Friday, 17 May 2019 17:25

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 5.17.19

The Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and and Brad Show Podcast:

WKYC's Bud Shaw joined the show to talk all things Cleveland Sports (20.3 seconds) 

Ed DeRosa broke down the Preakness Stakes this weekend. (15:51) 

Connie in Canal Fulton told her story about two holes in one on the golf course (28:34) 


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Friday, 10 May 2019 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 5.10.19

On the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

 Dallas Braden Oakland A's Broadcaster from NBC Sports California spoke with Sam about the upcoming A's and Indians series.(20.3 seconds) 

Lake High School graduate and North Carolina State graduate Jake McBride spoke with Sam about  advancing in the US Open Local Qualifer earlier this week. (16:27) 

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Monday, 15 April 2019 17:37

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 4.15.19

On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Jimmy Hanlin spoke about Tiger winning the Masters at Augusta National  (20.8 seconds) 

Chris in Copley spoke with the fellas to talk about the poll question posed by the guys: Who is the greatest golfer of all time? Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods? (8:51) 

Dane Brugler of the Athletic joined to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft. (15:08)


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This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Caleb Eckenrode of Springfield High School. 

Caleb plays on the golf team for the Spartans, and he got into the game at an early age, learning the ins and outs from his stepfather.
““My stepfather introduced me to the game at the age of seven, started out as a family thing," Caleb explained.  "I didn't get into competitive golf until about the 8th grade, and it just took off from there."
Caleb is a letterman in golf, and also participates in indoor track and outdoor track.
His coach Jack Morgan spoke about his demeanor on the course and how he applies himself on the links. 
 “Caleb possesses maturity beyond his years on the golf course, “ he said. 
“Caleb has developed his golf game into something that is very fun to watch.  He plays within himself and does not try anything that he is not capable of doing and he will only continue to improve throughout his high school career and I look forward to see how he grows as a golfer and as a person."
Caleb says he enjoys watching PGA golfers Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson for their prowess on the course and their cool off it.
We wish Caleb the best in all of his future endeavors. 
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Emma Sandefur, a cross-country runner who competes for Springfield High School. 
Her head coach Kevin Gorby said Emma’s goals are lofty, but she has the skill and determination to reach them.
“As an athlete Emma Sandefur is our hardest worker. Emma has dedicated herself this year to being the best. She dreams of getting to the State meet, and her work ethic will get her there,” he said. 
 “As a person Emma is a great teammate who truly cares about those around her. Emma has great character, and works hard to be the best person she can be. “
Emma says that working with her coaches and teammates is something that she enjoys and looks forward to day in and day out.
“ It's fun," she said. "We've become close as a team and we're friends." 
In addition to participating in cross country, Emma is also a member of the band. She says balancing academics and athletics is of the utmost importance.
“You have to be able to split your time and get your stuff done," she says. 
We wish Emma the best in all of her future endeavors. 
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Award-winning Golf author John Feinstein joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about Tiger Woods winning the TOUR Championship over the weekend, his 80th win in his illustrious career. 


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Monday, 13 August 2018 17:46

Feinstein: "Not Going To Be A Next Tiger"

Golf Channel contributor and author John Feinstein caught up with the Sam and Brad Show to talk about Brooks Koepka winning the PGA Championship and the hard charge from Tiger Woods at the end of the tournament.

He also talked about Tiger's legacy and dominance, saying there will never be another one like him.


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Thursday, 02 August 2018 16:25

Day #1 Of Bridgestone Solid For Tiger

Day #1 of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was a solid one for eight-time tournament champion Tiger Woods, who shot a 4-under 66 at the South Course Thursday.

Woods spoke with the media after his round, where he was paired up with Australian golfer and Ohio resident Jason Day.


American Kyle Stanley is currently in second place at 7-under par shooting a 63 at Firestone Thursday.

He too spoke with the media after his round, saying the course suits his game pretty well.

Ian Poulter is currently in the lead heading into Friday at 8-under par.


Stay tuned for live updates from the tournament all day, beginning at 9:20am Friday through Sunday on 1590 WAKR as well as our sister stations 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX.

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The second edition of Tee it Up Friday takes us to Chenoweth Golf Course as we speak with owner Brian Todd.

Todd says they take great pride in making sure the greens are well taken care of for people to play a challenging, yet fun course.

Chenoweth is located right off Arlington Road, just of I-77.

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The first edition of Tee it Up Friday during golf season takes us to the Lyon's Den in Canal Fulton!

Sam and Brad caught up with Andy Lyons to talk about the course, the amenities, and what to expect when you enter the Lyon's Den. 

"We're a very family oriented golf course," Andy explained. "It is 5300 yards with plenty of hills and water."


For more information on the Lyon's Den, click the highlighted link. 


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Sam and Brad spoke with Jimmy Hanlin, golf host on SportsTime Ohio to talk about the Open coming up this Thursday.


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FoxSports Ohio Golf Host Jimmy Hanlin spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the Masters at Augusta National.

 The tournament starts Thursday and there's been some heavy rains down in Georgia, which could make things interesting.

For the full interview, click here.


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On this week's edition of Tee it Up Tuesday, Brad Russell decided to head over to Hinckley and check out the Valleaire Golf Club.

Cindy Cole, GM of the golf club joined Brad Russell to talk about the course, how it is not only pleasing to the eye, but also challenging as a public course.

One of the signature holes on the course is 18, complete with the pond to add to its aesthetics.

"The scenic view that you get with the pond and the clubhouse in view, it's quite a beautiful hole," she said. 

The course was founded by the Knights of Columbus in the 60's.

You can find out more about Valleaire on their website.  It is part of this year's Player's Golf Card. 


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Friday, 15 July 2016 18:45

AUDIO Emily Kay Talks Lefty, The Open

One of the game of golf's most prestigious tournaments is going on, and as play continues in Scotland through Sunday, American golfer Phil Mickelson is in the lead, braving 25 mph winds at Royal Troon.

Golf writer for SB Nation Emily Kay spoke with Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show to talk about the tournament, Phil's play, and the state of the game as we get closer and closer to the Olympic Games in Rio.

 "Here's this guy who's 46 years old and he's showing the youngsters how it's done," Kay said. 

He's currently at 10 under heading into Saturday, with a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson of Sweden. Mickelson has won 8 majors in his career.

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Friday, 01 July 2016 23:36

AUDIO Day Taking Control At Firestone

The second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was a solid one for Australian Jason Day, who is currently in the lead at 4 under par.

Day spoke with the media Friday after his round,  and despite some windy conditions early on, he was pleased with his performance on the South Course.

He shot a 69 on Friday, leaving him in sole posession of first heading into Day 3. David Lingmerth of Sweden is behind him at 67.

The world's #1 golfer heading into the tournament at Firestone, Day says he's focused on making sure he stays at that elite level.

Jason's played in the Bridgestone Invitational in previous years, and he knows he just has to play his game in order to be in the conversation down the home stretch.

"I really want to win this tournament, it's been one of the tournaments on my radar for a very long time, and I'm hoping I'm there by Sunday."

Day tees off at 2 p.m. Saturday, where he'll be paired up with (David) Lingmerth.

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The golf world is going to be full speed ahead in the month of June with the U.S Open coming to Oakmont this week, and later in Akron, with the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

FSO Golf Host Jimmy Hanlin joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the U.S Open tournament and how the new landscape of the course changes some things for the competitors in the field and who could have an outside shot to win.

"I like Phil (Mickelson),  he prepares very hard for these championships, he's got an outside shot," Hanlin said. "Another guy is Patrick Reed, a top-20 golfer in the world, really good with the wedges around the greens and really good putter."


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On this week's edition of Tee it Up Tuesday, Brad spoke with Rich Rhodes of Skyland Golf Course in Hinckley.

The course is part of the 2016 Players Golf Card. For more information on the course, amenities, and some of the special programs offered at Skyland Golf Course, click here. 

Rhodes says the welcoming atmosphere and challenging course are a delight for both the serious golfer as well as someone who is just trying out the game.

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After Jason Day of Australia won the Players' Championship last weekend in Florida, may people are talking about him being one of the game's brightest stars, and for him to sustain that label, he's got to turn out some more performances like he did last week.

SB Nation golf writer Emily Kay joined Brad Russell on a Tee it Up Tuesday to talk about his performance and how he came through during the game's final round.

"He didn't have his 'A' game, it seems, but like Tiger in the past, he kind of overcame everybodyelse and hung in there, and he's not number one for nothing," she said. 

Forecasting his long-term success, Kay says there's no crystal ball in front of her, but Day as well as Irishman Rory McIlroy have separated themselves from the pack on the PGA Tour.

"He's (Day) certainly has the game, no one's ever going to do what Tiger did, but he's on his way."  Rory McIlroy had some success as well lately, winning the Irish Open.

McIlroy's also been in the news for speaking about the Olympics in Rio and his concern about the Zika virus and what that could mean for all competitors moving forward.

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