November 18, 2006 12:03 AM by Joe Reality
Following a three-month nationwide search for the host of The Wandering Golfer, the competition has narrowed to a “final foursome” going head-to-head for the chance to become The Next Wandering Golfer on FINE LIVING TV NETWORK’S popular series : Gia Bocra, Basking Ridge, N.J.; Richard Bracken, Overland Park, Kan.; Roland “Buddy” Lewis, Jr., Studio City, Calif.; and John Robert “Jack” McKissock, Fort Myers, Fla. FINE LIVING TV NETWORK will debut a bloopers special about the search for the new host, The Wandering Golfer: Mulligans, on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
With more than 1,500 amateur golfers vying for the chance to “putt”-er around the globe exploring the people, places and experiences make up this series, FINE LIVING out first-hand how much the show and the game mean to its enthusiasts.
New Jersey’s Gia Bocra was a competitive gymnast until age 13 with dreams of playing basketball in college. Once she tried her hand at golf; however, it became her sport of choice. After playing golf in college, she continued playing and has become an LPGA Teaching Professional. Bocra describes herself as fun and spunky with a tremendous amount of experience in the golf industry and a love for the beauty of the game.
Given a piece of equipment from every sport by his dad when he was two, finalist Richard Bracken of Kansas says he went straight for the golf club and never changed his mind. While he grew up and played all sports, he’s definitely an avid golfer first. He gives his dad credit for his encouragement and even participated in another sports competition, ESPN’s I’d Do Anything to try to win his dad a round of golf with Fred Couples.
Stand up comic and actor Buddy Lewis from Florida only took up golf in high school to try to win a 3-Sport Athletic Trophy and “Most Humorous” accolade in the same year. His athletic prowess garnered him a scholarship offer from Howard University in swimming, but he continued to play golf based on his love for the game and inspiration from the stories of golf pros Lee Elder and Charlie Sifford.
Rounding out the foursome of finalists is Californian Jack McKissock. Jack is a full-time radio personality – and loves golf so much that he works part-time at a driving range. He started playing golf simply to tag along with his dad on weekends, but after moving to Florida 10 years ago, he got serious about being the best he could be at the game. Since then he’s played as much as possible to help his “handicap” – an addiction to the game.
Another new special on the search and selection process is slated to debut Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. A new season of the Next Wandering Golfer featuring the winner will premiere on FINE LIVING in spring 2007.
FINE LIVING is available on DirecTV channel 232, DISH Network channel 113, or check your local cable listings. For more information, visit FINE LIVING’s companion Web site at www.FineLiving.com.