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Pod for the Course
22 minutes | 17 days ago
Tom Stebbins talks golf shows in Spokane and Boise under the COVID umbrella
Prior to founding Vision Marketing in 1997, Tom was the assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions at Michigan State University Athletics and marketing director at Washington State University Athletics. He and his wife Karen are the owners and producers of the Spokane Golf & Travel Show and Boise Golf & Travel Show, and have continued to find creative ways in conducting their events in challenging circumstances, finding a way forward.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Bryan Pierce – Caddie Master at Chambers Bay talks Adam Scott, kids earning an Evans Caddie Scholarship, and his own love of the game
Since 2010, Bryan has worked at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. in a variety of capacities, and now is the director of on-course services at the municipal course on the shores of Puget Sound. Specifically, he is the facility’s caddie master, managing the fleet of caddies who service the walking-only course. He talks of his own love of working as a caddie, of his experience of caddying for Adam Scott while practicing for the 2015 U.S. Open, of helping young kids learn to be a caddie and possibly earn an Evans Caddie Scholarship, and also of the retirees who have combined their love of the game and new-found freedom to make their golden years truly golden while working as a caddie.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
Victoria Fallgren – Sharpening her own game while coaching others at Gonzaga University
Since 2013 Victoria Fallgren has been the assistant coach for the women’s golf team at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Prior to that she played four years on the Gonzaga team. She has won the Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship three times (2017, 2018, 2020) and was twice named the Washington Golf Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year (2017, 2018). She has qualified for three U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and two U.S. Women’s Amateurs. She talks with us about how she keeps her own game sharp, and how she works with her players in improving their games.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
Josh Williams – the GM at Loomis Trail talks border closure
Josh Williams is the general manager of Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. The course is located five miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, and since March 21, 2020 that border has been closed to “non-essential” travel because of COVID-19, which means no British Columbia golfers are allowed to come down and play any of the many courses in Washington. Josh talks about the impact of this on his and other area courses, and what they’re doing to adjust.
21 minutes | 4 months ago
Dustin White – WSU men’s golf coach talks recruitment and motivation in the era of COVID
A Cougar through and through, Dustin White returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in the January of 2014 and was named the Washington State men’s golf head coach prior to the 2016-17 season. White was a standout player for the Cougars golf team from 1999-2003. He was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, including a first team honoree in 2002. As a professional, he was a winner on the Gateway Tour in 2004, 2006 and 2007, and competed on the Nationwide Tour in 2005, 2009 and 2010. His career highlight came when he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open. He is married to former WSU women’s golfer, and current women’s golf assistant coach, Emma Betland White.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Zac Keener - General Manager of Chambers Bay
Zac has been at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. since 2007. He served as their Assistant PGA Professional from 2007-2015, then as the facility’s sales and marketing manager for a year and a half, then director of marketing for a year before adding “assistant general manager” to his title. He took over as general manager in November 2018. The club has been the site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur, 2015 U.S. Open, and, along with numerous other local and regional championships (including the 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur), hosted the 2013 Washington Men’s Amateur, which it will host again August 11-13, 2020.
16 minutes | 4 months ago
Erin Szekely - LPGA Life Member, golf coach, director of NW Women’s Open
Erin didn’t pick up the game of golf until age 35, but then she went all in. She became a six-time club champion at Snohomish (Wash.) GC, and turned pro in 1996, competing on mini-tours throughout the U.S., winning the senior title of the 2003 Colorado Women’s Open. She became a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (and is now a Life Member), was a founder and director of the Washington State Women’s Open, and is currently the director of the annual Northwest Women’s Open. She is also the head golf coach for the varsity and middle school boys and girls teams at The Bush School in Seattle, and was named Coach of the Year in 2019.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
Tyler Johnsen - Re-starting the WJGA Season
Tyler Johnsen, executive director of the Washington Junior Golf Association, talks about the re-start of the WJGA’s 2020 tournament season, the junior golfers’ enthusiasm for getting back out on the course, and the steps that he’s taking for making sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable championship experience.
20 minutes | 5 months ago
Jeff Simonds - COVID, Sheep Ranch, and the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes
The director of operations at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Jeff Simonds, talks about the resort’s proactive decision to close the resort for six weeks to address concerns during the COVID pandemic, about the opening of the long-anticipated Sheep Ranch course, and about the U.S. Amateur to be held at the resort this August.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
Mike Zinga - Charles Schwab Challenge
Mike Zinga, the director of sales and sponsorship relations for the Charles Schwab Challenge, joins us from Colonial Country Club to share his thoughts on this brave new world that tournament golf is entering – no gallery on site. Zinga was the tournament director of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
David McLay Kidd - Golf Course Architect
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with David McLay Kidd. The now-renowned golf course designer gives his take on the soon-to-open short course at Gamble Sands, his renovation of Sand Point CC, and this summer’s U.S. Amateur being held on his course at Bandon Dunes.
11 minutes | 6 months ago
Kyle Drugge - PLU Men's Golf Coach
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with Kyle Drugge the new head Men's Golf coach at Pacific Lutheran University.
9 minutes | 6 months ago
Shane Prante, PGA - The Home Course
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with Shane Prante the lead golf instructor at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
15 minutes | 6 months ago
Evan Johnsen - TFT Seattle Director of Programs and Development
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with Evan Johnsen the Director of Programs and Development at The First Tee of Greater Seattle.
19 minutes | 6 months ago
Jeff Wallach - Golf Journalist and Author
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with long-time golf journalist Jeff Wallach.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
John Strawn - Golf Course Architect and Historian
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with long-time golf course architect and golf course historian John Strawn from Portland, Oregon.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
Kelli Kamimura - WSU Women's Golf Coach
On this edition of Pod for the Course, we catch up with Kelli Kamimura the head Women's Golf coach at Washington State University.
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