Beginning Jan. 23 with the MasterCard Championship, the lineup will feature a tandem of squads that will share the action in the booth for The Golf Channels 26-tournament schedule in 2004.
The roster will include veteran golf broadcaster Jim Kelly, The Golf Channels Rich Lerner, and former PGA Tour players Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo.
According to The Golf Channel Executive Producer Tony Tortorici, the two-team concept will bring a wealth of experience and provide variety for viewers over an extensive schedule of events.
Were very excited for our viewers because weve got a great cast of broadcasters for a great season of Champions Tour golf, he said.
Were looking forward to a great season in 2004 with The Golf Channel, said Champions Tour President Rick George. The teams of Rich Lerner/Brandel Chamblee and Jim Kelly/Frank Nobilo will present viewers at home with an ideal mix of familiar and fresh voices that will bring energy, enthusiasm and a new face to Golf Channel telecasts of the Champions Tour.
Veteran golf broadcaster Jim Kelly will return to the Champions Tour television booth as host/commentator with Frank Nobilo expanding his role with The Golf Channel team as an analyst.
Kelly, who has more than 30 years of award-winning golf broadcasting experience with CBS, ESPN and NBC Sports, comes over from his previous role as host of Champions Tour events on CNBC.
Nobilo, a native New Zealander whose playing career was cut short due to injuries, has made previous Golf Channel appearances as a guest analyst for the Sprint Pre/Post Game.
The 1998 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic champion also enjoyed five victories on the European Tour, was two-time New Zealand PGA champion and a three-time member of The Presidents Cup.
The other team will feature Rich Lerner as host and Brandel Chamblee as analyst.
Lerner, a member of The Golf Channels on-air team, has served the network in a number of capacities, including anchor, reporter and essayist for Golf Central, and host of various original specials and documentaries.
In 2003, he teamed with Donna Caponi as the primary host for The Golf Channels coverage of the LPGA Tour. He also has hosted The Golf Channels coverage of early-round PGA Tour competition.
Chamblee, who has played on the PGA Tour since 1985 and is the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open champion, will be making a full-time transition from the tour to the broadcast booth, where he has gained previous experience with The Golf Channel and garnered excellent reviews for his tournament reporting with ABC Sports.
An All-American at the University of Texas, his career highlights include sharing the first-round lead at the Masters in 1999 and in finishing among the Top-100 on the PGA Tour money list for the sixth straight year in 2000. In addition to analyst duties for the Champions Tour, Chamblee also will join The Golf Channels Sprint Pre/Post Game show.
Through 2008, The Golf Channel will be the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour and will produce all of its own tournament telecasts. Each telecast will be replayed on the network ' the majority in prime time ' and the tour also will receive ancillary coverage throughout The Golf Channel programming schedule, including Golf Central, Sprint Pre & Post Game, Golf Talk and a weekly, 30-minute Champions Tour Learning Center show.
Other programs planned include a season preview, a mid-year review, and a special look at the road to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.