The Bag Drop: Untold Stories in Golf
Summary: Welcome to The Bag Drop: Untold Stories in Golf podcast. With over 34,000 golf courses, tens of millions of golfers, and hundreds of thousands supporting the game of golf worldwide, there are endless untold stories about how golf has impacted and shaped lives. Take a listen as we uncover those compelling stories in our podcast. Your host is Matt Considine, CEO of NewClub, a Chicago-based golf society. About NewClub NewClub is a society of passionate golfers who desire more compelling golf. Modeled after golf societies in Great Britain and Ireland, NewClub introduces its vetted community of members to a select network of prestigious clubs admired for their history, architecture, and commitment to the game of golf.
Lee Stone, co-architect of Champion Hill, joins us on the Bag Drop to tell his story how he went from growing fruit and Christmas Trees to building one of the finest courses in Northern Michigan.
Day job? Technology sales. Passion? Building backyard golf that might be one of the most unique and ambitious courses in the world. Ben Hotaling, who is the guy behind Some Guy’s Backyard, joins us on the Bag Drop.
Andy Johnson, founder of The Fried Egg and long-drive champion at the Sunrise Stableford, was kind enough to join our tournament at Ravisloe Country Club and join The Bag Drop for a live podcast after the round.
We caught up with Tom Coyne, best-selling author of “A Course Called Ireland” and many others, at Downer’s Grove Golf Club for our first live podcast after a fun round at the site of America’s first 18-hole golf course. Tom is in the middle of his travels playing golf in all 50 states for his next book “A Course Called America” and was gracious enough to sit down with us to chat about his adventures.
We’re proud to welcome Bruce Devlin to the Bag Drop. Mr. Devlin is one of the most decorated professional golfers ever to play, with 8 (or 10 if you’re really counting) PGA Tour wins, a Senior PGA Tour win, and 19 more wins worldwide.
Back for our final pod covering the PGA major tournaments, PJ Malik (Statistician and Researcher for FOX Sports and PGA Tour Radio), talks about the history of the Open, a quick recap of where he’s been on tour, and his picks for Champion Golfer of the Year.
Mark Labiak, PGA Head Professional at Ruth Lake Country Club, joins the Bag Drop to talk music, family life, and holes-in-one. Yes, multiple holes in one.
This past weekend was a special one. We were honored to have Dr. Joe Parent, author of the best-selling book Zen Golf, spend the last few days with NewClub in Chicago. It was an incredible experience spending time, learning from, and getting to know Dr. Joe. He joined us for rounds around Chicago, played with us in the Stinger at Stonebridge CC, held playing lessons with our members, and became a friend for life. There is much more to come for our society with Dr. Joe and we will be announcing more opportunities to meet and learn from him. Stay tuned.
Nathan Perry, PGA Head Golf Professional at Aurora Country Club, joins the Bag Drop from Ernesto’s Cave (club locker room manager) to talk golf architecture, compelling golf courses, and what makes a great round.
PJ Malik, FOX Sports and PGA Tour Radio’s resident statistician and researcher, returns to The Bag Drop to get us all ready for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Joining the Bag Drop is Jack O’Callahan, member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey team and former player for the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils.
Joining the Bag Drop this episode is Mike Devries, Golf Course Architect of Kingsley Club, Cape Wickham, Meadow Club & Greywalls.
Chris Montagno, the tournament director of the Evans Scholars Invitational, joins us on The Bag Drop to kick off tournament week with the Web.com for the Evans Scholars Invitational at the Glen Club.
PJ Malik, FOX Sports and PGA Tour Radio’s resident statistician and researcher, returns to The Bag Drop to reflect on this year’s Masters and look ahead to the PGA Championship at Bethpage.
In this episode, I spoke with Patrick Crow, the head professional at Chicago Highlands in Westchester, Illinois. Patrick and I spoke about why he’s passionate about his job and his club, what it was like going to school for a career in golf, and whether they should keep wearing pants on tour.