Category Archives: Podcast

Sep
20
2017
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. 

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Aug
30
2017

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PGA Tour pro Andres Gonzales is one of my oldest and dearest friends. I met Andres and Michael Putnam on the same day at the same time because we shared the same swing coach (Joe Thiel) when we were junior golfers.

Andres and I practiced and played a lot together, and he often caddied for me at qualifiers for USGA events, among other tournaments. In fact, having him on my bag was a huge reason why I managed to qualify for the 2000 U.S. Jr. Girls and the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur. I mean, he practically hit the shots and stroked the putts. Okay, not really, but I couldn’t (still can’t) read greens to save my life, which he reminds me practically every time we talk.

We reminisced and took a walk down memory lane with funny and random stories from our youth on and off the golf course — mostly about Andres embarrassing me when I used to be super shy. Like when he pulled this stunt:

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Aug
12
2017

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I caught up with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee on Saturday morning ahead of the third round of the PGA Championship. We discussed the changes to Quail Hollow, the impact of the weather on the course conditions and what we’ve seen so far from Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, and other notables in the field. Brandel gave his expert analysis on the top contenders and big names and what to watch for this afternoon.

Tune in below or via iTunes, etc. Enjoy!

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Aug
9
2017

*UPDATED: Thanks to a tech savvy friend — the crappy audio from the pod has been fixed! You can actually hear them talk now! Yay.*

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Welcome to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club! There’s so much to share and discuss, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear about the changes to the golf course, which plays hosts to a regular PGA Tour event, and the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweaks from the players.

I caught up with Mike Small, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois, which has become an NCAA powerhouse under his leadership. He’s also won two Web.com Tour events, played on the PGA Tour, competed in multiple majors, won the PGA Professional Championship three times — just to name a few of his accolades and achievements in the game. Coach Small is obviously a man of many talents and I’m not sure how he manages to do it all, but it’s very impressive.

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Jul
31
2017

Just the obligatory nagging friendly reminder to SUBSCRIBE to the WUP pod — available just about anywhere you choose to digest your podcasts: iTunes, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, WUP Podcast Page, Libsyn Classic Feed, etc. Of course, you can always listen via the player below, as well. But I’m a big fan of subscribing to pods because they just pop up in your feed as soon as they’re released. 

Questions? As always, please feel free to contact me about anything and I’m always open to suggestions and constructive criticism (that’s the only way we evolve!): stephanie@weiunderpar.com. I may not answer immediately, but I try my best– as you might be able to imagine, I can’t keep up with the hundreds of emails I receive every day, and actually, I wish I could hire an intern just to help me with writing and replying to damn EMAILS. In the meantime, I promise to address your emails on the pod at the next earliest convenience. Deal? Cool. Thanks for your continued support!


 

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I caught up a few weeks ago with Golf Digest social media coordinator, pro golfer and part-time comedian Hally Leadbetter. We talked about her recent move to NYC, her journey from junior golfer to pro golf to media, good/bad “golf parents”, managing (aka, lowering) expectations when she plays now, signing up for a stand-up comedy class, and her recent buddies trip in Scotland.

In short: Get-to-know Hally — she’s awesome, and a woman of many talents! 

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Jul
24
2017

I’m joined by friend of the pod Craig Connelly, who loops for Martin Kaymer, the morning after Jordan Spieth’s dramatic, incredible and mind-blowing victory at the Open at Royal Birkdale.

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Jul
22
2017

 

I chatted with golf photographer/social media extraordinaire Patrick Koenig about his solo trip to play golf in Ireland — he drove around the country and played 13 courses in eight days! — along with his buddies trip in Scotland.

This episode is definitely a must-listen for lovers of links golf and for those thinking of planning their own trip to Ireland and/or Scotland.

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Jul
21
2017

Stephanie Wei chats with Golf Channel on-course announcer Jerry Foltz, who is on the ground at Royal Birkdale, about The Open, links golf, rules snafus, along with other random golf-related topics and stories.

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Jul
16
2017

I caught up with Andrew “Beef” Johnston (and his agent Shaun Reddin) on Saturday evening following the third round of the Scottish Open over drinks and dinner at their hotel restaurant in Ayrshire, about 15 miles down the road from Dundonald Links.

Now, this type of thing doesn’t happen every week (or ever)–it’s not exactly normal for an agent to agree to a last-minute podcast recording the night before the final round of a tournament, especially when the player is on the first page of the leaderboard! But Beef and Shaun aren’t your average tour player and agent, respectively, and that’s why we love them– they’re just ordinary blokes.

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Jul
14
2017
Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening

Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening

I was joined by a special guest — golf renaissance man Geoff Shackelford, who is a senior writer at Golfweek, contributor for Golf Channel and pioneer in the game’s multimedia presence with his eponymous blog, co-host of the podcast ShackHouse, author, architect, etc. — during the second round of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. I tricked him into talking with me for 50 minutes (instead of the agreed upon 30 minutes) Friday afternoon.

We discussed the first episode of the second season of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History, which is basically an essay on why he hates golf, the perception and culture of the game in the United Kingdom vs. the United States, links golf in Scotland, architecture, and more.

Listen via the player below, and your usual friendly reminder to subscribe to the pod on iTunes!

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