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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Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief

By Will GrayDecember 13, 2017, 2:51 pm

A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.

The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.

The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.

Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.

"This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."

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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Jordan Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 1:00 pm

Dismissed because he’s supposedly too short off the tee, or not accurate enough with his irons, or just a streaky putter, Jordan Spieth is almost never the answer to the question of which top player, when he’s at his best, would win in a head-to-head match.

And yet here he is, at the age of 24, with 11 career wins and three majors, on a pace that compares favorably with the giants of the game. He might not possess the firepower of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, but since he burst onto the PGA Tour in 2013 he has all that matters – a better résumé.

Spieth took the next step in his development this year by becoming the Tour’s best iron player – and its most mentally tough.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Just a great putter? Oh, puhleeze: He won three times despite putting statistics (42nd) that were his worst since his rookie year. Instead, he led the Tour in strokes gained-approach the green and this summer showed the discipline, golf IQ and bounce-back ability that makes him such a unique talent. 

Even with his putter misbehaving, Spieth closed out the Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot in the playoff, then, in perhaps an even bigger surprise, perfectly executed the player-caddie celebration, chest-bumping caddie Michael Greller. A few weeks later, sublime iron play carried him into the lead at Royal Birkdale, his first in a major since his epic collapse at the 2016 Masters.

Once again his trusty putter betrayed him, and by the time he arrived on the 13th tee, he was tied with Matt Kuchar. What happened next was the stuff of legend – a lengthy ruling, gutsy up-and-down, stuffed tee shot and go-get-that putt – that lifted Spieth to his third major title.

Though he couldn’t complete the career Grand Slam at the PGA, he’ll likely have, oh, another two decades to join golf’s most exclusive club.

In the barroom debate of best vs. best, you can take the guys with the flair, with the booming tee shots and the sky-high irons. Spieth will just take the trophies.


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Photos: Spieth's incredible journey on 13

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Chamblee: Spieth doesn't have 'it' - 'he has it all'

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PGA Championship: Career Grand Slam bid comes up well short (T-28)

Article: Spieth accepts that Grand Slam is off the table


AT&T Pebble Beach

Article: Spieth rising from 'valley' after Pebble Beach win

Travelers Championship

Spieith wins dramatic Travelers in playoff

Watch: Spieth holes bunker shot, goes nuts



Photos: Jordan Spieth and Annie Verret


Photos: Jordan Spieth through the years

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 12:30 pm