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Dr. Gio Valiante, Sports Psychologist and Author

Sep. 30, 2006     By     Comments (8)

Throwing Darts TitleToday's interview is with sports psychologist Dr. Gio Valiante, who has worked with PGA Tour players such as Chris DiMarco, Justin Leonard, Camilo Villegas, and Chad Campbell. Valiante has also authored a book entitled "Fearless Golf." Dr. Valiante is a professor at Rollins College and is also the mental game consultant to Golf Digest.

We hope you enjoy the interview.

Ian Andrew, Golf Course Architect

Aug. 6, 2006     By     Comments (3)

Throwing Darts TitleThrowing Darts returns with golf course architect Ian Andrew, owner of Ian Andrew Golf Course Design. Ian worked with Doug Carrick of Carrick Design for 17 years before leaving in 2006 to open his own firm.

Ian is best known for his restoration and renovation work of golf courses in Canada. Ian started a blog called The Caddy Shack to detail his thoughts on golf course architecture as well as to give us an insight in the day-to-day operations of running his own design company. It has been interesting to read the daily posts on the current state of the game as well as the projects he has been working on. Ian also shows considerable passion for promoting the great history of golf course architecture which includes Stanley Thompson, Alister Mackenzie H.S. Colt and Charles Alison just to name a few.

We hope you enjoy this interview.

Matt Killen, Swing Coach For Kenny Perry

Dec. 4, 2005     By     Comments (5)

Throwing Darts TitleToday's interview is with Matt Killen, Swing Coach for PGA Tour standout Kenny Perry. Matt has known Kenny nearly his entire life and grew up playing golf with Kenny and his son, Justin. He and Justin are best friends and were roommates in college at Western Kentucky University.

Kenny introduced Killen to Ron Gring when he was a freshman in high school. Ron helped him with his game but eventually helped him branch over in to teaching. Over time he became extremely interested in how the golf swing worked and began teaching as a sophomore in high school. He took him under his wing, and studied with him and tried to learn as much as possible about the mechanics of the golf swing.

Read on to find out more about Matt.

Warren Pitman, Owner and Operator of Bougainvillea Golf Club

Nov. 12, 2005     By     Comments (1)

Throwing Darts TitleToday's interview is with Warren Pitman, General Manager of Bougainvillea Golf Club in Laveen, Arizona. Bougainvillea is my home course and I love to play there so much that I also work there part time. In my time spent there I have enjoyed working for and getting to know Warren, a down-to-earth guy, a great player and has done a great job improving Bougainvillea Golf Club. Warren and his wife recently had another baby and he has been very busy running the couse and chasing two little ones but I was able to pin him down long enough to get this interview. Read on…

Linda Warnshuis, Tournament Director for Lake Erie Charity Classic

Nov. 5, 2005     By     Comments (0)

Throwing Darts TitleToday's interview is with Linda J. Warnshuis, Tournament Director for the Lake Erie Charity Classic. Her responsibilities included day-to-day operations of the tournament, from sponsorship, organization, operations, volunteers and liaison with the PGA Tour and The Golf Channel. The Lake Erie Charity Classic is held at the Peek'n Peak Resort in western New York which gives guests the opportunity to watch professional golf while still enjoying the amenities of the resort has to offer.

Steven Haverson, Winged Foot Executive Chef

Oct. 23, 2005     By     Comments (0)

Throwing Darts Title This interview column is dedicated to the people who grind it out daily but not necessarily out of a sand trap. Whether it is a course superintendent of a local country club or the head of a major corporation I hope to be able to delve into the lives of those who make a difference but are rarely in the public eye.

Today's interview is with Steven Haverson, Executive Chef of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Enjoy!

Gordon Seliga, Golf Course Superintendent

Oct. 8, 2005     By     Comments (3)

Throwing Darts TitleProfessional golfers get all the glory. They are the ones written about and watched weekly on television. We know their names, their stats, their ups and downs. But what about the people who operate behind the scenes? It's not often that we get a peek into the daily lives of those who have chosen a career in the golf industry.

This interview column is dedicated to the people who grind it out daily but not necessarily out of a sand trap. Whether it be a course superintendent of a local country club or the head of a major corporation I hope to be able to delve into the lives of those who make a difference but are rarely in the public eye.

This week's interview is with Gordon Seliga, Golf Course Superintendent of Lake View Country Club. Enjoy!

Throwing Darts Takes Aim!

Oct. 1, 2005     By     Comments (0)

Throwing Darts TitleProfessional golfers get all the glory. They are the ones written about and watched weekly on television. We know their names, their stats, their ups and downs. But what about the people who operate behind the scenes? It's not often that we get a peek into the daily lives of those who have chosen a career in the golf industry.

Every Saturday, this column - an interview column - will bring you insightful talks with the folks who grind it out daily in a golf-related job. Whether it is a course superintendent of a local country club or the head of a major corporation I hope to be able to delve into the lives of those who make a difference but are rarely in the public eye. These people help make the golf world go round and that's why it's important to know a little more about their lives and daily duties. Just like anyone it would be nice to give them a little recognition or a simple "thank you" the next time you run into these people.

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