It’s always a pleasure to have Dr. Bob Winters on the show! He is truly a legend and a pioneer in the psychology of golf and has worked with some of the biggest names in golf including Bernhard Langer, Michelle Wie, Justin Rose, Kristie Kerr, Tony Finau and many, many more! He provides tremendous insight into what it takes to be the best in the world, both physically and mentally! To find out more about Dr. Bob, check out his website at www.drbobwinters.com. His latest best-seller “Mistake Free Golf” can be purchased through his website or wherever books are sold!
We also welcomed in PGA Professional, David Hronek. David is fresh off his appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and is the head golf pro at Bobcat Trail in North Port.
It’s always a thrill to be at Bay Hill! It’s always one of my favorite weeks of the year and this week was certainly no exception. The course is in the best condition it has ever been (which is really saying something) and the staff, volunteers and fans here are better than any other location on tour! More pictures and details coming soon!
Hard to believe it’s here again already, but The Valspar is in full swing at the fabulous Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor and we’ll be bringing you all the action LIVE and on location! Looking forward to interviewing tournament director, Tracy West, Innisbrook Director of Golf, Bobby Barnes and Gary Keiser from the PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge!
We’ll be keeping you updated on all the action on the course and bringing you some behind the scenes news and notes as we broadcast LIVE from the Michelob Ultra Tent overlooking the spectacular 18th hole at The Copperhead Course! Pictures below show some of the “sights” from Round 1 and if you were looking for “sounds” as well, they had that covered too! Truly amazing concert from Rascal Flatts as they performed for a crowd that topped 12,000 to cap off Day 1 festivites. If you don’t have your tickets yet, CLICK HERE to order now!
After trying to connect for quite some time, it was great to finally have SNN Sports Director Trevor DeGroot in studio this morning to get his take on the 2016 Season and much more! Great discussion on how The Olympic Games in Rio are a great opportunity to globally bring fans/viewers to the game of golf that typically would not tune in otherwise. You can catch Trevor every night on SNN here in Sarasota on Comcast, Verizon and Dish Network!
We also had renowned golf writer Andy Brumer calling in from California to discuss his new book – “The Poetics of Golf”. I’ve read a lot of golf books over the years, but found this to be unique, refreshing, and a reminder of how special the game of golf really is! Special thanks to Andy for getting up so early (5:45AM California time) to give us his thoughts. Click on the picture of the book to order your book today and congratulations to Troy from Bradenton who was the winner of the autographed copy!
Next week we’ll be LIVE from Innisbrook for the PGA Valspar Championship and up at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational the week after!
Had a blast today with a local focus as we welcomed in Jon Whittemore, owner of Rolling Green, Serenoa and the newly acquired Legacy Golf & Country Club! Jon was joined by PGA Professional, Kevin Paschall who has been promoted to the position of Managing Partner at both Serenoa and Legacy. All three of these courses are in fabulous condition and offer the complete experience where your round of golf also includes breakfast, lunch and a drink at no extra charge! You can find out more about these courses or book your tee time by clicking on the links below:
We also welcomed David Rovine from the Baltimore Orioles and Greg Pacitti from the Miracle League of Manasota. On February 22nd, the Orioles are hosting the 6th Annual Birdland Classic Golf Tournament at the Founders Club to help raise funds for the Miracle League and their upcoming seasons. I encourage you to check out their website at http://www.miracleleaguemanasota.org/ to see what the Miracle League is all about.
At the Birdland Classic you get the opportunity to play along with current and former Orioles players and coaches, who are paired with each participating foursome. Every participant receives a gift bag that inlcudes an OriolesREACH golf shirt, an Orioles player autographed ball, Orioles hat, and more! Lunch, cocktails and dinner will be included as well as plenty of opportunities for autographs and pictures. You won’t want to miss this up close and personal event! To register for the golf tournament click on the link or visit http://birdeasepro.com/birdlandclassic
Big day today on Tee It Up! It was a real privilege for me to interview one of the biggest start of the LPGA, Morgan Pressel! Not only is she a star on the course (Youngest ever to win an LPGA Major, Solheim Cup Veteran and Hero, Annually ranking in the top 20 in the world, etc…) but I think its safe to say that she is even a bigger hero off the course. After losing her mother to breast cancer at the age of 13, Morgan started the Morgan Pressel Foundation and her efforts have raised millions of dollars to help fight that terrible disease. Her 9th Annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament this past week raised 1 Million Dollars alone! It really was an honor to have Morgan on the show! I want to encourage all my listeners to visit www.MorganPresselFoundation.com to find out how you can help make a difference too!
We’re also joined by Jim Nugent, Founder of Global Golf Post and one of the pioneers of the digital golf revolution! It’s always great to get his unique perspective on the world of golf and of course, his thoughts on the 2016 PGA Tour Season.
For the first time since the show started three years ago, I took two weeks off from LIVE broadcasts and although I loved the time spent with family and friends celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year, it felt great to be back with you today!
It was a perfect kickoff to the 2016 year as we talked with Hector Ramos from Somar Strength about some of the pitfalls and things that prevent us from keeping our New Year’s fitness resolutions. If you’s like more information or to schedule your own personal assessment, CLICK HERE or on the Somar Strength logo on the right!
We were joined by Bobby Barnes, the Director of Golf at Innisbrook to discuss the “face lift” and renovations to the world renowned Copperhead Course, home of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship! Did you know that Innisbrook has 81 holes of Championship Golf, A world class resort and spa, 4 restaurants and more? Click the link to find out more and to enter for your chance to win a Weekend Getaway! The Valspar Championship is just around the corner and tickets are available now. This year’s concert series will include Rascal Flats and as always, the field will be one of the best on the PGA Tour all year!
Finally, we got the latest updates from The West Florida Golf Tour and tour director, Christian Bartolacci! Make sure to check out their Website for upcoming tournaments and events including their “Under the Lights” tournament at Suncoast Golf Center and the upcoming major in February at Bobby Jones!
2015 is in the books and oh what a year it was! Too many great memories to list them all, but highlights included:
- Meeting and introducing David Feherty during his Live Off Tour performance at Van Wezel
- LIVE broadcasts and coverage from PGA, LPGA, Symetra and West Florida Golf Tour Events!
- Interviews and an “in-studio” lesson from the legendary golf teacher and best-selling author, David Leadbetter
- Hanging with Nancy Lopez, Jan Stephenson, Juli Inkster and the stars of the LPGA Legends tour as Team USA won one of the most dramatic international team golf events in HISTORY at the ISPS Handa Cup at Palm Aire Country Club
- Meeting and getting to know two of the very best in the business, Hector and Barbara Ramos from Somar Strength!
- The privilege of playing and featuring so many of our great local golf courses including: Bradenton Country Club, Waterlefe, Ritz Carlton, TPC Prestancia, Palm Aire Country Club, Laurel Oak, Sarabay Country Club, Rolling Green, Serenoa, Capri Isles, Waterford, Calusa Lakes, Pinebrook Ironwood, Oyster Creek, The Esplanade, The Concession, The Founders Club, Suncoast Golf Center
- Big thanks to my Dad, Stephen, for co-hosting this year!!!!
And now it’s on to 2016! We’ve got big plans this year and will be out on the road early, covering the LPGA Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, the PGA Tour Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and one of our favorite events of the year, The Guardian Retirement Championship from Sarabay Country Club.
In addition, we’ve got great interviews lining up including some of the biggest names in the world of golf as well as many of our local PGA and LPGA teaching professionals, authors, course architects, and much, much more. Here’s to a spectacular 2016 and thanks so much for listening!
This week’s show had a local focus as we had special guests, Mike Cummings, PGA Head Professional from Capri Isles Golf Club and Ross Hanson from the West Florida Am Tour.
Capri Isles is one of three courses owned by the Golf In Venice group and really is one of Venice’s best golf experiences. I had the chance to play there on Friday and couldn’t have had a better afternoon. The greens are PERFECT, meaning that birdies were dropping left and right, but don’t be fooled! From the back tees (playing about 6600 yards) Capri Isles is a demanding test of golf and with water in play on every single hole, ! Head Golf Professional, Mike Cummings has been on staff for over twenty years and he and his staff do a fabulous job! Coming up in December, Capri Isles is hosting the 41st Annual Crest Cadillac of Venice Men’s Best Ball Championship on December 5-6th. This two day event features incredible prizes and competition and even a chance to drive home a brand new Cadillac! To register, call (941) 485-3371 or visit www.GolfInVenice.com
We also welcomed in Ross Hanson from the West Florida Am Tour. The “Am” Tour allows local amateurs to play the same courses as the West Florida Golf Tour with the same tournament conditions and set-up and at a fraction of the cost that they would normally pay to play the areas best private courses. Players compete in a Quota Points game with an optional Skins game and The Am Tour tracks season long results and standings. Tournaments are played on Mondays and you can find out more information at www.WestFloridaAmTour.com