Dave Baysden has taken the golf world by storm lately as an up and coming artist. Not that his work wasn't incredible before, it's just now starting to get the recognition it deserves. His work has recently been featured in places like Caddie Magazine, Links Magazine, and on Matt Kuchar's headcovers during a round at the Masters...
What you learn in talking to Dave though is that putting both himself and his work out into the open didn't always come natural. It took a push from a close friend, support from family, and a lot of late nights to get where he is now. Dave opens up on what it's like to go from a guy who drew for fun to a guy who is now drawing some of the best pieces not just in golf, but anywhere. Appreciate you, Dave!
On the eve of the 2019 MLB Season, we had a chance to sit down and talk with Zach Davies, starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. Zach made is Major League debut in 2015 and has notched 33 wins over the last 4 years for a team that finished the 2018 season as the National League runner up. Zach talks what it's like going from high school to professional baseball, how golf acts as a decompressor during the grind of the season, and what it's like pitching in places you dreamed of as a kid.
Matt Cardis has simple why: People. Passion. Purpose. After some personal tribulations shook up his outlook on life, Matt decided the best path forward was to hop in his car, drive across the country, and play as much golf as possible while documenting the whole thing. The result has become the journey known as @golfinyourstate. We dive into how it started, why it started, and what life is like when your home is the road.
Our guest this week is Mr. Channing Benjamin. Channing is an incredibly talented photographer who specializes in commissioned projects for some of the best golf courses on the West Coast. If you're active on social media at all, you have probably seen some of the drone shots and on course shots that Channing has taken. He has a unique skill that allows the viewer to feel like they are playing or have played the course he is capturing.
During our conversation, he describes how he looks at photography, the game of golf, and chasing passions. He also announced a recent partnership with Pebble Beach Golf Resorts as one of their licensed photographers moving forward. If you're interested in checking out Channing's work, please visit channingbenjamin.photoshelter.com/index You won't be disappointed.
Really grateful for Channing's time and insight this week. Enjoy!
Originally from North Carolina, Drew Page is an alum of the Oklahoma State golf program and a former professional golfer on the PGA Latin America Tour. He currently works as a player rep for Scotty Cameron Putters traveling to PGA events across the country. He resides in Jupiter, Florida with his roommate, Kevin Tway, how won for the first time on tour a couple weeks ago. We talk life on the Latin PGA golf circuit, Oklahoma State, and what the transition into the corporate side of the golf world has been like. Enjoy!
Tyler Schmitt is a key part of the machine that helps power one of the most influential men in business today, Gary Vaynerchuk. He literally has a front row seat on a day-to-day basis not just to Gary, but to the rest of the team dominating the social media world at VaynerMedia. Outside of the office, Tyler is a die hard sports fan with a passion for all things Penn State. We talk golf, college football, and what it's like sitting next to a person like Gary Vaynerchuk as he grows his empire. Tyler also basically gave the pitch for Lowside when he talked about how he looks at the game of golf. Big ups to Tyler for coming on and being this week's guest!
Patrick Koenig took every golfers dream and turned it into his reality. A little over 8 months ago, he quit his job, bought an RV, and set out across the country with the goal of playing as much golf with as many people as possible. He's played 285 rounds with over 600 people throughout nearly 35 states. In the process, he's also raised $12,000 for the First Tee of Greater Seattle. Patrick talks golf, why he's doing what he does, and the deep impact the game has.
David Stone is a caddie for Ben Silverman on the PGA Tour. David's journey in the profession started when he drove 16 hours with no plan to an LPGA event in Alabama. He waited in the parking lot and asked if participants needed a caddie until someone said yes. Since then, David's journey has taken him across the world and provided him a front row seat to some of the best golfers in the world.
Ryan Walker is the founder of G&E Magazine, a digital publication and podcast dedicated to the entrepreneurial world of golf. After falling in love with the game, he wanted to find a way to do more than just play it. Part of that pursuit has been building G&E to document the interesting stories that happen off the course in the world of golf.
Jay Revell is a husband, father, writer, golfer, and recovering country club President based out of Tallahassee, Florida. Jay spent a large portion of his life enamored by the game of golf and writing, but only recently combined his love for the two. Doing so was a smart choice. In the last few years, Jay has written pieces on Augusta National, Pasatiempo, and a lot of spots in between. The common theme? Each article places you exactly into the scene and mindset Jay had while writing them. A lot of people experience things, but few can articulate it in the way Jay can. This interview is a little bit of the same.
Ben Lippold is an Apprentice Golf Professional at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kansas. In it's most recent ranking, Prairie Dunes was rated 29th in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the United States. Before taking on the roll at Prairie Dunes, Ben learned the golf industry via the University of Central Oklahoma and Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We talk Tiger's return to form at the PGA, getting into the business, and what's next as Ben continues his career in golf. Enjoy!
Sam Humphreys is a college golfer from Edmond, Oklahoma entering his senior year at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Sam had a solid junior golf career before playing at one of the most prestigious high school golf programs in the country, Edmond North High School, where his team won 4 straight state titles. While being an active athlete his entire life, same faced some challenging news when he was informed he had testicular cancer this summer. After a successful surgery, Sam is on the path being cancer free and getting back to form both on and off the course.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Otis Hooper is a 17-year Air Force Pilot, husband, and father to 4 boys. After finding himself labeled as a "successful" US military officer by his peer's standards, Otis felt a void somewhere deeper. That feeling sparked a changed that has lead Otis to become an Ironman, American Ninja Warrior, Mr. Olympia Contestant, Actor, Public Speaker, and much more. Most importantly, Otis is leading by example for the people that matter most to him, his family. Enjoy!
Eric Sedransk is a former Wall Street Investment Banker turned certified golf junkie. After picking up the game in his early teenage years, Eric has been unable to shake the bug. With the assistance of social media, Eric has capitalized on his network to document a golfing journey that we can all be jealous of. He travels across the country playing some of the finest golf courses known to man. Some you'll know, others you won't, but each has a great story. You won't want to miss Eric's POV on golf's greatest loops!
*Side note: I apologize for the audio quality. After 17 episodes of doing this in my house, I still haven't perfected it. Having a 2 year old daughter who loves musicals and dancing doesn't help either. For example, this episode was recorded in my 100* Kansas garage. It was the only quiet place. That explains why my computer sounds like it was about to take off. In case you were wondering.
Regardless, thank you as always!
Will McNeill is a former Division II Basketball player at Washburn University. At Washburn, Will earned multiple All-Conference and All-American recognitions while also being named NAII Player of the Year his Senior Year. Will also leads Washburn in All-Time steals.
After graduating and completing his MBA, Will spent some time in the corporate world before traveling halfway across the world to play professional basketball in Australia. As he has retired from playing competitively, Will still keeps the game close and is pursuing a career in coaching young athletes.
In this episode we catch up with Connor Tierney, a guy who veered off the traditional career path to chase his dream of playing professional golf. While his goals are lofty, Connor talks about when he knew he had to make the jump, health and wellness, meditation, and what he has learned about himself on this journey. You won't want to miss this one!
Neal Rohrbach is the Co-Founder and craftsman over at Strokes Gained Custom Putters in Valdosta, Georgia. After growing up in the midwest, Neal used his golfing ability to get somewhere much warmer. He played college golf at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, Neal tried his hand at the pro golf life spending a few years bouncing around mini-tours. While the game is at his core, Neal knew it would be his other talents that would keep it his profession and thus, Strokes Gained was born!
The Lowside Journey is a week by week look into the challenges of starting and brining and idea from concept to reality. This whole process is not easy. Weirdly, that makes me enjoy it more. This series provides insight into the day to day challenges and achievements that Lowside faces.
Thomas Rowland (born March 18, 1993), better known by his stage name Rowlan, is an American rapper, songwriter, and producer hailing from Los Angeles, California by way of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Rowlan is a hip-hop artist with one goal in mind; producing and creating meaningful content for the people to feel, and relate to. Music originally started out as an avenue to get out his “dark thoughts”, but has turned into an exploration of the arts, personal discovery, and society.
Dylan Veatch is a former collegiate football player who walked on to both Indiana University and Kansas State University. After some revelations discovered through traveling, Dylan shifted his focus from sports to adventure and career. He spent some time working in a Fortune 500 company before seeking fulfillment in the things that truly make him happen. This episode dives beyond sports into life, family, happiness, and mental illness. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Kyle Wiggins is a former Division II basketball player from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Kyle earned his scholarship after showing up to an open gym invite from a friend. He used that opportunity to become an all-conference player and spent a year playing professional basketball in Canada before transitioning into the corporate world. In this episode, Kyle and I talk about basketball, life after sports, shoes, and as always, golf.
Jon Schubert is an incredibly talented graphic based out of Dallas, Texas. Jon specializes in vintage style design that looks into our past to help build our future when it comes to branding and marketing. Jon has spent time at big brands like Fossil and now runs his own shop as a first time entrepreneur. When he isn't putting the pencil to the paper, he is drawing inspiration from one of the many exotic destinations he has travelled.
Weston Hiebert is former Kansas State football player who fits the prototypical mold of the Bill Snyder system. Growing up in small town Goessel, Kansas, Weston learned hard work and values on the farm that have stayed with him throughout his life. His work ethic and effort took him from walk-on to captain during his stint at Kansas State. Since finishing college, he has returned back to his hometown to help on the farm and to work in the agricultural industry.
Matt Boyts works in Community Relations for the 2nd largest privately owned company in the United States, Koch Industries. After a few minutes into talking with Matt, it's easy to see what draws him to that side of business. He has a strong passion for leading and people. He doubles as a youth league soccer coach and an avid outdoorsman. He's a fan of golf, cycling, and is running in the 2017 Chicago Marathon next week. Really, Matt just crushes it
MacKinzie Peregoy, better known as Mac, is an American female golfer who suffers from a heart defect known as heterotaxy syndrome as a result of being born with only one ventricle. Essentially MacKenzie operates at 80% of the normal persons oxygen and the condition causes the blood in her body to have very little oxygen.
Despite her condition, MacKenzie is a winner of the California Girl's Junior Am, California Women's Am, and was the #1 ranked amateur in the world at age 14. She is now an LPGA Pro!
Max Lazzo joins the podcast this week. Max is a very accomplished golfer and a personal friend of mine. His accolades on the golf course speak for themselves. Max won both team and individual state championships, amongst other tournaments, playing for legendary coach, Ed Kriwiel, at Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
This week I was able to catch up with Kevin Ensor. Kevin is a professional caddy on both the Web.com and PGA Tour currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been on the bag for names like Will Wilcox, Andrew Loupe, and Andrew Landry who he caddied for in the final pairing of the 2016 US Open at Oakmont.
Mike Wolf is an aspiring professional golfer out of West Palm Beach, Florida. Mike played hockey for almost all of his childhood before picking up golf as a Freshman in high school. He commitment and hard work led him to a golf scholarship at the University of Cincinnati where he went on to play for 4 years. Upon graduating, he moved to South Florida so he could dedicate more time to his dream of being a professional golfer.
In this episode we talk favorite golfers (Tiger), mini tours, & much more.
Jameson Moore joins the podcast as a good friend and a multi-talented individual. Not only was Jameson a highly sought after football recruit out of Derby High School in Derby, Kansas, but he also shows a softer side as a musician and father. Jameson spent a season at one of the most decorated junior colleges in the country, Coffeyville Community College, before returning home to support his family and purse his passion in personal fitness. We talk life, sports, and much more as Jameson shares his story and personal journey. Thanks for tuning in!
Jonathan Truman is a former Division 1 football player at Kansas State University. At Kansas State, Jonathan was a 4 year player under legendary coach, Bill Snyder. Jonathan went from a walk-on out of high school to a 2x 2nd Team All Big 12, Academic All-American, and Burlsworth finalist at Linebacker. He was a part of the winningest 5 year stretch in Kansas State football history. After a brief stint playing professionally in Canada, Jonathan hung up the cleats to pursue his personal and professional goals away from the game. He has also picked up the game of golf and learned first hand the joy and frustration it can provide! Enjoy
Drew Palmer is the owner and operator of Mile North Outdoor Company, a creative multimedia company and elite guide service based in South Central Kansas. Aside from being an entrepreneur, Drew is also a talented writer, photographer, videographer, and true blooded outdoorsman. He is a former collegiate baseball player who has turned to the game of golf to fill the void no longer playing competitive baseball left.