to the Walker Cup!

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    Andy Pope - The Conqueror of U.S. Open Qualifiers

    January 21st, 2021  |  54 mins 31 secs
    andy pope, golf, korn ferry tour, pga tour, u.s. open, xavier

    My guest on this episode is Andy Pope. He's a full-time member of the Korn Ferry Tour and is looking to make the jump to the PGA Tour in 2021. Great stories and insight from the former Atlantic-10 conference champion from Xaiver University. He's qualified for FOUR U.S. Opens.....and in this episode we learn how he did it!

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    Segundo Oliva Pinto - The Argentinian Razorback

    January 13th, 2021  |  39 mins 44 secs
    argentina, arkansas golf, bandon dunes, golf, julian perico, razorbacks golf, segundo oliva pinto, tyler strafaci, u.s. amateur, usga

    My guest on this episode is Segundo Oliva Pinto. While many might remember him for the misfortune that fell upon him during the 2020 U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes, there is so much more to Segundo. How does a kid from Cordoba, Argentina make his way to Wilmington, North Carolina and then to Arkansas? You'll find out during this long-awaited episode here at The Back of the Range Golf Podcast.

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    Chris Gotterup - 2020 Big Ten Player of the Year

    January 6th, 2021  |  39 mins 29 secs
    amateur golf, big ten conference, chris gotterup, golf, rutgers

    We kick things off in 2021 with Chris Gotterup from Rutgers University. Chris is the reigning Big 10 Player of the Year and had outstanding finished at the Maridoe and South Beach Amateurs. He's a Jersey Guy through and through, little rough around the edges, and a perfect opening guest to 2021!

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    Cole Hammer - Making Moves in Miami

    December 31st, 2020  |  50 mins 36 secs
    amateur golf, cole hammer, golf, south beach international, texas golf, texas longhorns, usga, walker cup

    My guest on the final episode of 2020 is Cole Hammer from the University of Texas. In this episode, Cole and I talk about a tumultous year of golf and we dive into the last 10 days of his 2020 golf season that were made up of two distinctive events: The Walker Cup Practice Session at Bay Hill and his dominant performance at the South Beach International in Miami.

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    Julian Perico - The Peruvian Razorback

    December 30th, 2020  |  57 mins 16 secs
    amateur golf, arkansas, cabo collegiate, golf, john pak, julian perico, ncaa golf, the blessings, us amateur

    My guest on this episode is Julian Perico from the Arkansas Razorbacks men's golf team. He led his team as freshman and was the only Razorback to go 3-0 in match play to lead Arkansas to the SEC Championship. Fantastic conversation with one of the best amateurs in the country.

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    William Holcomb V - 2020 Maridoe Amateur Medalist

    December 12th, 2020  |  43 mins 24 secs
    amateur golf, bird hunting, crockett, maridoe, sam houston state, texas, usga, walker cup, william holcomb

    My guest on this episode is William Holcomb V. There is nobody quite like William. After winning medalist at the 2020 Maridoe Amateur, we spoke about his golf, faith....and yes, duck hunting. This episode is one for the ages!

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    Bob Royak - 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Champion

    November 25th, 2020  |  37 mins 45 secs
    amateur golf, bob royak, georgia golf, golf podcast, gsga, usga

    My guest on this episode is the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Champion, Bob Royak. Another incredible senior amateur out of the state of Georgia that had an EPIC season last year. Georgia Senior Match Play Champion. Georgia Senior Amateur Champion. We chatted about all things senior amateur golf and Bob provide some great tips on how to get the most out of your game!

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    Patrick Christovich - Victorious at the East West Matches

    November 16th, 2020  |  55 mins 13 secs
    albert huddleston, amateur golf, east west matches, footjoy, maridoe, nathan smith, patrick christovich, titleist, usga, walker cup

    Kicking off the week with my conversation with one of the heroes of the East West Matches. Patrick Christovich secured a vital 1/2 point on the 18th hole of singles to propel the West Team to victory. We spoke all things East West Matches and Maridoe Golf Club on this special episode of The Back of the Range Golf Podcast!

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    Sean Knapp - 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Champion

    November 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 14 mins
    amateur golf, nathan smith, oakmont, pennsylvania golf, sean knapp, usga

    My guest on this episode is the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Champion, Sean Knapp. The Pennsylvania veteran has played in over 50 USGA Championships in his storied amateur career. He shared some incredible stories about Tiger, Arnie, and even our last guest....Nathan Smith! One of the best episodes you'll ever hear at The Back of the Range!

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    Nathan Smith - He's Won Some Things

    October 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    amateur golf, masters, mid-amateur, nathan smith, sean knapp, stewart hagestad, usga, walker cup

    My guest on this episode is Nathan Smith from Pittsburgh, PA. He's the youngest U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion in history. He's also won the most US Mid-Amateurs in history with FOUR. He's played in three Walker Cups....and his final match as a player in 2013, that final win....was the clincher for the Americans at National Golf Links. He's won the West Penn Amateur four consecutive times, he's won the PA Amateur, the Sunnehanna.... you get the picture!

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    Lauren Greenlief - 2015 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Champion

    October 20th, 2020  |  50 mins 31 secs
    amateur golf, amateur golf alliance, bcg, boston consulting group, curtis golf, lauren greenlief, usga, virginia state golf association

    My guest on this episode is the 2015 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Champion, Lauren Greenlief! The Virginia native just picked up a win at the inaugural AGA Women's Amateur in South Florida and is targeting a spot on the 2021 Curtis Cup team. Great chat with one of the best mid-ams in the women's game!

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    Aman Gupta - Oklahoma State University

    October 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    alan bratton, aman gupta, amateur golf, college golf, cowboy golf, matthew wolff, oklahoma state, usga, viktor hovland

    My guest on this episode is Aman Gupta from Oklahoma State University. Aman had a great run at Bandon Dunes, it all started with a 64 in the first round of the stroke play session....which on its own is beyond impressive. But considering the fact that Aman was the last man in the field, flew out to Bandon without a guaranteed spot in the all-exempt field....and only learned that he would get to tee it up a couple days before the start of the championship....well, that's next level stuff.

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    John Pak - The Low Amateur at the 2020 U.S. Open

    September 23rd, 2020  |  30 mins 35 secs
    bryson dechambeau, golf, john pak, ncaa, pga tour, tiger woods, u.s. open, usga, winged foot

    What an incredible U.S. Open! Had a chance to catch up with the only amateur to make the cut! John and I talked about his special week and lessons that he will take back to FSU as he prepares to close out his collegiate career. Always fun catching up with John!

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    Michael O'Keefe - Danny Noonan Returns to Winged Foot

    September 18th, 2020  |  22 mins 8 secs
    bill murray, butch harmon, caddyshack, claude harmon, danny balin, danny noonan, golf, michael o'keefe, richie's gift, u.s. open, winged foot

    My final guest of U.S. Open week is Michael O'Keefe, the actor that played Danny Noonan in Caddyshack! We spoke about his two days on the bag at the U.S. Open caddying for Danny Balin and what it was liked to bring his iconic character back to Winged Foot 40 YEARS after the movie was released.