The Golf Channel is the exclusive television home of the 2005 Solheim Cup. The network will devote more than 65 hours of programming to the international event from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
23 hours of live Solheim Cup tournament coverage.
9 a.m. ' 5 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ' 10
9 a.m. ' 4 p.m. ET, Sept. 11
Daily prime-time replays.
7:30 ' 11:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ' 11
Additional Solheim Cup tournament programming:
Sept. 6, 1 ' 3 p.m. ET
Sept. 7, 1 ' 4 p.m. ET
Sept. 8, 1 ' 2 p.m. ET
Viewers will hear live perspectives from the captains (Nancy Lopez and Catrin Nilsmark) and players about the course and competitive spirit going into the tournament.
2005 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony
Sept. 8, 7 ' 8:30 p.m. ET
With The Golf Channels Kelly Tilghman serving as Master of Ceremony, the 2005 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony will include a governor's welcome, introduction of the captains and teams, national anthems and announcement of pairings.
Sept. 5 ' 7, 7 ' 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 8, 6:30 ' 7 p.m. ET
Sept. 9 ' 11, 7 ' 7:30 p.m. ET
The live, daily source for the most up-to-date,
in-depth news on the Solheim Cup. Golf Central carries the latest scores and highlights from all the major tours. The experienced staff featuring Jennifer Mills in the networks Orlando studios plus a team of experts will provide insight and commentary on the days hottest stories, including daily reports from Crooked Stick, the business impact on the Indianapolis area, and features on the Solheim Cups most colorful personalities.
Sprint Post Game
Sept. 8, 8:30 ' 9:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 9 ' 10, 5 ' 5:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 11, 4 ' 4:30 p.m. ET
Following the Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony and each days live action, the Orlando, Fla., based Sprint Post Game hosted by Kraig Kann, will provide an action-packed show that is personality-driven and designed to provide The Golf Channel viewers with a comprehensive look at the 2005 Solheim Cup. Analysts Peter Oosterhuis and Mark Lye, and Golf Channel Insider Brian Hewitt will break down trends and statistics, conduct live interviews, discuss news conferences and feature stories from tournament venues.
Brian Hammons, host
Back home in his native Indiana, Brian Hammons is the voice for the networks LPGA Tour coverage. Also anchor for the award-winning news show, Golf Central, Hammons travels to the major championship venues to host special editions of Golf Central. With a wealth of sports anchoring experience under his belt, Hammons joined The Golf Channel from WXIN-TV (FOX) in Indianapolis, Ind., where he served as the weeknight sports anchor for the stations nightly newscasts. His duties included serving as studio host of Indiana Pacers telecasts (pregame, halftime and postgame shows) while also anchoring Sportsview, the stations Sunday night sports highlight show. Hammons has also worked for ABC, ESPN, Prime and NBC Sports as a motorsports announcer.
Dottie Pepper, analyst
A six-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member, where her patriotism and passion for the event were renowned, Dottie Pepper is familiar with what the ladies have in store. Pepper joined The Golf Channel in 2005 following her retirement from the LPGA Tour. In her new capacity, Pepper serves as lead analyst for various network tournament telecasts, including a majority of LPGA events. She also contributes to other studio-based shows, including Golf Central and Sprint Post-Game. During her 17 year professional career Pepper has recorded 17 victories, including two major championships, Her most successful year was 1992 while winning four times and leading the tour in scoring average and winnings. She was named Rolex Player of the Year, won the Vare Trophy and the Golf Writers Association of Americas Female Player of the Year award. In 2000, she was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGAs top-50 players and teachers.
Donna Caponi, on-course reporter
Donna Caponi serves as an on-course reporter for select Champions Tour events and an analyst for LPGA Tour events on The Golf Channel. Caponi will serve as the U.S. assistant captain, providing Rosie Jones makes the team and plays. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, Caponis expertise comes from playing 25 years on the LPGA Tour (1965-1989), where she won 24 events, including victories at the 1969 and 1970 U.S. Womens Open, the 1978 Peter Jackson Classic (when it was an LPGA major), the 1979 and 1981 LPGA Championships and the 1979 Dinah Shore. She was named by GOLF Magazine as one of the 100 Heroes of the First Century and serves as a PGA professional at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., home of the LPGAs Kraft Nabisco Championship. Caponis past television credits include work for ESPN, NBC, CBS and TBS.
Kay Cockerill, on-course reporter
A two-time All-American at UCLA and the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Womens Amateur Champion, Kay Cockerill is an on-course reporter for The Golf Channels live tournament coverage of the LPGA and Nationwide Tour. Cockerills experience on the course comes from her strong knowledge of the game having played on the LPGA Tour from 1987-88. She received the 1992 Budget Service Award and 1993 Good Sport Award from Sports Illustrated for Kids for her outstanding community service and dedication to golf. Cockerill gives viewers an inside look at the hottest trends and issues surrounding the LPGA Tour.
Rich Lerner, essayist
A host of The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Rich Lerner brings his wealth of reporting experience to the Solheim Cup. Lerner has served as reporter/anchor for the networks nightly news show, Golf Central, and continues to be the shows essayist during its major championship coverage. He served as the main commentator for the networks LPGA Tour coverage in 2003 and often writes, produces and hosts original network specials like Courage on the Fairways, Tiger Woods: Millennium Man and New York Stories of Enduring Spirit. Prior to joining The Golf Channel, Lerner was the host of a Prime Sports Radio Network afternoon-drive talk show distributed to approximately 100 stations nationwide.
Val Skinner, on-course reporter
1996 U.S. Solheim Cup team member Val Skinner joined The Golf Channel as an on-course reporter for its coverage of the LPGA Tour. A 20-year LPGA Tour veteran, six-time winner and 1982 Rookie of the Year, she is known as a fierce and determined competitor both on the course and off. Skinners philanthropic undertakings include raising awareness and funds for women in crisis groups and founding the Val Skinner Foundation and LIFE (LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer). The program is designed to raise money to not only eliminate breast cancer but to also educate young women about the disease, and has raised over $2.5 million for breast cancer research and education during the past five years. Skinner was named GOLF magazines Collegiate Player of the Year and Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year in 1982. She is a member of the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame and the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame.
Bob Greenway, executive vice president, production, programming & operations
Tony Tortorici, executive producer
Jeff Gershengorn, producer
Phil Esposito, director
TV Compound ' From a distance, it looks like a small city.
Production Trucks ' Incorporates new digital technology. Essential for all live broadcasts, two 53-foot tractor-trailers make up the largest part of the compound.
Production Crew ' With no less than 15 people at each event, the number of people varies based on each tournament.
Announce Team ' comprised of 5 ' 7 hosts, analysts, and on-course reporters
Technical Crew ' The technical crew, which encompasses every crew member from camera operations and tape operations to audio and video engineers includes at least 60 people.
Vendor Crew ' The other segment of the operations, including caterers, crane and uplink crews usually makes up more than 20 people.
Video/Audio Cable ' A typical event will be supplied with more than 135,000 feet of cable designated for both audio and video.
Cameras ' As the host broadcaster, The Golf Channel will have 28 cameras for domestic and international production coverage. 4 - 6 of the cameras are digital wireless technology. A typical event generally has 14 cameras.
Microphones ' More than 50 microphones surround the golf course. Some utilize new digital wireless technology for better mobility of the announce team.
Video monitors ' The 70-plus monitors are wired all over the golf course.
Event Set-Up ' Normally, The Golf Channel arrives a week in advance to set up a four-round event.
Event Break-Down ' As quickly as the event goes up, it takes the greater part of one day to tear it down and head to the next venue.
For more information contact, The Golf Channel Public Relations, 407/355-4653