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Where Golf Legends, Players, & the Top Instructors in the Game Share Their Stories, Insights and Playing Lessons.

Michael Whelan was the original VP of Production and Executive Producer on The Golf Channel when it was all just a concept. He talks about starting the channel from the ground up, how he sketched out each show, the vision behind those shows, and then hiring the right people to make those shows come to life.

Andy shares his thoughts on Covid-19 and if the Tours could decide to pull the plug on the rest of the season. He also talks about how course designers can stop 400 yard drives, and if any of his players gave him veto power for a foolish shot they were talking about playing.

On this segment of the show I talk with PGA Tour Caddie Kip Henley. Kip is one of the great follows on Twitter @kiphenley. He is currently looping for Stewart Cink out on the PGA Tour. He gave great insights into the incredible lengths the PGA Tour is going to in order to keep the players and caddies safe. He also talks about what it's like caddying at The Masters, what his favorite foreign country is to caddie in (Alabama), staying away from any negative comments when discussing a shot with his player, and the beauty of the McLemore course outside of Chattanooga.

What a fun episode of Next on the Tee. which my guests Michael Whelan, Andy Lano II, and Kip Henley.

Michael Whelan was the original VP of Production and Executive Producer on The Golf Channel. He talks about starting the channel from the ground up; how he sketched out each show, what the vision behind those shows was, and then hiring the right people to make those shows come to life.

Andy Lano shared his insights and perspective as a former Tour Caddie on Covid-19 and if he were still out on Tour what concerns he'd have. He also shares his thoughts on what course designers and Superintendents will need to do in order to combat the yardage explosion that continues to see guys routinely hit nearly 350-400 yards. We also hear about his company Golf Mastery that helps players of all levels learn about strategy, course management, and the mental side of the game.

I round out the show talking with PGA Tour Caddie Kip Henley. Kip is one of the great follows on Twitter @kiphenley. He is currently looping for Stewart Cink out on the PGA Tour. He gave great insights into the incredible lengths the PGA Tour is going to in order to keep the players and the caddies safe. He also talks about what it's like caddying at The Masters, what his favorite foreign country is to caddie in (Alabama), staying away from any negative comments when discussing a shot with his player, and the beauty of the McLemore course outside of Chattanooga.

Roger Chapman, 2012 Senior PGA & US Senior Open Champion joins me. Roger is one of only 4 players to win the Senior PGA & US Senior Open in the same season. The others are Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Hale Irwin. Roger shares stories of that magical 2012 season plus the mid round pep talk that Seve Ballesteros gave him and the pairing that made him nervous.

Charlie Mechem has led an amazing life. Hear stories for how he went from law school to the Army to being CEO of the Taft Broadcasting Company. Hear how and why Jack Nicklaus recommending him for Commissioner of the LPGA back in the 90s, his 20 year business relationship with Arnold Palmer, a hilarious appearance on Pete Rose's radio show, and the College Football Hall of Fame Induction party where he sat next to former President Nixon...and so much more.

Top Instructors Tom Patri and Rob Strano plus former LPGA Commissioner Charlie Meachem Join Me. I talk with Tom about The Golf Channel laying most of their Orlando employees off and moving to Stamford, Connecticut, his recent trip to play Oakmont with Bob Ford, the two players who have now tested positive for Covid-19 and if The Masters will be played if the patrons can't be there. Rob shares his putting drill using golf ball sleeves, how to successfully hit from a downhill, side hill lie, and his "stranogy" for hitting more greens in regulation. Former LPGA Commission Charlie Meachem talks about his time working with Arnold Palmer, how Jack Nicklaus recommended him for the job as Commissioner, his visits with Mickey Wright, his friendship with Neil Armstrong, and the College Football Hall of Fame Induction party where he was seated next to former President Nixon.

Mark and I walk through is amazing career on this segment of the show. We talk about his junior golf days playing against Jack Nicklaus II and his relationship with the Nicklaus family, his time at the University of Florida in the late 70s, all the way up to his time on the Champions Tour. Hear about how he earned his Tour card going through Q-School multiple times, his first win at the 1986 Southwest Golf Classic, his memories of the '86 Masters, the heartbreak of Sandy Lyle's birdie on the last hole to beat him in the 1988 Masters, to this thrilling win at the 1989 Open Championship in a playoff over Greg Norman, and Wayne Grady, and why he wore bacon theme pants during his 2015 victory at the Principal Charity Classic.

Sports Psychologist Dr. Bob Jones IV joins us on this segment of the show. Doc talks about confidence and how to maintain it when things start to go south. We talk about Jordan Spieth's struggles and overcoming mental scars from previous rounds. He also shares his experience playing The McLemore which is a beautiful new course co-designed by Bill Bergin and Rees Jones outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a whole lot more.

This week I'm joined by my Thursday Night Tailgate Co-Host Bob Lazzari. On this segment we're joined by LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and Bethpage Director of Instruction Megan Younkman.

Megan share stories from her college golf days at the University of Toledo and getting to play at Inverness which has hosted several majors. She also talks about the courses at Bethpage, what makes the Black course so difficult, plus the Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow courses.

My Thursday Night Tailgate Co-Host Bob Lazzari joins me and we welcome Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube to this segment of the show.

Nathan talks about playing this year's tournament without fans, the impact that will have on the local economy and their charitable contributions, Bubba Watson's great run of success there, Jordan Spieth's sudden death hole out from the sand to beat Daniel Berger a couple of years ago, and a whole lot more.

This week on Next on the Tee my Thursday Night Tailgate Co-Host Bob Lazzari joins me and we welcome: Sports Psychologist and grandson of Bobby Jones, Dr. Bob Jones IV, Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube, and LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and Bethpage State Park Director of Instruction Megan Younkman.

David Ogrin shares stories from his interactions with Jack Nicklaus and a quote from Jack about how much a poor attitude can cost you on the course. David also talks about what lead to the disappearance of Anthony Kim, and a bit about his beloved Chicago Cubs.

Our resident Director of Instruction Tom Patri shares his thoughts why he's always wanted to spend some time with Lee Trevino plus his relationship with Tiger Woods that started out very poorly but has grown into a positive one. What changed? He had kids, according to his caddie Joey LaCava. Hear those stories and much more...

PGA Master Professional John Hughes talks about what to do when we hit a great tee shot only to find out that it wound up in an unfilled divot. John also shares his, "2 seconds to consistent putting" drill, and a beer barrel drill to help increase power and distance through proper hip rotation.

Rees Jones talks about his co-design project with Bill Bergin at The McLemore outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He shares how they turned a vision into a masterpiece carved into rocky Lookout Mountain. The course is so beautiful that PGA Tour Caddie Kip Henley says it has the 2nd most beautiful finishing hole in golf after the 18th at Pebble Beach. Rees also talks about how his course designs and US Open set ups are tackling the distance issue through layout, fairway width and rough height.

On this episode I'm joined by our resident Director of Instruction Tom Patri, former PGA Tour Pro David Ogrin, PGA Master Professional John Hughes, and Legendary Course Designer Rees Jones.

Tom Patri talks about his show that airs live Thursday nights on Instragram Live plus his negative and positive interactions with Tiger Woods and the impact having children has had on his attitude.

David Ogrin shares stories from his interactions with Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, and what lead to the disappearance of Anthony Kim.

John Hughes shares great tips for how to handle the great tee shot that winds up in an unfilled divot. He shares his, 2 seconds to consistent putting drill.

Ress Jones rounds out the show sharing stories from creating some of his courses in particular The McLemore, Falcons Fires, and how he goes about setting up US Open sites. Rees also talks about how his courses are going about offsetting the advancements in technology.

Top Golf Course Designer Bill Bergin talks about this co-design project with Rees Jones at The McLemore. The course is carved into the side of Lookout Mountain outside of Chattanooga. Hear how they built an amazing course on and through the mountain, including constructing what PGA Tour Caddie Kip Henley describes at the 2nd best finishing hole in golf after the 18th at Pebble Beach.

Paul Branlund, Sun Mountain Sports Eastern Sales Manager, talks about their great lines of golf bags and push carts that go from super light weight to super charged to power your mobile devices. They have also introduced the Finn Cycle which is a small motorcycle that you strap your bag to and take on the course. What a fantastic new way to inject more fun into the game.

This week hear Top Golf Course Designer Bill Bergin talking about his co-design project with Rees Jones at The McLemore just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hear about the course carved into the side of Lookout Mountain where the birds actually fly below you. There's a good reason why PGA Tour Caddie Kip Henley says it has the 2nd most beautiful finishing hole on the planet.

Paul Branlund is the Eastern Sales Manager for Sun Mountain Sports. They make great golf bags and push cart. They also make the Finn Cycle which are becoming all the rage on courses around the world. They are small motorcycles that you can put your golf bag on and zip around the course. You want to talk about a great added level of fun to playing the game...

Andy Lano II joined me to talk about his experience playing at Old Head over in Ireland. The course is breath taking. It's now #3 on my bucket list to play. It's carved onto a peninsula that stretches 2 miles out into and 300 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check out Andy's amazing experience playing there and see what it looks like for yourself at www.oldhead.com.

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