Golf Channel to Roll Out Unprecedented Primetime Live Coverage of the 2016 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 5, 2016, 7:45 pm

Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships to be Contested in Back-to-Back Weeks at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon, May 20-June 1

Golf Central to Provide Wraparound News On-Site

 Haskins Award and ANNIKA Award Winners to be Announced Live on Golf Central, Tuesday, June 7

 Exemptions to LPGA Tour, PGA TOUR Events and Invitations to the Newly Expanded East Lake Cup Determined at NCAA Golf Championships

 

Golf Channel will deliver unprecedented primetime news and tournament coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, contested in back-to-back weeks beginning May 20 and concluding June 1 from Eugene Country Club in Oregon. Golf Channel will originate more than 100 hours of coverage on-site, as well as expanded coverage online via Golf Channel Digital and through the network’s social media channels.

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

Hosted by the University of Oregon at Eugene Country Club, the 2016 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships will feature teams and student-athletes who advanced from NCAA Regional Qualifying.

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 (all times ET)

Monday, May 23

Final Round, Individual National Championship

7-10 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 24

Quarterfinals, Team Match Play

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

Tuesday, May 24

Semifinals, Team Match Play

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

Wednesday, May 25

Finals, Team Match Play

6-10 p.m. (Live)

 

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, May 30

Final Round, Individual National Championship

7-10 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 31

Quarterfinals, Team Match Play

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

Tuesday, May 31

Semifinals, Team Match Play

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

Wednesday, June 1

Finals, Team Match Play

6-10 p.m. (Live)

 

Blumenherst, Castrale, Cook and Oberholser Join NCAA Broadcast Team: Newcomers to Golf Channel’s NCAA on-air team include Amanda Blumenherstone of the most decorated women’s collegiate athletes in history from Duke University and 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion – who will join Golf Channel as a news analyst for the women’s golf championships. Golf Channel analyst Nicole Castrale also will join the live tournaments team as a course reporter for the women’s golf championships. John Cook, member of the 1979 NCAA Team National Champions at Ohio State University, will serve as a course reporter for the men’s golf championships. Golf Channel analyst Arron Oberholser will serve as a news analyst for the men’s golf championships.

Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships On-Air Teams: Golf Channel’s on-air team for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships will include Bob Papa as play-by-play host for both the men’s and women’s golf championships. Joining Papa in the booth as lead analysts will be Lanny Wadkins for the men and Karen Stupples for the women. Curt Byrum will serve as hole announcer for both championships. Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown and John Cook will report from the course for the men, with Brown, Nicole Castrale and Kay Cockerill reporting from the course for the women. Golf Channel’s college insider Steve Burkowski will join the broadcast booth for both championships as co-analyst.

Lisa Cornwell and Ryan Burr will host Golf Channel’s on-site news coverage for the women and men’s golf championships, respectively. Joining Cornwell will be Blumenherst, Burkowski, Golf Channel Digital senior writer Ryan Lavner and Paige Mackenzie, with Oberholser and former University of Florida men’s golf coach Buddy Alexander joining Burr, Burkowski and Lavner for the men’s golf championships.

College Central – Golf Channel Digital Coverage: Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage via College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Lavner and 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.

ANNIKA and Haskins Award Winners to be Announced on Golf Central Tuesday, June 7: Golf Channel will announce the winners of two of the most prestigious awards in college golf – the Fred Haskins Award Presented by Stifel and the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M – following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, on a live edition of Golf Central, Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will include profiles on the top candidates for both awards and live interviews with the winners.

The ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M honors the nation’s most outstanding female Division I collegiate golfer as selected by her peers, coaches and the golf media. The 2015 winner of the ANNIKA Award was Duke Freshman Leona Maguire, who tallied three wins and finished individual runner-up in the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Voting for the ANNIKA Award opens following the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s Regional Championships on Sunday, May 8 at www.AnnikaAward.com. The Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings are used to identify the top female collegiate golfers throughout the year.

Through an expanded partnership between Golf Channel, Golfweek, the Fred Haskins Commission and Stifel, the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel honors the nation’s outstanding male collegiate golfer as selected by his peers. The 2015 winner of the Haskins Award was Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy, who culminated a 2014-15 regular season with nine top-10 finishes – including six victories – the Pac-12 Championship and Pac-12 Player of the Year. The 2016 Haskins Award winner also will receive a sponsor’s exemption to compete in The Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR.

Voting for the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel will take place following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Regional Golf Championships on Thursday, May 19 at www.HaskinsAward.com. The Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings are used to identify the top male collegiate golfers throughout the year. The Fred Haskins Commission, which for the past 45 years has overseen the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel, also oversees the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.

Marathon Classic to Offer Two Exemptions From 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

The individual champion from the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships and a representative from the team national champions will once again receive exemptions to compete in the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I.

East Lake Cup Expanding to Three Days: The East Lake Cup, taking place in late October at historic East Lake Golf Club and featuring the top-performing teams from the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, will expand to a new three-day format for 2016. Modeled after the NCAA Golf Championships, the new format for the East Lake Cup will consist of an opening round of stroke play to crown an individual male and female champion and determine seeding for the following two days of match play competition. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the East Lake Cup Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Invitations for the field will be extended to the semi-finalists of the team match-play tournaments at both the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.

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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."