Golf Talk Radio with Mike & Billy Podcasts
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How does the idea of having a golf simulator set up in your living room or game room, a simulator that not only allows you to practice your swing or practice specific shots, but also allows you to play rounds on courses from around the world?

And how would you like to own that simulator for under $400?

The OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator may just have the thing for you.

They call it the ultimate in home golf simulation. And it’s pretty hard to argue that point.

Brandon Theophilus, CEO of Dancin' Dogg Golf which developed OptiShot, calls the creation, “Wii on steroids.”

Among the really good things about this system is the requirement to make it work. You use your own clubs. Depending on your own home situation, you can use foam or plastic or even real golf balls. Even better, if you don’t have an area in which you can pound balls, you don’t have to use a ball at all.

Yep, the system features a hitting mat, software and a USB cord to hook up to your computer and a soft foam ball. And it's an indoor-only simulator.

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A native of Glencoe, Illinois, Josh Karp was born in 1966 and graduated - without a pronounced lack of distinction - from Milton Academy (where he failed biology) and Macalester College (where a music appreciation teacher compared him unfavorably to J.D. Salinger).

After a few years of being bad at marketing and advertising, he sought refuge at law school, where he did ok, but almost didn't graduate because he was too disorganized to complete the paperwork for an internship. This led to joining the family bakery supply business, which was promptly acquired by some Dutch people. That was good, as Karp wasn't particularly good at that either.
Then he got a graduate journalism degree at Northwestern and found something that he was not bad at. Since that time, Karp's work has appeared in Salon, Premiere, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, TimeOut New York and other publications. His golf writing has appeared in Links and Golf Tips.
Karp is the author of A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever and teaches journalism at Northwestern.
Karp first played golf in sixth grade and was the worst golfer on some very bad high school and college golf teams.
This book is about how Karp tried to improve his 18-handicap by taking non-traditional golf lessons with an Eastern/spiritual flavor/methodology. The result was that he got down to an 11. But, that - as one spiritual golfer told him - is "subject to the vicissitudes of impermanence."
Karp lives in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife Susan and their four sons.


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Scott Cartwright is in his eighth season as head coach of the men's golf program, which was resurrected in 2000 and coached by Tom Moos for one year. Cartwright also is in his seventh season as the women's golf head coach.

A former golf pro at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, Cartwright guided the Mustang men's program to its first Big West Conference championship in 2006. He also coached former Mustang standout Travis Bertoni to 11 career wins, including the Big West individual title in 2005.

The 2008 Mustangs won two team championships -- Beaveheart Classic hosted by UC Riverside and the Cal Poly Men's Intercollegiate at Cypress Ridge.

Other positions held by Cartwright include head coach of the golf team at San Luis Obispo High School from 1997-2000 and head pro at the Mountain View Country Club in Corona from 1981-90.

He was named Northern Chapter Golf Professional of the Year in 1993 and 1997.

Cartwright played golf at Cal State Fullerton and graduated in 1981 with a major in physical education and a minor in business.

He has played in numerous tournaments, winning the 1998 Straight Down Fall Classic in San Luis Obispo and teaming with former Cal Poly golfer Rebecca Norris to win the Southern California PGA Pro-Lady Championship in 2006 at the Santa Ana Country Club. He also won the event in 1991.

Cartwright was a PGA Tour qualifier for the 1991 San Diego Open and has worked in professional golf for over 25 years.

He has guided the Cal Poly men's team to the NCAA West Regional twice and individuals in three other regionals.

Scott and his wife Cheryl have two children.



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Tom Watson's astonishing chip-in on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links during the 1982 U.S. Open. (Used with permission by Tony Roberts Photography.)


Patrick M. Zuk, Executive Director

The First Tee of Greater Kansas City helps over 2000 young people each year to learn valuable Life Skills through a "seamless approach." Participants learn to to communicate better, develop self-awareness, learn to set reachable goals and practice resistance skills at one of our five programming sites while having fun and learning to play golf.

Tom Watson's involvement with the First Tee of Kansas City...
There is no better friend or role model for Kansas City's kids than Tom Watson. He first hosted an event for Cystic Fibrosis in 1976. From 1979 and during the 25 years that followed, supported by the Blue Hills Country Club and a host of volunteers, Tom's annual Children's Mercy Hospital Classic has produced over nine million dollars to help create one of the finest pediatric facilities in the country.

Tom now hostes the Annual Tom Watson Challenge. The real winner of the event are the young people who participate in The First Tee of Greater Kansas City. Last year's event contributed more than $70,000 to The First Tee Scholarship Fund.

Finally, Tom donates his time, his talent and his money in support of the Junior Golf Foundation of Greater Kansas City as Chairman of its Advisory Board. The eleven acre Haert of America junior facility is the product of his design and his hands-on supervision during its construction.
www.firstteeofkansascity.com



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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20 PM

Tom Watson is one of the most enduring
professional goflers
since the late Sam Snead. In 2009, nearing his 60th birthday, he led the British Open much of the way before losing in a playoff. It was the feel-good sports story of the year, and will be talked about for as long as games are played and reported.

 

 

That stunning performance led to a revised British Open age limits that exempts him for at least five more years at the world’s oldest major championship. Watson has won it five times among his eight PGA Tour majors in a career further notable for memorable victories over Jack Nicklaus, golf’s best ever, on the biggest stages.

Watson won 39 times on the PGA tour with an aggressive, fast-paced style. Six times he was PGA Player of the Year, five times the leading money winner. Playing mostly on the over-50 Champions Tour now, he has won 13 more times there including five senior majors.

Watson was born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, and has stayed, true to the Midwest’s solid values. He lives today on a farm outside Kansas City, and can be found doing chores and riding his wife’s cutting horses when he’s not on tour (he admits to falling off a horse only twice).
His father Ray, a long time scratch player, introduced him to golf at age 6. A young Tom soon developed into a state amateur champion at age 17, and went on to play for Stanford University, earning a degree in psychology in 1971. He joined the PGA Tour that same year and won his first tournament, the Western Open, in 1974. After losing leads in both the 1974 and 1975 U.S. Opens, Watson had the reputation of a choker, which was broken following his break-through year in 1977, where he won both the Masters and the British Open.
At the 1977 British Open, often referred to as the “Duel in the Sun” at Turnberry, Tom played the final two rounds in 65-65 to Jack’s 65-66, finishing with a clinching birdie. It’s been called the Tournament of the Century. In Watson’s 1982 U.S. Open win at Pebble Beach, he holed a touchy chip shot from the greenside rough to birdie the 71st hole—arguably one of the greatest pressure shots ever—and then birdied the 18th to top Nicklaus.
After competing as part of the U.S. Team in the 1977, 1981, 1983 and 1989 Ryder Cups, Watson captained the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team through a closely contested tournament, pulling out the victory from behind in Sunday’s singles match.

Throughout his career, Watson has been a respected sportsman and spokesman for the sport. He received the U.S. Golf Association’s prestigious Bob Jones Award for distinguished sportsmanship in 1987 and was elected to the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame the following year. In addition, Watson won Golfer of the Decade for the 1980’s, celebrating his 19 wins and 86 top-10 finishes over the decade.
For 25 years Watson hosted the Children’s Mercy Golf Tournament, a benefit golf event featuring famous participants like Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino in his hometown of Kansas City, with proceeds going to a local children’s hospital. Over the 25 years, the tournament donated over $12 million to the hospital.

In addition to Watson’s fundraising and volunteerism for the children’s hospital, he has also been tremendously influential in Clubs for Kids, which began in the 1980’s and was the precursor for The First Tee of Kansas City, for which Watson is the Chairman of the Advisory Board.

When Watson’s long-time caddie, Bruce Edwards was diagnosed with ALS in 2003, Watson began searching for funding for a cure for the debilitating disease. Following Edwards’ death in 2004, Watson helped start the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research and the subsequent year he began the Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic with renowned author, John Feinstein, raising nearly $3 million over the first five years of the tournament.

Over the past several years, Watson has become increasingly involved in helping support our troops by participating in trips to Iraq in both 2007 and 2009, where he celebrated Thanksgiving with the troops, gave golf lessons and delivered donated golf equipment, just "delivering a little bit of home" to the troops during their tours. He has also visited and raised funds for our Wounded Warriors to whom he says we owe as much help as possible.

Watson succeeded Snead as the second golf professional emeritus at the renowned Greenbrier resort, located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, which has been a favorite destination of his for over 30 years. He first fell in love with the place during the 1979 Ryder Cup which was the same week as his first child, Meg, entered into this world.

Watson has a strong work and practice ethic and has admitted to hitting a “million practice balls” in order to continue honing his game. He’s considered one of the best foul weather players in the game, giving credit to his growing up in Kansas City, playing and practicing in the winter ice and snow.

Especially following his 2008 hip replacement and 2009 performance at the British Open at age 59 ½, Watson is considered a hero to Baby Boomers who want to stay active in “the game of a lifetime.” Top teachers and players believe he’s swinging the club better today than he was in his prime.

Watson carries solid credentials as a communicator. He does well-received clinics for charities, such as the First Tee, as well as his corporate sponsors, with a helpful demonstration of golf technique usually followed by revealing question-answer sessions and entertaining imitations of peers. He has done television commentary for ESPN and ABC.
Watson’s monthly article in Golf Digest is the No. 1 golf magazine’s most popular instructional feature. He has always enjoyed helping pros and amateurs alike with straightforward, tough-love lessons, concentrating on the basic fundamentals of grip, body posture, and ball position, without which, he tells his pupils, they can't be taught.

Through Tom Watson Design, Watson has produced over a dozen courses in the U.S. and abroad with a lot of hands on supervision. He keeps both the less-skilled players and varying wind conditions in mind as he works with the existing landscape to build beautiful, high quality courses. Watson’s first U.S. solo-designed project, Cassique (Kiawah Island, South Carolina) was named in the top 10 list of America’s Best New Private Courses by Golf Digest in 2001.

Watson’s first instructional DVD, Lessons of a Lifetime, is being introduced in 2010, and will be followed by his fourth instruction book in 2011. Both the DVD and book focus on his time-tested swing tips -- and adjustments he has made and recommends to stay competitive. An earlier book on the short game, “Getting Up and Down,” with famed illustrator Tony Ravielli, was a NY Times best seller and became a golf classic.

Tom constantly gives the credit for his success to the people who helped him throughout his life and career. In his early years his dad and Stan Thirsk built the foundation for his swing with a solid no-nonsense approach which served him well and from which his game blossomed. His desire, determination, and dedication had a lot to do with his success. This combination of mentors and a hard work ethic has been the key to a long and still continuing career.

 
 www.tomwatson.com



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During Mike's Course Mike shares a true story that happen in Maryland at a golf course next to the Atlantic Ocean that you won't believe. 

Jim Mclean, PGA Master Professional calls into to Golf Talk Radio with Mike & Billy to discuss Tom Watson's legacy and his golf swing. 

Mike & Billy discuss putting and the different styles that each individual player has and what works best for them. 

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Jeff Ritter is one of the nation’s most prominent golf instructors with a presence
that literally reaches all corners of the globe. Hailed for his unique approach to coaching, J
eff’s method of communication utilizes creative concepts from all walks life in a

manner that makes this difficult game seem effortless. He credits his passion for inspiration, body health and “mental flexibility” for the reputation that has set him apart as a purveyor of not only playing well, but living well. Jeff's coaching inspires his students to realize that
whether it is mind, body,game or life, the key to enacting positive change lies in one's self- awareness Jeff cuts through the illusions that limit success in a way that not only simplifies your outlook, but more importantly inspires you to want and believe in your authentic target. That is, that you want and deserve more than you had ever imagined possible.

An accomplished writer and author, Jeff’s articles appear in Golf Digest Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine, Golf Punk Magazine, UK as well as the Arizona Republic. He has also been seen and heard on ESPN, FOX Sports, FOX Sports Radio and The Golf Channel. His latest book “Confessions of a Golf Teaching Professional,” is due out soon!

Before striking out on his own in 2000, Jeff was formerly an instructor with the Golf Digest Schools and the acclaimed Dave Pelz Short Game School. In addition, he has found success with players ranging from new golfers, top amateurs, and collegiate standouts as well as players from the PGA and LPGA Tours.

www.jeffrittergolf.com

Mike and Billy play the GTRadio golf trivia game "Fore Play" where the winner wins a golf package valued at over $500!  Click here for the Deal of the Week courtesy of Golflandwarehouse.com use promo code "GTR" for BIG discounts! Thank you to our GTR Partners please visit their sites and support the businesses that support GTR! Slickstix Avila Beach Golf Resort Blacklake Golf Resort Golflandwarehouse Avila La Fonda Hotel Inn at Avila Beach Email Mike and Billy at info@golftalkradio.com with questions, comments or whatever!

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During Mike's Course - Mike & Billy discuss the most shots taken in one day just to try to have a hole-in-one.  Mike and Billy also discuss Rory's 62 and a changing of the guard on the PGA Tour?  Big E calls in with his weekly Par 5 list you won't want to miss this one! Click here for the Deal of the Week courtesy of Golflandwarehouse.com use promo code "GTR" for BIG discounts! Thank you to our GTR Partners please visit their sites and support the businesses that support GTR! Slickstix Avila Beach Golf Resort Blacklake Golf Resort Golflandwarehouse Avila La Fonda Hotel Inn at Avila Beach Email Mike and Billy at info@golftalkradio.com with questions, comments or whatever!

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Mike & Billy continue their show from the ESPN 1230am studio located in Bakersfield, California with Golf Talk Radio golf trivia! Click here for the Deal of the Week courtesy of Golflandwarehouse.com use promo code "GTR" for BIG discounts! Thank you to our GTR Partners please visit their sites and support the businesses that support GTR! Slickstix Avila Beach Golf Resort Blacklake Golf Resort Golflandwarehouse Avila La Fonda Hotel Inn at Avila Beach Email Mike and Billy at info@golftalkradio.com with questions, comments or whatever!

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Mike & Billy interview Dave Bolar, Head Professional of Sundale Country Club located in Bakersfield, California and Sharon Ohr, General Manager.  Sundale Country Club has been open to members only since September 1985.  It is privately owned by Sundale Investments. We have a very active Men's Club, Ladies' Club, Couple's Club and Junior Golf Program. Our 18 hole championship golf course with parkland and water featured layout has a total yardage of 6,801 yards spread out over 167 acres of land.  Click here for the Deal of the Week courtesy of Golflandwarehouse.com use promo code "GTR" for BIG discounts! Thank you to our GTR Partners please visit their sites and support the businesses that support GTR! Slickstix Avila Beach Golf Resort Blacklake Golf Resort Golflandwarehouse Avila La Fonda Hotel Inn at Avila Beach Email Mike and Billy at info@golftalkradio.com with questions, comments or whatever!

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