A member of Golf Channel’s original cast and one of the network’s most versatile anchors, Kelly Tilghman serves as play-by-play host for the network’s PGA Tour coverage. She also co-anchors the network’s signature news program, “Golf Central,” as well as “Live From” telecasts from golf’s major events. Over the course of her Golf Channel career, she has hosted numerous shows and specials and has served as an on-course reporter for the network’s live tournaments team. In 2007, she became the first full-time female play-by-play commentator in the history of the PGA Tour when Golf Channel embarked on its 15-year contract as the tour’s exclusive cable home.
Tilghman was play-by-play voice for EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2009 video game, and for three consecutive years (2006-08), she caddied for Arnold Palmer at the Par-3 Contest at the Masters.
Tilghman grew up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her family owned and operated a golf course for 22 years. She earned a scholarship to play on the Duke University women’s golf team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. From 1992-96, Tilghman played professional golf in Australia, Europe and Asia, and served as a teaching and touring pro.