A 24-year LPGA Tour veteran, Jones will make her Golf Channel debut next week at the LPGA Takefuji Classic, serving as an on-course reporter. Future LPGA events will include the McDonalds LPGA Championship (June 8-11), at which she also is planning on competing; the Safeway Classic (Aug. 18-20), John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic (Sep. 8-10), Longs Drugs Challenge (Sep. 21-24) and The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions (Nov. 9-12).
Im happy to be part of The Golf Channel team and looking forward to finding out what its like to be on the other side of the camera, said Jones. Im sure the transition from player to commentator will be a challenging one, but Im excited about it.
Were always looking for ways to bring our viewers closer to the action, and what better way than to have the insight of a 13-time tour winner and seven-time Solheim Cup team member who is still competing on tour? said Tony Tortorici, vice president of production for The Golf Channel. Were certainly looking forward to Rosies debut.
Jones resume includes 13 LPGA Tour victories, seven Solheim Cup appearances, including a 1-0-2 mark on last years winning United States team, and has recorded five hole-in-ones in her LPGA career.
A Santa Ana, Calif., native, Jones began golfing at age 11, and attended The Ohio State University, where she earned AIAW All-American honors in her fourth year. She currently resides in Atlanta.
Coverage of the LPGA Takefuji Classic will air exclusively on The Golf Channel, airing April 13-15.
Cable televisions undisputed leader in live tournament coverage, The Golf Channel will continue to air a minimum of 10 official LPGA events each year through 2009, as well as carrying complete, shot-by-shot coverage of the 2007 and 2009 Solheim Cup match-play competitions.