Golf Pod Kentucky

Golf Pod Kentucky

Welcome to the official podcast from the home of golf in Kentucky. The Family of Golf Organizations (Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA Section and Kentucky Golf Foundation) hope you enjoy this podcast designed to introduce you to some of the names that help make golf in Kentucky thrive. News and updates about things going on within the KGA, KPGA and KGF will be discussed as well.

Episodes

October 23, 2021 36 min

Matthew Troutman has a lot of good things going his way. The 2021 KHSAA Boys Individual state champion joined the podcast to talk about the amazing ride his golf career has taken him on lately and how it's leading to an opportunity to play collegiately for the Oklahoma Sooners. 

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The 2021 KHSAA Girls Individual State champion, Macie Brown, joins us. Macie discusses some of the aspects that have helped her reach the level of one of the state's top junior players. She also recounts her victory at Bowling Green Country Club earlier this month and how it feels to win one of the top titles for young players.

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October 2, 2021 70 min


The host of the Next on the Tee and Thursday Night Tailgate podcasts, Chris Mascaro, joins the GHK podcast for a spirited conversation about golf. Included within it are hot takes about the year in golf, how Chris found success in his current role, which of his guests have been most fascinating to speak with, and general joys of the game. 

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This episode is something different! In honor of it being Ryder Cup week, take a step back in time to 13 years ago in the September of 2008 when Kentucky hosted the Ryder Cup for the first time with Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville being the venue. It marked the first time since 1999 the United States won the trophy and is still just the second most-recent American victory leading into Whistling Straits. Enjoy re-living the sounds,...

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September 17, 2021 46 min

Dawes Marlatt, PGA Senior Director of Education/Talent Development joins the podcast from Frisco, home of the PGA of America's new Headquarters. Dawes discusses the benefits of a career in the golf industry, the appeals of PGA Membership, his journey to success, and off-the-course topics like the Seattle Seahawks and ironman competitions. 

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September 10, 2021 34 min

Valhalla Golf Club's Head Superintendent John Ballard, CGCS joins the podcast to discuss all things grass. He documents the turf refresh currently taking place at his facility, how he fell in love with his line of work as a superintendent, the unique elements that shape the way he has approached working at the different golf courses he has, and working the PGA of America's premier championships.

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The 2021 Kentucky PGA Professional champion, Andrew Stephens, and the 2020 Kentucky Women's PGA Professional champion, Sara Stephens, join the podcast for a lively discussion on golf and non-golf topics. On the golf front, their backgrounds in the game and the story of how Stephens Golf Center came to be are among the topics of conversation. Non-golfing related topics include which sports teams Andrew dislikes the most and what...

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August 18, 2021 32 min

The 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur champion is on the podcast as the University of Kentucky's Jensen Castle relives her victory earlier this month in New York. In addition to everything that happened before, during and after that tournament, Jensen provides background info on how she got into golf, decided on attending UK, and what's on her mind golf-wise this college golf season and beyond.

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August 13, 2021 46 min

Kim Kincer, LPGA is the Director of Eastern Kentucky University's PGA Golf Management program and joins the podcast to discuss her career at EKU and before she ended up in Richmond. She and Ethan discuss the impact of EKU's program, how the golf industry can continue to grow, plus the benefits it offers. 

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July 31, 2021 29 min

Two weeks ago, J.B. Williams came on here to talk about being a two-time Kentucky Open champion. Well, he's won it for the third time in a row making history in the process. So he's back! J.B. looks back on the week that was at Persimmon Ridge and what's to come for him going forward as the first player to ever win the tournament three straight years.

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July 24, 2021 33 min

 The Host Professional of this week's Kentucky Open hops on for this episode. Steve discusses the history of Persimmon Ridge, how he expects the golf course to play and key holes that might affect how the tournament shakes out. Steve also talks about his background as a PGA Member and the life of being in a marriage with two PGA Professionals alongside his wife Kim. 

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July 16, 2021 40 min

Before he goes for a Kentucky Open three-peat at Persimmon Ridge, J.B. Williams hops on the podcast. The 2019 and 2020 Kentucky Open winner talks about his victories at Kearney Hill and Triple Crown, his professional career thus far beyond those victories, the pathway he took to becoming a successful player, and what he's expecting from Persimmon Ridge on July 27-29.

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The Twitter sensation Monday Q Info, known in real life as Ryan French, is on the podcast! Ryan and Ethan profile several Kentuckians who have become cult followings for golf fans nationwide based on their Monday Qualifier track records, the upcoming Barbasol Championship and its Monday Qualifier, and more! Be sure to keep tabs with coverage of the Barbasol Monday Qualifier on Twitter from both Golf House Kentucky and Monday Q Info...

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June 26, 2021 65 min

Gregory Mack, Jr. didn't have golf on his radar much when he was a child, or during his time with the Marines. Then he got involved with PGA HOPE in Kentucky and everything changed. Now, he's a staunch advocate of the game who participated in the PGA HOPE Secrtary's Cup at Valhalla Golf Club. Mack goes into detail about all of these things and more, including what needs to continue to happen to make golf more inclusive ...

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June 19, 2021 27 min

Fresh off winning the Clark's Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur with a new championship record, J.M. Butler discusses how it feels to be the 2021 State Am victor in this recap of the tournament. He and Miles recount how Audubon played and discuss their takeaways from a historic edition of this event.  J.M. also touches on his freshman year with the Auburn Tigers, what he learned from year 1 of college golf, playing against fellow Ke...

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June 9, 2021 39 min

The reigning Clark's Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur champion, Alex Goff, joins the podcast on the eve of the 107th edition of the championship. Alex reminiscies on his win at Lexington Country Club in 2020, what it meant to him, and the momentum it spurred for his fall season at UK. Alex also elaborates on what brought him from North Carolina to Kentucky, what's in store for him this summer, and how he's looking to improv...

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May 28, 2021 38 min

 In advance of the 107th Clark's Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur at Audubon Country Club, the facility's Head Golf Professional, Eric Gilliland, PGA joins us for a discussion on Audubon's history. With that, Eric walks listeners through some of the key holes and what elements will dictate which players find success during the tournament on June 15-17. Beyond golf, Eric discusses his history with colon cancer and the work h...

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May 21, 2021 45 min

With it being PGA Championship week, it's fitting to have Keith Reese, PGA General Manager at Valhalla Golf Club join the pod. Keith talks about Valhalla's roots and how it became the site of the PGA of America's premier championships, his memories of the 1996, 2000 and 2014 PGA Championships plus the 2008 Ryder Cup, and what's in store for Valhalla in advance of this year's Girls Junior PGA Championship along w...

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May 13, 2021 59 min

Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America's Chief Championships Officer, joins the pod for an in-depth conversation on his career that spans all of the PGA of America's national tournaments.  That includes the PGA Championship, so Kerry provides insight on how to "build" a golf tournament at Kiawah Island and what folks can expect from this year's PGA Championship. Kerry also talks about staging tournaments at Valhalla Go...

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April 30, 2021 35 min

The organization's long-time Director, Amateur-Professional Competitions retires today (April 30th), but not before making an appearance on the podcast. Bill revisits his days before GHK, how Kentucky golf has changed throughout his quarter-century of service, and what lies ahead for him in retirement. For a written tribute on Bill, check out the "Farewell, Bill" story now up on www.kygolf.org. 

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