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Ryan Ballengee is currently the owner and operator of www.thegolfnewsnet.com but he has been covering the game of golf for the better part of a decade. We talk about his long career writing about golf including how it began, some of the people he met along the way, and how he took advantage of every opportunity that came his way. And, of course, we…
 
This week's guest is Abby Liebenthal, the Senior Manager of U.S. Open Fan Engagement. It's an episode of several Origin Stories, including how she got started within the industry, how the Fore the Ladies events were born, and, of course, when she fell in love with the game of golf. You can follow Abby on Twitter @abbyliebs and on Instagram @abbylie…
 
Zoë is a podcast host (see link in her CV below), has graduate degree in Environmental Journalism, and could be a public speaker - you should listen to this one!"It's a tough time to be an independent publisher. I urge people, if there's something you like, you should absolutely become a supporter. It's not enough to just enjoy what we enjoy, we mu…
 
Sean O'Rourke defended his PhD thesis in 2009 (so he is a doctor) and instead of starting a job, immediately moved into is car so he could climb more mountains (thus he's a legit dirtbag too). And those 18 FKTs?"I’m a so-so runner and climber who has found a niche and focused on it."Nice work Sean! Dr Dirtbag has since written a book, bike-packed i…
 
Chris Campbell joins me this week to talk all about Mizuno Golf's new JPX921s, their club fitting process, and a behind the scenes look at how new products are introduced within the company itself. We also talk about Chris' background, his career, and when and how he fell in love with the game of golf. You can follow Chris on Twitter @MizunoRepChri…
 
Matt is a longtime endurance athlete who wrote a startling new book, just published on October 6, on the Alberto Salazar doping scandal and the dominant (domineering?) Nike Oregon Project. This corporate giant was on top of the running world, until Salazar was given a 4 year suspension last September 30, causing the NOP to shut down immediately aft…
 
My guest this week is my good friend, former actor, and ESPN Radio host, Matthew Laurance. We talk about his career as an actor, including one of my favorite movies, Eddie and the Cruisers, how he made his way onto ESPN radio, and when, how, and why he fell in love with the game of golf. You listen to Matthew on ESPN Radio Lexington and follow him …
 
This is cool! The two ladies started on the same route at approximately the same time, but from different places - who would complete the route first?"I’m very surprised we seem to be the first to have done a “race” style FKT, it certainly added a fun element to the attempt." - SARAH"It was good to know Sarah was out there - a little different beca…
 
I'm back from my two-week break and kicking things off with a great guest in Darin Bunch, a.k.a., @GolfGetaways! We talk about everything from @RamsHillGolf (enter the sweepstakes here!), the Talking Golf Getaways podcast, Wine Valley Golf Club, his love of hickories, and even some television, because, why not?! As always, thank you so much for lis…
 
That's no typo: the Rocky Mountain Slam has 432,500' of elevation gain. He climbed 205 summits in 1,030 miles, and set FKTs on Colorado's Highest Hundred and the Wyoming 13ers en route, without attempting to do so."This summer I had originally planned on a 2-month international mountaineering expedition, but had to cancel at the last minute due to …
 
Dang - this is the last big route I always intended to do myself! It's that good, that big of a prize. Justin Simoni finally accomplished it, then 19 days later Nick Pedatella and Ryan Smith crushed this huge route on the Continental Divide in Colorado."It seemed right on the edge of feasibility - that's what attracted us to it."Staying on the cres…
 
This week's guest is one of the top golf course architects today, David McLay Kidd. The man behind Bandon Dunes, Mammoth Dunes, and Gamble Sands discusses the comparisons between making music and movies with that of designing and constructing golf courses. We also talk about his own golf origins growing up as the son of a greenskeeper in Scotland a…
 
Thanks to PATH Projects for sponsoring this episode! Visit pathprojects.com "The World's Toughest Race" - probably is! After a 17 year absence, Bear Grylls brings back Eco-Challenge on steroids, with a massive budget and plenty of stories, all on a bigger and badder course. The 417 miles on Fiji, included all kinds of paddling, trekking, biking, ro…
 
This week's guest is the Vice President of Marketing for Tour Edge Golf, Jon Claffey. Jon and I cover a lot; from my recent Tour Edge additions to my bag, the organic growth and success the company has seen over the past few years, his musical background, and how he became involved in the golf world. As I mentioned in the episode if you want to lea…
 
What's new, cool, and coming? Find out on our 100th podcast, with the four people who keep track of what you do.Sign up for the FKT Newsletter here! Very good content, and unlike most newsletters, it's not all advertising. Every Monday.FKTs in the news:Five Thirty Eight documents the increase in FKT's with great graphics in, "Canceled Races Aren’t …
 
This week I speak with Cathy Harbin, owner of Pine Ridge Golf Course in Paris, Texas. While we do talk about the labor of love that is owning a golf course, our conversation really revolves around all the amazing things Cathy is doing to help grow the game we love and how the help of others throughout her life influenced her drive to pay it forward…
 
Courtney once ran 279 miles ... and received a "DNF"! Huh? How did that happen? "They ring a bell when it's time to start, and if you don't go right then, you're out. That's it.""It takes two to tango, two to keep the game going, to see what's possible."From choices of candy, to Bronchitis on the Colorado Trail, and the amazing world of Big's Backy…
 
My guest this week is GolfTripX.com contributor, Eric Hart, otherwise known as @TheMobileGolfer on Twitter. We talk about growing up in Senegal, how his love of travel and golf intersected, and when he fell in love with the game of golf. As always, thanks for listening and you can follow me on Twitter (and Instagram) @KrisMcEwen.…
 
She recently set an incredible unsupported FKT on the Wind River High Route - solo! We're talking with Jackson, Wyoming's Kelly Halpin, an artist and athlete who takes on huge challenges. Among her other notable FKTs is the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup (WURL). This episode is supported by Athletic Brewing Company. Go to www.athleticbrewing.com to …
 
My guest this week is the wonderful Diane Knox, host of the Secret Golf podcast and the brand new SG Tour Report on SportsGrid.com. We talk about all sorts of things (as we tend to do on this show) from how she became involved in the golf industry herself, when she (eventually) fell in love with golf, and some advice for those looking to become inv…
 
Damian is highly respected in the UK, and it's easy to see why: besides a 5th place at UTMB and numerous big FKTs, his team collected trash all along the Pennine Way while setting a new FKT. "I've been thinking about this Pennine Way for 4 years, but at 268 miles I was intimidated by it. And I could always say, 'Well, I have a race to prepare for, …
 
My guest this week is Shon Crewe, co-host of the Northwest Golf Show on ESPN Radio - 710AM in Seattle. As I sometimes do with my guest, we talk about a lot. From the work she's doing with Pets for Patriots, the Seattle sports scene, a little Pearl Jam (she lives in Seattle, after all), and, of course, how, when, and why she fell in love with the ga…
 
The Pennine Way is 268 miles long and one of the first National Trails in England. The FKT was held by Mike Hartley for 31 years until John broke it. Less than a week later, his friend Damian Hall broke it again! Both Mike and John in attendance at the finish - FKT action is really hot in the UK right now - will John have another go? I asked him - …
 
This week I get to talk to someone with two Golf Origin Stories! Ryan French tells me how he accidentally discovered a very popular golf niche while covering Monday qualifiers as well as when and why he fell in love with golf. Follow Ryan on Twitter @ACaseoftheGolf1 and check out both of his podcasts, Any Given Monday (great logo) and Chasing Statu…
 
Seth is one of those 'fast guys'. On one of the legendary CU track teams. He ran a 1:06:50 Half Marathon - while running a full Marathon. Meanwhile, Seth set FKTs on many of the Colorado 14ers, from Longs Peak to Mount Elbert ... where he tied Anton Krupicka's 8 year old FKT ... to the second. The very next day, Ryan Phebus broke it by a mere 3 sec…
 
This week's guest is another Twitter/#GolfChat pal, Joe Colangelo. We talk golf courses, specifically a few he's played as of late, growing up in Niagra Falls, and when and why he fell in love with golf. You can follow Joe on Twitter @JVColangelo. You can also follow me on Twitter @KrisMcEwen and Instagram @KrisMcEwen. Oh, and I'm on YouTube, too! …
 
There are now 52 Routes in Sweden, 34 of which were established just in the last few months! Why?We like to challenge ourselves, and FKTs are a wonderful outlet. Our view is FKTs should be an ultra distance.Ultra indeed. Welcome to the country that invented ÖTILLÖ, which is "island hopping" by swimming to multiple islands, running across them, then…
 
My guest on the show this week is Brandon Tucker, Senior Managing Editor for GolfAdvisor.com. We talk about his humble beginnings as a karaoke DJ in Myrtle Beach as well as his path to becoming the Senior Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. You can follow Brandon on Twitter @BrandonTucker. You can also follow me on Twitter @KrisMcEwen (on Instagram, …
 
Tony Dear is an author of several books, including The History of Golf in 50 Holes, as well as a contributor to LINKS Magazine. He and I talk about his travels around the world as a 25-year-old, his piece about Northwest golf courses in LINKS Magazine, and his life in golf and when he fell in love with the game. You can follow Tony on Twitter @Tony…
 
Strava is everywhere! Quietly, not saying much, even though this company is fundamental in our recreational lives. But what goes on behind the curtain?Strava reminds me of Apple - the minimalist interface, the super clean look - and you don't spray, you let the products do the talking. We're focussed on what athletes need and want. We were able to …
 
Gavin Dear, the Chief Commercial Officer for Shot Scope, is my guest this week on Golf Origin Stories. We talk about the new Shot Scope V3 coming out on July 7th, the company origin story and how he became involved with Shot Scope, and when Gavin fell in love with the game of golf. This was a fun conversation with Gavin, little did I know I was tal…
 
On June 15 Joe "Stringbean" McConnaughy took an entire DAY off the previous best Unsupported time on the oldest long trail in the US, Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail. How did he do it?Daylight is an under-recognized factor ... I would run the entire day with sunlight, set up camp at 9pm, eat as much food as I could, pass out for 2 hours until 11pm, b…
 
This week's guest is Dan Edwards of TheHackersParadise.com's show Range Days and podcast Off Course. We talk about both of the shows, how he got involved with THP, when he became obsessed with golf gear, and when and why he fell in love with the game of golf. For those of you on Twitter, I highly recommend giving Dan a follow at @Canadan. He's defi…
 
Michael Vrska is currently the Director of Custom Fitting and Player Development for Callaway Golf. But, Michael has a long history of equipment development for the game we love. We talk about what exactly his title involves at Callaway, the new Distance Fitting the company is offering, and, of course, when and why he fell in love with the game of …
 
Jason Hardrath and Ashly Winchester have notched 81 FKTs - 61 for Jason, and 20 for Ashly - in only the last two years."I'm not fast, but opportunistic, and will snag the women's FKT whenever possible.""I go back to what Peter Bakwin told me: FKTs are like art - you know it when you see it, and you know it when you don't."Their most recent FKT is t…
 
Rick Oldach is currently the CEO of Big Max USA, but he's had quite the overall golf career. We talk about his company, the interesting impact the pandemic has had on the demand for their products, and when and why he fell in love with the game of golf. As always, thank you so much for listening. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe, rate, and l…
 
Tim Mills brings us news from across the pond, explaining the British FKT scene.Enjoying hearing from these great people? You won't hear any ads, there is just YOU - so we're suggesting a donation of $10 or more - please do it here:– https://www.patreon.com/fastestknowntime– https://fastestknowntime.com/support…
 
Bryan Tweed is a Local Golf Advisor for GolfAdvisor.com in the Chicagoland area and another one of my #GolfChat pals. He's also a prolific list-maker. Whether it be movies, golf courses, directors, or architects, Bryan has a list for any and all of it. We talk about his love and lists, how he goes about ranking movies and golf courses, and, of cour…
 
Listen to me horribly mispronounce Bart's name, his kind correction, and then Bart explain the situation in Belgium:"Starting today, we have entered the 'Exit Strategy' in Belgium - groups of 20 can go for a run - but no competitions until at least 7/31."Western Europe has a VERY organized trail running scene - routes not only have their own webpag…
 
This week's guest is Golflogix Co-Founder, Pete Charleston. We talk about the amazing, new yardage books Golflogix has rolled out this year, the origins of the company itself, and, of course, when and why Pete fell in love with the game of golf. You can check out the yardage books and get one for your favorite course at Golflogix.com. As always, th…
 
One of the best mountain runners in the world started as a Jiu Jitsu champion in Brazil. Visiting New Zealand in 2006, she got involved with Kiwi adventure multi-sports, then ran a Half-Marathon in the mountains - in the exact same time as her previous best, set on a flat paved course."My family were fighters. Then I discovered mountains."She's liv…
 
My guest this week is nothing short of a Chicago legend. Patrick Mannelly was the long snapper for the Chicago Bears for 16 years. It's an unheard-of length of time not just for a professional football player, but even more so for a long snapper. In fact, Patrick was so good at his job, it's quite possible you have never even heard his name. More i…
 
Fastestknowntime.com volunteer Craig Randall discusses with Buzz Burrell that this virus is not going away any time soon ... so what are we going to do about it?"We put our own country into a medically-induced coma ... I think it's time to revive the patient."The pandemic is certainly an enormous tragedy, which we fortunately took extreme action to…
 
Adam Rehberg is the Ball Fitting Manager for Bridgestone Golf, but that's not where we start in our conversation. Based on a Twitter meme that was going around, we had to start with his first job in high school because I had no idea such a job existed. From there we talk about his actual career, including how he eventually made his way to Bridgesto…
 
There was something wrong with our statistics: during April, there were 31 FKTs ... just from Connecticut! What's up with that? Turns out 7 were from ONE person? Did Sarah Connor call the Terminator for help?"There are a lot of people out there doing more impressive things right now; I'm just doing a lot of smallish ones. It's been fun!"This is ins…
 
My guest this week is one of my favorite people in the golf world. Cassie Bausch is the Social Media Manager (job one of many) for Club Champion, but also one of the original members of the #GolfChat group on Twitter. We talk all about Club Champion and the value they provide to golfers, her unabashed love of all things WWE, and as always, when and…
 
Marshall has been there, and been doing that for decades. His output, especially for the hugely long routes, is prodigious (think running across the US). "What I was doing was kicking back and having fun. Showing people you can do more"."Kicking back and having fun"? Running across Death Valley a total of 29 times doesn't strike me as that much fun…
 
Adam Fonseca, otherwise known as @GolfUnfiltered on Twitter, and I go back quite a few years. He may have actually been my first golf blog pal when I first started writing about the game. And today's episode pretty much sounds like two friends talking about the game they love and a little bit of life itself. Somehow Adam even turns the tables on me…
 
Outdoor and running shops are closed! Which is bad for us - but how about for the world's leading brand in mountain footwear? What does it look like from behind the curtain?"It hurts. It's not easy right now. We hit the Pause button on our entire business in mid-March."Jonathan Lantz is President of La Sportiva North America. This is a 93 year old …
 
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