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.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.