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As part of our continuing series focusing on golf around the world, and women's professional golf in particular, this episode looks at the Emergence of Thailand as a rising golf powerhouse.   Joining us in this episode are special guests, Pajaree Anannarukarn and Pinyada Kuvanun. They chat with us about their year in golf, some of the challenges and accomplishments of this past year, and they discuss their experiences in growing up in Thailand learning to play golf and how their individual paths to the world of professional golf. Pajaree currently plays on the LPGA, the world's premier tour for women's golf.  She is a recent winner of the 2021 ISPS Handa Invitational event - a mixed event with men and women competing on the same course at the same time.  The event is hosted by Niall Horan, of One Direction (boy's band) in his native Northern Ireland.   At the time of recording Pajaree is ranked No. 71 in the Rolex World Rankings. Pinyada is a recent graduate from the University of Toledo with a degree in International Business.  Competing in Division 1 of the NCAA, Pinyada led her team to the MAC Conference Championships, where she had a personal best of 3rd place.  She also won twice at the collegiate level and finished 3rd at the Lady Buckeyes Invitational.  She currently competes on the Thai LPGA and competed recently at Stage 2 of Q-School, earning privileges for the Symetra Tour in 2022.

Nov 7

1 hr 2 min

2021 US Women's Open Champion Yuka Saso and fellow LPGA professional, Bianca Pagdanganan join us to discuss their year in golf, the experience of winning the US Women's Open, and representing their home country of the Philippines at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and meeting the PGA players at the Olympics - including Rory McIlroy.   They also take some time to share their thoughts with us on how golf is growing in the Philippines and some of the things that could help grow the sport even more.Yuka Saso takes us through her final round at the Olympic Club as she struggled to overcome a rough start before eventually finishing strong with birdies on the par 5 - 16th and 17th holes to finish in a tie with Nasa Hataoka.  After 3 - Playoff holes, Yuka Saso emerged victorious and the Philippines had its first ever major golf champion.   In a lighter moment, Yuka shares with us what was going through her mind as she was finishing the 72nd hole with a birdie putt to win.Bianca shares her experiences on her year, discussing some of the high points and some of the challenges that she experienced.  She also shares with us what her strategy will be as she prepares to attend the Q-Series at the end of the Season.  You won't want to miss this episode as the two players show a much more relaxed side of themselves now that they are off the course.  

Oct 17

1 hr 20 min

Luiza Altmann is the highest ranked player in Brazil and is currently a member of the Ladies European Tour (the LET).   While there have been other women from Brazil playing professional golf, Luiza is something of a "trailblazer" having also played a season in Asia on the KLPGA (Korea).   While football or soccer, is the sport most closely associated with Brazil,  Golf is growing, partly due to the 2016 Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro , and partly as the country continues to grow economically.In this episode, Luiza shares her experience of discovering golf in a country where football or futebol (soccer) is the national passion, and how she grew up to be Brazil's top ranked professional player.  She shares with us how the sport is growing in Brazil, particularly among juniors, while also sharing her experience of playing professionally on the Ladies European Tour.    

Sep 4

53 min 56 sec

As Golf in the Olympics becomes a more regular occurrence, the growth of the game is bound to grow and expand from its traditional base of support to many other nations across the globe as their athletes vie for the much coveted Olympic medal.In Today's episode, we focus on the Netherlands and the growth and development of the sport through the emergence of more modern coaching and training techniques and methods.  We visit with Liesbeth Pauwels, an internationally recognized golf & fitness specialist who works with elite athletes in the Netherlands and elsewhere.  We also have two of the Netherlands emerging talents -- Anne-Sterre den Dunnen and Noa van Beek as they share their experiences in the world of competitive junior and amateur golf.  If you have a child, grandchild or someone that you know from the golf course that might be interested in seeing how far that they can travel in Golf, then this is an episode that they simply need to listen to.  Anne and Noa discuss how they came into competitive golf, their practice and training regime, and what to expect as an elite junior and amateur.  They also discuss their long friendship together - both competitors and as young women forging paths in the world of Gold and Academics. 

Aug 15

57 min 59 sec

It's U.S. Women's Open Week and the 76th Edition of the Championship is hosted by the Olympic Club in San Francisco  This historic venue has hosted several memorable USGA championships over the years, including the 1955 US Open, where Ben Hogan lost in a playoff to an unsung player - Jack Fleck.   The ultimate irony for Mr. Hogan was Jack Fleck was one of the very first players on the PGA to play with the newly developed "Ben Hogan Signature series Golf Clubs".   The venue was also host to the 1966 US Open, where the new King of Golf, Arnold Palmer, lost in a playoff to Billy Casper, despite having a 6-stroke lead going into the Final Round.  Palmer's inability to close the event led to a Monday 18-hole playoff, and the unofficial decline of Palmer as the King of the hill. This year marks the very first time that the Women's Championship will be hosted at this historic club and like its Men's counterparts, promises to be equally exciting as the best players in Women's Golf tackle the famed course.  Small, elevated and undulating greens with its sloping and cambered fairways and traditional "US Open rough" will challenge the shotmaking abilities of these talented pro's.  Our special guest, Aimee Cho, is probably best known for her incredibly popular YouTube golf instruction channel -- Golf with Aimee, where she provides simple, fun and effective lessons and tips.   Aimee Cho is also a former professional player on  the LPGA's Symetra Tour joins us to review and analyze this year's championship.  Fresh off of her appearance on CBS LA as a guest analyst for the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course (Kiawah), Aimee is eager to talk about the most challenging event in women's golf and to share her special perspective on how the Lake Course at Olympic will play for the women.We review favourites like Inbee Park, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko, Nelly Korda and Patty Tavatanakit  among a handful of other contenders.  So listen in or download the episode today.

Jun 1

56 min 59 sec

In this episode, we have two fitness and conditioning specialists join us to discuss what golfers need to be aware of when they hit the tee box or the practice range for a proper warm up so that you can avoid injuries and enjoy your best golf.  In the second segment of our show, we do a "deep dive" into the modern approach to fitness that is a more holistic approach, helping golfers better understand how their body moves, the role that body motion and sequence plays in helping you to generate power and speed in your golf swing.Milo Bryant is from San Diego, California and is an instructor with TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) and member of the TPI Advisory Board.  He is also the founder of the "Coalition for Launching Active Youth" and he holds several certifications including Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor (TPI), Sports & Performance coach (USA Weightlifting), and he is a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA).  Africa Alarcon is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a pioneer in the physical fitness and training field, working with professional and amateur golfers since 2005.  She is the owner of "Golfefit" and the former physical trainer for the Brazilian National Golf Federation.  She graduated from the University of Sao Paulo and holds:  Level 3 Fitness Trainer (TPI), Level 2 certification in Medical, Power and Golf (TPI). 

May 20

1 hr 21 min

In this Episode we meet a new professional player where we discuss her journey to professional golf.   There are many different paths that players take in becoming professional golfers and working towards their goal of making it to the "big tour" -- whether it be the PGA or in this case, the LPGA.   Often times it can be a lonely journey, sacrificing a robust social life in exchange for hitting golf balls, working on the swing, wedge game or putting.  The stress from the long hours of practice, training and preparation can often take a toll on a player's mental health too.  Hannah Leiner is a native Floridian who recently graduated from Florida International University (FIU) after a career in NCAA Division 1 golf.   She shares her struggles and joys of playing golf from junior golf to college and then making the decision of becoming a professional.   We learn how she combats the low points and  enjoys the high points. Along the way,  we also chat about social media and how Hannah became a Social Media personality, developing a following of over 100, 000 (100K) on Instagram.   Of course, being a prominent social media personality can take on a life of its own and the perceptions that some have about "Instagram golfers".  Like Paige Spiranac,  Hannah tackles the topic head-on, sharing how she gains strength and support from her "social media family" and how she uses social media to promote the sport of golf and for her sponsors like PXG.Join us for this short episode or pass it on to the young person in your life who often dreams of becoming a professional player.  

Apr 29

38 min 25 sec

Special guest Sophie Walker, former professional player on the Ladies European Tour and now an analyst with Sky Sports and BBC Five Live joins us to preview golf's very first major of the season.   The Ladies Professional Golf Association (the LPGA) has its first major championship on April 1 - 4th, 2021.  Held each year at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs, California), it traditionally provides exciting events and the 2020 championship is proof of that.Reigning Champion, Mirim Lee made an Eagle on the 72nd hole of the tournament to tie two of the LPGA's biggest stars in Brooke Henderson and Nelly Korda.  Lee won the championship on the first playoff hole to produce one of the more stunning finishes in the ANA's history. This year, she is back to defend against the best players in all of women's golf.   Sophie Walker shares her unique perspective with us as we preview the course, the infamous "Blue Wall", and the players to watch for.  If you are in a fantasy golf pool, you will definitely not want to miss this episode.

Mar 26

53 min 57 sec

Special guest Sophie Walker of SkySports (U.K.), joins the show as a co-host for this episode as they welcome John Glenn, co-owner of Colour Path Golf Concepts.  John shares his revolutionary new teaching method and how it improves golfer's swings and short games through the use of colour coded "swing paths".   It is quickly growing in popularity in Europe, but also now in North America.  Colour Path Golf Concepts has partnered with the LPGA - Ladies Professional Golf Association Foundation to provide both LPGA Professionals and LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Site Directors with fun and engaging educational content. In our second segment, the ever-engaging Sophie Walker shares some of the big news coming out of Europe and the Ladies European Tour, including exciting new events such as the ISPS Handa "mixed event" hosted by Niall Horan in Northern Ireland with the LET, LPGA and the men's European Tour.   She also discusses the new team event that will be played throughout the season in venues ranging from New York and London to Singapore.  

Mar 15

53 min 34 sec

You're on the first tee and there is a large group of players watching everyone tee-off.  Perhaps you're putting for your first ever eagle or birdie.  Or maybe it's your first competitive event and you're not sure how to prepare for it.  These are just some of the situations that our guest deals with.  Ina Kim Schaad is the 2019 US Women's Mid-Amateur champion and now a Mental Performance Coach with the renowned Dr. Gio Valiante of Fearless Golf.     Dr. Gio is well known for his work with many professional players and through his appearances on the Golf Channel.   In our episode, we talk with Ina and how her journey in both golf and life brought her to being a Mental Performance Coach and working with one of the most well known performance psychologists.  You won't want to miss this episode as Ina shares some of her thoughts on how she works with clients and how  she prepares herself not only in golf, but with aspects of her daily life.  We're available on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Deezer and more.Produced by the World of Golf.

Feb 28

40 min 25 sec

In our season opening episode, we discuss the new 2021 LPGA season with our guests — Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek and Sophie Walker of SkySports, joining us via Zoom from Florida and England.   On the menu for today's show includes an early season preview of the Tokyo Olympics and the women's golf competition, the Solheim Cup storylines to watch for, and the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and the kick off to the best professional tour in women's golf.  Co-hosts Douglas Maida and Shayain Gustavsp moderate the discussion including diversity in golf during "Black History Month" in the United States.   "We're Talking Golf" is proud to announce that we were named as one of Feedspot's Top 40 Pro Golf Podcasts to follow in 2021.   Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and iHeart Radio among other directories.

Feb 8

1 hr 2 min

Bianca Pagdanganan burst onto the scene at the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship a Aronimink.  After a slow start on Thursday, Bianca was at serious risk of missing the cut for her first major, but determined to play the weekend for her father and traveling companion, she went out and posted a score of 65 to make the cut.  On Saturday, she posted another 65 -- two sterling rounds of golf without a bogey ensured that Bianca was thrust onto the stage at Aronimink.  A birdie putt on the very last hole of the tournament got Bianca into 9th place along with Lauren Stephenson and in doing so, she punched her ticket to Houston and the US Women's Open.  In this Episode we chat with Bianca about how she started off in golf, came to the United States to play NCAA golf at both Gonzaga and Arizona.  We then reflect upon her experience at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, before we discuss her preparation for the US Women's Open.

Dec 2020

45 min 10 sec

Guests Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek and Sophie Walker, former LET player and now a broadcast analyst with Sky Sports, joins hosts Douglas and Shayain to discuss all things U.S. Women's Open. Topics include a brief review of the host golf course, the anticipated course set-up, and discussion about potential contenders and players to watch.  To top it all off, our panel shares their picks for a potential winner and a "player to watch for". It's a fun filled discussion with two of the games more knowledgeable golf analysts and writers.  This Episode was recorded using Zoom Software, bringing together our guests from around the world.  There may be some sound differences because of the different locations.  We apologize for any inconsistencies in our sound recording.Time Stamps:3:20  - Champions Golf Course (Host Course)6:35  - Jack Burke Jr., oldest living Masters Champion & Host at Champions Golf Club12:40 - The U.S. Women's Open and the U.K./Europe 15:10 - The 2-Course set up for Rounds 1 & 218:00 - Contenders & Players to Watch for50:00 - Our Panel unveil their picks 

Dec 2020

1 hr

Golf fitness has exploded in popularity over the past few years with athletes such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brookes Koepka and Dustin Johnson all helping to popularize golf specific fitness training.  Golf specific fitness training is not just for the pro's either.  It can help the recreational player improve their physical condition so that you can swing the club more easily and without pain or with less pain and downtime from injuries. In this episode we are joined by Liesbeth Pauwels, one of the leading voices in the golf world for Golf & Body movement -- helping to produce not only better golfers but healthier and more physically fit people.  She discusses how this modern, holistic approach to better movement helps reduce injuries while helping you swing the club better.  She is one of Europe's leading Golf & Body Movement experts -- listen in and you can learn more about how this works for golfers of all skill levels whether you are a professional player, competitive amateur to the recreational player or someone that is new to golf and wanting to enjoy the game even more.  She also shares with us some details about her annual golf retreat held every winter in sunny  southern Spain and how you can be a part of this fun event.Liesbeth earned a degree in Kinesiology from UBC, is TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified, and the director of LP Golf Performance (www.lpgolfperformance.nl ).  

Nov 2020

1 hr

In this episode, we chat with Beth Ann Nichols, a senior golf writer for a major golf publication.  We discuss the state of women's professional golf and the challenges that many of the best players in the world encounter in professional golf with sponsorships or the discrepancies in sponsorships. We also discuss how sponsors like KPMG and the PGA of America are taking a lead in elevating women's golf through their sponsorship emphasis and courses selected to host the prestigious KPMG Women's PGA Championship.   Beth Ann is respected for her work in women's golf and she has become one of the leading writers giving a voice to women and the issues that they encounter in today's world of professional golf.    We also discuss the latest LPGA tour event, the 2020 Drive On championship hosted at Reynolds Lake Oconee course in Greensboro, Georgia, rookie player Bianca Pagdanganan and the upcoming US Women's Open.  http://www.worldofgolf.org 

Oct 2020

57 min 29 sec

We discuss this important "major" with Karen Stupples, on-course analyst with the Golf Channel and a former LPGA player and past major champion (2004 AIG Women's British Open).  We draw on Karen's expertise in women's golf to discuss the course at Aronimink and review some of the potential favourites for this year's Championship.  Check out our podcast for all of the background on this major tournament.

Oct 2020

1 hr 3 min

We have Karen Stupples, on-course analyst for the Golf Channel and a former LPGA player and past winner of the AIG Women's Open Championship as a our guest this week.  She joins us from Oregon where she is covering the LPGA's Cambia Portland Classic.  We look back at the exciting week that was the LPGA's second major championship of the abbreviated season - the ANA Inspiration hosted by the Mission Hills course in Palm Springs, California.  After a final Sunday in which the two co-leaders, Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson traded "blows", Mirim Lee of South Korea quietly went about her business, chipping in on 3 occasions, including an Eagle Chip on the last hole of the tournament to tie for the lead. Korda came to the 18th needing a birdie to win the tournament outright which would have been her first major victory.  She mustered par resulting a tie for first place with Mirim Lee.  Henderson meanwhile, smashed two shots to get onto the island green.  With a chip close to the hole, Henderson managed to make birdie, getting herself into the playoff as well.We also look at the USGA US Open Championship that is being held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamoronek, New York.  Karen shares her insights into who she thinks the key players to watch and who may be the players with the best chance to hold the trophy on Sunday.

Sep 2020

57 min 19 sec

The World of Golf (www.worldofgolf.org) debuts its inaugural episode of "Talking Golf" with professional golf instructor Aimee Cho of MP Swing and YouTube's "Golf with Aimee" channel.  We explore her beginnings in Golf, how she came to be a professional player on tour and then made her way into teaching and media.  

Sep 2020

33 min 25 sec