ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2010) – Golf Channel announced today that it has narrowed its nationwide search for the network’s next instructional star to three finalists:
Wayne Player (Tequesta, Fla.) Son of golf legend Gary Player, Wayne and his father Gary were the first father-son duo to compete in both a U.S. Open and an Open Championship at the same time. Today, he is best known for his tailored entertainment and travel experiences for corporate and private clients, sharing life lessons on and off the golf course he learned from his father. He has worked in-tandem with several of the game’s top instructors, including David Leadbetter, Bob Toski and Peter Kostis.
Martin Hall (West Palm Beach, Fla.) Ranked 12th on Golf Digest's Top 50 Teachers of all time and ranked as a GOLF Magazine Top 100 instructor, Hall is no stranger to Golf Channel viewers. He has been a frequent contributor to the network's instruction shows including Academy Live, and is a featured instructor on GolfChannel.com. Hall was 2008 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, is a contributing writer for GOLF Magazine and was a longtime teacher for LPGA Tour professional Morgan Pressel.
Karen Palacios-Jansen (Mooresville, N.C.) Named as one of Golf Digest Woman’s Top 50 Women Teachers every year since 1998, Palacios-Jansen is a certified personal trainer who incorporates fitness training into her teaching. A former David Leadbetter trained instructor and Jim McLean Golf School master instructor, she was named 2008 LPGA Teacher of the Year and has been teaching golf for 17 years. She currently is managing editor for Golf Fitness Magazine, and is married to Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen.
The three finalists were selected from a nationwide search conducted by Golf Channel this fall – all hoping to host their own instructional series on the network. Each of the finalists will host a half-hour instruction show as part of the network’s 12 Nights at the Academy series of instruction specials, airing Nov. 29-Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. ET. The finalists’ shows will air Nov. 30 (Hall); Dec. 5 (Palacios-Jansen) and Dec. 7 (Player).
Viewers have the opportunity to view the finalists’ audition video and video tips online at www.GolfChannel.com/InstructorSearch. Viewers also are encouraged to participate in the selection process by voting online through Dec. 15. The winner is expected to be announced on Golf Central in January, with the new show scheduled to premiere early in the year.
About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.