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Welcome to the Wild Golf Podcast with Michael McDonald. We will inspire you to join a community of adventure golfers who step outside the conventional golf box and experience the beauty of the game, and life, in profound ways. We interview the golf pioneers and explorers who, in the face of uncertainty, turned their vision into reality; so you can to.

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Welcome to the Wild Golf Podcast with Michael McDonald. We will inspire you to join a community of adventure golfers who step outside the conventional golf box and experience the beauty of the game, and life, in profound ways. We interview the golf pioneers and explorers who, in the face of uncertainty, turned their vision into reality; so you can to.

    Episode 19. Sandy Jamieson

    Episode 19. Sandy Jamieson

    Welcome to this episode of The Wild Golf Podcast.  Our guest this week is Sandy Jamieson. Sandy once coached at the highest level on tour with the likes of Jarrod Lyle, Robert Allenby and Y. E. Yang.  Sandy then returned to his homeland where he had one of the most prized positions in golf as the Head Professional at one of the top sand belt golf courses in Australia.  But he wasn’t happy and something drew him back to where his golf journey began, on a public golf course learning the game with one club.  For almost two years now, Sandy has been based  out of a public nine hole golf course working exclusively with beginners, and he has has never been happier or more fulfilled as a golf professional.  Sandy is making a difference with passion and good humour;  he isn’t growing the game, he is saving the game of golf, a game that must continue to thrive on public courses if it is going to survive at all.  With Sandy, golf is as it should be; Easy, Fun and Affordable.   I hope you enjoy this time with Sandy as much as we did. 

    You can find out more about Sandy on his website https://1club.golf and you can follow him on Twitter at @jamogolf.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 18: Diamonds on the Green with Sharron Christian, Natasha McCrary and Cheritta McCray

    Episode 18: Diamonds on the Green with Sharron Christian, Natasha McCrary and Cheritta McCray

    Welcome to this episode of the Wild Golf Podcast.  Our guests this week are Sharron Christian, Natasha McCrary and Cheritta McCray; the three amazing women who form the backbone, heart and soul of Diamonds on the Green, an organisation that has created a safe and fun environment for women of colour to take up the game of golf.  These three women have more degrees and certifications than you can count on all your fingers and toes and they put that brain power and passion to make Diamonds on the Green the success it is today; from forming in 2018 to having 12 chapters across the United States.  In addition to golf, the Diamonds on the Green give back to their local communities through mentoring programs and supporting a number of different charities.  These women make golf look fun and it is no wonder they have had such extraordinary success.  I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

    You can find out more about Diamonds on the Green on their website: https://www.diamondsonthegreen.com, and on Facebook (Diamonds on the Green), Twitter (@diamondsotg) and Instagram (@diamondsotg).

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    • 49 min
    Episode 17. "Hit the Ball" with Dylan Bawden

    Episode 17. "Hit the Ball" with Dylan Bawden

    Our guest this week is Dylan Bawden, a revolutionary golf coach who provides an environment that enables his students to learn how to play the beautiful game of golf the way it is meant to be played.   He is not a “quick fix”  "how to" “technique”  game of golf swing teacher. He is also the author of a brilliant little book called “Hit the Ball”, a fictional tale with real life characters, that exposes the historical fraud upon which “golf swing teaching” is based and shines a light on the better way that revolves around playful learning and exploration.  Sounds like fun doesn’t it?  I hope you enjoy this episode as we “Hit the Ball” with Dylan.
    You can find out more about Dylan at https://www.dylangolf.com and on Facebook (Dylan Kuhnzack Bawden) and instagram @dylangolfjde.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 16. Breaking with Tradition with Sandra Mesrine and Nicole Wheatley

    Episode 16. Breaking with Tradition with Sandra Mesrine and Nicole Wheatley

    Welcome to this episode of The Wild Golf Podcast.  Our guests this week are Sandra Mesrine and Nicole Wheately, the two extraordinary women behind "Breaking With Tradition", a feature length documentary highlighting the hidden histories and stories of women in golf, including those pioneers who are changing the game for the better.  Sandra is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, who participated in equestrian sports at the highest levels in France, who took up golf four years ago.  Nicole has been steeped in the golf industry for most of her career, and is the founder and CEO of medi8, a successful marketing communications company with clients across the globe.  We discuss their individual journeys and how they came together for this project as well what they discovered during this process.  We hope you enjoy this discussion as much as we did.  
    You can follow Sandra and Nicole on Twitter (@SandraMesrine and @Medi8Nicole) and you can find out more about Breaking With Tradition at https://breakingwithtradition.co.uk. 

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 15 Steve Tooshkenig, Indigenous Canadian Professional Golfer and Speaker

    Episode 15 Steve Tooshkenig, Indigenous Canadian Professional Golfer and Speaker

    Welcome to this episode of The Wild Golf Podcast.  Our guest today is Steve Tooshkenig, an indigenous Canadian from Bkejwanong (also known as Walpole Island First Nation) in Southern Ontario.  Steve is a golf professional and former touring pro who now travels across North America sharing his voice and inspiring others to “walk in a good way.”  Golf was and continues to be Steve’s medicine.  It has been said that “Steve is a spiritual person living a human experience” and that spirituality comes through in his words and the story that he shares.  To add context to this interview, I spoke to Steve on June 23, two days after June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.  Just a few weeks before the remains of 215 children were found in unmarked graves at a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.  A day after the interview, it was announced that the remains of 751 children were found at another residential school in Saskatchewan.  The now defunct Catholic residential school system was run by the Canadian government and church groups from the 1800’s until the mid-1990’s and was intended to separate and assimilate indigenous children.   This is just the tip of the iceberg as almost 100 residential schools were operated in Canada during this period.   Earlier this month the federal government acknowledged that this was indigenous genocide (which it clearly is within the definition of genocide in the Genocide Convention), yet notwithstanding the promises made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 to implement all 94 Calls to Action recommended by the independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission, only a handful of those Calls to Action have been implemented so far.  This is indeed Canada’s George Floyd moment.  For the indigenous community it is a time for healing and it is a time for all Canadians and the rest of the World to stand with indigenous Canadians which as a minimum must start with implementing all 94 Calls to Action.  We hope you enjoy this episode with Steve and “focus on the fairway” with him.
     Here are recent articles on residential schools in Canada:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/24/canada-hundreds-more-unmarked-graves-found-at-former-indigenous-school.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/the-guardian-view-on-canadas-residential-schools-an-atrocity-still-felt-today
    Here is a link to the 94 Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:  http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf.
     Here is a link to an article in ScoreGolf magazine, a Canadian national magazine, that profiles Steve along with Jesse Smith and Steve Styres (both Mohawk of the Six Nations):  https://scoregolf.com/feature/a-nation-of-golfers/
     For more information and the inspirational work that he does go to:  https://www.stephentooshkenig.com.  For twitter and Instagram go to:  @stgolfinc and @stgolf.  Steve Tooshkenig on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 14 Fiona Greenaway, The "Fifi" behind "The Adventures of Lloydi and Fifi"

    Episode 14 Fiona Greenaway, The "Fifi" behind "The Adventures of Lloydi and Fifi"

    Welcome to this episode of The Wild Golf Podcast.  Our guest this week is Fiona Greenaway, successful business owner of an award winning tea room  and gift shop in Saint Andrews and the Fifi behind “The Adventures of Lloydi and Fifi” on YouTube.  Fiona shares her golfing journey with us from complete beginner at the home of golf two years ago, to passionate golf influencer, who, with her partner in business and life Lloyd, shows the world that golf can be fun and accessible for all.  Fiona brings a wonderfully fresh perspective to what can be possible with golf.  We hope that this episode encourages all of you to play more mixed golf.  We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did.
    On instagram and twitter:  @fifi.golf and @lloydigolf and on Facebook and  YouTube:  The Adventures of Lloydi and Fifi.

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    • 56 min

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