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The Caddie Network Podcast
45 minutes | a month ago
Under The Strap - 2021 Masters Preview with caddies Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett and Brian Reed
Masters week is here! So much excitement comes with the first men's major championship of the year. This week, host T.J. Auclair welcomes caddies Damian Lopez (Michael Thompson), Jeff Willett (Nick Taylor) and Brian Reed (Matt Kuchar) 'Under the Strap,' for a chat about all things The Masters. The guys spend some time previewing the week ahead -- including how different conditions will be from the November Masters in 2020 to now -- while Lopez dishes on his excitement about caddying in his first Masters since starting the looper gig in 1998. And the guys also share plenty of fun Masters-related stories, including taking you into the driving range "caddie house" that everyone raves about. Listen now!
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 45, 3/15/21 Billionaire investor Mario Gabelli on his childhood as a caddie
In our latest "Under the Strap" podcast, we enjoy a chat with billionaire investor Mario Gabelli. Gabelli, founder, chairman, and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Company Investors, became interested in the market when he caddied for specialists from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a young boy. Gabelli told us about the lessons he learned on the course that he's been able to apply to life and business.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 44, 2/22/21 Kathy Ireland discusses teaming up with The Insider Network
World-renowned supermodel and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland -- who has built Kathy Ireland Worldwide into one of the biggest brands on the globe -- recently entered into a partnership with the Insider Network, of which Caddie Network is a part of. Ireland joined our latest podcast along with Caddie Network co-founder Merrill Squires to talk about their longtime friendship dating back to their days working on Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue and why this new partnership made a lot of sense for both sides.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 43, 2/8/21 with CaddieNow founder Dave Cavossa
On this episode of, 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomes Dave Cavossa, founder and CEO of CaddieNow. CaddieNow, founded in 2015, is the nation’s most trusted virtual caddie service platform that pairs golfers with caddies, protects and preserves existing caddie programs at top courses and resorts and protects the occupation of caddying to elevate the standards of caddie services. Cavossa tells us all about how the idea for CaddieNow came to fruition and explained the plethora of options partners have when working with the platform.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 42, 2/1/21 The incredible story of Lorcan Morris
Ireland's Lorcan Morris is a caddie on the PGA Tour and his story is unlike we've ever heard. From his journey to the United States -- with barely any money to his name -- and earning a scholarship to play golf, to a professional career of his own, a friendship with Laura Davies that jumpstarted his caddie career, famous friends like Bill Clinton, Buster Douglas, Wynonna Judd and more. Morris sits down with host T.J. Auclair to give all the details of his incredibly interesting life. Oh, and when he's not caddying on Tour, he's a firefighter back home in North Carolina.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 41, 1/25/21 Recapping the results of our January Caddie Confidential survey
This month, we released the first installment of our “Caddie Confidential” series, with monthly, inside-the-ropes perspective from dozens of Tour caddies on rotating golf topics. First up: insights from a season without galleries. In this episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomed veteran caddies Scott Sajtinac, Damian Lopez and Jeff Willett to go over the results. We were happy to have their colorful commentary from firsthand experiences throughout 2020.
64 minutes | 5 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 40, 12/14/20 Year in Review with Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett & Brian Reed
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes back caddie guests Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett and Brian Reed for a 2020 Year in Review. One thing is certain -- 2020 was a year like no other. The guys talked about the sudden pause to the season in March to the unlikely restart in June, majors without fans, dealing with COVID-19 on a personal level, rising young stars and a whole lot more, including a look ahead to what we can expect in 2021.
56 minutes | 5 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 39, 11/30/20 with Ben and Heidi Hulka
In this latest 'Under the Strap' episode, host T.J. Auclair welcomes the husband and wife team of Ben and Heidi Hulka. Ben and Heidi log more miles each year than any couple on Tour. Caddying is in Ben's blood. His father Steve recently retired (though still pops in on occasion) after a caddying career that dates back to the 1970s. In the early 2000s, Steve started Hulka Express, a service that delivers player equipment and luggage from one event to the next. That job of loading the trailer each Sunday and driving non-stop through the night to the next PGA Tour venue now belongs to Ben and Heidi, while Ben also caddies -- primarily for C.T. Pan in 2020. On this episode we hear all about how they met, their life together on the road and what that grind is like each week to race, safely, to the next Tour stop.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 38, 11/23/20 with Mark Long
In our latest 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes Mark Long. Long spent several years as caddie to Fred Funk -- after being coached by Funk on the University of Maryland golf team -- before starting his successful business called Tour Sherpa, which creates the detailed yardage books and green contours books you see players and caddies using each week on the PGA Tour. We talked all about Long's business, his great run with Funk and he even shared his incredible impersonations of both Seve Ballesteros and Raymond Floyd.
51 minutes | 6 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 37, 11/16/20 with Damian Lopez
Back in June, caddie Damian Lopez was one of the first to test positive for COVID-19 when the PGA Tour restarted its season. Back then, he didn't have any symptoms. A couple of weeks back -- just before the Houston Open -- Lopez tested positive a SECOND time. This time around, there were an array of symptoms. Thankfully, he's feeling much better now and is scheduled to get back to work this week at the RSM Classic. Lopez joined us on this week's 'Under the Strap' pod to talk all about his two bouts with COVID despite never letting his guard down and explains why this is something that we all need to take more seriously at such a crucial point in this pandemic.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 36, 11/9/20 Masters preview with Scott Sajtinac and John Wood
It may be seven months late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2020 Masters week is finally upon us. To prepare us for the week ahead at Augusta National, we welcomed caddies Scott Sajtinac and John Wood -- veteran loopers of many, many major championships -- for a preview of what we can expect. Along with discussing how strange it will be to see Augusta National in November with no patrons, what the conditions will be like and more, we also spoke about the significance of Tiger's win in the 2019 Masters and whether or not he could shock the world and do it again.
79 minutes | 7 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 35, 10/26/20 with caddie Scott Martin
In this week's episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomed longtime friend Scott Martin -- a caddie on the PGA Tour for over two decades before retiring last March. Martin left looping for a job in the film industry back in his home of Montreal. In this pod, he shared some incredible stories about his life as a caddie -- the highs and the lows, including an intense dust up with Vijay Singh during a tournament -- a firing that was a blessing in disguise, his love of photography, continuing to chase a dream despite racking up serious debt, being on a couple of winning bags and a lot more. You don't want to miss this one!
54 minutes | 7 months ago
Under the Strap with Masters-winning caddies Joe LaCava, Ted Scott and Damon Green
NOTE: This podcast was originally recorded in April 2020. With the 2020 Masters finally around the corner, we wanted to bring it back in case you missed it the first time. In this special Masters edition 'Under The Strap' Podcast presented by The Caddie Network, TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair is joined by three Masters-winning caddies: Joe LaCava (Fred Couples, 1992; Tiger Woods, 2019); Damon Green (Zach Johnson, 2007); and Ted Scott (Bubba Watson, 2012 & 2014). All three caddies give insight into what those Masters victories were like and the incredible experiences they had in the aftermath of the win.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 34, 10/19/20 with caddie Paul Fusco
It was a long time coming, but Sei Young Kim finally won her first major championship on the LPGA in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship two weeks ago. In this week's 'Under the Strap' episode, we had a chat with Kim's caddie, Paul Fusco, who has been with her every step of the way and on the bag for all 11 of her LPGA wins. Fusco talked to us about Kim's dominating 5-stroke win at Aronimink, their unforgettable trip to the 2016 Rio Olympics, his path to becoming a caddie and more.
69 minutes | 7 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 33, 10/13/20 with Brian Mull
On this week's episode of "Under the Strap," T.J. Auclair welcomes TCN contributor and fantasy golf insider Brian Mull. Long before becoming a top sports writer, Mull spent several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a caddie on the PGA Tour, looping for the likes of Larry Rinker and Jerry Kelly, among others. Mull took us back to his caddying days for some great stories like the time he wound up at the home of rock star Stephen Stills (from Crosby, Stills and Nash), told us about just how crazy Tigermania was at its peak, how much his experiences as a caddie have helped in his writing and a lot more.
47 minutes | 7 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 32, 10/5/20 with Caddyshack's Michael O'Keefe (Danny Noonan) & Kip Henley
This week's episode of 'Under the Strap' was an absolute treat, as host T.J. Auclair welcomed actor Michael O'Keefe -- a man most well-known to golf fans as Danny Noonan from the hit comedy Caddyshack -- and PGA Tour caddie Kip Henley. O'Keefe recently caddied a couple of practice rounds at the U.S. Open and explained to TCN that he's hoping to land a bag at the upcoming Masters. He also provided some outstanding behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Caddyshack, explained why he didn't embrace being "Noonan" until 2007, talked about the respect he has for caddies and a whole lot more, including a fun exchange with Henley over a couple of Noonan-related tweets Henley sent out during the U.S. Open.
50 minutes | 8 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 31, 9/28/20 with caddie Austin Gaugert
In the latest episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomes Austin Gaugert. Gaugert is one of the more interesting people in golf. He played college golf at Valparaiso, is currently a PGA Professional in Wisconsin and also spends time caddying on the Symetra Tour for Casey Danielson and on the PGA Tour for Sweden's Alex Noren. Oh... and he's also competed in a few triathlons.
69 minutes | 8 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 30, 9/21/20 with caddie Todd Montoya
A few months back, caddie Todd Montoya (Brian Stuard) entered a raffle for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Naturally, Montoya forgot he entered that raffle. He was reminded in a big way two weeks ago while in Napa, California for the Safeway Open when he received a call notifying him that he won two of the raffle items: 1. a pre-paid credit card for $1,000; 2. The grand prize -- a $505,000 dream home. What?! In this episode of 'Under the Strap,' Montoya tells host T.J. Auclair about all the emotions that went through his head when he learned of his good fortune, talks to us about his career as a caddie dating back to 2001, his great nicknames and some hilarious on-course stories like the player who once yelled at his caddie for... sweating.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 29, 9/15/20 U.S. Open preview with Chris P Jones
It's no secret: U.S. Open week is brutal. It is the ultimate test in golf and based on the early musings coming out of Winged Foot -- insanely thick rough, tight fairways, super-fast greens -- this week will be no different. Chris P Jones, caddie for 2016 PGA Champion Jimmy Walker, jumped on the 'Under the Strap' podcast to talk about Winged Foot, the difficulty of the U.S. Open, Danny Noonan, Grateful Dead and a whole lot more.
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Under The Strap - Episode 28, 9/14/20 with Brennan Little
In June 2019, Brennan Little was on the bag for Gary Woodland for an outstanding U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach. As they get set to defend this week at Winged Foot in New York, we sat down for a chat with Little -- now a two-time major winning caddie. Little also spent years caddying for Canada's Mike Weir -- a childhood friend -- and was alongside him for a victory in the 2003 Masters. We talked to Little about his 2+ decades as a caddie, his own professional career, staying at the home of childhood hero Wayne Gretzky and a whole lot more.
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