This podcast tackles the most interesting topics in the game we all love—and sometimes find utterly frustrating. Henni Koyack and Hally Leadbetter both grew up in golf and have built successful careers in the golf industry, but it’s a complicated relationship. The game is full of highs and lows, and from Tour players to rank beginners, everyone who picks up a club can relate to that roller coaster of emotions. This podcast will cover a broad range of topics and include a roster of high-profile interview guests from all walks of life, and the aggravating parts of the game are the perfect icebreaker to kick off conversations before going into a myriad of other topics.
Mel Reid joins Henni and Hally on this week’s episode of Women With Game. Reid has seven professional wins and four Solheim Cup appearances, but her accomplishments and impact go beyond the course. The English LPGA Tour member is an outspoken member of the LGBTQ+ community as well as a staunch supporter of elevating women’s sports. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Reid sits down with Hally and Henni to discuss the ensuing reactions from the women’s golf community. Listen to hear Reid break down the LPGA’s “disappointing” statement and explain why a large band of female professional golfers worked together to craft their own.
Captaining back-to-back Solheim Cup victories is no walk in the park, but two-time Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew makes it sound easy. On this week’s episode of Henni and Hally: Women With Game, find out how the Scottish professional golf legend led Team Europe to its second victory on American soil in the history of the Solheim Cup. Beyond the Cup, Matthews discusses more striking highlights from her successful career, including winning a major championship only a short while after giving birth. The conversation is just the beginning of a string of inspiring female guests who will join Henni and Hally to talk about their distinct roles in the golf industry. Expect female rules officials, college coaches, tournament managers, caddies, and more to hop on the podcast soon.
U.S. Women's Open
To kick-off a new season, Hally and Henni take their talents to Pine Needles in Southern Pines, North Carolina for the biggest week in women’s golf, The U.S. Women’s Open. The setting couldn’t be more fitting, as the two hosts unveil a brand new theme and a brand new tagline for their second podcast season: “Women with Game.” Five players from the USWO field—Charley Hull, Gabby Lemieux, Lily He, Ami Gianchandani, and Bianca Pagdanganan—stop by to chat about how they got into golf, their hopes for the women’s game, female golfers they look up to, and the historic purse increase at this week’s championship. USWO Assistant Director Allison Burns as well as collegiate golfer and Down Syndrome advocate Amy Bocherstette also join Hally and Henni for exciting conversations about women’s golf.
When Julius Erving retired from the NBA, he was looking for an outlet that was competitive, but didn’t take a toll on his body. Naturally, golf was the perfect option for Erving, who is better known as “Dr. J.” On this week’s episode, Hally and Henni speak to Dr. J about his relationship with the sport, the striking similarities between hitting a putt and making a free throw, and more. Plus, Hally and Dr. J reminisce about the pair of NBA-logoed socks that Hally won off of the Hall of Famer in a three hole match.
Michelle Wie West
You’d assume five-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie West would have been a middle school celebrity back in her days as a junior golf phenom, but that wasn’t the case. On this week’s episode, Michelle tells Henni and Hally why her teenage years felt like a “double life.” The major champion, who Hally has known since she was twelve years old, also updates the hosts on her current relationship with golf, her daughter Makenna, and new business ventures. Additionally, Henni explains the difficulties of balancing work and motherhood, while Hally details a prank she pulled on her dad over the weekend.
According to touring comedian and actress Heather McMahan, stand-up comedy is a “solo sport,” just like golf. McMahan grew up playing on her high school golf team, but later realized she enjoyed the fun side of the game much more. On this week’s episode, Henni and Hally have a light hearted chat with McMahan about her leisurely relationship with golf. McMahan and the hosts discuss drinking while playing, enjoying the game with significant others, and how to perform well when you don’t have “your best stuff,” both on stage and on the course.
Awesome addition to my golf culture pod mix!
I'm so happy to have stumbled upon H&HCQG! I loved the Richard Kind episode - great rapport and mutual respect in that conversation. The cadence of your dialogue is also very calming. So excited to explore the archives - what an amazing guest list!