Golf Channel Plans Six Weeks of NCAA Coverage Leading up to NCAA Golf Championships, May 20-June 1

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2016, 3:00 pm

More than 100 News and Tournament Hours Planned for Women’s and Men’s Championships, Taking Place Back-to-Back Weeks at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., May 20-June 1

Golf Channelto Announce NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships Selections on Monday, April 25 and Thursday, May 5

Professional Golfer and Duke Standout Amanda Blumenherst, 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion at Eugene Country Club, Joins Broadcast Team as News Analyst


With the conference championships underway, Golf Channel is gearing up for six weeks of comprehensive NCAA coverage leading up to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, taking place May 20-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.


NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Contested in back-to-back weeks May 20-June 1, Golf Channel will originate more than 100 hours of news and tournament coverage of both championships onsite, as well as expanded coverage online via Golf Channel Digital and through the network’s social media channels.


Golf Channel will dedicate its full suite of production resources to the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, featuring more than 25 combined hours of live tournament coverage – the majority in primetime – as well as more than 50 hours of replays. In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 25 hours of combined pre-and post-event live news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and Golf Channel Digital.


Hosted by the University of Oregon at Eugene Country Club, the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will feature teams and student-athletes who advanced from NCAA Regional Qualifying. Competing in an individual stroke-play format over 72 holes Friday-Monday, the top eight teams will advance to the team match-play tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. 


Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage of the women’s championships will begin on Monday, May 23 to crown the individual national champion, as well as to track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match-play tournament. Golf Channel’s coverage also will include all three rounds of the team match-play tournament on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25. The same television coverage is planned for the men’s national championships the following week: Monday, May 30 – Wednesday, June 1.


Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage


Monday, May 23

Final Round, Stroke Play

7-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 24

Quarterfinals, Match Play

1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 24

Semifinals, Match Play

6:30-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Wed., May 25

Finals, Match Play

6-10 p.m. ET (Live)


Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage


Monday, May 30

Final Round, Stroke Play

7-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 31

Quarterfinals, Match Play

1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May 31

Semifinals, Match Play

6:30-10 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, June 1

Finals, Match Play

6-10 p.m. ET (Live)


AMANDA BLUMENHERST JOINS GOLF CHANNEL NCAA BROADCAST TEAM: One of the most decorated women’s collegiate athletes in history, Duke alum and professional golfer Amanda Blumenherst will join Golf Channel’s broadcast team as a news analyst for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. A three-time national player of the year (2006-’08) and four-time NCAA All-American (2006-’09), she led the Blue Devils to three ACC championships and two NCAA Team Championships. In 2008, Blumenherst also captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship at Eugene Country Club, defeating Azahara Munoz – then the reigning NCAA Division I individual champion – 2 and 1 in the championship match.


COLLEGE CENTRAL – GOLFCHANNEL DIGITAL COVERAGE: Golf Channel is providing comprehensive coverage leading up to and during the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships as part of College Central, Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.


NCAA FEATURES: Over the next six weeks, Golf Channel will deliver high-quality features and unique stories on teams and players leading up to the NCAA Golf Championships. Scheduled features include:


  • 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Remarkable Finish – A look back at the final few holes of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship; a showdown between Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford and Hayley Davis of Baylor that would end up deciding the national title.
  • The Success of University of Southern California Women’s Golf Program – Andrea Gaston has not only produced one of the most dominant teams in women's college golf, but also has found success finding and fine tuning some of the best individual talents in the game. A look into the accomplishments of USC Women's Golf.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide Women’s Golf Team Looking to Capitalize on 2015 Season – Alabama’s Emma Talley claimed the individual national title last season, and she returns this year joined by a supporting cast that has their sights set on a lot more hardware.
  • Duke’s Leona Maguire’s Remarkable Freshman Year – Golf Channel will take a look back to Leona Maguire’s memorable Freshman year at Duke. As one of the top players in women’s      college golf during the 2014-15 season, she earned three wins, finished second at the NCAA Individual Women’s Golf Championship and won the Annika Award as the nation’s top player in women’s college golf.
  • University of Georgia Men’s Golf Team and the Path to the PGA TOUR – The University of Georgia has sent several players to the PGA TOUR, and the next Bulldog to make it big      might be waiting in the wings this season. Spotlight on Lee McCoy, and UGA's secret in creating TOUR talent.
  • University of Southern California Seeking that Elusive National Title – The men's golf team at USC is one of the few athletic programs on campus without a national title. However, this year the Trojans are loaded with the talent to change that and bring USC a national championship.
  • Texas’ Beau Hossler Leading Longhorns’ Charge – Many recall Beau Hossler at 2012 U.S. Open when he was at the top of the leaderboard on Friday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.  Four years later, he is one of the best players in the country. His rise to the top at the University of Texas has been impressive, as he looks to lead the Longhorns to another national championship.
  • One-on-One with Stanford’s Maverick McNealy – Coming out of high school, few, if any, knew who Maverick McNealy was. That has changed dramatically during his time at Stanford. The 2015 Haskins Award winner is rewriting the record books in Palo Alto, and doing so by doing it his way.
  • The Consistency of the Illinois Men’s Golf Program – Perhaps no team has been more consistent over the past decade than the Fighting Illini. Once viewed as a nice program from the north, the perception has changed, while the expectations remain the same: Win the team’s first national title.


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel will cover the conference championships (April 15-May 1) with scores and analysis across its on-air news platforms - Morning Drive and Golf Central – and online within College Central.


REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS: Following the conclusion of the NCAA conference championships, Golf Channel will announce the teams and individuals selected by the NCAA to participate in the regional championships, the first step on the road to the NCAA Golf Championships. The men’s and women’s regional selection announcements will be made live on Golf Channel and feature live interviews and reaction from coaches and players.


  • Women’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Monday, April 25, 6 p.m. ETGolf Central will announce live the 72 teams and 24 individuals selected to compete in the four NCAA Women’s Regional Championships, May 5-7 (18 teams and six individuals per regional). 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.
  • Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Thursday, May 5, 9:30 am ETMorning Drive will announce the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championships, May 16-18 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals). 30 teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites      to the national championships.


REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Morning Drive and Golf Central will feature scores, highlights and analysis from the women’s regional championships (Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7) and the men’s regional championships (Monday-Wednesday, May 16-18). Golf Channel Digital will provide up-to-date scoring and news coverage of the regional championships.


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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.