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Birdiecast | Golf & Life on Tour

Birdiecast | Golf & Life on Tour

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A podcast about making light of life on tour, hosted by professional golfers, Maia Schechter & Leslie Cloots. Follow us on Instagram @Birdiecast
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40. Dogwood Country Club

Birdiecast | Golf & Life on Tour

Teeing It Up During Covid
We both had the opportunity to compete against the guys in a Swing Thought Tour event, but you’ll have to listen to get the full scoop! Hosts: @lesliecloots @maschechter Recorded in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020
July 21, 2020
41. Covid Update
It has been a crazy couple of months! With a pandemic and no professional golf being played, we have had a lot of time to practice and even explore some new hobbies! Listen in to hear about how we have been keeping ourselves busy during the era of Covid-19. Hosts: @lesliecloots @maschechter Recorded in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020
July 17, 2020
40. Dogwood Country Club
This week we chatted with the Co-owner of downtown Raleigh’s Dogwood Country Club. Described as a “classic country club with an urban twist,” Dogwood CC has something for everyone. In our conversation we cover topics ranging from how the business idea came about, to how to handle being a woman in the golf industry. Hosts: @lesliecloots @maschechter Guest: @dogwoodcountryclub Recorded in Raleigh, NC on February 27, 2020
March 17, 2020
39. World Long Drive
In this episode Leslie got to chat with Alexis Belton about how she manages playing on the World Long Drive and Symetra Tour.
February 25, 2020
38. Preseason 2020
We are getting ready for another year on the road! Listen this week as we talk about our off season and how we are approaching this upcoming year. In true Birdiecast spirit, we have some deep chats and some fun laughs. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: January 23 in Chapel Hill, NC
February 5, 2020
37. Q Series Recap
The 2019 season is officially over! This week we talked about Q Series: how it works, how it went, and what we learned. Listen in to hear the inside scoop Sponsor: Playoff Dating App ( Recorded: November 4, 2019 in Raleigh, NC Hosts: @lesliecloots @maschechter
November 15, 2019
36. To Quit Or Not To Quit
This week we brought in an eclectic group to discuss the journey of golf. Why do some people stop playing? How do players navigate the change in direction? It can be a struggle to keep going but we discuss ways in which players rekindle their passion and reach out to others for support in the pursuit of their dreams.  Sponsor: Playoff Dating App ( Guests: @guags88 @summarro and Allie White Hosts: @maschechter Recording date: September 19th 2019 in Prattville, AL
September 25, 2019
35. Michelle Piyapattra
This week we sat down with Michelle Piyapattra to talk about her side hustle endeavors off the course. We learned a lot from this episode, and we hope that you do too. Sponsor: Playoff Dating App ( Guests: @montanee555 Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: August 7th 2019 in Milwaukee, WI
August 13, 2019
34. Matt Clark, TBA
Enjoy our short conversation with repeat guest, Matt Clark. He has been promoted to Tournament Business Affairs and has an interesting new take on tour operations. Listen in to hear what a tour owned tournament is, or if you just want to whether Matt finally got a car.  Guest: @mattclark_  Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots   Recording date: July 24th 2019  in Albany, NY 
July 30, 2019
33. Women's Executive Forum
While in Rochester, NY we had the privilege of attending the local Women's Executive Forum. We tried to soak up as much wisdom as possible from the three incredible speakers. Listen in to hear the keys to success and ways to wake up tomorrow morning with a million dollars in you bank account. Just kidding. But you can learn how culture affects productivity, and how being successful isn't a solo journey. Enjoy! Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: July 17, 2019 in Rochester, NY
July 23, 2019
32. Tracy Hanson
Do you believe in life after golf (sung to the tune of Believe by Cher). Tracy Hanson played 15 consecutive years on the LPGA, but if you ask her about it, she'll likely tell you that golf is just one step in this journey we call life. Professional golf is a world where your identity can easily get tied to the scores you shoot. Play well and you're on top of the world; miss a few cuts and the self-doubt creeps in. In a society where we are measured, compared and evaluated, we have to learn to separate "what we do, from who we are." Listen in to hear what Tracy has to say on the subject. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Guest: @tracyhansoninitiative Recorded: May 22, 2019 in Auburn, AL
May 28, 2019
31. How to talk to your non-golfer friends about golf
Everyone in the working world answers the question "what do you do for a living?" But with our unique lifestyles, sometimes it can be difficult to explain what exactly we do. From illustrating that status is like a ladder you climb, to clarifying that "Q school" isn't actually school at all, listen in to hear some tips on how to talk to non-golfers about golf. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: May 4, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC
May 21, 2019
30. How to survive 8 weeks in a row on tour
We are on week 2 of an 8 week stretch of tournaments! Life on tour can be a grind especially if you're away from home for 2 months straight. But with a few years of experience, we have learned how to take care of ours bodies and minds. Listen in for ways to tackle long drives between tournaments, and for ways to conserve energy so that you feel just as fresh for week 8 as you did for week 1. Happy golfing! Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: May 4, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC
May 14, 2019
29. Tour Hacks
Life on tour can get a little pricey, but with a few of these tips maybe you can save yourself some moola. Listen in for some pointers on where to find cheap flights, how to save money on rental cars, and a way to get that Airbnb you're eyeing for less money than they are asking. Enjoy those extra dollar bills in your pocket! Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: May 4, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC
May 7, 2019
28. Book Club: Becoming
This week we have our first book club meeting! We all read Becoming by Michelle Obama over the past month and met up to discuss our thoughts about the book. Listen in to hear how professional golfers can learn a thing or two from the former First Lady.  Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Guests: @augustk1m Recorded: April 7, 2019 in San Francisco, CA 
April 11, 2019
This week we talk about the LPGA's new branding campaign called #DriveOn and many related thoughts to gender in sports. Hopefully this episode will spark some conversation topics for you and perhaps even questioning how your surroundings came to be.  Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded on March 26th 2019 at Beaumont, California. Write us at - we love to hear from you!
March 27, 2019
26. Skin in the Game
As professional golfers there is a lot on the line. But it's not just our skin in the game, there are a lot of other people in our lives that have a stake in how we do. Listen in to hear about the pressures of playing professional golf and to learn more about how to deal with that pressure. Are you willing to put it all on the line to achieve your goals? Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: March 18, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC
March 19, 2019
25. 2019 Rules Changes
This week we discuss the hot topic in golf right now: the rules changes. Listen in as we chat about how the rules changes have affected our golf and what we think about it all. You may even learn a thing or two! Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: March 11, 2019 in Winter Haven, FL
March 12, 2019
24. Off Season
Listen in to see what we have been up to for the last couple of months! The off season is a time when we relax, travel, maybe change equipment and get ready for the next season.  Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: March 1, 2019 in Raleigh, NC
March 5, 2019
23. Sponsorships
In this episode Jeff DeCarlo talks about why he decided to become an agent in the world of women's professional golf. We chat about equality in the work place and a few struggles Jeff has faced so far. He also shares some tips for upcoming professionals.  Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25  Recorded on October 18th 2018 at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
October 24, 2018
22. Suzy Whaley, PGA Vice President
Ever wanted to chat with the VP of the PGA of America (soon to be Prez)? Well, here's your chance. Listen in to hear about her career from college golf to LPGA touring pro to teaching professional. She offers useful advice on how to approach both the game of golf and the game of life. Enjoy! Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guest: @mammawhales Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: October 11, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC
October 18, 2018
21. Q School
In preparation for LPGA Qualifying, this week we chat about post-season golf. Tune in to learn more about Q "school" and how the road to the LPGA continues after the regular season. Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: October 12, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC
October 12, 2018
20. Mike Nichols - Symetra Tour CBO
This week we had the opportunity to chat with Symetra Tour CBO, Mike Nichols. We discuss entry fees, TV contracts, and how Mike plans to make the tour better. Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @michaeltnichols Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: Sep 12, 2018 in El Dorado, AR
October 2, 2018
19. EU vs USA Roast
In preparation for the Ryder Cup, we brought together some fellow Symetra Tour players and had a good old fashioned roast. Listen in to hear some good humored banter. Happy Ryder Cup week everyone! Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @charlottethomas8 @patysanz90 @sschmelly @britneyham Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: Sep 22, 2018 in Montgomery, AL
September 25, 2018
Reshuffle II
This week we recap our last 9 topics and introduce some new stories. We also feature an exclusive interview with some of Leslie's host kids. And stay tuned till the end for some bloopers! Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: Sep 17, 2018 in Montgomery, AL
September 18, 2018
Bonus: ESPN Milwaukee
BONUS: While in Milwaukee, WI we had the opportunity to be on the Homer & Gabe show on ESPN Milwaukee. Tune in to hear more about our origin story and about our goals for Birdiecast. Be prepared to laugh out loud. Recorded: Aug 7, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI
September 15, 2018
18. Tour Comparison
This week we talk with Demi Runas and Kelly Tan about their experiences on the LPGA versus the Symetra Tour. We cover topics ranging from player services to course set up. Tune in to hear about whether the Symetra is truly the best road to the LPGA Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @demirunasgolf @kellytan33 Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recorded: Sep 8, 2018 in Garden City, KS
September 11, 2018
17. Swedish Golf Team
This week we got to talk with Patrik Jonsson, national team coach for the Swedish Golf Federation. Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @patrikgolf @swedishgolfteam Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: October 1st 2018 Location: Sioux Falls, SD
September 4, 2018
16. Tour operations
This week we talked with Matt Clark and Morgan Miller about the ins and outs of Symetra Tour operations. Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @mattclark_ @moemaxmill Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: August 14th 2018 Location: Battle Creek, MI
August 28, 2018
15. Branding yourself
This week we talked with Patty Hubbard and Stephanie Martin about building your brand. Sponsor: Promo code: BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @pattyhubbard10 @skmsail Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: August 14th 2018 Location: Battle Creek, MI
August 21, 2018
14. Notebooks
This week we talked with August Kim and Ginger Howard about using notebooks. Sponsor: Promocode BIRDIECAST25 Guests: @augustk1m @gingerthoward Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: August 9th 2018 Location: Milwaukee, WI Mentioned links:
August 14, 2018
13. Coaches
In this episode we talk with Katherine Perry about coaches. Guests: @katperrygolf Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: August 2nd 2018 Location: Chapel Hill, NC
August 7, 2018
12. Injuries
This week we talked with Laura Wearn, Elizabeth Szokol, and Patricia Sanz about injuries. Hopefully you will take something away from this more condensed and informative episode! Guests: @laurawearn @enszokol @patysanz90 Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: 27th July 2018 Location: Albany, NY
July 31, 2018
11. Relationships
This week we talk with Emma Jandel and Emily Penttilä about relationships! Also, check out and use the discount code birdiecast10 at checkout! Guests: @emmajgolf @emilypenttila Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: July 22nd 2018 Location: Rochester, NY
July 24, 2018
10. Idols
In this episode we talk with Regina Plasencia and Karolina Vlckova about idols and mentors. Guests: @reginaplasencia @karolinavlckova Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: July 16th 2018 Location: Rochester, NY Drop us a note ->
July 17, 2018
Reshuffle I
A reshuffle of our first 9 episodes. We revisit previous topics, and of course.... bloopers. Enjoy! Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Recording date: July 9th 2018 Location: French Lick, IN Find us on instagram @birdiecast, or shoot us an email at
July 10, 2018
9. Caddies
In this episode we talk with Emily Childs and Csicsi Rozsa about caddies on tour. Guests: @emilychildren @hunprincess Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: TPC River's Bend in Maineville, Ohio Recording date: June 28th 2018
July 3, 2018
8. Gambling
In this episode we talk with Kristy McPherson about gambling on and off the golfcourse. Guests: @kmack2208 Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan Recording date: June 23rd 2018
June 26, 2018
7. Hostland
In this episode we cover the topic of host housing or "Hostland". Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Decatur, IL Recording date: June 17th 2018
June 19, 2018
Bonus: how it all started
In this bonus episode you will find out how Birdiecast came to existence, and why we are doing this. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: South Bend, IN Recording date: June 10th 2018
June 15, 2018
6. Pro-ams
In this episode we share a variety of pro-am stories. Don't know what a pro-am is? No worries, we got you covered. We also play a new halftime game. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: South Bend, IN Recording date: June 10th 2018 PS: this was recorded right after Maia's first Symetra Tour win! Birdiecast headliner on the Symetra Tour website: Check out Maia's video interview a few scrolls down:
June 12, 2018
5. "Golf is not a sport"
In this episode we sat down with the crew of Par4Success and discussed a variety of misconceptions about golf as a sport. Guests: @par4success ( @kilosinthekitchen ( @rennybuddingolf Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Par4Success in Raleigh, NC Recording date: May 31st 2018
June 5, 2018
Bonus episode w/ L+L
Birdiecast visited our homies of Lie + Loft and got to chat with Luke Davis. They talk about how he created the brand, current projects, and why golf is home. Enjoy this bonus episode! Use the discount code "birdiecast" for 20% off at Guests: @lieandloft @luke.j.davis Hosts: @lesliecloots Location: The Loft in Raleigh, NC Recording date: May 31st 2018
June 1, 2018
4. How to survive college golf
In this episode we welcome our first guests ever on Birdiecast! Two decorated former collegiate players Charlotte Thomas and Lauren Diaz-Yi. We talk about how college has influenced their game/life, and how they apply it to their early pro careers. Guests: @charlottethomas8 @lauren_diazyi Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Pottstown, PA Date: May 23rd 2018
May 29, 2018
3. Home
In this episode Maia and Leslie cover the topic of "home" and whatever that means while being on the road. Thanks to our homies of Lie + Loft for the brand new mic! Sponsor: @lieandloft Use the discount code "birdiecast" for 20% off at Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Chapel Hill, NC Date: May 19th 2018
May 22, 2018
2. Food on the road
This week we are covering the topic of "food on the road". Find us on instagram @birdiecast! Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Greenwood, SC Date: May 11th 2018
May 15, 2018
1. Rookiemistakes
Since we are obvious rookies at podcasting, this episode is about rookie mistakes on tour. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Location: Milton, GA Date: May 4th 2018
May 6, 2018