Kelly Tilghman is one of the longest tenured Golf Channel on-air personalities, and currently serves in several roles with the network. She works as a host for Golf Central and Live From, airing on-site from the game’s biggest events. She also serves as a regular co-host for Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle program.
Since originally joining the network, Tilghman has hosted numerous shows and specials, and previously 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.
She was the play-by-play voice for EA Sports’ “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR” video game from 2008-11 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, where she won the 1990 Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University, 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.