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By Stephanie Wei under Podcast
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Latin America Tour pro Paul Apyan

We’re back! And yes, it’s been a while — from holiday in idyllic Gozo (with poor WiFi and bad cell service, which was bliss after the initial shock that lasted like 5-6 days of not being able to access all the information about the horrible stuff happening all over the world) to a wedding in Seattle, along with some other business TBD. 

So, I forgot to post links and embed the podcast player for the past two episodes. The first (Episode 19) dates back to last month when I spoke with Tim Kawakami, the Editor-in-Chief of The Athletic Bay Area, while he was en route to cover the big fight — yes, that one: Mayweather vs. McGregor.

Prior to joining The Athletic this summer, Tim was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News for 17 years. He’s one of the most prominent — if not the foremost — voices when it comes to coverage and insight into the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers.

Tim and I talked about his new gig at The Athletic, which just launched at the start of August. He also provided his insider knowledge on all things Steph Curry, including his impressive performance at the Tour event. We chatted about Colin Kaepernick’s journey that eventually led to his silent protest and the ensuing (and ongoing) controversy — which was recently detailed in a guest column for The Athletic by Kaepernick’s friend.

Tim also describes the drastic and distinct cultures in the NBA vs. the NFL.

In Episode 20, I chatted with self-described journeyman and Latin American Tour pro Paul Apyan, who has also become a good friend and someone I speak with regularly about (gasp!) politics. I first “met” shortly after he and a friend started the Twitter account @LifeontheMiniTours (formerly known as “Mini Tour Problems”) five or six years ago.

Paul provides great insight into tour life as experienced by the majority of professional golfers. I’d call it “how the other half lives,” but that’s not entirely accurate because it’s more like “how the other 99% of tour pros live.”

Mini Tour life is the opposite of glamorous and there are no private jets, nor wheelbarrows with millions of dollars at the end of the season, but hopefully, there will be some day soon. Instead, Paul has a very busy fall/winter ahead of him between the multiple stages of Tour Q-school, and a couple more events left on the Latin American Tour schedule to play. #chasingthedream

I highly recommend listening to this episode for a candid take and fun conversation…