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Hi, my name is Jay Revell and golf is a massive part of my life. Lately, I've begun to worry that it might consume too much of it. With a young family, a startup media business, and a scratch handicap, I explore what it means to be addicted to golf in the modern world. On the show, I dive into the good, bad, ugly, and glorious in conversations with folks battling to find a balance between golf, life, and everything in between. Join me for conversations with some of golf's most interesting fo ...
 
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The one aspect of Zac Blair's personality that has always stood out most to me is his ambition. He wants to be one of the best golfers in the world but he also is on a mission to create memorable golf experiences for those who share his love for the game. I first witnessed those traits while attending Blair's annual event, The Ringer, at Sweetens C…
 
Jim Hartsell loves golf. It's why he writes about the game and the moving places he's played it. An architect by trade, Hartsell has spent a great deal of his life chasing golf experiences that stir the soul. Much of his writing has been inspired by two decades worth of travel to Scotland. Hartsell has become an authority on the less heralded yet d…
 
Steve Melnyk was one of the voices of golf television during my childhood. I can remember hearing his calls for ABC Sports during the years my uncle was on tour and our whole family tuned in to every broadcast. That same voice was also present for a number of iconic calls at the Masters during Melnyk's long run with CBS. He called the Larry Mize ch…
 
Sean Martin is one of the best golf writers in the business. I'm proud to call him a friend. As the Senior Editor for PGATOUR.com he was given the chance to travel to Tokyo for the pandemic affected Olympics. He's there to cover the Men's medal tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club outside of Tokyo and was kind enough to join me for a chat about …
 
Lee Wybranski's artwork has become synonymous with golf's major championships. That's because he has devised a way to capture the spirit of golf's most unique championship courses no matter where those events are being played. Based on his paintings, his vivid event posters are always a hot item in the merchandise tent. As each new major nears, the…
 
Ben Curtis is widely regarded as one of the biggest underdog major winners in golf history. His victory at the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St George's was one of the most improbable golf feats of that era. On his way to claiming the Claret Jug, Curtis outlasted names like Thomas Bjorn, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Nick Faldo. No…
 
In the early days of golf podcasting, Ru Macdonald was one of the first hosts to take a deep dive into the courses of Scotland. His show, The Scottish Golf Podcast became an important outlet for those like me who were looking to learn more about the many lesser known golf options in the game's native land. The stories he shared in those show helped…
 
Golf journalism is an increasingly small field. It's rare these days to find someone who wanted to choose that as a career path from an early age. That's one of the reasons Zephyr Melton stands out as one of the game's bright young reporters. When he attended the University of Texas, he did so with a goal to become a golf journalist and after gradu…
 
Adam Heieck is leading one of golf's most impactful organizations. He is the CEO of Youth On Course, a program aimed at creating pathways to golf access for children across the United States. The organization is transforming the landscape of golf by subsidizing golf rounds for junior players all across America. Based in Northern California, where t…
 
If I owned a golf resort Tom Pashley would be exactly the sort of person I'd want running it. Unfortunately for my ownership aspirations Pashley seems quite happy with his current gig. As the President of Pinehurst Resort since 2014, he has spearheaded one of the most successful reimaginations of a golf property the world has ever seen. With tremen…
 
Mark Stewart once had a crazy idea to build a golf course on his family's old sand pit. Turns out it was a pretty good idea. Tobacco Road Golf Club has been wowing guests for over 20 years now and Stewart is still at the helm of the operation. When the project began in 1998, he took a chance on an up and coming golf architect named Mike Strantz. Th…
 
It’s a challenge to condense the career of Davis Love III into a few short lines. The World Golf Hall of Fame member has been a force in the game for over thirty years. As an accident player in the 90’s he was a staple on major championship leaderboards. He won the 1997 PGA Championship in fairytale fashion and added two Players Championship titles…
 
Michael Murphy's book, Golf in the Kingdom, has sold over 1 million copies and has been translated into 19 languages. It's one of the highest selling golf book of all time. His story about a chance encounter with a mystic golf professional in Scotland also changed my life. I make no secret of my spiritual pursuits in golf and much of that has been …
 
Tom Coyne doesn't need much of an introduction. If you are a golf reader, his name will be familiar. Coyne is the author of a handful of moving golf books including a couple New York Times Bestsellers. His golf tales include popular titles such as A Gentleman's Game, Paper Tiger, A Course Called Ireland, A Course Called Scotland, and his latest eff…
 
Abby Liebenthal's passion for golf has opened a lot of interesting doors in her career. She’s worked with some of the leading organizations and brands in the golf industry including the AJGA, Tiger Woods Foundation, Titleist, Imperial Hats, and now the USGA. Her background in marketing and communications has helped her become a leading voice for ho…
 
Brendan Porath is one of my favorite voices in golf. He's a witty writer with lots to say about the events that unfold in professional golf. He has also found ways to extend those talents into success in television and podcasting. Porath has blazed an interesting content trail in a career that has seen him contributing to a number of reputable outl…
 
Casey Bannon gets text messages from me at all hours of the day and night. Most of them contain crazy ideas. Story pitches and other wild hairs that I hope will eventually become features in my favorite golf publication - The Golfer's Journal. I've had the great fortune to contribute a few fun stories for the Journal in recent years and one of the …
 
Have you ever searched for help with the mental side of your golf game? I've always been a big fan of books that are aimed at sharpening these tools - Zen Golf, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, and even Golf in the Kingdom come to mind. Those reads and many more have shaped how I view a round of golf. I've also found that using meditation apps like C…
 
Christian Hafer photographs always move me in some way. That's why I'm really glad he decided to focus his craft on golf. I started following Hafer on Instagram back when he was relatively unknown and always was quick to compliment his work. Over the years our messages have ranged from photography to writing, and on to many other topics related to …
 
Michael Wolf is best known for his golf history enthusiasm on Twitter. His handle, @BamaBearcat , has become one of the top sources for interesting tidbits and unique stories about golf. He also chronicles his travels around the globe in pursuit of the game. To support his golf habits and massive historical book collection, Wolf works as a full-tim…
 
Michael Williams is not a golf expert, but he certainly has a passion for the game and the lifestyles that come with it. His blog, A Continuous Lean, has become one of the most popular sites in the country for menswear enthusiasts thanks to his storytelling abilities and nose for the unique. Now, he's getting ready to apply that same enthusiasm to …
 
My Grandfather, Ed Bates, is my golf hero. He taught me the game and has shaped so much about how I strive to live my life. His easy-going disposition and constant optimism have always been something I aspire to. Gramps, as I call him, was the club professional at the 9 hole course I grew up at. He worked behind the counter there for 35 years and t…
 
Samantha Marks likes to share her golf takes on Twitter. That's how she has developed a large following and it has even helped her build a successful business. Marks has a knack for modern media - undoubtedly shaped by her stint in broadcast journalism. She formerly worked for the Golf Channel until the company went through a severe reorganizing. N…
 
D.J. Piehowski is part of the No Laying Up collective. Along with his friends and partners Chris Solomon(Soly), Todd Schuster(Tron Carter), Neil Schuster, and Phil Landes(Big Randy), they have created one of the most entertaining and informative golf media companies in the game today. Although D.J. was the last to officially join the team, he acts …
 
Will Smith seems to will things into existence. No project makes that more evident than the creation of the National Links Trust. Along with his long time friend Michael McCartin, Smith breathed life into the National Links Trust as a means for setting a new course for public golf in Washington, D.C. The recently formed non-profit was established t…
 
Matt Cardis is a golf vagabond. For the past four years, he’s been traveling across the country in search of great golf and good people. He shares his stories from the road via beautiful photography and stirring video under his Golf In Your State brand. I've been fortunate to know Cardis for a few years now and I'm always impressed by the stories h…
 
Kevin Moore loves numbers. He's a professor of mathematics at the University of Georgia, but in golf circles, he's known for helping people apply data to improve their game. Moore first began this work through a business he founded called Squares to Circles and recently has helped launch a second game improvement company called Golf Blueprint. Both…
 
Dave Baysden might just be the best golf artist in the world today and I'm proud to say he has been a good friend of mine for some years now. Dave and I first connected online when he began posting images of his incredible golf paintings on his Instagram page. Since then, we've had the chance to play quite a bit of golf together and I always treasu…
 
Lauren Harrison is one of golf’s top public relations mavens. She’s run PR strategies for the TPC Network, numerous resorts around the globe, and even private clubs like Champions Retreat. Recently she decided to leave the agency life and join the team at X Golf America where she now serves as Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations. I’ve…
 
Ryan Carey is one of golf's top memorabilia experts. He is a Co-founder of the highly reputable company Golden Age Golf Auctions. Since founding the company with his partner Bob Zafian in 2006, Carey has become the go-to figure for those looking to buy or sell the greatest treasures from golf history. With a Rolodex that spans the globe, he has hel…
 
Alan Shipnuck is one of the most prolific writers in golf. His stories and columns on the game have long been among the best writing in the sport. He began his career as a sort of "child prodigy" at Sports Illustrated and a few decades later is Senior Writer for Golf.com and Golf Magazine. Shipnuck is best known for writing long-form pieces that di…
 
Joe Zwickl is one of the most interesting men in golf these days. If there is a gathering of golfing diehards going down somewhere there is a good chance he's going to show up. Zwickl is often found hitting long drives and talking about the game at events hosted by No Laying Up, The Buck Club, and other golfing collectives. I first met him at such …
 
Matt Ginella is one of golf's great ambassadors. He has over two decades of experience in the sports media business and is best known for his time at The Golf Channel. As one of the most familiar faces on that network, he served as the host of Golf Advisor Round Trip and was their voice for all things golf travel. Since leaving Golf Channel, Ginell…
 
Brad Payne is one of golf's most interesting new entrepreneurs. After working with tech giant Apple, he ventured out on his own to found Walker Trolleys. They make what is unquestionably the most beautiful push-cart in golf. His product first started turning heads at the 2020 PGA merchandise show which is where we first met. I've wanted a Walker Tr…
 
I love getting to know people who are obsessed with golf. Laz Versalles is one such person. Laz is a former club professional who now writes about the game for outlets such as The Golfer's Journal, Golf.com, and Deadspin. Although we've never met in person(we are hoping to change that soon) I feel like we were able to talk like old pals. Laz and I …
 
One of my favorite people I’ve met through golf in recent years is Matthew Galloway. He’s among the top caddies on the LPGA Tour and a hell of a good golfer himself. Galloway is a recovering mini-tour player who traded his playing dreams for success with a caddie bib. Before turning pro, he won the Florida Amateur Championship and was a three-time …
 
In this week's episode, my friend Trey Runkle joins me for a sprawling golf centered conversation. You may know Trey from the great work he does with his website Outside the Cut. He's also a prolific contributor to the world so many of us know as "golf twitter." Trey and I caught up on a range of topics including the golf scene in Washington, D.C.,…
 
Sean Martin is the Senior Editor for PGAtour.com. He's also someone I love to talk golf with. We connected a few years ago when I discovered that his wife's family lives in Tallahassee. We got together for some golf on one of his visits to the Capital City and have been friends ever since. In this debut episode of Mid-Am Crisis, Sean and I talk abo…
 
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