Golf Channel Plans More Than 100 Coverage Hours of 2015 Men's and Women's Golf Championships

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 22, 2015, 1:55 pm

Men’s and Women’s Championships in Back-to-Back Weeks at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-June 3

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Golf Channel will build upon the success of its 2014 coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships and expand its news and tournament coverage to include, for the first time since 1997, live coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will be contested in back-to-back weeks at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-June 3. Golf Channel will originate more than 100 hours of news and tournament coverage of both championships onsite, as well as expanded coverage online at and through the network’s social media channels.

“Our partnership with the NCAA brings the great drama of the collegiate game to our viewers through not only our coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships, but also our commitment to cover college golf throughout the year,” said Molly Solomon, executive producer of Golf Channel. “The momentum we garnered in our inaugural year as the NCAA’s television partner for golf has made a positive impact on raising the profile of college golf. And we look forward to introducing to our viewers the future stars of the game and tapping into the passionate fan bases of their respective schools.”

Marathon LPGA Classic to Offer Two Exemptions for 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

The individual champion from the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships and a representative from the team national champions will receive exemptions to compete in the 2015 Marathon LPGA Classic, taking place July 13-19 in Toledo, Ohio.

Golf Channel’s Coverage Plan:

Golf Channel will dedicate its full suite of production resources to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, featuring more than 25 combined hours of live tournament coverage as well as more than 50 hours of primarily primetime replays.  In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 25 hours of combined pre-and post-event news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online at

Hosted by the University of South Florida, the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will feature teams and student-athletes – who advanced from NCAA Regional Qualifying – competing in an individual stroke-play format over 72 holes Friday-Monday, with the top eight teams qualifying at the conclusion of play for the team match-play tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage of the women’s championships will begin on Monday, May 25 to crown the individual national champion, as well as track the team’s attempting to qualify for the eight-team match-play tournament. And this year, Golf Channel’s coverage will include all three rounds of the team match-play tournament on Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27. The same television coverage is planned for the men’s national championships the following week: Monday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 3. All rounds on Golf Channel will include primetime replays.

Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Division I Golf Championships Tournament Coverage

Monday, May 25        Final Round, Individual Stroke Play  4-7 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 26        Quarterfinals, Match Play                   10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 26        Semifinals, Match Play                       3:30-7 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May 27   Finals, Match Play                              3-7 p.m. ET (Live)

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championships Tournament Coverage

Monday, June 1                       Final Round, Individual Stroke Play    4-7 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, June 2                       Quarterfinals, Match Play                    10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, June 2                       Semifinals, Match Play                                    3:30-7 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, June 3      Finals, Match Play                               3-7 p.m. ET (Live)

Golf Channel’s NCAA Men’s And Women’s Golf Championships Broadcast Team:

  • Notah Begay, On-Course Reporter for Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (Member of the 1994 NCAA Team National Champions, Stanford University)
  • Billy Ray Brown, On-Course Reporter for Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (1982 NCAA Individual Champion, member of 3-time NCAA Team National Champions, University of Houston)
  • Steve Burkowski, Golf Channel College Insider for Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships
  • Curt Byrum, Tower Announcer for Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (Participant in 1979 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, University of New Mexico)
  • Kay Cockerill, Lead Analyst for Women's Golf Championships (Finished Fourth at 1986 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, 2-time All-American at UCLA)
  • Bob Papa , Play-by-Play Commentator for Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships
  • Phil Parkin, On-Course Reporter for the Men’s Golf Championships (All-American at Texas A&M, participant in 1984 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships)
  • Karen Stupples, On-Course Reporter for Women’s Golf Championships (Second Team All-American at Florida State University)
  • Lanny Wadkins, Lead Analyst for Men’s Golf Championships (3-time NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships participant – 1969 (10th), 1970 (2nd) and 1971 (6th), Wake Forest      University)

Golf Central News Team Women’s Championship:

  • Steve Burkowski, Golf Channel’s College Insider
  • Lisa Cornwell, Host (University of Arkansas, 3-time All American)
  • Angela Hamann, Reporter (University of Texas)
  • Paige Mackenzie, Analyst (University of Washington, 3-time All-American)

Golf Central News Team – Men’s Championship:

  • Steve Burkowski, Golf Channel’s College Insider
  • Ryan Burr, Host
  • Angela Hamann, Reporter (University of Texas)
  • Gary Koch, Analyst (University of Florida, 1973 NCAA Golf Championships Runner-up and member of 1973      National Championship team)
  • Charlie Rymer, Analyst (Georgia Tech, 4-time NCAA Men’s Golf Championships participant)

Golf Central Announcing Haskins Award presented by Stifel Winner on Monday, June 1

For the first time, the Haskins Award winner will accept his award live on Golf Channel on Monday, June 1, on Golf Central. Since 1971, the Haskins Award presented by Stifel has honored the nation’s outstanding male collegiate golfer as selected by his peers, coaches and the media. The 2015 Haskins Award winner also will receive an exemption to play in The Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR (June 29-July 5).

Road to the NCAA National Championships News Coverage on Golf Channel

  • Monday, April 27: NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championship Selections Announcement airing live on Golf Central at      7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, May 4: NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Selections Announcement airing live on Golf Channel at 10 a.m. ET, airing within Morning      Drive.
  • Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9: Golf Central and Morning Drive will feature scores, highlights and interviews from the four      NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championships.
  • Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16: Golf Central and Morning Drive will provide scores, highlights and interviews from      the six NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional Championships. Digital Coverage is providing comprehensive coverage leading up to and during the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships as part of College Central ( College Central, led by Jay Coffin, Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski, will be the source for all things NCAA golf, including tournament results, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"

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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.