The Back of the Range Golf Podcast

The Back of the Range Golf Podcast

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.... Show More

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October 20, 2020 50 min
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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October 7, 2020 71 min
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 ...

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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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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.

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It's U.S. Open week at Winged Foot and it's an honor to welcome the 1974 U.S. Open Champion, Hale Irwin to The Back of the Range!  A very special thanks to the Irwin Family and Swingwell Labs for making the episode a reality.  Swingwell Lab's products are designed to link mind and body, while elevating overall well-being and day-to-day performance in the office, on the course, or wherever you need a little plant-based p...

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My guest on this episode is the legendary golf instructor, Butch Harmon.  We spoke about his start in the game spending time with his father, Claude Harmon, at Winged Foot and his friend Ben Hogan!  We spoke Tiger and Phil and everything in between.  And we recorded the episode on August 28th which is Butch's birthday....and MY BIRTHDAY!  Fun fact!

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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!  
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Special Bonus Episode!  Had the chance to catch up with 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion, Lukas Michel, as he prepares for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.  We talked about his practice rounds with Adam Scott and Patrick Cantlay and what it is like as a first-timer at a major championship.  Not scripted or edited.....we're just Winging It!
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Kicking off U.S. Open week with a very special episode!  My guest is Dan Hicks from NBC Sports.  He will be back calling the action at Winged Foot for NBC alongside Paul Azinger at Winged Foot, his home course!  Dan shared some great stories and his thoughts on who might be able to survive Winged Foot and walk away with the championship.
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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...
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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!

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My guest on this epsiode is Parker Coody, part of that young nucleus on the Texas Longhorns golf team that includes his twin brother Pierceson, Travis Vick, Will Thomson, and Cole Hammer.  The final tournament of the collegiate season, before it was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, was the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas.  USC won the team title, but Parker Coody came from seven shots back, caught Yuxin Lin of US...

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My guest on this episode is the 2020 U.S. Amateur Finalist, Ollie Osborne.  Easily one of the funniest guests in the history of the podcast.  We talked about his magical week at Bandon Dunes that will provide him with exemptions into the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2021.  We also talked about his place on the SMU golf team and why he'll never have to pay for a brownie sundae ever again.
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After I recap my experience at the 2020 U.S. Amateur, my guest on this episode is the 2020 California State Amateur Champion, Joey Vrzich.  This episode was recorded before the U.S. Amateur, so you'll hear me asking Joey to talk about Bandon Dunes, how the course would suit his game, and also we spoke about the fact that he was one of SEVEN members of the Pepperdine team that would be making the trip to Oregon.   
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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.  
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My guest on this episode is the 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion, Jeff Quinney.  It's the 20th anniversary of Jeff's victory at Baltustrol, so it was a perfect time to look back at his incredible feat of winning in 39 holes over James Driscoll.  Especially since his qualified that year at Bandon Dunes, which is the host of this year's U.S. Amateur!
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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.  
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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.
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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 go...
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July 23, 2020 34 min
My guest on this episode is Davis Thompson from St. Simons Island, 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 Jo...
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