September 15th, 2020 | 18 mins 5 secs
john augenstein, masters, ncaa, tiger woods, u.s. open, us open, usga, vanderbilt, walker cup, winged foot
Special Bonus Episode! Had the chance to catch up with 2019 U.S. Amateur Finalist, John Augenstein. John played a practice round on Tuesday with Tiger and JT.....so his day was CLEARLY better than all of ours. Great insights into Winged Foot and he sounds very confident heading into Thursday's opening round!
September 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
buddy alexander, camilo villegas, college golf, gators, jack nicklaus, masters, nick gilliam, uf, us amateur, walker cup
My guest on this episode is Buddy Alexander. Alexander won the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship and served as the men’s golf coach at the University of Florida for 27 seasons. He won the 1991 Florida State Amateur and has competed in over 40 United State Golf Association championships. Tons of great stories about the Walker Cup, the Masters, and his "commandments" that he instilled in his players. Great listen with lots of great information!
September 3rd, 2020 | 36 mins 39 secs
amateur golf, brandon wu, condoleeza rice, golf, korn ferry tour, pga tour, stanford, u.s. open, walker cup, winged foot
My guest on this episode is Brandon Wu! Brandon just punched his ticket to the 2020 U.S. Open by winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. We caught up and talked about life as a professional and how he keeps busy off the golf course. Always a fascinating and thoughtful guest to have at The Back of the Range!
August 21st, 2020 | 51 mins 35 secs
amateur golf, andy ogletree, bandon dunes, frank strafaci, georgia tech, golf, tyler strafaci, us amateur, usga, walker cup
My guest on this special episode is the 2020 U.S. Amateur Champion, Tyler Strafaci. We caught up just a few days after his dramatic victory over Ollie Osborne at Bandon Dunes. We spoke about Tyler's incredible summer season, the challenges around playing a U.S. Amateur during the coronavirus pandemic, and some behind-the-scenes details that found him leaving the state of Oregon with the Havemeyer Trophy.
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 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.
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.
March 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 20 mins
arnold palmer, brad faxon, fox sports, gary woodland, pga championship, pga tour, putting tips, rory mcilroy, ryder cup, usga, walker cup
Our guest on this episode is Brad Faxon! A massive episode with so much great information and stories. Brad played on the victorious 1983 U.S. Walker Cup team, won multiple PGA Tour events and represented the USA at the 1995 and 1997 Ryder Cup. One of the best putters of all time shares some tip and tricks that his students Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland have used to be successful.