I am stoked to feature our first golf course architect on A Casual 9, Riley Johns. A fellow Canadian, Riley grew up in the Rocky Mountains near Banff Springs Golf Club and developed an appreciation for the game and the natural beauty within landscapes at a young age. Riley first started working on the course maintenance side of the golf business, then later worked for golf course construction contractors and architects where he developed many years of field experience building and shaping courses, then furthered his learning with a degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. Riley has been fortunate to be mentored along the way by some of the great golf architects of our time – Tom Doak, Bill Coore, and Rod Whitman. Riley started his own golf architecture firm, Integrative Golf Design, back in 2013 and has not looked back. Please enjoy.
I’m excited to introduce our first Club Professional on A Casual 9, Frederic Teno II. Fred has been an Associate Professional at one of Canada’s best private clubs, The Calgary Golf and Country Club, for the past 5 years. Fred played competitively for many years as an amateur and has also been a senior project manager in the General Motors IT department, has caddied on the LPGA, is a trained chef, and golf architecture nerd. The biggest feather in his cap is probably having the patience to take me on as a student and best-ball partner in the Calgary Golf Association's Riley's Best Ball over the past few years. Fred is one of the most genuine golf pros I’ve met, and easily one of the most underrated in Canada. Please enjoy.
I am pleased to introduce our first playing professional on A Casual 9, Wes Heffernan. Wes is a journeyman pro who grinded his way through the ranks, and along the way picked up 9 professional wins, including 5 Alberta Open titles and 4 wins on the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada). Wes has competed in 2 U.S. Open Championships, and in 2011 at Congressional (the year Rory ran away with it) fired a back-nine 31 in the second round to make his first major championship cut. Please enjoy.
For this episode of A Casual 9, I am humbled to have the provincial governing body for golf in Alberta since 1912 -- Alberta Golf -- join us. Alberta Golf is a subsidiary of our national governing body, Golf Canada, and conducts amateur championships within Alberta, including the Alberta Men’s and Ladies’ Amateur, The Alberta Open, and many more. They also run programs for junior golf development, performance development, grow the game initiatives, they administer the Rules of Golf and the handicap system within Alberta, provide scholarship programs, and more. Please enjoy.
With my off-season training in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to get a dose of golf fitness information by welcoming the founder and owner of DM (Dynamic Motion) Golf Performance, Shannon Heffernan, on A Casual 9. Shannon has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, is a Class “A” teaching professional, a TPI-3 Golf Fitness Coach and TPI-3 Golf Instructor. Her combined knowledge of the body, the golf swing, and fitness has turned DM Golf Performance into the go-to golf fitness facility in Calgary. Please enjoy.
After a bit of a summer hiatus, I am excited to bring back our interview series -- A Casual 9-- with a bang. For this episode I am pleased to introduce avid golfer, golf writer, and author, Jon Sherman. Jon is a lifelong golfer who has sniffed the highest levels of competition from college tournaments to U.S. Open qualifiers. He has learned a lot from his successes and failures on the golf course and is now cutting through the noise of game improvement tips and sharing his knowledge and wisdom through his website – Practical Golf. Please enjoy.
I am fired up to introduce my fourth guest on A Casual 9 – avid golfer, golf photographer, and writer Patrick Koenig. With Patrick’s stunning photography of the world’s best golf courses assaulting my Instagram timeline, and his strong wit on Twitter, he has quickly become one of my favorite follows on social media. Patrick carries a sporty 3-handicap and has taken his game (and camera gear) to enough courses to make most of us envious, including Cypress Point, Augusta National, and Merion Golf Club, just to name a few. His work has been featured by the likes of Golf Digest, and now he’s taking his career to the next level by being featured here on Golf is Mental. Please enjoy.
For my third installment of A Casual 9, I'm pleased to introduce the Founder and President of the Alberta Golf Tour, Leah Bathgate. Her tremendous efforts to start the Alberta Golf Tour from the ground up have made it possible for amateur golfers of any skill level to feel like a pro and have their own season-long tournament circuit. Leah's energy and drive to make a positive impact on the game is contagious. Please enjoy.
For Episode 2 of A Casual 9 I am ecstatic and humbled to have 7-time Canadian Women's Long Drive Champion Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk join me. In addition to being a Long Drive Champion, Lisa is also a keynote speaker, golf journalist, instructor and golf celebrity for corporate events. Lisa talks about her inspiring journey getting into golf, competition, growing the game, hitting it longer, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am sure you will too.
I am pleased to introduce a new series on the blog -- A Casual 9 -- where I prod smart and important people in the industry with 9 super great questions in hopes their answers and ideas provide value and a new dimension of content to the reader. Like a casual 9 holes of golf, it is intended to be fun and entertaining without taking up too much of your time. I am stoked to kick it off with a name Calgary knows and loves - Roger Kingkade. Roger spent 10 years on the radio making commutes and workdays much more enjoyable for Calgarians. His recent exit from radio has freed up time to work on his entrepreneurial swagger. Roger is the founder of Offcourse Golf and has a tremendous perspective on business and golf. Please enjoy.