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The Cookie Jar Golf Podcast
42 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
155 - Matt McClean: US Mid-Am Champion 2022
Sam & Tom catch up with recent mid-Am champion Matt McClean following his epic win over in Erin Hills a week ago. Matt now becomes one of only 4 Irish players to have won a coveted USGA title, adding his name to Graeme McDowell, Rory Mcilroy and Padraig Harrington. Matt played in an all Irish final with travel buddy, roomie and friend Hugh Foley who has also enjoyed a stellar season on the amateur circuit. The final was interestingly played over two days owing to a rain delay from earlier in the week which involved the finalists heading out for a steak dinner in the evening and no doubt discussing the day ahead. Matt now looks forward to a big year in 2023 with a spot in the US Open at LACC, no doubt an invitation for the 2023 Masters at Augusta National and selectors will find it tricky to not pick Matt we suspect for the Walker Cup in 2023 at St Andrews.
66 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
154 - Course Diaries: Royal North Devon or Westward Ho! w/ historian Robert Fowler
Sam & Bruce re-live some of the fun from Devon a few weeks ago where they played in the Silver medal (the oldest medal in English Golf) and The Kashmir Cup. 2 parts of a legendary week of golf played at Westward Ho! annually. This is a 2-part podcast with Sam & Bruce talking about the course specifically and trying to figure out why the links split opinion so heavily, as well as our interview with club historian Robert Fowler who wrote the history book for Royal North Devon as part of their 150th anniversary year. Robbie is great fun, and someone who has been around RND for pretty much all of his life. Amazing to think he actually shook hand with JH Taylor back in the late 1950's!Royal North Devon is the oldest golf club in England that still occupies the same land it was built on and known affectionately as 'the cradle of English golf'. Many greats have been members here over its 158 year history including the Horace Hutchinson (the earliest golf writer in Britain) and John Henry Taylor. For more on these figures head over to our fairly recent podcast with Stephen Proctor who talks about the characters during the great boom period in English golf as part of his book - The Long Golden Afternoon. Many thanks to the club for hosting a wonderful week of golf! Special shout out to Mike Harris & Dan Davies, as well as Blair, Hugo & Dale for the company along the way!
48 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
153 - Course Diaries: Church Stretton
On one of the hottest evenings of 2022, Sam went out to visit Church Stretton, playing with local member Cameron and his brother-in-law and ex-England cricketer James Taylor. Todays episode is with Sam & Tom discussing Church Stretton, and some of the truly jaw dropping land that this golf course is situated. Church Stretton is a simply marvellous golf club, and one of the most memorable courses you can play. A trifecta of opening par 3's, holes of all shapes and sizes and of course a healthy dose of half-par's make this a must visit for the travelling golfer seeking adventure on a shoestring budget!
46 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
152 - Reflections on The Pro Game
All three of the squad get together for a brief catch and up and round off the fairly insane developments over recent weeks’ across LIV and the PGA tour. Elevated events, PIP driven pool of players, a barnstormer of a finish in Boston which seemed to pass without much fanfare and more…
36 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
151 - Course Diaries: Delamere Forest
We get back into the swing of course diaries this week. Sam visited Delamere Forest a few weeks back - located just south-west of Manchester - it’s a Fowler/Heathland classic. Delamere is a long way from the Surrey Sandbelt where you would usually expect to find a course of this ilk and it boasts some incredible elevation change, natural green sites and bunkering on a piece of land that feels just about as removed from everyday life as you could hope for!Next week we’ll be recalling East Lake and getting into the weeds on all things from the professional circuit.
54 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
150 - A Milestone Podcast
A big podcast milestone deserves a big announcement - we are recruiting for someone to join the team! Please head over to https://cookiejargolf.com/job-advert/ to find out more.In this episode we look back on 150 podcasts and evolution of the pod. This pod is a bit self-indulgent but we've thrown a few gaffe's for good measure, some awards as well as some highlights and lowlights.A big thank you from us for supporting us through 150 episodes. Without everyone tuning in and supporting us, it just wouldn't be the same! If you do get chance to leave a quick review for us in Apple Podcasts or on Spotify we would be enormously grateful. It has a huge impact!
62 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
149 - Ian Wright: Caddie to Seve Ballesteros
Our podcast with Ian is the last from our time up in St Andrews at the Sounder clubhouse at The Scores Hotel. Sam is joined by fans favourite Dan Davies podding live and on stage. Ian's story about how he fell into caddying for Seve is a fascinating one, including some of the key events along the way (including the development of yardage books), Ryder Cup appearances, being on the bag for the Lytham in 1988, and what it was like to work with the great man himself. It's a great episode filled with plenty of war stories, with a lovely soundtrack of seagulls in the background!Big thank you to all the guys at Sounder Golf for hosting us up at the 150th Open Championship, and if you want to check them out head over to www.soundergolf.com
48 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
148 - Lee Wybranski
Another form the 150th week, we sat down with Lee Wybranski - golf artist & logo designer. We've been bouncing backwards and forwards for a while on when to record a pod, so it was great to get to do this in person at the Sounder Clubhouse, and his 150th commission certainly provides a great backdrop to the pod!We knew Lee was going to be a good guest, but no idea how good. He is a wonderful orator and brings his concepts and work to life in a vivid way. Lee is famous for his Major Championship watercolour commissions but we also spend half the podcast getting nerdy about golf logo's - another side of his business and something he is deeply passionate about. Its a brilliant discussion and hope you enjoy it!For more on Lee - head over to his website and bag yourself a print or two... https://www.leewybranski.com/
73 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
147 - Eclectic 18: Erik Anders Lang
Whilst up in St Andrews, we hung out with Erik and his team and decided to record a podcast. Founder of Random Golf Club, Erik has enjoyed a relatively late start in the game of golf, but he's certainly made up for lost time! His adventures in golf have taken him to some of the most remote stretches of golfing land, including Israel, Iceland, Africa and beyond!We wanted to hear about his personal journey in golf and thought we would do an Eclectic 18 to get his take on on the game, what has shaped his outlook on golf, and led him to where he is today as one of the largest voices on the game. Erik amazingly decided to walk in to this without a pre-populated view on holes or scorecard, instead doing it 'on the fly' which certainly adds some spice to the proceedings... and he pretty much pulls it off which was quite impressive! For more on Erik you can visit his social media on @erikanderslang or @randomgolfclub and make sure you check out their website on https://randomgolfclub.com/en-gbScorecard:#1 - Maidstone Club#2 - Lofoten Links#3 - Bandon Trails#4 - Western Gailes#5 - Crystal Downs#6 - Rustic Canyon#7 - Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club#8 - Oakmont#9 - National Golf Links of America #10 - Barnbougle Dunes#11 - The Old Course#12 - Prestwick (original closing hole from 1860 layout) #13 - Augusta National#14 - Dunes Club, Sanibel (FL)#15 - Cypress Point#16 - Pacific Grove#17 - Bethpage (Black)#18 - Pebble Beachpar - 69 / yardage - 5,95119th hole - Iona
42 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
146 - Author Michael Morrison
In our recent trip to St. Andrews, we met up with author Michael Morrison. Mike has just released his fourth book The Great English Golf Boom 1864 - 1914. Intriguing conclusions come through the book and a fascinating insight into the birth of the English Golf Club. If you are interested in purchasing this book you can email Mike on firstname.lastname@example.org
40 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
145 - Live from St. Andrews: Wrap-up with James Day
Sounder owner and coolest cat James Day talks to us live from the Sounder Clubhouse about the 150th Open at St. Andrews and Cam Smith and Rory Shootout.
11 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
144 - Live from St. Andrews: The Final Morning of The Open
Live from the stands on the right of the 1st tee, Sam & Tom talk through Rory's epic round on Saturday and how the atmosphere here on Open Championship Sunday.
41 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
143 - Live from St. Andrews: Geoff Shackelford
Geoff swings by Jar HQ at the Scores Hotel aka the Sounder Clubhouse to do a live Q & A about the first two days of The Open
20 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
142 - Live from St. Andrews: Barclay Brown discusses his opening 68
Sam & Tom sat down with Barclay Brown, the young amateur that shot a remarkable 68 on day 1 of The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Barclay talks through his round, the course, his amateur status and his penchant for Love Island.
28 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
141 - Live from St. Andrews: LFG
Bruce, Sam & Tom sit down to discuss the course on the eve of the opening day of the Open Championship. So much to unpack in a short space of time.
27 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
140 - Live from St. Andrews: The greatest shots every played in The Open
Dan Davies pops by St. Andrews Jar HQ aka The Scores Hotel to discuss an article he helped pen about the greatest shot ever played at The Open with a little help from the data gurus over at Clippd. Check out the article and enjoy - https://www.clippd.com/post/the-greatest-open-shot
23 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
139 - Live from St. Andrews: The Atmosphere
Tom & Bruce discuss the atmosphere here at St. Andrews on Tuesday of Open week. The whole town is buzzing, and we’re getting caught up in the excitement!
22 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
138 - Live from St. Andrews: Wallasey Course Manager - John Mcloughlin
In a series of micro pods we are going to run live from St. Andrews at the 150th Open, we are here on the Monday and bumped into Wallasey Course Manager John Mcloughlin. John and Tom got talking about the condition of the course and there are not many people that would know more about course conditioning than John.
63 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
137 - Stephen Proctor: The Long Golden Afternoon
Historian, writer and Herbert Warren-Wind shortlisted author Stephen Proctor joins the podcast this week to talk about the release of his second book - The Long Golden Afternoon. Charting the events around golfs ultimate boom period following the death of Young Tommy Morris right through to the advent of WWI, the book is a fascinating read to really understand one of the most significant (and often much less talked about) periods in history. Starting with John Ball jr of Hoylake becoming the first Englishman and Amateur to win The Open in 1890, right through to the Great Triumverate and the success of many others, it's a cracking book. I firm recommendation from The Jar to add this to your golf library - the link can be found below. Stephen is a fabulous guest, incredibly knowledgeable and articulates history in such a captivating way! AMAZON: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Golden-Afternoon-Golfs-1864-1914/dp/1913759040
66 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
136 - Eclectic 18: Richard Pennell
Another special guest joins the pod for his Eclectic 18... this week it's the turn of Richard Pennell. Someone who has grown up around the game and spent much of his career working at them - often at some of the mopst storied and historuc clubs in Surrey. Richard left his role at Woking last year to give himself more time to writer about the game he loves and his blog 'Stymied' can be found here: https://richardpennell.substack.com/Richard's writings are wonderfully nostalgic and remind us how much beauty there is to golf and the wonderful variety it offers! His scorecard isn't bad either;Hole 1: Royal North Devon (Westward Ho!)Hole 2: TandridgeHole 3: Wenvoe CastleHole 4: Rye Hole 5 : PainswickHole 6: Royal Cinque PortsHole 7: Hankley Common Hole 8: Hayling Hole 9: West Byfleet Hole 10: Woking (the 10th Simpson designed which no longer exists) Hole 11: Muirfield Hole 12: StonehamHole 13: The Addington Hole 14: Cleeve Hill Hole 15: Huntercoombe Hole 16: Minchinhampton (Old)Hole 17: New Zealand Hole 18: Royal BlackheathPar - 70 / Yardage - 6,060
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