Golf Channel Adds Star Power To Tournaments and Shows


ORLANDO, Fla. - The Golf Channel today added four of golfs biggest stars to the networks on-air team.

Lopez, NancyThe Golf Channel will bolster an already stellar cast of reporters, hosts and anchors with LPGA Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lopez, six-time major winner Nick Faldo, PGA Tour player and showman Peter Jacobsen and veteran golf commentator Mark Rolfing, who will lend their talents for various Golf Channel tournaments and original shows.

This is certainly an exciting day for our network, said Golf Channel President Dave Manougian. These people not only are household names in golf, but are some of the sports greatest personalities.
Were thrilled that they have agreed to lend their experiences and perspectives to our air and bring their own unique insights to our viewers.
Having achieved one of the most celebrated careers in womens golf with 48 career victories, nine LPGA awards and three majors victories, Nancy Lopez will be the networks eyes and ears on the course, contributing reports for Viewers Forum and Golf Central from several of this years womens majors, including this weeks Kraft Nabisco Championship and McDonalds LPGA Championship. She also will join TGC Host Grant Boone and fellow Hall-of-Famer Donna Caponi in the Golf Channel booth during select LPGA events in which she will play, including the Williams Championship and The Safeway LPGA Championship. Additionally, she will serve in the TGC booth as a color analyst for the Shoprite LPGA Classic and the First Union Betsy King Classic.
Like Lopez, Nick Faldos career statistics are encyclopedic: 42 worldwide victories, three Masters titles, three Open Championships, 11 Ryder Cup appearances, World Golf Hall of Fame member.
Included in his three-year deal with The Golf Channel are regular contributions to Viewers Forum, for which he will deliver a monthly segment about current golf issues. He also will serve as a player analyst on Wednesday editions of Viewers Forum during majors weeks ' beginning with The Masters in April ' and during Ryder Cup coverage. Other contributions include participation in The Golf Channels British Open Preview show and monthly articles for TGCs online partner,
Known as much for his savvy off the course as well as on, Peter Jacobsen, a 25-year veteran with six career Tour victories, is one of the most likeable personalities in the game. In addition to competing in tournaments, he owns his own production company ' which conducts the Fred Meyer Challenge, Reno-Tahoe Open and CVS Charity Classic ' founded Jake Trout and the Flounders musical group with TGC Analyst Mark Lye, Larry Rinker and the late Payne Stewart, and served two terms as PGA Tour player director.
Jacobsen will be seen on TGC through 2003, guest hosting Golf Talk Live (first appearance April 29) and hosting his own 30-minute, yet-to-be-titled monthly show that will feature the serious and lighter side of golf.
Mark Rolfing, who made a popular debut as guest host of Golf Talk Live on March 18 with Johnny Miller, will return to host the show nine more times before the end of 2003. A television pro with more than 15 years of experience as reporter, commentator and host for such networks as NBC, ESPN, ABC and CNBC, Rolfings easy-going personality and knowledge of the game has paid dividends during interviews with many of golfs biggest stars.

Golf Channel viewers already may be familiar with Rolfing as the host of Golf Hawaii, a magazine-style series that has appeared on The Golf Channel 12 weeks a year since 1998. The series features Rolfing interviewing top PGA Tour professionals and golf industry officials, and tours Hawaiis premier golf resorts.