Golf Channel - Press Releaseshttp://www.golfchannel.com/news/press-releases/en-USCopyright 2013 Golf ChannelWed, 20 Mar 2013 13:24:56 ZBlogsGolf Channel RSS Generatorhttp://www.golfchannel.com/rss?feedID=Blog&ID=557d7f7c-80fa-4805-8d0c-141ca7bd2e78557d7f7c-80fa-4805-8d0c-141ca7bd2e78FalseStory:572802000http://www.golfchannel.com/news/press-releases/rising-ratings-lead-to-most-televised-hours-in-lpga-history/BlogsRising Ratings Lead To Most Televised Hours In LPGA HistoryLPGA and Golf Channel unveil 2013 television schedule featuring nearly 300 hours of telecasts.Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:40:00 Z2013-03-12T15:40:00Z572802000http://www.golfchannel.com/news/press-releases/rising-ratings-lead-to-most-televised-hours-in-lpga-history/#commentsWith a continuously growing worldwide fan base and increased television ratings, the LPGA today unveiled its 2013 tournament schedule on Golf Channel, which features nearly 300 hours of original coverage, all North American weekend telecasts aired live and production features designed to spotlight LPGA stars. In addition to a 22 percent increase of tournament coverage over last year, all telecasts through the end of the 2013 season will be broadcast in high-definition.

Coming off of the most-watched LPGA Tour event from Asia in five years at the HSBC Women’s Champions, the domestic schedule kicks in this week from Phoenix, Ariz., at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. The LPGA Tour has seen a 68 percent ratings increase over the past two seasons of domestic tournaments.

“Our fans have pushed the tour’s television coverage and ratings to new heights and we’re pleased to present them with even more opportunities to watch our players in action,” said Brian Carroll, LPGA Vice President of Television and Emerging Media. “Our strong partnership with Golf Channel has provided us with many exciting ways to further showcase our players, not only during tournament telecasts, but also beyond the golf course.”

“The LPGA Tour continues to be a key part of Golf Channel’s overall tournament coverage,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel Executive Producer. “We have developed a great collaborative relationship with the Tour and invested more resources to better serve our loyal fans, which has created more inside-the-ropes access and more hours of coverage.”

Highlights of the television schedule include:

- For the second-consecutive year, the tour will have live coverage for more than 90 percent of North American telecasts, including 100 percent of weekend telecasts.

- Nearly 30 hours of live coverage of The Solheim Cup, the biennial, international match play competition pitting the United States versus Europe. In addition to the telecasts, Golf Channel will also have live coverage of The Solheim Cup’s opening and closing ceremonies. The last playing of The Solheim Cup in the U.S. at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago in 2009 featured the highest viewed LPGA round (Sunday) in Golf Channel history.

- Golf Channel will again provide robust tournament coverage at major championships at both the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Wegmans LPGA Championship. The Kraft Nabisco garnered the highest ratings on the network for a single event on the LPGA Tour last season, including the most-watched first round of the event on any cable network in 19 years and most-watched second round in 18 years. Golf Channel also will air live coverage of the LPGA’s fifth major, the Evian Championship, formerly the Evian Masters, contested Sept. 12-15.

- Golf Channel will televise pro-am shows from three tournaments – Kraft Nabisco Championship (April 4-7), Manulife Financial LPGA Classic (July 11-14) and CME Group Titleholders (Nov. 21-24) – when viewers will get inside-the-ropes access to the pros as they prepare for competition.

Golf Channel will continue to showcase LPGA players’ personalities and will promote features that provide an inside look at the world’s best female golfers. After its well-received debut during the telecast of the season-finale CME Group Titleholders last year, the ‘Twitter Takeover’ segment will make a return this season, beginning this week at the RR Donnelley Founders Cup. The feature will regularly highlight players in the Golf Channel booth taking over the LPGA’s Twitter account (@lpga) and will provide a unique fan-interaction platform where players can answer fan questions and respond to comments using the hashtag, #LPGAonGC. Golf Channel also will produce segments with a behind-the-scenes take at selected pro-am events, as well as having players swap roles with the broadcast production crew.

Golf Channel’s LPGA broadcast team will include mostly familiar faces, with a few notables joining at select tournaments. Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will return as lead analyst, joining one of three play-by-play hosts that includes Terry Gannon, Whit Watson and LPGA mainstay Tom Abbott, who will serve as a hole announcer when not calling play by play. The on-course reporting team will include Jerry Foltz, Val Skinner, Kay Cockerill and Kelli Kuehne. Curt Byrum, who has been a regular for both PGA TOUR and Champions Tour telecasts on Golf Channel, will make his LPGA Tour debut at selected tournaments not attended by Rankin.

Golf Channel aired live coverage of the final round of the season-opening ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in February where Jiyai Shin battled 15 year-old amateur Lydia Ko and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng for her 11th career victory. The tour also will expand its global reach with the addition of two new international television markets and will have broadcasts in Myanmar and New Zealand for the first time.

2013 LPGA Tour / Golf Channel Tournament Schedule

DATE

EVENT

ROUNDS

BROADCAST

3/14-3/17

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

ALL

LIVE

3/21-3/24

Kia Classic

ALL

LIVE

4/4-4/7

Kraft Nabisco Championship

ALL

LIVE

4/17-4/20

LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf

ALL

LIVE

4/25-4/28

North Texas LPGA Shootout

ALL

TD/LIVE

5/2-5/5

Kingsmill Championship

ALL

LIVE

5/16-5/19

Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

ALL

TD/LIVE

5/23-5/26

Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

ALL

TD/LIVE

5/31-6/2

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer

ALL

LIVE

6/6-6/9

Wegmans LPGA Championship

ALL

LIVE

6/21-6/23

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

ALL

LIVE

7/11-7/14

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

ALL

LIVE

7/19-7/21

Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I

ALL

LIVE

8/16-8/18

The Solheim Cup

ALL

LIVE

8/22-8/25

CN Canadian Women's Open

ALL

TD/LIVE

8/29-9/1

Portland Classic Presented by Safeway

ALL

LIVE

9/12-9/15

The Evian Championship

ALL

LIVE

10/3-10/6

Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic

ALL

TD

10/10-10/13

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

ALL

LIVE

10/18-10/20

LPGA KEP HanaBank Championship

ALL

TD

10/24-10/27

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

ALL

TD

11/14-11/17

Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Jalisco

ALL

LIVE

11/21-11/24

CME Group Titleholders

ALL

LIVE

6/27-6/30

**U.S. Women's Open

ALL

ESPN2/NBC (LIVE)

8/1-8/4

**RICOH Women's British Open

ALL

ESPN2 (LIVE)

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Story:571491480http://www.golfchannel.com/news/press-releases/world-long-drive-championship-in-las-vegas/BlogsRE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Open Finals To Be Held At Las Vegas SpeedwayGolf Channel will broadcast power golf's premier event line in prime time on Wednesday, October 30.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:38:00 Z2013-02-25T11:38:00Z571491480http://www.golfchannel.com/news/press-releases/world-long-drive-championship-in-las-vegas/#commentsLong Drivers of America (LDA) announced today that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the host venue for the Open Division finals of the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.

"The setting is simply awesome,” said Art Sellinger, LDA Owner and CEO. “With the iconic backdrop of the Las Vegas skyline, there is not a more spectacular stage for the $250,000 winner-take-all finals live on Golf Channel. Our elite power hitters create ball speeds upward of 220 mph, roughly matched by the speed merchants at LVMS. It's speed on speed for a cool quarter million dollars."

"We've always said we have the most diverse motorsports facility in the world, and hosting the finals of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships further illustrates that claim," said LVMS president Chris Powell. "We've had a lot of events other than racing, but this will be our first golf event. We really appreciate Art Sellinger and his team adding a unique twist to this very popular event and hosting it here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”

Sellinger said the championship tee would be placed in a section of seats that will accommodate thousands of fans. A special platform will be constructed in the grandstand on turn four approximately 75 feet above the track, setting up a straight shot to the natural grass infield. Finalists will be competing on a 50-yard grid that stretches well over 400 yards. The surface for the shootout will be an over-seeded rye grass that will be maintained by an area golf superintendent.

"To have the open 8 finalists back under the lights in Las Vegas at this venue promises to be both exciting an memorable.  It's a spectacle that will have viewers and fans talking about for a long time." Added Sellinger.

“Like never before, the World Long Drive Championships will be a live primetime event and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will provide a spectacular setting,” said Tom Knapp, Golf Channel’s Senior Vice President of Programming. “Golf Channel will be home to long drive programming throughout October, capped by the final 8 competitors squaring off under the lights with a life-changing $250,000 on the line for the winner.”

Players will begin their “Road to Vegas” at qualifying sites around the globe starting March 1-3 at LDA's Desert Launch in Mesquite, Nevada.  Regional and international qualifiers take place throughout the summer. More than 150 open division competitors will compete for the eight spots at LVMS in Mesquite on September 18-27.

“We’re pleased to host the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in two of the country’s premier golf destinations – Las Vegas and Mesquite – and to be able to showcase Southern Nevada across the globe through the new broadcast partnership with Golf Channel and NBC Sports,” said Julian Dugas, director of sports marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.  “The new format and the worldwide exposure bring the event to a whole new level, and there is no better destination to provide the excitement and energy for the fans and the elite power golfers than Southern Nevada.”

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