TTSG EPISODE 026 – Talking Indoor Golf With Bob O’Brien

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Bob O’Brien outside Pinnacle Golf Club in Rockville Centre, New York

In this week’s episode we’re talking indoor golf with Bob O’Brien. More than a decade ago the former Wheatley Hills Golf Club Assistant Pro tired of trekking south every winter but didn’t want to have to put away his clubs until the following spring. The solution: Pinnacle Golf Club, Bob’s indoor golf facility in his hometown, Rockville Centre, New York.

Both members and non-members have access to golf simulators and practice times. Lessons are available as well.

Among the topics discussed:
– How Bob’s experience at Wheatley Hills helped inspire his indoor facility(1:46)
– Bob’s unique pricing philosophy(10:50)
– Why Pinnacle Golf Club has survived and thrived(15:03)
– The various renowned courses his simulators offer(22:44)
– PGC’s Junior League(25:33)

Bob O’Brien gives putting instruction to junior golfer

Timmy O’Brien cranks a 275 yard drive into Pinnacle Golf Club simulator

Visual read out from simulator measuring distance, launch angle, clubhead speed…etc

For more information on Bob’s indoor facility log onto:pinnaclegolfclubrvc.com

TTSG EPISODE 025 – Talking The NJPGA Junior Tour with Greg Zohovetz

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New Jersey Section Junior PGA Championship at Fiddlers Elbow CC in Bedminster Township.

In this week’s episode we’re talking the New Jersey PGA Junior Tour with Greg Zohovetz. Greg is the NJPGA Junior Tour Director along with being in charge of Player Development.

Throughout the 2017 season 600 golfers participated in the NJPGA Junior Tour.

Among the topics discussed:

– The NJPGA Junior Tour final event of the season. The Precision Pro Invite-Bustard Memorial(1:52)
– How young golfers can get involved with the NJPGA Junior Tour(4:30)
– The road from junior golf to collegiate golf(10:16)
– The increased participation in the NJPGA Junior Tour(14:20)
– The NJPGA Junior Tour growth initiatives for 2018(17:44)

NJPGA Junior Tour Director Greg Zohovetz

The NJPGA Junior Tour season culminated with the Pro Precision Invite-Bustard Memorial at Old York Country Club in Columbus.

Boys Division Award Winners at NJPGA Junior Tour Precision Pro Invite at Old York CC, Colombus

Girls Division Award Winners at the NJPGA Junior Tour Precision Pro Invite at Old York CC, Colombus

For more on the NJPGA Junior Tour log onto:http://newjersey.pga.com/

TTSG EPISODE 024 – Talking The Sarazen Invitational With Mike Miranda And Dave Mattana

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Mike Miranda wins 2017 Sarazen Invitational at Fresh Meadow CC

In this week’s episode we’re talking the 2017 Sarazen Invitational with new champ Mike Miranda(1:30) of Saint Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill and the Pine Ridge Golf Club. Mike endured extremely gusty conditions to outlast defending champ Danny Abbadandolo on the third playoff hole of the two day event at the Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, New York.

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Fresh Meadow CC Golf Chairman Dave Mattana

Fresh Meadow CC Golf Chairman Dave Mattana(5:30) describes how legendary golfer Gene Sarazen is forever linked with Fresh Meadow.

TTSG Episode 023 – Talking the MGA Mid-AM with Darin Goldstein, Chris Billington & Gene Westmoreland

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Darin Goldstein (right)presented with the Westmoreland Cup from MGA Tournament Director Chris Gaffney after winning the 2017 Mid-Am Championship

In this week’s episode we’re talking the 2017 MGA Mid-Am Championship with new champ Darin Goldstein(1:18), Bayonne Golf Club Head Pro Chris Billington(7:39) and with the MGA’s Gene Westmoreland(12:09) whom the Mid-AM Championship trophy is named after.

Among the topics discussed:

Darin explains why this year’s Mid-Am was circled on his calendar from day one.

Bayonne GC Head Pro Chris Billington


Chris shares the Bayonne GC pro shop’s unique responsibility of coordinating a ferry service for its members.

MGA Special Consultant and former Tournament Director Gene Westmoreland


Gene expresses his deep appreciation for the MGA naming the Mid-Am trophy in his honor.

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TTSG EPISODE 022 – Talking The Treiber Memorial With Adam Rainaud & Bruce Treiber; Talking “On Course” With Frank Darby & Brian Crowell

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Adam Rainaud(left) posing with Bruce Treiber after winning the 2017 Treiber Memorial at Wheatley Hills Golf Club

In this week’s episode we’re talking the Treiber Memorial with new champ Adam Rainaud and Bruce Treiber.

Among the topics discussed:
Adam Rainaud(1:35) shares how he dealt with a deer that wandered onto the 17th green as he was about to putt.
Bruce Treiber(5:50) discusses his “family ties” with the tournament that was started by his father Howard.

“On Course” co-hosts Frank Darby(left) and Brian Crowell

We’re also talking “On Course” with Manhattan College Golf Coach Frank Darby(9:17)and Met PGA President Brian Crowell(14:02).

Frank and Brian co-host the SiriusXM Golf Talk Radio show every Wednesday night from 8pm-9pm(EST).

TTSG EPISODE 021 – Talking The BGPI With Gary Player, Lee Trevino & Bernhard Langer; Talking the NJPGA Fall Finale with Frank Esposito & Chris Bauer

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Lee Trevino(left) and Gary Player share stories prior to Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at GlenArbor GC in Bedford Hills,NY

In this week’s podcast episode we’re talking the 2017 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at GlenArbor GC in Bedford Hills with World Golf Hall of Famers Gary Player(1:41), Lee Trevino(4:49) and Bernhard Langer(9:54).

Among the topics discussed:
Player describes GlenArbor(a course he designed) as a “paradise”; Trevino says the U.S. is in fine shape on the heels of the Presidents Cup; Langer opens up about repeatedly having to deal with “the yips”.

We’re also talking the 2017 NJPGA Fall Finale with Frank Esposito(14:43). Frank fired an opening round 65(-7) at Spring Lake GC on his way to a four stroke win. NJPGA Executive Director Chris Bauer(18:06) discusses the highlights of the 2017 season.

Frank Esposito wins the 2017 NJPGA Fall Finale at Spring Lake GC.

TTSG EPISODE 020 – Talking the 2017 LIGA Mid Amateur Championship with Hunter Semels; Talking the CSGA Mid Amateur with Mike Kennedy

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Hunter Semels wins the 2017 LIGA Mid Amateur Championship at Pine Hollow CC in East Norwich. Hunter is flanked by the LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath(left) and LIGA President Marty Winkelman(right)

In this week’s episode we’re talking the 2017 Long Island Golf Association Mid Amateur Championship with new champ Hunter Semels(0:49), runner-up Dan Abbondandolo(5:14) and Broadridge’s Tom Gambaro(8:40)…

….and we’re talking the 2017 Connecticut State Golf Association Mid Amateur Championship with new champ Mike Kennedy(11:17).

Mike Kennedy wins the 2017 CSGA Mid Amateur Championship at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme.

TTSG Episode 019 – Talking The Met PGA Championship With Frank Bensel; The LICSF With Michael Sullivan; The Role of a Golf Superintendent With Adam Thomas

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Frank Bensel wins the 2017 Met PGA Championship at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains

In this week’s episode we’re talking the 2017 Met PGA Championship with Century Club Pro Frank Bensel(1:14). The 2-time champ won this year’s title by a whopping five shots.
Bensel fired an even par total of 210 for the three day event.

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We’re also talking the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund with LICSF president Michael Sullivan(5:40). The LICSF held its annual “classic” golf outing at the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho,NY…

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…and we’re talking what it takes to become a golf superintendent with Adam Thomas of the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club(8:04).

Adam Thomas at the 10th Hole of the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club[/caption]

TTSG EPISODE 018 – Talking The NJPGA Championship With Alex Beach & Frank Esposito; Talking The Met PGA Senior/Junior With Greg Bisconti, David Young & Dan Kiley

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Alex Beach of Baltusrol Golf Club repeats as New Jersey PGA Champ

In this week’s episode, we’re talking the 2017 New Jersey PGA Championship with Alex Beach and Frank Esposito. Alex successfully defended his NJPGA title at Mountain Ridge CC, Frank is a 5-time NJPGA Champ.

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David Young of Sleepy Hollow CC & Greg Bisconti of St. Andrew’s Golf Club win 2017 Met PGA Senior/Junior Championship at Bethpage

We’re also talking the 2017 Met PGA Senior/Junior Championship with new champs David Young & Greg Bisconti and with Met PGA Tournament Director Dan Kiley.

The Met PGA’s Dan Kiley(left) and Jeff Voorheis(right) tabulate scores for the Senior/Junior Championship at Bethpage.

TTSG EPISODE 017 – Talking the Met Assistant Championship with Josh Rackley; Talking the life of a head professional with Jim Lusk

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Josh Rackley wins the 2017 National Car Rental Met Assistant Championship at Bethpage(Red)

In this week’s episode we’re talking the 2017 National Car Rental Met Assistant Championship with new champ Josh Rackley.

The interview with Josh begins at(1:18)

We’re also talking what it’s like to be a head golf professional in the tradition-rich tristate region with Seawane Club head pro Jim Lusk.

The interview with Jim begins at(5:54)

The Seawane Club head professional Jim Lusk

Jim Lusk in The Seawane Club Pro Shop.