Golf Channel Plans Six Weeks of NCAA Coverage Leading up to NCAA Golf Championships, May 20-June 1

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2016, 3:00 pm

More than 100 News and Tournament Hours Planned for Women’s and Men’s Championships, Taking Place Back-to-Back Weeks at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., May 20-June 1

Golf Channelto Announce NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships Selections on Monday, April 25 and Thursday, May 5

Professional Golfer and Duke Standout Amanda Blumenherst, 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion at Eugene Country Club, Joins Broadcast Team as News Analyst

 

With the conference championships underway, Golf Channel is gearing up for six weeks of comprehensive NCAA coverage leading up to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, taking place May 20-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.

 

NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Contested in back-to-back weeks May 20-June 1, Golf Channel will originate more than 100 hours of news and tournament coverage of both championships onsite, as well as expanded coverage online via Golf Channel Digital and through the network’s social media channels.

 

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

 

Hosted by the University of Oregon at Eugene Country Club, the 2016 NCAA 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, the top eight teams will advance to the team match-play tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. 

 

Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage of the women’s championships will begin on Monday, May 23 to crown the individual national champion, as well as to track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match-play tournament. Golf Channel’s coverage also will include all three rounds of the team match-play tournament on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25. The same television coverage is planned for the men’s national championships the following week: Monday, May 30 – Wednesday, June 1.

 

Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage

 

Monday, May 23

Final Round, Stroke Play

7-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 24

Quarterfinals, Match Play

1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 24

Semifinals, Match Play

6:30-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Wed., May 25

Finals, Match Play

6-10 p.m. ET (Live)

 

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage

 

Monday, May 30

Final Round, Stroke Play

7-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 31

Quarterfinals, Match Play

1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 31

Semifinals, Match Play

6:30-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, June 1

Finals, Match Play

6-10 p.m. ET (Live)

 

AMANDA BLUMENHERST JOINS GOLF CHANNEL NCAA BROADCAST TEAM: One of the most decorated women’s collegiate athletes in history, Duke alum and professional golfer Amanda Blumenherst will join Golf Channel’s broadcast team as a news analyst for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. A three-time national player of the year (2006-’08) and four-time NCAA All-American (2006-’09), she led the Blue Devils to three ACC championships and two NCAA Team Championships. In 2008, Blumenherst also captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship at Eugene Country Club, defeating Azahara Munoz – then the reigning NCAA Division I individual champion – 2 and 1 in the championship match.

 

COLLEGE CENTRAL – GOLFCHANNEL DIGITAL COVERAGE: Golf Channel is providing comprehensive coverage leading up to and during the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships as part of College Central, Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

 

NCAA FEATURES: Over the next six weeks, Golf Channel will deliver high-quality features and unique stories on teams and players leading up to the NCAA Golf Championships. Scheduled features include:

 

  • 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Remarkable Finish – A look back at the final few holes of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship; a showdown between Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford and Hayley Davis of Baylor that would end up deciding the national title.
  • The Success of University of Southern California Women’s Golf Program – Andrea Gaston has not only produced one of the most dominant teams in women's college golf, but also has found success finding and fine tuning some of the best individual talents in the game. A look into the accomplishments of USC Women's Golf.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide Women’s Golf Team Looking to Capitalize on 2015 Season – Alabama’s Emma Talley claimed the individual national title last season, and she returns this year joined by a supporting cast that has their sights set on a lot more hardware.
  • Duke’s Leona Maguire’s Remarkable Freshman Year – Golf Channel will take a look back to Leona Maguire’s memorable Freshman year at Duke. As one of the top players in women’s      college golf during the 2014-15 season, she earned three wins, finished second at the NCAA Individual Women’s Golf Championship and won the Annika Award as the nation’s top player in women’s college golf.
  • University of Georgia Men’s Golf Team and the Path to the PGA TOUR – The University of Georgia has sent several players to the PGA TOUR, and the next Bulldog to make it big      might be waiting in the wings this season. Spotlight on Lee McCoy, and UGA's secret in creating TOUR talent.
  • University of Southern California Seeking that Elusive National Title – The men's golf team at USC is one of the few athletic programs on campus without a national title. However, this year the Trojans are loaded with the talent to change that and bring USC a national championship.
  • Texas’ Beau Hossler Leading Longhorns’ Charge – Many recall Beau Hossler at 2012 U.S. Open when he was at the top of the leaderboard on Friday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.  Four years later, he is one of the best players in the country. His rise to the top at the University of Texas has been impressive, as he looks to lead the Longhorns to another national championship.
  • One-on-One with Stanford’s Maverick McNealy – Coming out of high school, few, if any, knew who Maverick McNealy was. That has changed dramatically during his time at Stanford. The 2015 Haskins Award winner is rewriting the record books in Palo Alto, and doing so by doing it his way.
  • The Consistency of the Illinois Men’s Golf Program – Perhaps no team has been more consistent over the past decade than the Fighting Illini. Once viewed as a nice program from the north, the perception has changed, while the expectations remain the same: Win the team’s first national title.

 

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel will cover the conference championships (April 15-May 1) with scores and analysis across its on-air news platforms - Morning Drive and Golf Central – and online within College Central.

 

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS: Following the conclusion of the NCAA conference championships, Golf Channel will announce the teams and individuals selected by the NCAA to participate in the regional championships, the first step on the road to the NCAA Golf Championships. The men’s and women’s regional selection announcements will be made live on Golf Channel and feature live interviews and reaction from coaches and players.

 

  • Women’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Monday, April 25, 6 p.m. ETGolf Central will announce live the 72 teams and 24 individuals selected to compete in the four NCAA Women’s Regional Championships, May 5-7 (18 teams and six individuals per regional). 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.
  • Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Thursday, May 5, 9:30 am ETMorning Drive will announce the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championships, May 16-18 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals). 30 teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites      to the national championships.

 

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Morning Drive and Golf Central will feature scores, highlights and analysis from the women’s regional championships (Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7) and the men’s regional championships (Monday-Wednesday, May 16-18). Golf Channel Digital will provide up-to-date scoring and news coverage of the regional championships.

 

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x