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TrapDraw Podcast – No Laying Up
No Laying Up
Tron and Randy chop it up with a wide variety of guests from all corners of the golf world.
2 days ago
Episode 156: Sheboygan
We're back this week ahead of the Ryder Cup, and of course we're headed to Sheboygan, WI! TC and Randy catch up on only the most important news of the last few weeks before chatting with special guest, Sheboygan native, and 3x-winner on the LPGA Tour, Martha Nause. Martha had a long, successful career in professional golf, including a win at the 1994 du Maurier Classic, a major championship. She helps the guys learn all about her home city and state. Enjoy!
1 hr 20 min
Aug 31, 2021
Episode 155: Holy Toledo!
It's Solheim Cup Week and the TrapDraw heads to Toledo, Ohio! A criminally underrated Midwestern city, we examine what makes the place special thanks to our guest this week, Toledo native and current Loyola-Chicago men's golf coach, Erik Hoops. Erik grew up in Toledo, coached at the University of Toledo and caddied at Inverness. He's got a ton of passion for the place, which shines through in our chat. Enjoy!
1 hr 27 min
Aug 25, 2021
Episode 154: Switzerland
We're headed to the mountains this week--beautiful Switzerland! The land of chocolate, knifes, watches, and secretive banking. Our guest is Pascal Fritsche (@p_friddy on twitter), proud resident of Basel, and our expert for all things Swiss. Besides having an awesome outlook on life, and wonderful energy, Pascal educates us on all of our inquires about his country. Pascal also has an incredible story concerning one of our show sponsors, Whoop, which he shares with us. Enjoy!
1 hr 34 min
Aug 17, 2021
Episode 153: Carnoustie
The Women's British Open is this weekend at famed Carnoustie so we brought in a true Scotsman, John Huggan, to talk about it. An up-front caveat, though, we spend more time discussing golf at large than we do Carnoustie, because in John's words, there's just not that much going on. So come for Tron and Randy discussing news of the day in the first part of the episode, and stay for John Huggan discussing his wider thoughts on the game of golf in the second part. You can find John writing at Golf Digest, and on twitter @johnhuggan. Enjoy!
1 hr 22 min
Aug 10, 2021
Episode 152: Omaha
We're back from traveling and in preview mode on the TrapDraw! This week Tron and Randy head to Omaha, NE, in conjunction with the Korn Ferry regular season championship. They catch up on some items to start the show before welcoming on friend of the pod, and Omaha lifer, Michael Wilhelm. Michael shares all kinds of great insight and knowledge into what makes Omaha a wonderful place. Enjoy!
1 hr 28 min
Aug 4, 2021
Episode 151: Jim Hartsell & 'The Secret Home of Golf'
In today's episode we talk to architect, writer, and author Jim Hartsell about his new book, "The Secret Home of Golf: The Authorized History of King-Collins Golf and the Creation of Sweetens Cove". Available now for pre-order from back9press.com the book will ship in early September--perfect timing for you to get ahead of your Holiday shopping. Before discussing his book on Sweetens Cove, Jim discusses the influence Scottish golf has had on him, as well as classic golf writing. In fact, Jim has a series on Scottish golf currently going at our website, www.nolayingup.com, and has pieces in 'The Golfers Journal' and 'Links Diary'. He and Randy then get into his new book, how it came to be, and a little bit of what it's about. Jim's passion for writing, Scottish links, and that wonderful little 9-holer set into the Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee permeates this discussion. Enjoy!
1 hr 11 min
Jul 28, 2021
Episode 150: Beth Ann Nichols
Today's episode is a conversation with Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols on twitter) all about the women's golf and the LPGA tour. Since the last time Randy caught up with Beth Ann back in early May a lot has happened--Nelly Korda is a major champion and #1-ranked player in the world, Yuka Saso took home the US Women's Open at Olympic (thanks, in part, to Lexi's Sunday collapse), and so much more. Randy asks her about the Evian and its standing on the women's major championship circuit, the Solheim Cup, and the new Commissioner. Lots of ground covered in this one and thanks as always to Beth Ann for his knowledge and insight. Enjoy!
Jul 21, 2021
Episode 149: Wales
Maybe the forgotten country in the UK, the TrapDraw heads to Wales this week in conjunction with the Euro Tour to learn a bit about the place. Randy is joined by golf writer and Welshman, James Corrigan, to discuss the joys and beauties of his home land. From sights to see, cities to visit, and courses to play, we think you'll learn a thing or two about the country and maybe even be inspired to visit one day. Enjoy!
Jul 14, 2021
Episode 148: Midland, MI
The TrapDraw is headed to Midland, Michigan along with the LPGA Tour this week to explore an area of the country that is often overlooked. Tron and Randy touch on a number of different topics to begin the episode before welcoming on former Midland resident, and Randy's old pal from graduate school, Scott the Arborist. Scott spent several years living in Midland after school and shares all the knowledge he has about his former home. Plus, a fascinating discussion on trees breaks out towards the end of the show. Enjoy!
1 hr 18 min
Jul 8, 2021
Episode 147: A.C.C.A. Book Series Part 4, ft. Tom Coyne and his Dad
This is it, the final installment of the 'A Course Called America' Book Series! Randy and Tom Coyne discuss the conclusion of the book, talk about the golf lists at the back, and answer listener-submitted questions. The final 25 minutes of this episode is very special--Tom's father, Jim, the main inspiration behind the journey, joins to reflect on his own cross-country trip to San Diego so many years ago, as well as what it means to him to have read his son's words. Enjoy!
1 hr 37 min
Jun 29, 2021
Episode 146: Lee Sanderlin & 24 Hours in a Waffle House
This week's TrapDraw is a worldwide exclusive! Lee Sanderlin, of Jackson, Mississippi, joins Tron Carter to discuss his penance for finishing last in his fantasy football league--24 hours in a Waffle House (with time off for each waffle consumed). The story went viral last week and Lee, a big TrapDraw fan, eschewed larger media outlets to give us the exclusive. Hear all about the ordeal--the strategy, worst parts, lives he touched--and much more about Lee. Enjoy!
Jun 24, 2021
Episode 145: A.C.C.A. Book Series Part 3, ft. Tom Coyne & Ben Hotaling
We're back with the third installment of the 'A Course Called America' book series, this time detailing the second half of the book (pages 195 and beyond). Randy and Tom chat about a litany of topics out of the book before welcoming on Ben Hotaling, one of the founders of Brough Creek National which Tom bestowed with the honor of _the_ Great American Golf Course. Ben details what made him and his buddies create a seven-hole layout in one of their backyards, what he's learned along the way, and how people can go see and play it for themselves. Enjoy!
1 hr 58 min
Jun 21, 2021
Episode 144: Maine
The TrapDraw is headed to Maine this week in conjunction with the Korn Ferry stop! After a bit of housekeeping Tron and Randy welcome Maine native, Timothy Simons, on the show. He talks about growing up in Maine, how he found his way into acting, moving out to LA, and a lot more. Enjoy!
1 hr 8 min
Jun 17, 2021
Episode 143: "Inside" Perfect Club
Another Perfect Club this week and we got the gang back together! DJ Pie, Kevin Van Valkenburg, and Randy discuss Bo Burnham's new Netflix special, "Inside". The trio talk about their knowledge of Bo Burnham before watching, break down the themes of the show, and discuss their thoughts while venturing down more than a few tangents along the way. Enjoy! (Note: music clips appear off of Bo Burnham's album, "Inside (The Songs)" which is the soundtrack for this special)
1 hr 22 min
Jun 10, 2021
Episode 142: A.C.C.A. Book Series Part 2, ft. Tom Coyne & Joel Murray
We're back with Part 2 of the 'A Course Called America' book series with Tom Coyne! Randy and Tom discuss the first half of the book (pages 1 through 194) before welcoming on very special guest, Joel Murray. A product of the golf-obsessed Murray family, Joel talks about growing up caddying, what Canal Shores meant to him and his brothers, and of course so much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 53 min
Jun 8, 2021
Episode 141: Sweden
This week we head to Sweden on the TrapDraw! The men's and women's European Tours are hosting the Scandinavian Mixed at Vallda G&CC in Gothenburg, Sweden. Unlike other mixed events, this is a singular competition involving the men and women for the week. It's a pretty cool concept and one Tron and Randy are eager to check out on Golf Channel. After covering some current events in Part 1, Tron chats with his wife's Aunt and Uncle, Stockholm residents and golf enthusiasts, all about their fine country. Main topics include golf, food and restaurants--enjoy!
1 hr 7 min
Jun 2, 2021
Episode 140: Kira Dixon
In this week's episode Randy talks to San Francisco-native, Kira Dixon. Kira works for both the Golf Channel and USGA and is covering the US Women's Open at Olympic Club this week. She discusses the role golf played in her childhood and how she found her way back to it professionally, how she got into pageant life (she was Miss America 2015), and a bunch more. Enjoy!
May 27, 2021
Episode 139: Las Vegas
Better late than never this week! We are off to Las Vegas in conjunction with the LPGA Match Play event at Shadow Creek. Joining Tron and Randy is Benito Martinez, Vegas resident, and food/beverage extraordinaire. Benito has a long history in the restaurant business which he discusses before getting into his top picks for a trip out to Sin City. Whether you've never been (like us), or are a Vegas veteran, we promise you'll come away with a lot of new ideas, and food to try, on your next trip. Enjoy!
1 hr 24 min
May 19, 2021
Episode 138: Tom Coyne, A.C.C.A. Book Series Part 1
Welcome to the first of four episodes exploring Tom Coyne's new book, "A Course Called America". While not a new concept broadly speaking, this book series is a new adventure here on the TrapDraw. And who better, and what better, to give it a go than Tom Coyne and his new book. The hope for this series is for listeners to pick up "A Course Called America" (details for that below), read it, and then tune in to hear an in-depth discussion of what they've just read, featuring not only Tom and Randy but special guests from the book. The Series schedule will be as follows: Part 1: Introduction--Thursday, May 20th Part 2: First Half of the Book--Thursday, June 10th Part 3: Second Half of the Book--Thursday, June 24th Part 4: Conclusion--Thursday, July 8th In today's show, Randy chats with Tom about the genesis for the book, how it differs from his Ireland and Scotland iterations, what it's like to plan a 50-state, 300-round golf odyssey, and so much more. Enjoy! To order your copy, vis…
1 hr 15 min
May 18, 2021
Episode 137: Charleston, SC
The TrapDraw is headed to Charleston this week to "preview" the PGA Championship at Kiawah. Tron and Randy catch up on some matters before welcoming on local resident and F&B expert, Shep Rose. Shep is one of the stars of the Bravo show, 'Southern Charm'. He discusses how he found his way on that show, what it's like living in Charleston, and gives a bunch of great food and bar recommendations. Enjoy!
1 hr 12 min
May 12, 2021
Episode 136: The Big D
We're back where we these previews all started, Dallas, the freaking Metroplex! Tron and Randy do their usual thing and chat about current affairs for the first part of the episode before welcoming on this week's special guest, Ben Kirby. If you don't know Ben perhaps you know his social media account, @PreachersNSneakers. Ben is a Dallas-area resident and discusses how the account got started, what he's learned along the way, and breaks down the preachers that appear most often on his feed. Along the way there is a really interesting discussion on the state of modern Christianity in America. Enjoy!
1 hr 49 min
May 10, 2021
Episode 135: Beth Ann Nichols
In today's episode Randy catches up with Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols on twitter) to chat about the 2021 LPGA season thus far. Beth Ann was recently named the first-ever female president of the Golf Writers Association of America. She talks about that position and what her role and responsibilities include. They then discuss everything from Lydia Ko's reemergence to the ultra-impressive breakthrough victory of Patty Tavatanakit at the ANA Inspiration. And so much more. Enjoy!
May 5, 2021
Episode 134: The Faux Queen City
We're off to Charlotte this week on the TrapDraw! Tron and Randy clean up some items in the first part of the pod and then welcome on Cincinnati-native, and current Charlotte resident, Luke Kuechly. You know Luke from his Hall-of-Fame NFL career where he spent his entire tenure playing for the Carolina Panthers. He talks about the city, his favorite spots, what it was like playing chess against Drew Brees on the football field, and so much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 58 min
Apr 27, 2021
Episode 133: Singapore
Big decision to make this week for our preview location, and the more we thought about it, the easier it got. Singapore is a place both Tron and Randy want to get to (via Singapore Airlines ideally), so it made sense to talk about the island-nation this week as they play host to the LPGA. Joining TC and Randy is very special guest, Mark Adams. Mark has lived in Singapore for many years and travels extensively all across the region. The guys ask him all about his home, from food to golf and everything in-between. And be sure to stick around for Mark's *crazy* experience on Singapore Airlines in 1991, as well as some bonus NBA talk at the end. Enjoy!
1 hr 29 min
Apr 21, 2021
Episode 132: Oscars SZN 2021!
DJ, Neil and Randy are back for their second annual Oscars preview! The trio discuss a number of different categories (favorite actor, favorite actress, overrated/underrated movies, etc) before diving in to the eight Best Picture nominees this year. Discussion of those movies begins at the following times: 48:40 for "The Father", 59:00 for "A Sound of Metal", 1:16:42 for "Judas and the Black Messiah", 1:27:44 for "Mank", 1:39:30 for "Promising Young Woman", 1:57:55 for "Minari", 2:12:52 for "The Trial of the Chicago 7", and 2:19:00 for "Nomadland". Enjoy!
2 hr 38 min
Apr 19, 2021
Episode 131: NOLA
The Big Easy! Randy's favorite American city, and inexplicably, somewhere Tron has never been. The two of them clear up some quick housekeeping items before welcoming Ben Goodly, curator of the blog, Food Is Love Made Edible, to talk about the food and drink scene in New Orleans. Ben has a regular job by day but explores his passion through food on the side. He has created a mock itinerary for the boys and is a great resource for any trip down to NOLA. Enjoy!
1 hr 45 min
Apr 14, 2021
Episode 130: "In & Of Itself" Perfect Club
It's been a little bit since we've done a Perfect Club episode, so what better time than now as we all come off our Masters-induced frenzy. This episode is a discussion between Randy, DJ Pie, and ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg about the show, "In & Of Itself." Currently streaming on Hulu, the show is the creation of Derek DelGaudio and, well, if you've seen it, you know what it's about. And if you haven't seen it, watch it first before listening to this episode--we think the show will be worth your time. Enjoy!
1 hr 22 min
Apr 6, 2021
Episode 129: One Week in April
The title of this episode says it all. Masters week. Augusta, Georgia. Tron and Randy discuss the Big Guy's move out west, clear some housekeeping items, and then welcome on singer-songwriter, Mike Stone. You might have heard Mike's music advertised on PGA Tour radio or Golf Channel--he's got two golf-related hits, "One Week in April" and "Thank You Arnie (We're Your Army)". Mike comes on to talk about his music career, the reasons behind writing the two aforementioned tracks, what's next for him, and much more! Couldn't love Mike's attitude and energy more. Enjoy!
1 hr 21 min
Apr 1, 2021
Episode 128: A Conversation with Jeff Wallach
On this episode of the TrapDraw Randy talks with writer, author and journalist, Jeff Wallach. Jeff has spent decades as a journalist writing about a plethora of topics for a whole host of major publications. Recently, he has published his first novel, "Mr. Wizard." It's a book about two brothers searching for clues about their father, and while it's not about golf per se, the game plays a big role in the plot. Randy chats with Jeff about the book, his career as a writer, the process of writing everyday, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
1 hr 6 min
Mar 29, 2021
Episode 127: Suez Canal Chokepoint with The Huntsman
The situation in the Suez Canal is exactly why we've been imploring you to watch the chokepoints! And who's been telling us to watch the chokepoints? The Huntsman. He's back and discussing all things Suez Canal--what happened? What are the ramifications? What does it mean for the US? The EU? The world? Get all your answers right here. And follow the Huntsman on twitter @man_integrated!
1 hr 28 min
Mar 24, 2021
Episode 126: 2021 F1 Preview "It's Lights Out and Away We Go!"
Let's Go Racing! The 2021 F1 season gets under way this weekend in Bahrain and the whole NLU crew is in the house for a special preview. We analyze all ten teams, highlighting everything you need to (and a lot of stuff you don't). We cap things off with an inaugural draft and driver competition. Whether you're a diehard or newbie, we hope you enjoy! And if you're looking to get involved in F1, check out 'Drive to Survive' on Netflix!
1 hr 44 min
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 125: Austin
Had a plethora of locations to choose from this week across all of professional golf. After much deliberation, though, we're headed to Austin. Tron and Randy take care of some housekeeping items before TC welcomes David Ruff, co-founder of Washed Media and Austin transplant, on to chat all about the city. They get into food, infrastructure, sports allegiances, and a lot more. Enjoy!
1 hr 37 min
Mar 17, 2021
Episode 124: March Madness with ESPN's Seth Greenberg
It's the most wonderful time of year for basketball fans--March Madness! Randy chats with ESPN college basketball analyst (and former ACC Coach of the Year), Seth Greenberg, about several of the games, teams, and individuals to watch over the coming weekend...and beyond. They reveal their Elite 8 and breakdown the bracket further from there. Whether you're a hoops junkie or need some educated guesses for the office pool, this is a great primer. Enjoy!
Mar 16, 2021
Episode 123: Magical Kenya!
We've linked up with the Euro Tour this week as they head to Kenya for the first of two events, the Magical Kenya Open! Tron and Randy welcome Patrick Scoville to the show to discuss Kenya. Patrick is a Foreign Service officer currently stationed in Nairobi, Kenya. He's lived there for three years and brings a unique perspective on Kenya and sub-saharan Africa. Join us as we learn a bit about a place neither of us have ever visited. Enjoy!
1 hr 18 min
Mar 9, 2021
Episode 122: Florida's First Coast
Home game for the TrapDraw this week! Always nice to sleep in our own beds as the Players Championship takes place in Ponte Vedra. Tron and Randy break down Florida's First Coast, from Amelia Island down to St. Augustine, with the help of Lew Turner, First Coast News. Lew is a staple of the early morning news program in Jacksonville, and has lived here for more than a decade. We talk about his career, his sleep schedule, his thoughts on a bevy of national news anchors, and so much more. Enjoy!
2 hr 8 min
Mar 3, 2021
Episode 121: The City Beautiful
The Vacation Doctor will see you now! It's Mr. Palmer's event at Bay Hill this week, meaning we're of course in Orlando, FL. Tron and Randy do their thing in the first part of the episode before welcoming in Diamond Resorts CEO, Michael Flaskey (@TheVacationDR on twitter). Mike talks about the genesis of his golf tournament, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, how he ended up playing college baseball in Gaffney, SC, for a Hall-of-Fame manager, and his journey into the vacation business. Along the way we ask him about his home-city of Orlando, where he enjoys grabbing a bite to eat, and so much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 21 min
Feb 25, 2021
Episode 120: Logistics with HUNTSMAN
Fun show this week! In the first half TC and Randy catch up on housekeeping items, including Kroger's very bad week and the United engine debacle, among other things. In the second half, Tron interviews special guest Ross (aka @man_integrated on Twitter, aka HUNTSMAN) about all things logistics across the world. Ross is a fascinating expert on global supply chains, speaking to some of the biggest challenges and obstacles present in the world right now. We promise you'll learn a thing or two. And remember, watch the chokepoints!
1 hr 39 min
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 119: City of Angels
Riv week! One of the best stops each and every year in the glitz and glam of Los Angeles. Randy and Tron are joined by friend of the program, and part-time golf scribe, Laz Versalles, to break down the behemoth that is LA. We learn all about LA proper, get great info about little neighborhoods and pockets of the city, and of course, discuss so much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 36 min
Feb 9, 2021
Episode 118: Monterey Peninsula
Tron and Randy are back to preview Pebble Beach! They do a bit a housekeeping (huge night in the NBA, Kings and Jazz especially!) before getting to their guest this week, Joann Dost. Joann is a longtime Monterey-area resident, former professional golfer, and one of the most prominent golf photographers in the world. She has great first-hand knowledge of the charms and intricacies of the Monterey Peninsula, as well as incredible stories about her first start in professional golf in Australia, moving out to the west coast, hanging with Ansel Adams, and so much more. Her passion and knowledge is unparalleled. Enjoy! (_Note_: due to reception, we switched from Zoom to cell phone midway through the interview with Joann, so we apologize for a slight change in audio profile around the 57:27 mark)
1 hr 37 min
Feb 3, 2021
Episode 117: The Kingdom
After a bit of house-cleaning in the beginning of the episode (major news in the Grocery Wars!), TC and Randy make the decision to eschew one desert in favor of another on this week's preview episode. For help, they bring in very special guest, Mr. Cody, to ask all about KSA. Cody is a man with a very particular set of skills who has spent quite a bit of time in the region and shares his experiences and insights about the people, the culture, the Royal Family, Vision 2030, and how average Westerners can approach the topic of Saudi Arabia in general. We should note, as part of preparation for this conversation, we all watched Bryan Fogel's new film, "The Dissident", which is available now on Apple TV. For anybody curious it's an enthralling examination of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Enjoy!
1 hr 51 min
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 116: Sunny San Diego
We are a tad late this week, but appreciate your patience. As you'll hear, it was truly a fluid situation this week for our very special guest. That guest, Brad Milburn, is a San Diego resident and former Navy SEAL. The military brought him to San Diego several years ago so we pick his brain about living out on the West Coast. From beaches to tacos, and everything in-between, this is a really fun conversation. Also, of course we ask Brad about what it was like training to be a SEAL. Enjoy! (_Note:_ Brad gives a shout out to Seal Future Foundation towards the end of the episode. They are a great organization providing Navy SEALS support and resources to transition from service into their communities. If you're so inclined, you can find more information at www.sealff.org)
1 hr 10 min
Jan 26, 2021
Episode 115: Jerry Foltz
Randy is joined by Golf Channel's Jerry Foltz to discuss an array of topics around broadcasting women's golf. The two start out speaking specifically about last Sunday's NBC telecast of the LPGA Diamond Resorts Classic before branching into a wider discussion of women's golf TV rights and productions, as well as, the general state of the game. We can't thank Jerry enough for his time and insights, and hope listeners are able to gain a better understanding of the current landscape. Enjoy!
1 hr 14 min
Jan 19, 2021
Episode 114: Palm Springs
Back in the contiguous 48 this week! Tron and Randy welcome neighbor, Palm Springs, err, Palm Desert native, and The Golfer's Journal editor Travis Hill to the podcast. Affectionately known as Thrill, he tells us all about what ti what like growing up in the Coachella Valley, from the importance of the Hope and Dinah (now ANA Inspiration) tournaments to all kinds of other weird, fun Palm Springs stuff like the environmental disaster that is the Salton Sea. Enjoy!
1 hr 30 min
Jan 12, 2021
Episode 113: Goals for 2021
The full NLU crew is on hand to recap and review our 2020 goals and lay out our 2021 goals on and off the course.
1 hr 39 min
Jan 6, 2021
Episode 112: Aloha!
Happy New Year! Tron and Randy are back, this week with a preview from Hawaii. They clean up some odds and ends from 2020 before welcoming on this week's guest, Poosh Daddy (aka Mr. Poosh, aka Micah Pueschel)! Poosh, besides being born and raised in Hawaii, is the lead singer of the band Iration. He talks about starting his music career, life on the road, and what it's like to be a rock star. Enjoy!
1 hr 48 min
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 111: H-Town, H.E.B, F1, and More!
In all likelihood this is final TrapDraw of the year. Tron and Randy debrief on their trip to Houston, highlighted of course by their first-ever visit to a much-ballyhooed H.E.B.. They talk about highlights from their Houston experience, including donuts, food, and brushes with H-town luminaries. After that they "recap" the 2020 F1 season, before finally sharing a few parting thoughts on the preview episodes from this year, including favorite guests and what cities they're looking forward to learning and talking about in 2021. Enjoy, and happy holidays to all!
1 hr 8 min
Dec 8, 2020
Episode 110: Waco, TX
Big week! It's the last major of 2020 and the women are in Houston for the US Open. As they already did a Houston "preview", Tron and Randy venture just outside of town and land in Waco. Their guest is Professor Dan Walden of the Baylor University English Department. Dr. Dan is a great sport, talking about how he ended up teaching English, what his time in Waco has been like, and the experiences of going through a rather public, infamous scandal at his University. Enjoy!
1 hr 36 min
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 109: Brian Anderson
Happy Thanksgiving! This is a crazy year, so we hope everybody is able to be safe, relax, and enjoy it as much as possible. If you're looking for something to watch, TNT will be airing The Match: Champions for Change on Friday, November 27th at 3pm eastern. Turner Sports' Brian Anderson joins Randy to talk about the Match, what viewers can expect, what's new from previous iterations, and more. Additionally, Randy asks Brian about his experience in the NBA's bubble, the challenges of broadcasting live sports in a COVID-safe manner, and if Phil has a future in broadcasting. Enjoy!
Nov 17, 2020
Episode 108: Sea Island
No Masters hangover here. The Tour heads to coastal Georgia so Tron and Randy get Panther Mike on the phone to talk all things Sea Island. Who is Panther Mike? Why does he always get shoutouts on NLU content? Great questions, ones that gets answered within the episode. Also, you may learn a thing or two about the jewel of the Golden Isles. Enjoy!
1 hr 20 min
Nov 11, 2020
Episode 107: Augusta
Masters week so we're talking Augusta, Georgia! Joining Tron and Randy to discuss his home town is the man affectionately known as McSchvantz on our message board, The Refuge. A native of Augusta, McSchvantz gives us his perspective on the city, including what it was like every April when the tournament rolled around. We ask him about the Savannah River Site, Augusta's rivalry with Aiken, the Pro Disc Golf Scene, and much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 36 min
Nov 3, 2020
Episode 106: H-Town
Our Houston guest is ESPN's Bomani Jones. Bomani spent a large chunk of his childhood in Houston and talks about what that was like. He compares Houston to other places he's lived and what makes it unique. Also, Randy asks about his background in Economics, teaching college, and they get into some basketball-related subjects, specifically around James Harden. Fun fact too, Bomani blocked Tron on twitter years ago--we read the tweet and ask him if he'll reconsider. Check out Bomani's podcast, 'The Right Time with Bomani Jones', as well as across a number of ESPN platforms. Enjoy!
1 hr 28 min
Oct 26, 2020
Episode 105: A Conversation with Wright Thompson
Tron and Randy are joined by bestselling author and senior writer at ESPN, Wright Thompson. Wright discusses his new book, "Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things that Last" which drops November 10th. In addition to discussing the new book, the guys get into a wide variety of topics about the craft of writing, Wright's path into sports journalism, and life in general. Check out his new book and enjoy our conversation!
1 hr 7 min
Oct 20, 2020
Episode 104: Southern California
Sunny SoCal! TC and Randy welcome Travis Rodgers on this week. Travis currently works for ESPN 710 in LA. Prior to that he had his own show, Travis Rodgers NOW, and prior to that was a producer on the Jim Rome Show for nearly 15 years. Travis grew up in the greater Los Angeles area before attending UC Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship. It's a humungous treat to talk to somebody who played such a large role in something (the Jim Rome Show) so important to us. Enjoy!
1 hr 56 min
Oct 13, 2020
Episode 103: Sin City
Vegas, baby! Tron and Randy do a bit of catching up before speaking with the Desert Duffer (that's an alias), friend of the program and Las Vegas resident. The Duffer shares what he knows about the city, including how to get the good bourbon at casinos, what restaurants to visit, and how not to get soaked if you want to play some golf. Enjoy!
1 hr 40 min
Oct 12, 2020
Episode 102: LIVE from The Donnybrook at Pinehurst
The Donnybrook, NLU's second annual event from Pinehurst Resort, was last weekend. As part of the festivities, DJ, Neil and Randy recorded a live podcast from the veranda outside The Deuce overlooking the 18th hole of Pinehurst #2. Neil talks about his karmic road rage incident on the drive down, the Strapped boys compete in a Newlywed game, and the group answers a few questions from listeners. As always, we had a wonderful time at Pinehurst and thank them for their hospitality. Enjoy!
Sep 30, 2020
Episode 101: The Magnolia State
We're back! After a short hiatus, Randy and TC are back to preview the Sanderson Farms this week in Jackson, Mississippi. They do a bit of the usual house-cleaning before welcoming on special guest, Mr. Bunkie Perkins (of twitter fame). Bunkie, besides being a friend of the program, is a lawyer by training, a former college athletic administrator and AF2 GM, and current wildcatter who proudly graduated from Ole Miss. He shares what he knows about the Magnolia State. Enjoy!
1 hr 42 min
Sep 29, 2020
Episode 100: A Journey to the Ozarks
Episode 100! What a world! In this one DJ and Randy unpack their trip last week to Branson, Missouri. Neither one had ever been to Big Cedar Lodge, let alone the Ozarks, but thanks to the fine folks at KemperLesnik were invited out to attend the grand opening of Payne's Valley, Tiger Woods' first public golf course design. To commemorate the occasion, the Payne's Valley Cup was contested between Team USA (Tiger and Justin Thomas) and Team Europe (Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy). This episode explores the three-day trip, from the match, to playing Ozarks National, Mountain Top and Payne's Valley, and finally some interesting happenings off the course. It was certainly an experience. Enjoy!
1 hr 40 min
Sep 24, 2020
Episode 99: Chris McKendry
Professional tennis is rolling right from the US Open into the French Open. As such, there is no better time to catch up with ESPN's Grand Slam tennis host, Chris McKendry. Chris broke into television sports journalism in the early 90s, made her way to ESPN's Sportscenter a few years later and served as an anchor on that show for 20 years. She now hosts grand slam tennis. She discusses her love of tennis, breaking into sports media, hosting Sportscenter, and all of Randy's various inquiries into tennis and its stars. Enjoy!
1 hr 18 min
Sep 15, 2020
Episode 98: Westchester County, NY
The US Open is at Winged Foot in Westchester County so Tron and Randy brought on somebody that knows a thing or two about golf in the area--Wally Szczerbiak. Besides being a fellow alumnus of Miami University, Wally is an avid golfer, currently serving as commissioner of the hallowed Professional Leisure Tour. Before that, he enjoyed a 10-year NBA career, making the 2002 All-Star team. We picked Wally's mind about the best golf around metro New York City, where his passion for golf developed, and much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 6 min
Sep 11, 2020
Episode 97: Napa Valley
Tron and Randy are joined by Mark Reyes to preview Napa. Mark is a level-3 sommelier, friend of the program, and instructor of wine classes on our message board, The Refuge. We get into Mark's background with wine, ask him about the industry, his favorites, how he got started, and so much more. Mark's love and passion for wine shines through this episode, and will be a fun listen whether you're really into wine or not--heck, maybe you'll discover a new interest! Enjoy!
1 hr 46 min
Sep 7, 2020
Episode 96: Beth Ann Nichols
The ANA Inspiration this week will be the LPGA's second major. As such, what better time for Randy to check in with Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols. The two put a bow on the Women's Open, peek ahead to the ANA, and discuss many other players and issues in the women's game. Enjoy!
Sep 1, 2020
Episode 95: ATL
This is a special one. Spencer Hall (@edsbs on twitter) joins Tron and Randy to talk all about Atlanta. Spencer is one of, if not *the* inspiration for No Laying Up. What he and his friends did talking about college football served as inspiration for us to approach golf in a similarly fun, educational, and irreverent vein. We get in to all different aspects of Atlanta with Spencer and hope you enjoy!
2 hr 9 min
Aug 25, 2020
Episode 94: Chicago
Things get a bit windy this week as our attention turns to Chicago. Tron and Randy are joined by Joe B., Randy's childhood friend, Chicago resident, and general menace. JB tells tales from high school and college, and then shares his opinions on Chicago, his home for the last decade and a half. Enjoy!
1 hr 48 min
Aug 17, 2020
Episode 93: Beantown
We're headed to the Northeast this week! The tournament is in the Boston area so who better to talk to than a man who did a lot of work there. Danny Woodhead, NFL veteran, former Patriot, and avid golfer joins Randy and TC to chop it up. Enjoy!
1 hr 35 min
Aug 11, 2020
Episode 92: "Tournament Town"
You many not know much about Greensboro, NC, but that's about to change. A city rich in history, famous denizens, culture, and nicknames, we promise you'll learn a lot from our guest, Greensboro's own Jim Dodson. Jim is a renowned golf author, former newspaperman, and current regional arts magazine magnate. He's a fantastic storyteller, with loads of knowledge on golf, Greensboro, and much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 27 min
Aug 4, 2020
Episode 91: Bay Area
With the PGA Championship at Harding Park this week it's a great excuse to catch up with the Merch Czar, Neil Schuster, former resident of San Francisco about all things Bay Area. Neil lived on the West Coast for over 5 years and shares his insights and opinions. Enjoy!
1 hr 50 min
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 90: Grit and Grind in Memphis
We're headed to the Home of the Blues, Graceland, FedEx, and a gigantic pyramid--Memphis, Tennessee! There was only one man we could talk to this week, and that's CBS Sports's Kyle Porter. He joins Tron and Randy in the back half of the episode to discuss how he made a name for himself this time last year. Plus there's discussion on several things in Memphis and a few things outside of Memphis. Enjoy!
1 hr 41 min
Jul 22, 2020
Episode 89: Ming Tsai (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of Tron and Randy's conversation with renowned chef, Ming Tsai. He details his best bite ever, we chat about his golf game, and much more. Be sure to check out Part 1 from last week too. Enjoy!
1 hr 8 min
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 88: Ope, It's the Twin Cities!
We're off to the land of 10,000 lakes! It's Twin Cities week and Tron and Randy brought in The Ringer's Megan Schuster to talk about her hometown. From the sports scene to the arts scene, and of course so much in between, we learn all about Minneapolis/St. Paul. Enjoy!
1 hr 21 min
Jul 15, 2020
Episode 87: Ming Tsai (Part 1)
Tron and Randy are joined by Chef Ming Tsai to talk about his culinary adventures and so much more. Besides owning and operating several award-winning restaurants, Chef Tsai currently hosts 'Simply Ming' on PBS. Prior to that, he hosted 'East Meets West' on Food Network, and has appeared on 'Iron Chef' and 'Top Chef'. Ming's story is so much fun, and his energy infectious. This episode is Part 1 of 2. Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 86: You're Damn Right We're Doing Columbus Again
A city so nice for tournament golf they're playing it twice. Hell yeah we're running back Columbus. Some mea culpas for Tron and Randy to issue, new ground to explore, and then a wide-ranging interview with the one, the only, RC3. Enjoy!
1 hr 2 min
Jul 9, 2020
Episode 85: Dave Flemming
Joining the show is baseball play-by-play man for the San Francisco Giants, Dave Flemming. In addition to his work for the Giants, Dave does football, basketball, baseball and golf for ESPN. Randy and Dave discuss the return to baseball coming up towards the end of July, what to make of the format and rule changes, and much more about Dave's baseball background. They also get into golf (you won't believe a stat Dave casually tosses out about his game), and much more. Enjoy!
Jul 7, 2020
Episode 84: Columbus, Ohio
Tron and Randy invite Soly in to talk about Ohio's capital, Columbus. Soly was born and raised in Dublin, home to Muirfiled Village Golf Club and host of the next two PGA Tour events. The guys get steep on a number of topic, including Buck Tech and their football fans, the local food and golf scenes, and who makes the better ice cream--Jeni's or Graeter's? Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min
Jul 1, 2020
Episode 83: Bonnie Ford
ESPN's Bonnie Ford joins the show to discuss her career in sports journalism. She shares how she got started, the best advice she received, and gets into her work along the way. One of Bonnie's areas of expertise is doping in sports, and she shares valuable thoughts on the persistent fight to curb it. She talks about how she has covered fourteen iterations of the Tour de France, getting into the logistical web of the event, plus what it was like to report on the Lance Armstrong story. Finally, she speaks about one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, stories she's worked on involving a biathlete named Kari Swenson. All this and much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 2 min
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 82: Detroit
In the first half of the episode Tron and Randy muse about Detroit, touching on everything from the Ambassador Bridge to the Underwear Bomber. In the second half of the episode, Randy chats with 101.9 WDET Senior News Editor, Quinn Klinefelter about his twenty-plus years living and working in Detroit, and how its past has shaped the city it is today. Enjoy!
1 hr 28 min
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 81: Damon Hack
Joining Randy on this episode is Golf Channel's Damon Hack. You no doubt know Damon as a co-host of 'Morning Drive' but do you know how he got into professional golf? Damon discusses his path into both picking up the game and eventually covering the game as a journalist. At the beginning of June, Damon wrote a very powerful piece on golfchannel.com entitled, "Can I Be Both Thankful and Horrified? Can I?" He shares the thoughts and emotions which went into that piece, as well as other valuable insights into the state of golf, and society. We can't thank Damon enough for his time and willingness to speak openly about his story. Enjoy!
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 80: The Insurance Capital of the World
The PGA Tour rolls into Hartford, CT for the Travelers Championship this weekend. Tron and Randy dive into the history of Hartford, why it's the insurance capital of the world, highlight some famous Hartfordians (Hartfordites?), and then chop it up with Connecticut local, and ESPN veteran, John Buccigross. Find out why Tron slept in his car in Hartford, why the Whalers moved south, and much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 14 min
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 79: Hilton Head Island
We continue our preview series taking a look this week at Hilton Head Island, and specifically Harbour Town. Tron and Randy are joined by DJ and Neil to reminisce about the Island, their fondest memories, and much more. Also, the last 20 minutes of the episode is an interview with Gregg Russell, Harbour Town institution, who's been playing guitar and entertaining visitors for over 40 years. Enjoy!
1 hr 37 min
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 78: Lakareber Abe
This episode of the TrapDraw features Lakareber Abe, professional golfer on the LPGA's Symetra Tour. Turning pro in 2018 after an excellent career at Alabama, Lakareber has one of the more unique backgrounds in golf. She's the daughter of Ugandan-American parents, her father getting into golf after coming to the States and eventually passing that passion onto Lakareber and her sister. She details this journey into golf, from beginnings to the professional level, reflects on the 2018 NCAA Championships, and so much more. Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min
Jun 9, 2020
Episode 77: The MetroPlex!
TC and Randy are bringing back the spirit of the old, written weekly previews! First up is the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Ft. Worth, TX. Just as the most fun and amusing aspects of the previews were the things ancillary to golf, so too is that the case with this podcast. To help educate and entertain about all things Plex, we are joined by The Commish, DFW expert. Enjoy!
1 hr 16 min
May 27, 2020
Episode 76: Will Buxton
Randy is joined by veteran Formula 1 reporter Will Buxton to discuss the sport, his history with it, and catch up on current events. On the heels of our Perfect Club episode (Ep 74) a couple weeks back, and the amazing reception it received, we really wanted to get a bit more in-depth with Will--and he does not disappoint!
1 hr 6 min
May 20, 2020
Episode 75: Brian Anderson
Randy is joined by veteran broadcaster Brian Anderson. Brian currently works for Turner Sports calling NBA basketball and postseason baseball, as well as handling play-by-play duties for Milwaukee Brewers television broadcasts. This Sunday, May 24th, he'll be the lead announcer for The Match on TNT featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The two discuss this weekend's event along with Brian's experiences in broadcasting, from getting his start in minor league baseball to interviewing Greg Popovich as sideline reporter with the San Antonio Spurs, plus much more!
1 hr 5 min
May 12, 2020
Episode 74: Formula 1 Racing
It's a Perfect Club with Tron, Neil and Randy! The trio discuss their enjoyment of the Netflix series, "Formula 1: Drive to Survive". There are currently two seasons chronicling the 2018 and 2019 race campaigns, respectively. Among other topics touched upon are favorite personalities, favorite/least favorite drivers, best tracks, teams, and much, much more!
1 hr 29 min
May 5, 2020
Episode 73: Brett Cyrgalis
You're invited into the Reading Room for a conversation between Randy and New York Post sportswriter Brett Cyrgalis on his new book, "Golf's Holy War: The Battle for the Soul of a Game in an Age of Science". The two discuss Brett's background in writing and in golf before diving into a conversation about the book and its contents. Enjoy!
1 hr 8 min
Apr 30, 2020
Episode 72: Andrew Whitworth
Neil and Randy chop it up with NFL veteran offensive tackle, Andrew Whitworth. Along with being an All-Pro football player Andrew is an avid golfer during his offseason. They discuss the nature of his golf game, how a man of his stature (6'7 300+ lbs) goes about it, if he can relate to any PGA pros, and a lot more. And of course there's lots of football talk too--Coach Saban, the AFC North, blocking technique and schemes, Coach McVay, and more! Enjoy. (Note: there are 45 seconds where Andrew's phone cuts out just a bit at the 46:50 mark when discussing Carson Palmer--sorry for that inconvenience)
1 hr 9 min
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 71: All Things 'Strapped'
With the culmination of both 'Strapped: Southern California' and the fundraiser to determine the location of the first post-lockdown 'Strapped' upon us, Neil, DJ and Randy discuss the show in its entirety. Included are favorites, least favorites, funny off-camera incidents and so much more, including numerous viewer-submitted questions. Enjoy!
1 hr 40 min
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 70: Golf and the Virus
In this episode Neil chats with some of our partners and friends across the golf landscape to get a first-hand perspective on how COVID-19 is impacting individuals and businesses. Here at NLU, we’ve postponed events, halted travel plans, and completely changed our content calendar, and we're not alone in that regard--this podcast puts into perspective how far reaching the impact has been for others in the golf industry.
1 hr 23 min
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 69: Stephen Dubner
Stephen Dubner is best known for his 'Freakonomics' writing and podcasting. In addition to that, Stephen is a decorated journalist, father, and avid golfer. He joins Neil and Randy to talk about his initial path into golf, his ongoing frustrations with the game, and also how the 'Freakonomics' podcast came to be. The guys ask Stephen about the work that goes into his show, how he has transformed as a host, and the evolution of the podcast market in general. Many thanks to Stephen for the time, check out his 'Freakonomics' show if you don't already, and then be sure to search for him and his college band, The Right Profile! Enjoy!
1 hr 2 min
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 68: 'The Wire' Characters
It's a Perfect Club of sorts! The whole NLU crew is here discussing which PGA Tour golfers correspond to which characters from the television series, "The Wire". If you haven't watched it, it's available to stream for free right now and we highly recommend it. Let us know which assessments you agree with, which you don't, and who the biggest omissions are. Enjoy!
1 hr 24 min
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 67: Jay Bilas
Randy is joined by ESPN basketball analyst, esquire, author, and avid golfer, Jay Bilas. The two talk hoops, college athletics, golf, and more. Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min
Apr 9, 2020
Episode 66: Austin Ernst
Randy is joined by the LPGA's Austin Ernst to discuss her golf career and a plethora of audience-submitted questions. Austin, 2011 NCAA National Champion for LSU, has been a mainstay on the LPGA since 2013 capturing her first career win at the 2014 Portland Classic. In 2017 she made her first Solheim Cup team and in 2018 finished runner-up at the Evian Championship. She opens up her golf game, her path to the LPGA Tour, and much more. Thanks to everybody who submitted questions! Enjoy!
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 65: Bob Sturm
Neil and Randy chop it up with Bob Sturm, Dallas-based journalist, radio personality and author. Besides being an avid golfer and NLU fan, for which we're grateful, Bob has spent nearly three decades in radio, currently co-hosting the Hardline show on The Ticket Sports Radio. Bob regales us with an assortment of stories from his time in the business, including a few featuring the infamous Scoops Callahan! Bob is full of life and has great energy, this was a really fun conversation. Enjoy!
1 hr 34 min
Apr 2, 2020
Episode 64: '90s Action Movies
Perfect Club time! The Carter Brothers, Tron and Neil, are joined by Mr. Poosh (aka Micah Pueschel of Iration) to analyze not only what makes a good '90s action flick but also what their favorite offerings in the genre are. As the world continues in quarantine, we hope this episode both informs and entertains about the '90s action movie, and maybe even provides an idea or two for future movie nights. Enjoy! Todays' pod sponsor is Riomarshoes.com. Use code: TD15 for 15% off at checkout on your first pair of Riomar shoes!
1 hr 52 min
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 63: Michael Bamberger
Randy, DJ and Neil are joined for an evening by the inimitable Michael Bamberger. Michael is a writer for GOLF Magazine and Golf.com, as well as author of several books. The first portion of this podcast explores his new book, "The Second Life of Tiger Woods". The second half of the podcast gets weirder and looser as the guys talk about more broad subjects of life. Michael's book, out today, is absolutely sensational, as was the time spent with him. Enjoy!
1 hr 39 min
Mar 25, 2020
Episode 62: Steve Wiebe
A special follow up to our Perfect Club episode about "The King of Kong" (Episode 61)! Randy, DJ, and Neil interview the documentary's star, Donkey Kong world record setter, Steve Wiebe. They discuss how the film came to be, if Steve wanted to punch Brian Kuh, and a whole host of things. Steve is teaching high school up in Washington and among other things is the varsity golf coach, having guided his squad to a state championship! We can't thank Steve enough for his time and patience answering our questions, and special shoutout to Sean Kato for the introduction. Enjoy!
1 hr 2 min
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 61: The King of Kong
It's another Perfect Club! In this episode Randy, DJ and Neil watch the 2007 documentary, "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters". The trio reveal their favorite scenes, the best quotes, and compare the main characters to professional golfers (among other things). If you have not seen the documentary we would encourage you to watch it before listening. It's available on YouTube in its entirety, as well as select streaming and rental services. We hope you have as much fun watching and listening as we did. Enjoy!
1 hr 48 min
Mar 18, 2020
Episode 60: Megan Khang
In this episode Tron and Randy are joined by the LPGA's Megan Khang. Megan discusses her and her family's remarkable, and unlikely, path into the game of golf. She talks about her beginnings as a small child with her father, a stellar amateur career, the decision about whether to attend college or turn professional, and much more. At just 22 years of age, it's easy to forget how young she still is, as she's been a mainstay on LPGA leaderboards for several years now, including competing on the 2019 Solheim Cup team. Enjoy! (Note: This interview was recorded in November 2019 at the LPGA Tour Championship)
1 hr 4 min
Mar 11, 2020
Episode 59: Matthew Goodman & "The City Game"
March Madness is here! To celebrate the best time of the college basketball calendar Randy talks with writer Matthew Goodman about The City College of New York basketball team, the only squad to ever win both the NCAA and NIT postseason tournaments in the same season. Goodman's book, "The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team," does an incredible job of bringing that historic team to life once again, as well as exploring the burgeoning college basketball industry. As the title suggests, CCNY would find scandal and shame along with their titles, with the seedy underbelly of college athletics, New York City bookmaking, and local politics all being exposed. It's a wonderful read for any basketball fan as we get ready to crown a new champion. Enjoy!
Mar 4, 2020
Episode 58: Stephen Proctor on Young Tom Morris
It's a Reading Room episode of the TrapDraw as Randy is joined by author Stephen Proctor to discuss his book, "Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris, Pioneer of Modern Golf." No doubt the name Young Tom Morris is familiar to you, but how much do you know about his life? Do you know why he's such an important figure in the game of golf? How he has influenced the modern game? How about the massive tragedy surrounding him? Stephen Proctor is a golf historian and spent several years researching and writing about Young Tom. He's a great storyteller and shares what he knows about one of the games foremost figures. Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 57: Beth Ann Nichols
GolfWeek's Beth Ann Nichols joins Randy to catch up on the first quarter of the 2020 LPGA season. They discuss how the coronavirus has impacted the schedule, on-course results like Madelene Sagstrom's breakthrough win in Boca and Inbee Park ending her near two-year drought, the passing of LPGA great, and American golf icon, Mickey Wright, and several other topics and people of note. Note to listeners--the LPGA returns to action March 19-22 in Phoenix, so hopefully this helps tide you over until the action resumes. Enjoy!
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 56: Garth Brooks and 'The Road I'm On'
It's the Perfect Club! Today's episode features Neil Schuster, DJ Piehowski and Jerry Bell (Garth connoisseur and Neil's roommate) discussing Garth Brooks through the lens of the 2019 documentary, 'The Road I'm On.' The guys offer their spirited insights and opinions on the piece, as well as diving deeper into the man, and phenomenon, that is Garth Brooks. Enjoy!
1 hr 19 min
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 55: Bob Royak (2019 US Sr. Amateur Champion)
Randy sits down with the winner of the 2019 US Senior Amateur, Bob Royak. The two discuss Bob's history in the game of golf, the razor-thin line between a potential career in pro golf or not, and the book that changed Bob's life, which he credits for helping him win the amateur last year. It's always a pleasure to speak with elite amateurs and Bob's resume stacks right up there with the best in the game right now. Enjoy!
Feb 5, 2020
Episode 54: Oscars SZN!
It's Oscars season! Randy and DJ watched all nine of the best picture nominees this year and share thoughts on each movie, plus give out some of their own awards. The two are joined by Neil Schuster, the March Czar, who saw several of the nominees and joins in where applicable. This is a long pod, but instead of splitting it in two we'll let you be your own boss and break it up as you see fit. The first hour is awards, while the second hour is discussion on each nominee: Ford vs Ferrari (1:00:12), The Irishman (1:04:16), Jojo Rabbit (1:14:49), Joker (1:25:57), Little Women (1:31:56), Marriage Story (1:35:54), 1917 (1:45:55), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (1:50:26), and Parasite (1:55:25). We should warn you there are light spoilers but we try our best to avoid anything that would detract from your enjoyment of the movie. Be warned though.
2 hr 11 min
Jan 30, 2020
Episode 53: Gary Nicol & Karl Morris on The Lost Art of Playing Golf
Randy is joined by Gary Nicol and Karl Morris, authors of the book "The Lost Art of Playing Golf." Gary is a golf professional and coach who has worked with golfers of all stripes and abilities, from weekend hacks to some of the best pros in the world. Karl has been a performance coach for over a quarter-century and counts among his clients golf professionals, cricketers, and international soccer players. This is the second book for the duo after their first release, "The Lost Art of Putting." The trio touch on a number of ideas and concepts, none of them technical, which are both at the heart of the game and integral to playing better golf. Hope you enjoy!
1 hr 7 min
Jan 21, 2020
Episode 52: John Smoltz
Today's guest is Hall of Fame pitcher, MLB and Fox broadcast analyst, and golfer John Smoltz. Randy explores John's baseball career before turning the conversation towards golf, discussing both John's accomplishments to date, as well as what he hopes to do over the next several years. Along the way are numerous anecdotes around baseball and golf, including how Michael Jordan gets himself ready to hit a big putt, and what it's like to pitch to Tiger Woods. Smoltz just wrapped up his second consecutive win in the Celebrity Division of the LPGA's Tournament of Champions last weekend and is hoping to get more starts on the Champions Tour this summer. This was a treat to talk to John and hope you enjoy!
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 51: Annie Park
The 2020 LPGA season is underway and Randy sits down at the season-opening Tournament of Champions with Annie Park to discuss her golf journey. Annie got her start in the game by going along with her mother to the golf course. She enjoyed a sterling junior career, and won NCAA individual and team championships as a collegiate golfer. Her path into the LPGA came easy at first, before back injury and doubt set her back. She details the highs and lows of her career, and talks about her mindset approaching this season and beyond. Enjoy!
Jan 7, 2020
Episode 50: We’re on to 2020!
Happy New Year! The whole crew sits down to first anoint what 2020 will officially be. Next, the guys review their performance of their 2019 goals, and finally, put their 2020 golf, physical, and life goals down on paper.
1 hr 36 min
Dec 16, 2019
Episode 49: Dylan Frittelli
Tron goes 1-on-1 with Dylan Frittelli. The 29 year-old South African won for the first time on the PGA Tour in July of 2019 at the John Deere Classic (5th major!). Tron explores Dylan's background, his interests away from the course, and how he's approaching the new PGA Tour season. Dylan even tries to explain cricket to TC. Happy Holidays from the TrapDraw and hope you enjoy!
1 hr 2 min
Dec 10, 2019
Episode 48: Keith Cutten
Randy is joined by author and golf course architect, Keith Cutten. They discuss Keith's book, "The Evolution of Golf Course Design," which is the December 2019 Reading Room selection. Keith's book details the history of design from the early days of the game until now, with emphasis on the architects, authors, and visionaries that shaped it all. This felt less like a typical interview and more like getting to attend a fantastically informative, entertaining lecture on something I love. Thanks to Keith and hope you enjoy!
1 hr 27 min
Dec 3, 2019
Episode 47: Terry Gannon
Randy sits down 1-on-1 with NBC Sports broadcaster Terry Gannon for a discussion about his basketball career, his journey in television broadcasting, and the intricacies of calling golf. For those that may not know, Terry was a key member of the 1983 national champion North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball team which upset heavily-favored Houston in one of the most iconic title games ever. From competing in the star-studded ACC to some of his favorite memories of Coach Jim Valvano, it was a real treat to talk hoops with Terry. Beyond basketball, Terry talks about why he accepted a job to call figure skating in Tokyo in the 90s, and how that has led to a wonderfully diverse broadcasting career for him. This was immensely enjoyable, hope you enjoy!
1 hr 11 min
Nov 25, 2019
Episode 46: Marina Alex
Tron and Randy sit down with Marina Alex to talk about her golf journey, venturing into a number of topics along the way. Marina, currently ranked #30 in the Rolex Rankings, broke through last year with her first career LPGA win at the 2018 Cambia Portland Classic, a result which helped propel her onto this year's Solheim Cup team. We ask her all about that experience, along with finding herself in the Cup-deciding match against Suzann Pettersen--plus so much more!
1 hr 19 min
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 45: Beth Ann Nichols
Tron and Randy are on site at the LPGA's CME Group Tour Championship and joined by Beth Ann Nichols, senior writer at Golfweek and guiding light for all things LPGA-related. In addition to previewing this weekend's championship, they discuss the state of the LPGA, breakdown some of the more interesting stories from the last couple months, and look forward to 2020 and beyond. Enjoy!
1 hr 8 min
Oct 14, 2019
Episode 44: Neil Schuster aka The Merch Czar
No stranger to the TrapDraw, Neil Schuster (aka The Merch Czar) joins Randy and Tron to break down his recent trip out to Los Angeles for the joint birthday party of Tommy Armour III and IV. He found himself at a house party in the Hollywood Hills among a gaggle of B and C-List celebrities. He recounts his weekend and the guys touch on a few other topics along the way. Enjoy!
Oct 9, 2019
Episode 43: Gene Elliott
Randy is joined by Gene Elliott, currently the top-ranked senior amateur golfer in the United States. The two of them explore Gene's golf career, from a boy in Iowa learning the game to most recently winning the illustrious Crump Cup at Pine Valley, along with so much more. Gene is affable, gracious, and open about his life and experiences. It's a distinct honor and pleasure to get to speak with Gene and I hope everybody enjoys the conversation.
Oct 7, 2019
Episode 42: Kevin Robbins
In this episode Randy chats with author Kevin Robbins about his new book, "The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: The Year Golf Changed Forever." Kevin's book covers Payne Stewart during his magical 1999 season, chronicling his journey and transformation as a man and as a golfer before his tragic death in October of that year. As the back flap of Kevin's work reads, "[Payne's] death marked the end of an era, one made up of "shotmakers" who played the game with artistry, guile, finesse, and heart. Behind them were Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, and other young players whose power and strength changed the PGA Tour forever. With exclusive access to Stewart's friends, family, and onetime colleagues, Kevin Robbins provides a long-overdue portrait of one of golf's greats in one of golf's greatest seasons."
1 hr 15 min
Sep 30, 2019
Episode 41: Jeff King
Tron and Randy have a chat with Jeff King, professional caddie and jerky connoisseur. Jeff has over twenty years on the bag across the PGA and LPGA Tours. From his introduction to the game of golf, to his break with David Leadbetter, Jeff talks about how he became a caddie and some of the things he's learned along the way. Speaking of, somewhere along the way, he picked up a hobby making beef jerky, which slowly but surely turned into Kingmade Jerky. Jeff shares the origins of his jerky obsession, and how it kept him more busy at home than on the road. Enjoy!
Sep 16, 2019
Episode 40: Bud Schultz
On his pilgrimage to the US Senior Amateur in August 2019, Randy met a number of interesting people, both competitors and otherwise. What better format to share some of these stories than right here. First up is Bud Schultz. Bud was playing in his very first Senior Am, qualifying out of the Northeast. A former world-class tennis player, Bud's journey (and ascension) within the game of golf is remarkable. This was such a fun conversation as Bud is quite clearly tapped into that super-premium life energy. Hope you enjoy!
Sep 11, 2019
Episode 39: 2019-20 FredEx Cup Draft
It's the best day of the year in the KillHouse! After a long, relaxing offseason the guys are back to draft their teams for the second annual FredEx Cup. They recap the 2018-19 season, discussing the highs and lows, changes for this upcoming season, and decide on winning and losing stakes. The draft was fast and furious, with curveballs and banter abound. This is a fun one, not to be missed. Have a listen this weekend as the 2019-20 PGA season kicks off!
1 hr 4 min
Sep 4, 2019
Episode 38: Korn Ferry Championship + Senior Amateur
Hurricane Dorian has thrown some logistical challenges into the recording but like old times Tron and Randy hop on the blower to discuss the Korn Ferry Tour Championship this past weekend, plus Randy debriefs a bit on the US Senior Amateur. Enjoy!
1 hr 16 min
Aug 30, 2019
Episode 37: Max Homa on Korn Ferry Finals
Fresh off leading Team Randy to a FredExCup victory, friend of the program Max Homa stops by to talk about the Korn Ferry Finals and why he can't stop thinking about this week's venue, Victoria National in Indiana. Thanks to Kingmade Jerky for sponsoring this episode of the Trap Draw.
Aug 20, 2019
Episode 36: 2018-19 PGA Tour Recap Show
We've turned our Live Show into a podcast! This is the audio version of the 8/19/19 Live Show recapping the 2018-19 PGA Tour season. Tron, Soly, DJ and Randy relive the season, discussion all the highs and lows from the year.
1 hr 5 min
Aug 15, 2019
Episode 35: Korn Ferry Discussion
Tron and Randy chop it up about the Korn Ferry regular season finale in Portland which TC attended, as well as preview the Finals. Additionally, they talk about some of their recent golf trips--Randy in Michigan and TC in Nebraska and Oregon. Enjoy!
1 hr 7 min
Aug 12, 2019
Episode 34: Beth Ann Nichols
Randy is joined by Beth Ann Nichols, senior writer at GolfWeek, to discuss a wide array of topics pertaining to the LPGA Tour including Hinako Shibuno's incredible victory at the Women's British Open, Jin Young Ko's dominant season, the deluge of young, first-time major winners, and much more. Enjoy!
Aug 8, 2019
Episode 33: Justin Lower
Tron sits down for an in-depth conversation with Justin Lower about his golf career. We are extremely proud Justin is one of our Young Hitters and he has an incredibly impactful story to share. Enjoy!
1 hr 7 min
Aug 5, 2019
Episode 32: Pro Caddie Matty Kelly
Tron and DJ sit down with Matty Kelly, longtime caddie for Marc Leishman, to discuss a variety of topics including a typical day for Matty, his favorite major venues, best reads (and misreads), and much more.
1 hr 1 min
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 31: Commissioner for a Day
Tron, Randy and DJ muse about what they would do if named Commissioner. No idea is too small or too improbable!
1 hr 23 min
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 30: Alan Shipnuck talks "Bud, Sweat, & Tees"
Randy is joined by author and golf journalist, Alan Shipnuck, to talk about the May book club selection, "Bud, Sweat, & Tees." It's been a little while since I've been able to do one of these author interviews and who better to break the absence with than Alan. If you have read the book, Alan offers a lot of interesting context around how the book came to be, fills in context around the characters and chats about what's changed on the golf beat in the twenty years since the book was published. For those who haven't read it, I hope this interview will spark an interest to go pick it up. Enjoy!
Jun 10, 2019
Episode 29: Bill Fields on John McDermott, Two-Time US Open Champion
Randy is joined by golf author and photographer Bill Fields to discuss his piece on 2x US Open Champion, John McDermott. It's a fascinating story, tragic to be sure, which has been mostly lost to time (at least to most younger fans and non-historians of the game). If you don't know the story I encourage you to give it a listen, especially as you get ready to settle in this weekend and watch the US Open from Pebble Beach. Enjoy!
Apr 10, 2019
Episode 28: Charlie Saxon & Brandon Matthews
Two of NLU’s Young Hitters, Charlie Saxon and Brandon Matthews, sit down with Tron to talk about their current game, backgrounds, and myriad of other topics. This episode was recorded in late March 2019 at the Web Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship. Enjoy!
Mar 21, 2019
Episode 27: Some Kind of Monster
This is the second installment of the Perfect Club! Today’s topic is the 2004 documentary currently airing on Netflix called Some Kind of Monster. It chronicles the band Metallica during the making of what would... The post Episode 27: Some Kind of Monster appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 20 min
Jan 8, 2019
Episode 26: “We’re on to 2019”
It’s a one-mic roundtable with everybody present, just like the old days! We discuss our mindset going into the new year, re-live some highlights from the past year, and share some personal goals (golf and... The post Episode 26: “We’re on to 2019” appeared first on No Laying Up.
Dec 19, 2018
Episode 25: Airports
I know what you’re thinking, airports? That’s right, airports. This edition of the Trap Draw is very special–it’s the debut of the Perfect Club, a new concept which will be a staple of 2019. Tron, DJ,... The post Episode 25: Airports appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 29 min
Dec 7, 2018
Episode 24: Merch Czar
In this episode Tron and Randy debrief with the Merch Czar on his big boxing match last month. Plus, the guys breakdown the early portion of the FredEx Cup season. https://ia801504.us.archive.org/17/items/final_201812/final.mp3 The post Episode 24: Merch Czar appeared first on No Laying Up.
Nov 6, 2018
Episode 23: Tom Coyne
This episode is a chat with author Tom Coyne about his book, Paper Tiger. I chose Paper Tiger as the October book club pick as it’s a great read with the dawn of a new... The post Episode 23: Tom Coyne appeared first on No Laying Up.
Oct 3, 2018
Episode 22: The Inaugural FredEx Cup!
A very special, fun Trap Draw as it’s the introduction of the inaugural Race to the FredEx Cup. Randy and Tron are joined by DJ and Neil to explain all the particulars. Long story short,... The post Episode 22: The Inaugural FredEx Cup! appeared first on No Laying Up.
Oct 1, 2018
Episode 21: Lorne Rubenstein
This episode features an interview with the distinguished golf writer and journalist, Lorne Rubenstein. Our conversation is about Moe Norman, and specifically Lorne’s book entitled, “Moe & Me: Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf’s Mysterious Genius.”... The post Episode 21: Lorne Rubenstein appeared first on No Laying Up.
Sep 5, 2018
Episode 20: Neil Schuster aka “The Merch Czar”
It’s been a little while since we’ve caught up with Neil on the TrapDraw. He’s got a lot going on, from training for a charity boxing event, golfing in and around New York City, exploring... The post Episode 20: Neil Schuster aka “The Merch Czar” appeared first on No Laying Up.
Aug 30, 2018
Episode 19: Josh Karp
This episode is an interview with Josh Karp, author of “Straight Down the Middle,” the August book selection for the Reading Room book club. Josh and I talk about golf, life, and a few other... The post Episode 19: Josh Karp appeared first on No Laying Up.
Aug 23, 2018
Episode 18: Tyler McCumber
The hottest golfer on the planet, Tyler McCumber, joins Tron and Randy live in the KillHouse. Tyler has won three of his last four starts on the Mackenzie Tour and is back home in Jax... The post Episode 18: Tyler McCumber appeared first on No Laying Up.
Aug 14, 2018
Episode 17: The Journey of Tiger
This episode of the Trap Draw is a dive into the long, strange trip its been for Tiger Woods since the fateful Thanksgiving almost a decade ago. With Woods looking legitimately healthy and appearing to... The post Episode 17: The Journey of Tiger appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 37 min
Aug 1, 2018
Episode 15: Michael Bamberger
This episode is an interview with Michael Bamberger. A golf writer since graduating from college in the early 80’s, Michael’s work has appeared in numerous forms and publications, including golf.com, Golf magazine and Sports Illustrated.... The post Episode 15: Michael Bamberger appeared first on No Laying Up.
Jun 28, 2018
Episode 14: George Peper
This episode is an interview with George Peper. George has been deeply involved with the game of golf, covering it for over four decades. He started at Golf Magazine where he was named editor-in-chief in... The post Episode 14: George Peper appeared first on No Laying Up.
Jun 11, 2018
Episode 13: US American Open Preview
It’s the national championship at Shinnecock! This episode consists of four separate interviews which we hope will provide a more in-depth, nuanced look at the US Open and those competing in it. Our first interview... The post Episode 13: US American Open Preview appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 8 min
Jun 4, 2018
Episode 12: NCAAs, Web Tour, and More!
In this episode Tron and Randy are joined by DJ Pie to breakdown the NCAA Championship action, hear about Tron’s tales from the Web Tour, including meeting his hero as well as incurring a two-stroke... The post Episode 12: NCAAs, Web Tour, and More! appeared first on No Laying Up.
May 29, 2018
Episode 11: NLU Crew
I don’t want to alarm anybody, but the TrapDraw is back! At the risk of ruining our standing as the most popular non-existent golf podcast around, we decided maybe it’s time to fire things back... The post Episode 11: NLU Crew appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 6 min
Sep 13, 2017
Episode 10: Kelly Hawkins
Tron chops it up with Kelly Hawkins, formerly of the PGA Tour and currently of the Daily Rally, a daily sports email service she and her sister founded. They touch on a number of topics... The post Episode 10: Kelly Hawkins appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 4 min
Aug 16, 2017
Episode 9: The Franchise
This extra special edition of the Trap Draw goes in-depth and behind the scenes into the player-caddie breakup that rocked the golf world earlier this year. We’re speaking of course about Tron firing his father,... The post Episode 9: The Franchise appeared first on No Laying Up.
Jul 20, 2017
Episode 8: Tee-K Kelly
Tron is joined by Tee-K Kelly to discuss Tee-K’s path to professional golf, life on the #NarcosTour and his introduction to El Camarón! https://ia801502.us.archive.org/15/items/TrapDrawTeeKKelly/TrapDraw_TeeK_Kelly.mp3 The post Episode 8: Tee-K Kelly appeared first on No Laying Up.
Apr 4, 2017
Episode 7: Masters Preview
Andy Johnson (@the_fried_egg) and DJ Piehowski (@DJPie) pop in to discuss The Masters and break down the inaugural NLU/Fried Egg Masters Pool. We sprinkle some spicy golf course architecture takes in throughout. This should tide everyone... The post Episode 7: Masters Preview appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 8, 2017
Episode 6: J.T. Poston
We’re back from extended holiday with a great guest, J.T. Poston. J.T. is a rookie out on Tour this year currently in good form coming off a T-17 at Riv and a T-27 at Honda... The post Episode 6: J.T. Poston appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 7 min
Dec 26, 2016
Episode 5: Neil Schuster
It’s a lighthearted, holiday edition of the Trap Draw! Our very own Merch Czar, Neil Schuster, joined us to talk about his recent trip to Vegas hanging with Tommy Armour III and Tommy Armour IV.... The post Episode 5: Neil Schuster appeared first on No Laying Up.
Nov 15, 2016
Episode 4: Todd Mitchell
It’s the return of the TrapDraw! In this episode Tron and Randy talk with Todd Mitchell, a staple of the Mid-Am ranks. From his early days competing in the Illinois State Amateur to his 2008... The post Episode 4: Todd Mitchell appeared first on No Laying Up.
Jul 28, 2016
Episode 3: Bob May
In this episode of the TrapDraw, we sit down with Bob May, 2000 PGA Championship runner-up. If you’re like us, we only really know Bob from his duel with Tiger at Valhalla, where he provided some of the most... The post Episode 3: Bob May appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 17 min
Jul 13, 2016
Episode 2: Reaction on Spieth/McIlroy Pressers and Olympic Golf
Tron & Randy hop on the blower to quickly discuss the wild day in golf, and on Twitter, stemming from the McIlroy and Spieth pressers regarding not playing in Rio. https://ia601502.us.archive.org/4/items/OlympicReact/olympic%20react.mp3 The post Episode 2: Reaction on Spieth/McIlroy Pressers and Olympic Golf appeared first on No Laying Up.
Jul 11, 2016
Episode 1: Jean van de Velde
It’s (finally) here! The debut episode of the Trap Draw podcast featuring myself and Tron Carter. As it’s British Open week that’s the main theme of episode 1. The first part of the show Tron and I... The post Episode 1: Jean van de Velde appeared first on No Laying Up.
1 hr 3 min