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Junior Golf Kies

Junior Golf Kies

By Matt Kies
Junior Golf Kies focuses on helping families navigate the world of junior golf through conversations with players, coaches, and parents.

Listen to learn about a variety of topics such as tournament golf, instruction, fitness and recovery, nutrition, college recruiting, college golf, mental training, course management, the path to professional golf, golf in business, and more!

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#5 - Mike Napoleon - Co-Founder, SuperSpeed Golf

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#5 - Mike Napoleon - Co-Founder, SuperSpeed Golf

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#63 - Jace Derwin - Head of Performance Training, Volt Athletics
Jace is the lead Sport Performance Specialist at Volt Athletics. He was a dual sport athlete at the collegiate level with a degree in Exercise Science, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jace focuses on training program design and development of content, manages sport specific programming, and is focused on implementing the newest trends and research in sport performance to the Volt application. Volt is a comprehensive training platform focused on helping people reach their performance goals, whether they’re training for a sport, job, or general health and fitness. In this episode we discuss the Volt platform, sport specific training factors, the balance of training and recovery, quality of training, progressive training, golf specific training movements, and building a foundation of mental strength through physical training.
May 06, 2022
#62 - Noah Kumar - Florida Southern College Men’s Golf
Noah, a second year golf student-athlete at Florida Southern College experienced a rapid improvement in his golf game when his family relocated to Florida around 2017. He was ranked in the 2000’s on Junior Golf Scoreboard and by 2019, Kumar worked his way up to #92 on JGS and was the #1 ranked player in Florida by the FHSAA. In this episode we dive into his journey to learn more about the path and approach he took to develop his game, achieving incremental success along the way to earn his spot at Florida Southern. We discuss goal setting and planning, practice routines, statistics, course management, keeping your composure and staying level headed, mental focus, and Noah also shares his advice for parents and players.
April 30, 2022
#61 - Greyson Sigg - Professional Golfer, PGA TOUR
Greyson Sigg is currently 125th in the PGA TOUR FEDEXCUP rankings. He’s an Augusta, Ga native and was an All-American at the University of Georgia. Sigg turned pro in 2017 earning status on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada where he played for 3 seasons before earning his way onto the Korn Ferry Tour. In 2021 Greyson earned his PGA TOUR card after racking up 2 wins, 10 top-10s and 19 top-25s across 35 starts on the KFT. In this episode we discuss his path to the PGA TOUR from getting introduced to the game, junior golf, college golf, and his professional journey. We also talk about patience and perseverance, gratitude, and HAVING FUN with golf, trying not to take it to seriously!
April 22, 2022
#60 - Kiel Alderink - Mental Golf Type
Kiel Alderink is the Head Mental Game and Performance Coach / Operating Partner of Mental Golf Type. Kiel is the Director of Instruction at The Academy at Black Creek in Chattanooga, TN and also remains a co-owner of his junior academy Champion Ways in Lake Bluff, IL. Kiel is recognized as a Top Teacher Under 40 in America by Golf Digest. Kiel is also listed as Top Teacher in Illinois by Golf Digest, and Golf Academy of America Top 25 Teachers. Outside of his junior golf academies, he works with professionals, college players and college teams on the Mental Game and Performance Side of Golf.  He is also a Class A PGA Professional. Kiel is far more than just an instructor as he serves his players with full coaching on how to raise their performance in any situation. Kiel was a successful junior player and played in college. Ever since then he has been on a journey to understand high level performance and how players train to either succeed or fail. The principles of Champion Ways and all of his coaching are based on this journey and showing players the path of how to create their best selves. Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn:
April 13, 2022
#59 - Jake Zweig - Motivational Leader & Goal Driven Mentor
Jake Zweig is back and we’re talking VISUALIZATION! We’re going to dive into what visualization is and why it’s important in practice and on the course. Jake talks about how he’s worked with kickers in football and how we can relate that to golf. He discusses his picture book tool for visualization and his 6 week cycle. Check out Jake’s YouTube channel and some of the specific visualization content he’s produced there!
May 12, 2021
#58 - Derek Radley - Head Women’s Golf Coach, University of Oregon
In this episode, Coach Radley takes us through his journey in golf, how he got introduced to the game, and what his path has been. We talk about building a championship program, building a team, top coaching moments, academics, and more!
January 19, 2021
#57 - Agustina Gomez Cisterna - University of Louisville Women’s Golf, 2023
In this episode we discuss Agustina’s introduction to the game of golf in her native country of Argentina, her college recruiting process, transition to the US, practice and playing habits, and more!
January 06, 2021
#56 - Flora Zhang - Junior Golfer, 2023
In this episode, Flora joins us to talk about her journey and path in junior golf, making extreme progress over the past few years in her development and success. We discuss her attitude, work ethic, practice and playing habits, achievements, and more!
December 07, 2020
#55 - Max Moldovan - Ohio State University '24
Max is back to share some updates and experience from his transition to college golf life. We discuss his schedule, shifts in practice and playing habits, working remotely with his father/coach, and more!
November 18, 2020
#54 - Jack Townsend - San Diego State University Men’s Golf ‘25
In this episode Jack shares his golf journey with us and some important components that have contributed to his success. We discuss his playing and practice habits, the technical and mental games, having your father as a coach, selecting tournaments to play in, and more!
October 08, 2020
#53 - David Ford - UNC Men’s Golf 25’
In this episode, the reigning #1 ranked Rolex AJGA player and UNC commit takes us through his journey in golf. He discusses how he was introduced to the game, practice/playing habits, his recruiting process, a little sibling rivalry, the support of his parents and advice for parents and players out there managing the dynamic of player/parent.
September 21, 2020
#52 - Tenzin Tsarong - Junior Golf Parent
In this episode, Tenzin joins us to talk about his own journey in golf and how he introduced his 6 year old daughter Aarya to the game. He talks about some of the challenges and successes he has faced as a junior golf parent, supporting and having fun with his daughter, and has some great advice for parents out there trying to do the same. We even have a gues appearance from Aarya herself!
September 07, 2020
#51 - Herman Sekne - Purdue University Men’s Golf 24’
In this episode, Herman takes us through his journey in golf. We talk about his experience as a Norwegian National Team member, his playing success, college recruiting process, practice and playing habits, and more!
August 28, 2020
#50 - Courtney Jones - Associate Head Women’s Coach, University of Washington
In this episode, Courtney discusses her journey in golf as the current Associate Head Women’s Coach at the University of Washington, the past Head Women’s Coach at Oklahoma State, the AJGA, her junior and collegiate playing career at the University of Tulsa, and more!
August 22, 2020
#49 - Alexa Pano - Junior Golfer, 2022
Alexa is currently the #33 ranked lady amateur in the world and #3 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. In this episode, she talks to us about her introduction to golf, relationship with her dad, tournament selection and scheduling, her daily routine, playing and practice habits, what/who she pulls inspiration from, and more! Want to connect with Alexa? Instagram: Twitter:
August 07, 2020
#48 - LTC (Ret) Bryan Price, P.h.D. - Founder, Top Mental Game
In this episode, Bryan takes us through his background and experience as a young multi-sport athlete, to a 3 year starter at West Point for the Army’s baseball team. He also talks through some of the highlights from his 20+ year career in the military and what led him to create Top Mental Game. We’ll dive into mental toughness, what it means to be mentally fit, how to train mentally, preparation, routine, self-talk, and more! Want to connect with Bryan? Visit and email Bryan at Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn:
July 31, 2020
#47 - Mark Buchholz - Amateur Golfer & Former Clemson 2-Sport Athlete Standout (Football/Soccer),
In this episode, Mark talks to us about his journey as a young athlete and as one of Clemson’s best ever dual sport athletes. We talk about what it really means to give 110%, preparation, the process, being a husband and father, some of his best accomplishments, and more!
July 25, 2020
#46 - Matt Moosavian - Founder, MooseFit
In this episode, Matt talks about MooseFit and their approach to holistic wellness, his path in golf, being an athlete and fit golfer, and we dive into some of the examples of players on Tour in their approach to wellness!
July 17, 2020
#45 - Dr. Katie Brophy Miles - Founder/CEO, Golf Globally LLC
In this episode, Dr. Katie talks about her intro and “late start” to the game of golf, discusses college recruiting, communicating with college coaches, social media, and more!
July 09, 2020
#44 - Alan Bratton - Head Men’s Golf Coach, Oklahoma State University
In this episode, Coach Bratton discusses the history and culture of the golf program at Oklahoma State, college recruiting, transitions to college and professional golf, some of his favorite golf moments, and more!
July 03, 2020
#43 - Joey Zambri - USC Men’s Golf 2024
In this episode Joey talks to us about his intro to golf, playing multiple sports, earning a spot at USC to play for his dad, and more!
June 27, 2020
#42 - Dan Jackson - Director of Golf Performance, The G2 Academy
In this episode, Dan talks about his introduction and path in golf that has lead him to head up the team at G2. We discuss being a student of the game, modern technology and coaching, developing a holistic player, statistics, measuring progress, and more!
June 10, 2020
#41 - Finn Sapp - University of Northern Colorado Men’s Golf 24’
In this episode, Finn takes us through his golf journey so far and about facing and overcoming adversity along the way! Finn also talks about his experience as a high level skier, the success and challenges of competing at a high level.
June 07, 2020
#40 - Jack Heath - San Diego State University Men’s Golf 24’
Jack joins the show to talk about his journey in junior golf and we touch on some of his accomplishments, recruiting process, practice/playing habits, and more!
May 29, 2020
#39 - Nikki Bondura (Nikki B) - Golf Channel Correspondent & Co-Host of GC’s “School of Golf”
In this episode, Nikki shares her journey with us from being introduced to the game at a young age to becoming a correspondent for the Golf Channel and co-host of the “School of Golf,” as well as recently launching Nikki B Golf Academy.
May 21, 2020
#38 - Scott Bettger - Senior Golf Instructor, IMG Academy
In this episode, Scott and I discuss a journey that I’m on to develop mental toughness and discipline through physical fitness.
May 16, 2020
#37 - Heather Wall - Head Women’s Golf Coach, NOVA Southeastern University
In this episode, Heather takes us through her journey in golf, starting at the age of 8 to present where she is going into her 5th season at NOVA. We discuss her playing and coaching careers, the differences in coaching men and women, preparation and the important areas to focus if you want to be a top competitor. Enjoy!
May 08, 2020
#36 - John VanDerLaan - Professional Golfer, Korn Ferry Tour
In this episode, John gives us an inside look to his journey in golf as a rising star on the Korn Ferry Tour. We spend some time talking about his introduction to the game, his junior golf career, tournament play and learning how to win. We also talk about Q-School, Johns college recruiting process, and how to stay sharp with limited facility access.
May 01, 2020
#35 - Emilie Meason - Assoc. Head Coach, Vanderbilt W’s Golf & William Meason - Arkansas Golf Alum
In this episode, my cousin William and his wife Emilie join the show to talk to us about their journeys in golf. We talk junior golf, college recruiting, transferring schools, tournaments/rankings, and some good golf memories.
April 23, 2020
#34 - Larry Mucha - Junior Golf Parent
In this episode, Larry talks to us about his approach with his kids and their activities, specifically Macklin, his 5 year old son that is in love with the game of golf. We talk about being the parent of young athletes, how to encourage, what to focus on, challenges, and also get a chance to hear from Macklin himself!
April 17, 2020
#33 - Dan Brodnick - Director of Elite Golf Program, Elite Sports Performance
In this episode, Dan talks to us about his experience learning the game of golf and going on to play in college. We discuss movement training, the importance of strength and mobility, pre-practice/round warm-ups, and more!
April 11, 2020
#32 - Todd Ohlmeyer - CEO, Recruiter Elite
In this episode, Todd joins us to talk about college recruiting and how Recruiter Elite helps families with aspiring college athletes through the recruiting process. We discuss the process itself, what coaches look for, college options, scholarships, parent/player roles, and more!
April 03, 2020
#31 - Annabell Fuller - Golf Student-Athlete, University of Florida
In this episode, Annabell joins us to talk about her introduction to Golf, transition to the US, her recruiting process and transition to college. She also shares some advice for young players and young women, talks about her daily schedule at the University of Florida, and the importance of attitude.
March 27, 2020
#30 - Canon Claycomb - Golf Student-Athlete, University of Alabama
Canon Claycomb rejoins the show to talk to us about his transition to college with academics, living away from home, his change in practice/playing routines, and more!
March 24, 2020
#29 - Sean Lanyi - Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach
In this episode Sean talks about AimPoint, Folds of Honor, technology in coaching, how young players learn in layers, and more!
March 19, 2020
#28 - Ryan Dailey - Co-Founder, Operation 36 Golf
In this episode, Ryan talks us through what Operation 36 is and why it was created. We dive into traditional learning vs. the Operation 36 learning model, discuss mentor ship and parenting young athletes.
March 13, 2020
#27 - Andrew Novak - Professional Golfer, Korn Ferry Tour
In this episode, Andrew talks with us about his first professional win at the LECOM Suncoast Classic, his later introduction to golf, tournament preparation, how playing other sports helped him prepare for pressure, and more!
March 05, 2020
#26 - Trey Wilson - Golf Student-Athlete, Flagler College
In this episode Trey talks about leadership, transitions and new environments, work ethic, and his golf journey thus far.
February 28, 2020
#25 - Steve “Foon” Feinstein - Junior Golf Consultant
In this episode, Steve talks about what he has seen over the last 30 years in junior golf. He discusses the explosion of junior golf in the 90’s, important things that families should be focusing on, long range planning, and he shares a couple stories about players he’s interacted with over the years.
February 20, 2020
#24 - Stephen Campbell Jr. - Junior Golfer 2020, University of Oklahoma Commit
In this episode, Stephen and Matt talk about routines, practice and playing habits, managing the mental game, Junior Presidents Cup, and other golf memories.
February 06, 2020
#23 - Jake Zweig - Director of Player Development, University of Illinois
In this episode, Coach Zweig joins us to talk about work ethic, preparation, planning, PERSISTENT practice, how he is raising his 3 boys, and more!
January 30, 2020
#22 - Jacob Miller - Head Men’s Golf Coach, Tiffin University
This week our guest Jacob Miller joins us to talk through his journey as a younger up and coming coming coach. He’s got some great tips for parents and players about developing as people, students, and players and also shares with us some things you can work on when you don’t always have the option of being outside to play or practice.
January 23, 2020
#21 - Knox Martin - PGA Member and Account Exec, Summit Golf Brands
In this episode, my good friend Knox Martin joins the show for a fun episode where we reflect on some of our childhood golf memories and talk about some of the things we’ve learned along the way that will be valuable for this audience.
January 16, 2020
#20 - Ben Curtis - Professional Golfer & Major Champion, PGA Tour
In this weeks episode, Ben Curtis joins the show and walks us through his journey from a young player to becoming the 2003 Open Champion and shares more about his career as a professional golfer through 2018. He also shares his insights about junior golf and parenting, as he is involved in teaching young players and working with players at his academy.
January 09, 2020
#19 - Chris Zambri - Head Men’s Golf Coach, University of Southern California
In this episode Chris discusses what it is like to be a parent of a teenage golfer, how to build good team chemistry, ways to prepare for life as a collegiate student-athlete, and more!
January 02, 2020
#18 - Chris Smeal - Founder, Future Champions Golf
In this episode, Chris talks through his story and how Future Champions Golf was born. He discusses building a tournament schedule, parent/coach relationships, and more. Chris was recently named to the 2019-20 Golf Digest Best Teachers in California and also received the 2019 Southern California PGA Player Development Award.
December 19, 2019
#17 - Jaravee Boonchant - Golf Student-Athlete, Duke University
In this episode, Jaravee joins us just after the end of the fall season in her junior year at Duke. We chat about her intro to golf, the mental game, and her last match in the 2018-19 National Championship!
December 12, 2019
#16 - Stephen Hamblin - Executive Director, AJGA
In this episode, Stephen tells us a couple stories, gives some insight to the history of the AJGA, talks about how to manage pace of play, and more.
December 05, 2019
#15 - Rick Kies (Dad) - Ole Miss Golf, 1982
In this Thanksgiving Day episode, my Dad joined me for a great conversation, reliving some memories and lessons from past experiences, mostly involving golf!
November 28, 2019
#14 - Max Moldovan - Junior Golfer 2020, Ohio State University Commit
In this episode, 2019 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year, Max Moldovan joins the show to chat about his story, practice/playing habits, college recruiting process, and also offers advice about several other topics in the junior golf world.
November 21, 2019
#13 - Kim Kincer - Director, PGA Golf Management at Eastern Kentucky University
In this episode, our guest Kim talks to us about the ins and outs of a PGA Golf Management program, we also discuss some different topics around college golf and team culture, as well as some other tips for juniors and their families to prepare for the next level.
November 14, 2019
#12 - Jack Simon - Golf Student-Athlete, St. John’s University
In this episode, sophomore Jack Simon shares his journey with us. We discuss being a multi-sport athlete, taking a post-grad gap year, his college recruiting process, transition to college, and more!
November 09, 2019
#11 - Scott Stallings - Professional Golfer, PGA Tour
In this episode, Scott Stallings joins us and talks about his journey to the PGA Tour, some of the lessons he learned along the way, and he also shares with us some details about his involvement with junior golf.
October 31, 2019
#10 - Michelle Holmes - Director of Instruction, Michelle Holmes School of Golf
In this episode, Michelle joins us to talk about her mission to help parents learn to be a positive influence for their young golfers. We also chat about US Kids, introducing young children to golf, keeping them interested, and most of all, having fun!
October 24, 2019
#9 - Mike McDonnell - Founder, Golf Movement Academy
Golf fitness coach, Mike McDonnell joins us for episode #9 where we discuss all things golf fitness, everything from movement and flexibility, to pre-round warm ups, ground force interaction, and more!
October 17, 2019
#8 - Conrad Ray - Head Men’s Golf Coach, Stanford University
In episode #8, Coach Ray covers several topics with us including setting a junior tournament schedule, balancing communication between players and parents, and being comfortable being uncomfortable.
October 10, 2019
#7 - Josh Brewer - Head Women’s Golf Coach, University of Georgia
In this episode, Coach Brewer talks with us about a few topics including his experiences as a player and college coach, the recruiting process, and he walks us through what a typical week looks like for a UGA Lady Bulldawg.
October 03, 2019
#6 - Alex Hansberger - Club Fitter & Instructor, Missing Link Golf Academy
In this episode, Alex shares his in depth knowledge about the importance of club fitting for junior golfers, where to start and what to pay attention to.
September 26, 2019
#5 - Mike Napoleon - Co-Founder, SuperSpeed Golf
In this episode, Mike Napoleon shares the background of the development of SuperSpeed Golf and the science of overspeed training. He also gives us some great insights on practice and how to make it fun, as well as a peek at some of the projects that the team is working on as they continue to grow.
September 19, 2019
#4 - Chris Noble - Manager, National High School Golf Association (Nextgengolf & The PGA of America)
In this episode, Chris shares his insights and expertise about junior and high school golf and how Nextgen is playing a large role in continuing to grow the game of golf and create opportunity.
September 12, 2019
#3 - Spencer Dennis - Founder and GM, CoachNow
In this episode, Spencer gives us some insight into the CoachNow platform he created and also shares a lot of really valuable information about coaching, relationships, and communication.
September 05, 2019
#2 - Canon Claycomb - Junior Golfer 2020, University of Alabama Commit
In this episode, Canon Claycomb shares some of his junior golf experience with us. He talks about his practice habits, caddying, the platform golf has, and the Mason Cup.
August 22, 2019
#1 - Aaron Westlake - Director of Operations, Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT)
In this interview, guest Aaron Westlake talks in depth about junior golf tournaments. He covers everything from how to find events to play in, how to apply for tournaments, ranked tournaments, pace of play, and a behind the scenes look at what goes into making a junior golf tournament run successfully.
August 15, 2019
Welcome to Junior Golf Kies!
This is an intro to the Junior Golf Kies podcast hosted by Matt Kies. Thank you for listening!
August 14, 2019