Welcome to our series Golfers We Love. Where we interview women who love the game of golf. Whether they play professionally, work in the industry or just love to play occasionally, we want to share their stories with you!
This week, we’d like to introduce you to the one and only Chantel McCabe! She currently works for Golf Central and Morning Drive as a reporter and host.
First, thank you so much for answering some questions with us! To start off, when did you start playing golf and how did you get into it?
When I was interning for a sports marketing firm in college, at University of New Hampshire, the then-Futures tour (Symetra Tour now) made a stop in Concord, NH. I had to line up all of the hole sponsors. While I was on the course I met Sara Brown, who asked if I played. When I said “no,” she convinced me to try by promising that if I didn’t make contact then she would intentionally embarrass herself right after me so I wouldn’t feel like an idiot. I did make contact! I’ve been playing ever since.
Sara “No H” Brown?! We love her! Her dad runs the mini tour that we compete on. So now that you’re hooked, what’s something that golf does for you?
Golf humbles me! Ha! I mean it really is the greatest sport. You can be as challenged as you want to or play as leisurely as you like. It’s not a coincidence that every professional sport has a lot of players who take up our sport. It’s a one-game fits all kind of deal.
That is so true. We love watching some of the other pro athletes pick up the game. Do you have anything you’d like to accomplish with your golf?
I NEED to break 90. Considering I work for Golf Channel and everyone assumes I’ve played college golf and am a scratch golfer, I have to put the time in on my game so I can feel better about myself when people ask where I work.
We actually know someone that was hired at Ping because they didn’t play golf, funny enough! So we believe you! But we can imagine the want to improve your game working at the literal headquarters of golf. Let’s talk about that for a minute. You are a reporter and host for Golf Channel, can you tell us a little about that and what you do?
I travel about 25 weeks a year and swap between shows, Morning Drive and the night news show- Golf Central. Sometimes I host, sometimes I am the field reporter. I’m in studio and at tournaments. I cover the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA Tour Champions, college golf, World Long Drive; if there is a golf club used, I’ve covered it. Working opposite hours, from one day to the next and traveling for week at a time can be a grind but switching it up keeps me fresh and wholly engaged.
That sounds like a pretty crazy schedule but kind of awesome! Being a reporter and host we’re sure you have gotten to talk with some incredible people. Who has been your most memorable person you have interviewed and why?
I interviewed Jordan Spieth after his tenth PGA Tour win at the Traveler’s last season. That interview got a lot of traction. I was on the back-9 with Sam Saunders, following him through his 59 at the Web.com Tour Championship. Interviewing the players for the U.S. team after their win in the Solheim Cup was full of emotion and very special to me. I’ve covered every professional sport so it would be hard to find one memorable interview. The wild stories are my favorites. At Golf Channel, the one that stands out would be Andrea Gaston, the head coach for University of Southern Cal who battled cancer after NCAAs. When she was coaching the East Lake Cup months later, her emotions and energy were so contagious and her spirit will always be one I remember.
Wow! All of those would be incredible memories and experiences. Alright, now shifting to the opposite of professional golf. If you were talking with someone who was thinking about playing golf for the first time, what would you tell them to convince them they should play?
I have gotten a couple of people to join for the first time by playing a 9-hole course here in Orlando that many of my coworkers and I like to play at. No bets, just have a few beers and play. That’s where you get them hooked!
Such great advice! You have to keep it light and fun, no pressure. Okay…now for some off-topic questions! Let’s get to know you a little more. If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
Let me read people’s minds. I hate when people aren’t real or realistic. I’ve always been brutally honest. (Sometimes it gets me in trouble.) If actions and words always matched, that would a whole different world we live in.
Oo! We’re a little nosy (if you can’t tell by the interviews) so we can get on board with that super power. This is one of our favorite questions coming up. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walk into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’m a massive Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Migos, etc. fan. But I will go with a classic in my genre- “The Way I are” by Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson.
So much yes in that entire list. Well beyond the golf course, what is your favorite hobby?
I enjoy running. It’s cheap therapy and good for de-cluttering the mind. I also love art. I like going to museums and painting and drawing. Check out my sweet Vincent van Gogh phone case. It’s always a convo starter.
If you could have any guilty-pleasure food right now, what would it be?
I’m addicted to peanut butter and bacon. I really wish places sold them as a grab-and-go snack.
Ha! Love it so much. Those are some great guilty-pleasure foods right there. Thank you so much for sharing Chantel!
Thank you to Chantel for interviewing with Graceful Golfer! It was truly our pleasure to work with her. Her interview was pretty awesome, right everyone?! If you have any questions that you’d like for us to ask future interviewees or even have a request for an interviewee, comment below and let us know!