Mid-Am Crisis ft. Ed Bates(Gramps) – My Grandfather and former Club Professional at Havana Golf & Country Club

Gramps tees off for his weekly game at Havana Golf & Country Club

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

My Grandfather, Ed Bates, is my golf hero. He taught me the game and has shaped so much about how I strive to live my life. His easy-going disposition and constant optimism have always been something I aspire to. Gramps, as I call him, was the club professional at the nine-hole course I grew up at. He worked behind the counter there for 35 years and touched a lot of lives along the way. For him, golf has always been a foundation for building friendships and a vessel on the journey towards self-improvement. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who loves the game as much as he does…and that’s saying something.  

We recorded this episode on the eve of Gramps’ 87th birthday. Amazingly, even at his impressive age, he still plays golf four days per week. On most of those occasions, he still beats his age. There aren’t many folks who spend every day at the place they worked for three decades but for Gramps the golf course is just home. He once told me that the secret to life was “a hard day’s work, a loving wife, and a happy child.” Golf was how he made that his reality.

During our discussion, we talked about how that all came to be. In addition to Gramps’ life story and golf legend, we also talked about some of the ways he’s taught the game to people. In those moments, he shares what I believe are some of the best lessons any golfer can learn. He’s a wise old sage and someday when we run out of chats like this I know I’ll be coming back to listen to this again and learn from him once more.  

Gramps, if you read this or ever listen to the show, please know that I love you dearly and can never thank you enough for giving me the gift of golf. The best I can do is share the game with others and try to spread the ideals that you taught me.  

For those who want to read more about Gramps, check out the story I wrote about him for Golf.com at the link below. https://golf.com/news/features/good-golf-monotonous-story-about-gramps-ed-bates/ 

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Mid-Am Crisis ft. Samantha Marks, CEO SKRAM Marketing, Formerly of Golf Channel & Arkansas Golf

Samantha Marks dishes golf takes and digital media strategies via her Twitter page.

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

Samantha Marks likes to share her golf takes on Twitter. That’s how she has developed a large following and it has even helped her build a successful business. Marks has a knack for modern media – undoubtedly shaped by her stint in broadcast journalism. She formerly worked for the Golf Channel until the company went through a severe reorganizing. Now, she’s running her own marketing firm with many growing clients in the golf industry.

Marks loves to talk golf online and she isn’t afraid to mix in humorous accounts from her personal life. That approach continues to pay off with opportunities like contributing words for The Golfer’s Journal and doing brand collaborations with companies like Amstel Light. In our discussion, Marks shared her journey to playing collegiate golf at Arkansas, her pivot to working in media, and how losing her job at Golf Channel led to her becoming a business owner.

Marks is a tenacious spirit and a witty commentator on the day to day happenings in golf. After following her for some time, I’m convinced that she will continue to capture the attention of golfers around the globe. We had a great chat and I’m hopeful it will lead to many more. 

You can follow Samantha on Twitter at @SamanthaSMarks

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Mid-Am Crisis ft. D.J. Piehowski, Producer, No Laying Up

D.J. Piehowski Filming Strapped:Tallahassee at Capital City Country Club

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

D.J. Piehowski is part of the No Laying Up collective. Along with his friends and partners Chris Solomon(Soly), Todd Schuster(Tron Carter), Neil Schuster, and Phil Landes(Big Randy), they have created one of the most entertaining and informative golf media companies in the game today. Although D.J. was the last to officially join the team, he acts as a sort of creative glue that helps to elevate their content through his superb storytelling abilities.

D.J. cut his teeth in golf media working first at Golfweek and later at the PGA Tour. Through his writing and other skillsets he also helped The Golfer’s Journal become an incredibly popular brand in the golf world. Through the latter engagements, he made quick friends with the original No Laying Up guys and before long found himself as an integral part of their team. D.J. brings a unique perspective to their content and his affinity for finding the right strings to pull during interviews adds an interesting depth to their productions. His love of filmmaking and study of cinema shows through in nearly every video they share across their Youtube channel.

I first connected with D.J. a few years ago when he was kind enough to read some of my earliest writings(they weren’t very good!) on the game and the tips he was nice enough to give me then still help shape my work today. We recently spent some time together when he, Neil, and Big Randy visited my hometown of Tallahassee, Florida to shoot a season of their budget-friendly golf show called Strapped. As much as I enjoyed watching them create their show in person, it was even more fun to talk with him about the work they do at No Laying Up during this discussion.

D.J. is one of the great voices in the game of golf today and he brings tremendous authenticity to every story he tells. If you enjoy their work or just love hearing from someone who’s chasing a dream with friends I think you’ll really like listening to our chat. Lord knows it had me ready to go tell some stories of my own.  

You can dive into the No Laying Up universe of golf content at https://nolayingup.com/ 

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Mid-Am Crisis ft. Matt Cardis, Founder – Golf in Your State

Hey there friends, if you haven’t heard, I’ve got a new podcast called Mid-Am Crisis. It’s available wherever you listen to your favorite audio. The show features conversations with many of my favorite golf personalities as we dive into the game, life, and everything in between. I hope you’ll check it out and subscribe to the show. I’ll be posting each episode here at Jayrevell.com as well.

This week, I’ve got my good pal Matt Cardis on the show. You can listen below.

Matt Cardis is a golf vagabond. For the past four years, he’s been traveling across the country in search of great golf and good people. He shares his stories from the road via beautiful photography and stirring video under his Golf In Your State brand. I’ve been fortunate to know Cardis for a few years now and I’m always impressed by the stories he tells through his lens. I like to call him the Forrest Gump of golf content creators. Every time there is a gathering of interesting folks somewhere in the game, Matt is sure to be there. Even though 2020 made golf travel difficult, the pandemic did not slow Cardis down. In fact, he executed one of the biggest deals of his career. Partnering with the USGA, Cardis produced the US Open Trophy Tour video series in which he took the fabled silver cup across the country. Cardis stopped at eight different former host courses and eventually delivered the trophy to Torrey Pines – the home of the 2021 US Open. Now, as 2021 begins, Cardis and I had a great conversation about his adventures, what makes golf such a great game for connecting with new people, and what plans he’s making for the year ahead. He also shared some amusing hacks he uses when traveling and reflected on the rewarding nature of his life on the road. Just talking with him has me ready to take a golf trip somewhere soon. 

Be sure to follow Matt Cardis on his Instagram page at @golfinyourstate You can also find him and his US Open Trophy Tour videos on Youtube below.