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February 24, 2021 79 min
My guest on this episode is Brett Boner, the 2018 U.S. Mid Amateur Runner-Up.  Great stories from his days at Auburn, toiling on the mini-tours as a professional, and the incredible run in 2018 that led him to the championship match in the U.S. Mid Am against Kevin O'Connell.  

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My guest on this episode is Ludvig Aberg, the 2021 Jones Cup Invitational Champion. We spoke about his collegiate career at Texas Tech as well as his start in the game in his home county of Sweden!

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My guest on this episode is Jonathan Dismuke, Men's Golf Coach at the University of Houston.  How does a kid that grew up in Calhoun City, MS....on a nine hole golf course....make his way to Auburn as a player., Texas A&M as a national championship winning assistant coach, and then finally to lead the most storied collegiate golf program in history at Houston?  You're about to find out!

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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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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?  Well.....it's a great story, we will dig into all of the details and we will learn abou...

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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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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.

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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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December 31, 2020 50 min
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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December 30, 2020 57 min
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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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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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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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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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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October 28, 2020 75 min
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...

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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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