Dalke enjoying his time with popular Good Good Golf team

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By Ken MacLeod

If you’re of a certain age (like this writer) and don’t know much about golf influencers, don’t worry, your kids can explain it to you. Or their kids.

Brian Soerensen, director of golf at KickingBird Golf Course in Edmond, found that out last week when the YouTube sensation Good Good Golf team played a round there as part of its recent tour of Oklahoma courses.

“I had personally never watched it but we had a bunch of young kids out there to see them and they were wearing Good Good hats or shirts,” Soerensen said. “They have a huge following.”

Tom Jones is president and chief operating officer of Oak Tree National, a unique club where on a daily basis you can find PGA Tour stars the magnitude of Viktor Hovland and Austin Eckroat and a dozen or more other young pros playing or practicing.

Yet he got a bigger reaction from his member’s young golfers when it was announced Good Good was going to be at the club.

“I had never heard of them and had to look it up,” Jones said of the first time Good Good visited in 2023. “But I had our young golfers out here last week waiting to get their autographs. They were more excited about meeting them than they are Viktor Hovland or some of our other guys. I really found it kind of stunning.”

Indeed, the Good Good team has more than 1.46 million subscribers to its YouTube channel on which it has posted 457 videos. Videos from its trip to Oklahoma including rounds at Oak Tree National, KickingBird, Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course and Twin Hills Country Club will begin to be posted late this week.

Good Good golfers Steve Castenda, Garrett Clark and Brad Dalke on the first tee at Twin Hills CC.

“What they are doing is bringing a younger audience to golf and it’s a really good thing,” said Rob Yanovitch, general manager at Twin Hills Country Club. “Both my son and my nephew watch them and I enjoy their content as well. When I told the membership they were going to be here we probably had 30 younger members out in carts following them around. They make golf fun and show a different side that it’s not just for the corporate world.”

The week was a homecoming for the latest member of the Good Good team, former University of Oklahoma All-American Brad Dalke.

Dalke, who was offered a scholarship to OU when he was 12, was one of the nation’s top junior golfers, winning the 2015 PGA Junior Championship and finishing runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Amateur. He led OU to the 2017 national championship at Rich Harvest Farms, but his play tailed off by his senior year and he struggled to regain his form after graduating from OU and trying the professional ranks. Now 26, he determined after missing the cut at qualifying school in 2023 that it was time to find another avenue.

Good Good turned out to be the perfect fit. His golf skills combined with his gregarious and friendly nature both fit in well with the team, which is led by Garrett Clark and Matt Sharp and consists of five or six fairly skilled players competing in scrambles or other games at popular venues throughout the country. Oak Tree National member Matt Kendrick of Frisco, Texas is the CEO of Good Good Golf.

“They got pretty big during Covid and I first played with them in February of 2023,” Dalke said. “Luke Kwon, who was a senior at OU when I was a freshman, was the connection. I was playing and practicing at Oak Tree National every day and they played there that spring.  They asked me to play that day and liked me and I was pretty good on camera. We did it again the next day and soon after they asked if they could sponsor me.”

Dalke joined Good Good full time in August of 2023. He said the routine is to travel one week each month and film 10 or 12 videos on location.

“There’s a bunch of different personalities on the show,” he said. “I kind of give off a dad energy. I’m the second oldest in the group and definitely the most calm and collected.

“YouTube is really cool, I think people get more of a connection to us than maybe watching pro golf. The fans feel like they really get to know the people, there’s more talking to the camera and it just makes it a little more personal. I’m the best player in the group but our worst is a 6-7 handicap who is still capable of hitting great shots. I think people see how much fun we have playing golf but if we hit a bad shot we can also laugh at it.”

As for his game, Dalke said he has been playing very well since joining Good Good and ending the daily pressure of competing in professional golf. Not that he has given up on that goal entirely.

“Playing professional golf was something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid and having to put it to the side was extremely tough,” he said. “I think I got very lucky that I still get to play the game I love and don’t have to go to an office every day. Mentally I’m in a better spot with golf than I was a year or two ago. I may get my amateur status back and try to play in some events that way or maybe someday try to get back into pro golf. That’s the unusual thing about our sport, if you stay in competitive shape you can play it for a long time.”

Dalke’s natural glibness on Good Good has led to discussions with various networks to be an analyst on upcoming events such as the NCAA Championship, the U.S. Junior Championship and the U.S. Open.  Who knows where that road will lead?

The Good Good road has led to Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and other very cool venues already for Dalke. He said an event in Scottsdale in which the public was invited drew over 4,000 followers.

“It was crazy,” Dalke said. “The age range was all over the place, but the biggest audience is definitely the 15 -to 25-year-old. And that’s a demographic that golf needs to connect with. We show people having fun playing golf and it’s fun to watch.”

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