Wednesday, March 14

Golf Channel Expands LPGA Coverage and Broadcast Team

Karrie Webb
GOLF CHANNEL’S U.S. COVERAGE OF THE 2012 LPGA Tour season starts on Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, with the $1.5 million RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Karrie Webb is the defending champion. Live coverage airs on Thursday and Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET, followed by weekend coverage from 4-7 p.m. ET. The tournament coverage will include features on LPGA founding members and pioneers, Hall-of-Fame players and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.

Entering the third year of a 10-year partnership with the LPGA Tour, Golf Channel will continue many features of its telecasts. During opening rounds, the golf network will air “LPGA Unplugged,” during which two LPGA Tour players will discuss all aspects of golf, the tour and their everyday lives. On Friday telecasts, a player will join the network’s announcers as a player-analyst. Other telecast elements also will return, including profiles, interviewing players as they are walking the fairways (“Walk and Talks”), and weekly tips from players. Throughout the year, LPGA players will be “mic’d up” during early tournament rounds.

In addition, Golf Channel will expand its LPGA broadcast team.

Rich Lerner will join Terry Gannon and Tom Abbott as play-by-play hosts, with Kelly Tilghman joining the team as show host for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the CME Group Titleholders.

Brandel Chamblee will serve as lead analyst this week for the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Matt Gogel and Curt Byrum will make guest appearances throughout the year as tower reporters. Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin, Jane Crafter, Kay Cockerill, Val Skinner, Jerry Foltz and Phil Parkin will all return to Golf Channel’s LPGA broadcast team this season.

Golf Channel will broadcast 23 LPGA Tour events in 2012.

3/15-3/18 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup LIVE
3/22-3/25 Kia Classic LIVE
3/29-4/1 KRAFT Nabisco Championship LIVE
4/18-4/21 LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf LIVE
4/26-4/29 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic LIVE
5/17-5/20 Sybase Match Play Championship TD/LIVE
6/1-6/3 ShopRite LPGA Classic LIVE
6/7-6/10 Wegmans LPGA Championship LIVE
6/21-6/24 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic LIVE
6/29-7/1 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship TD/LIVE
7/26-7/29 Evian Masters presented by Societe Generale TD/LIVE
8/17-8/19 Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola LIVE
8/23-8/26 CN Canadian Women’s Open TD/LIVE
9/6-9/9 Kingsmill Championship LIVE
9/20-9/23 Navistar LPGA Classic TD/LIVE
10/11-10/14 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia TD
10/19-10/21 LPGA Hana Bank Championship TD
10/25-10/28 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship TD
11/8-11/11 Lorena Ochoa Invitational LIVE
11/15-11/18 CME Group Titleholders LIVE

Number of events, schedule and times are subject to change.


Daniel said...

Wow.. That is very funny. Only funny because yesterday I wrote a blog post on my diary site about, "Why the LPGA doesn't get the same coverage as the PGA".

Oh well, its good they are going to get some more exposure now. There is a lot of young talent on the field, they deserve the limelight.


Otis Delarosa said...

I am excited for this event!

The Armchair Golfer said...

Well, you're right, Daniel, the LPGA doesn't get the attention or coverage that the PGA Tour does. But we do have the Golf Channel, which does air a lot of golf on various tours. It wasn't that terribly long ago that TV coverage of golf was only a few hours on the weekend.