The Golf Channel is the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour through 2008. The network will televise 23 events in 2005 V including the seasons final major, the JELD-WEN Tradition.
12 hours of live JELD-WEN Tradition tournament coverage.
3 - 6 p.m. PT, Aug. 25 - 28
Daily prime-time replay.
7:30 - 10 p.m. PT, Aug. 25 - 28
Additional JELD-WEN Tradition tournament programming:
Champions Tour Learning Center
Monday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. PT
Hosted by David Marr III, Champions Tour Learning Center complements The Golf Channels exclusive live tournament coverage of the Champions Tour as it explores the golf know-how shared by some of the most successful players to ever play the game. The Golf Channel allows its viewers to tap into that wealth of information every Monday night.
Aug. 25 - 28, 7 - 7:30 p.m. PT
The live, daily source for the most up-to-date, in-depth golf news in the world, Golf Central carries the latest scores and highlights from all the major tours. A staff of experienced golf reporters and analysts provide insight and commentary on the days hottest stories, including daily reports from the field, the business of golf and features on the games most colorful personalities.
Sprint Post Game
Aug. 25 - 28, 6 - 7 p.m. PT
An action-packed hour that is personality-driven and designed to provide viewers with a comprehensive look at all the major tournament action in the current week. Analysts breakdown trends and statistics, have live interviews, discuss news conferences and feature stories from tournament venues.
Rich Lerner, host
As host of The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Rich Lerner brings a wealth of experience to the broadcast booth. 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 K 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.
Brandel Chamblee, analyst
As an analyst for The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage, Chamblee makes a full-time transition from playing on the PGA TOUR V where he won the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open V to the broadcast booth. An All-American at the University of Texas, his career highlights include sharing the first-round lead at the Masters in 1999 and finishing among the Top-100 on the TOUR money list for the sixth straight hear in 2000. In addition to analyst duties for the Champions Tour Chamblee also is a contributing analyst for The Golf Channels Sprint Post Game.
David Marr III, interviewer
David Marr III serves as the main interviewer for The Golf Channels Champions Tour coverage and hosts Champions Tour Learning Center, a weekly, 30-minute show dedicated to game improvement and featuring a variety of players currently competing on the Champions Tour. He made his debut with The Golf Channel as its Golf Central Updates anchor, and also could be seen anchoring Golf Central and filing special reports during the networks coverage of the four major championships. Prior to joining The Golf Channel, Marr served as a commentator for WHDH-TV (NBC, Boston) during the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches, where he received rave reviews. He is the son of 1965 PGA Championship winner, 1965 Ryder Cup player and 1981 Ryder Cup Captain Dave Marr. A New York City native, Marr III is a graduate of Bucknell University.
Mark Lye, on-course reporter
A professional golfer since 1975, Mark Lye recently made the transition from The Golf Channels main analyst to an on-course reporter in order to compete in select Champions Tour events. The On the Mark feature incorporated into the networks Champions Tour telecasts V which showcases Lye wearing a microphone during competition V has become a viewer favorite. He also regularly contributes his expertise for The Golf Channels Sprint Post Game and special editions of Golf Central. In his 18-year pro career, Lye earned nearly $2 million on the PGA TOUR, with his best year in 1983 when he captured the Bank of Boston Classic and finished 28th on the money list. Lye graduated from San Jose State in 1975, where he was a three-time All-American.
Donna Caponi, on-course reporter
Donna Caponi serves as an on-course reporter for select Champions Tour events on The Golf Channel. 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.
Bob Greenway, Exec. Vice President, Programming & Production
Tony Tortorici, executive producer
Keith Hirshland, managing director, live tournaments
Phil Esposito, director
For more information contact, The Golf Channel Public Relations, 407/355-4653