Golf Central

Golf Central is Golf Channel's news program. It was launched in 1995, in the same year as the network it airs on.

A nightly half-hour show, Golf Central features news and highlights from the major golf tours and events of the world, in addition to on-site reports from tournaments.

Golf Central
StarringRyan Burr
Lisa Cornwell
George Savaricas
Kelly Tilghman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons23
Executive producer(s)Adam Hertzog
Producer(s)Mark Summer
Running time22 minutes
Original networkGolf Channel
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 17, 1995 –
Related showsCollege Central
Golf Central UK
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The show's format involving anchors varies — sometimes there is just one anchor on the desk for a show; sometimes an anchor is joined by an analyst for tournament recaps; or two anchors will be used. With the recent additions of new talent for the show, the latter format has been utilized more recently. It should also be noted that there is never one mainstay anchor team, as anchor teams vary from night to night.

From Thursdays through Sundays during tournament play, from 9 AM Eastern to 4 PM, one single anchor will give half-hourly updates on current tournament leaderboards.

While tournaments are in progress, editions of Golf Central air every half hour to provide updates on the current event, including highlights and leaderboards. During notable golf events (such as the Men's major tournaments and the Ryder Cup, among others), Golf Channel also airs special Live From editions of Golf Central before and after their respective broadcasts—which provides special extended coverage on-location from tournament sites; including analysis and coverage of press conferences.

Anchors and other contributors

Talent on the show varies from night to night, but in the show's rotation are 4 people who appear on the show in anchor roles. Those people are Kelly Tilghman, George Savaricas, Lisa Cornwell and Ryan Burr. The show also features a number of analysts who appear regularly to give opinions and insight, these include Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Tripp Isenhour and Arron Oberholser.

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Brandel Chamblee

Brandel Eugene Chamblee (born July 2, 1962) is a former American professional golfer, commentator and writer.Chamblee was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Speech Communication and was a first-team All-American in his junior year and twice a second-team All-American. He has a home in Phoenix, Arizona and has four children with his ex-wife Karen and is now married to Bailey Mosier, also a television personality: sons Brandel Jr., Brennen, Braeden, and a daughter, Bergen. A memorial playground was set up at the Phoenix Children's Hospital for a son, Braeden, who died as an infant.Chamblee turned professional in 1985 and has one PGA Tour victory. He shared a first round lead at the Masters Tournament in 1999 and for six straight years was among the top-100 for money earnings on the Tour.

Chamblee lost his PGA Tour card in 2003, and since then has worked as the lead studio analyst for the Golf Channel, Golf Central and for its "Live From" coverage of major championships.

CIF Southern Section

The California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS) is the governing body for high school athletics in most of Southern California and is the largest of the ten sections that comprise the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Its membership includes most public and private high schools in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Mono and Inyo counties, as well as a small portion of Kern County. Teams from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and surrounding areas have competed in the CIF Los Angeles City Section since 1935. Needles High School, at the far eastern edge of San Bernardino County, and Coleville High School, in the far north of Mono County, are members of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. CIFSS's offices are located in Los Alamitos.

Founded in 1913, the CIF Southern Section includes over 585 member public and private high schools and is by far the largest CIF section. Three of the ten CIF sections are individual current or former public school districts (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland). The Southern Section's membership includes all private schools located within the service area of the LAUSD, which includes almost all of the city of Los Angeles plus some adjacent areas outside the city limits. If the CIF Southern Section were a state association, it would be the 10th largest in the United States.As of the 2018-19 school year, all San Luis Obispo County schools and 4 northern Santa Barbara County schools (Santa Maria High, Righetti, Pioneer Valley and St. Joseph) will be moving to the CIF Central Section.For its first year of operation, the organization was called the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Council (SCIAC). That acronym was taken over by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1915 after the Southern Section name was established. CIF was officially formed in 1914 and became statewide in 1917. The service area was larger, encompassing what is now the CIF Los Angeles City Section, which broke off in 1935, and the CIF San Diego Section which broke off in 1960. Imperial County was once part of the section as well, but broke off in 2000 to join the San Diego Section. At various points in time, schools in Arizona, Nevada, and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, were part of the section.

Eir Sport 1

eir Sport 1 (formerly Setanta Ireland) is a subscription based Irish sports channel featuring local and international sporting events. The channel is available on some basic cable packages in Ireland, while it is available upon direct subscription to the Eir Sport package on other networks across Ireland. Its sister channel is the subscription based network Eir Sport 2.

In June 2013, Setanta Sports signed a long-term agreement with BT Sport to distribute these channels within the Republic of Ireland.

In November 2015, Irish telecommunications company Eir acquired Setanta Sports. On 5 July 2016, Setanta Ireland was renamed Eir Sport 1.

Elisa Gaudet

Elisa A. Gaudet is an American writer specializing in the Golf industry. Her first book: Two Good Rounds - 19th Hole Stories from the World’s Greatest Golfers was published in December, 2011 and chronicles the "19th hole" behaviors of several well-known professional golfers. She is also known for her syndicated sports column and blog On The Lip from which, articles have been selected for publication in The Huffington Post, New England Golf Monthly, Stratosphere private jet magazine, as well as Florida Golf Central, Alaska In flight magazine, Golfers Guide and other media outlets since 2003. She is also the founder of Women's Golf Day. A yearly global event that works to inform females of all ages about the joys of golf. Regarding to her job, Elisa spends most of her time in New York City and Florida.

Golf Channel

Golf Channel (also verbally referred to as simply Golf) is an American pay television network owned by the NBC Sports Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal division of Comcast. The channel focuses on coverage of the sport of golf, including live coverage of tournaments, as well as factual and instructional programming. It also houses the Golf Films franchise, a collection of independently produced biographical films that center around key figures and events in the history of golf.

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, the channel's headquarters and studios are currently located in Orlando, Florida. Golf Channel is available in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Southeast Asia through subscription television providers.

As of February 2015, Golf Channel is available to approximately 79,250,000 pay television households (68.1% of households with television) in the United States.

Jerry Foltz

Jerry Foltz (born August 14, 1962) is an American professional golfer and commentator for the Golf Channel.

Kelly Tilghman

Kelly Tilghman (born August 6, 1969, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) was a broadcaster for The Golf Channel, and the PGA Tour's first female lead golf announcer.

Tilghman, who played college golf at Duke University, works as a course reporter for The Golf Channel, after having served as the main play-by-play announcer during its PGA Tour telecasts. She became an anchor in 2007 when the PGA Tour signed a 15-year deal in which The Golf Channel broadcasts the first three events of the year, weekday coverage of all tour events, and full coverage of the Fall Series and opposite-field events.

Kraig Kann

Kraig Kann (born on May 3, 1966 in LaGrange, Illinois) is a former on-air personality on Golf Channel, former chief communications officer of the LPGA, and current Managing Director of Kann Advisory Group and Host on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio .

Lara Baldesarra

Lara Baldesarra (born April 2, 1985) is a television broadcaster who anchored World Sport and NewsCenter on CNN International and Early Start on CNN. Baldesarra also appeared across CNN International, CNN and HLN as an analyst and contributor.

Outline of golf

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to golf:

Golf – precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest strokes.

Outstanding Studio Show

The Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show was first awarded in 1988. One sports studio show, whether a pregame or a nightly news show, was honored each year. In 2001, the category was split into two subcategories — Outstanding Studio Show, Daily and Outstanding Studio Show, Weekly, thus awarding two shows annually.


Rankmark is a golf equipment testing company based in Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States. The company was founded by Charlie Mandel in 1998. Rankmark's golf clubs tests include high and low handicap golfers. They publish results of golf tests on Rankmark accepts advertising from golf club manufacturers, or any company that wants to reach golfers.Media Coverage

Rankmark has received coverage in the following publications:

Golf MagazineThe St. Petersburg TimesFlorida Golf CentralDaily Pilot

Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio

SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (formerly PGA Tour Network) is a satellite radio channel on Sirius XM dedicated to coverage of golf—and in particular, the PGA Tour. The channel carries talk programming related to golf, including analysis, equipment reviews, education, as well as live hole-by-hole coverage of PGA Tour events, majors (in cooperation with terrestrial rightsholders such as Fox Sports Radio for the U.S. Open, and Westwood One for the PGA Championship), and other events. It is carried on XM channel 92, and Sirius channel 208.

The channel was established as part of a 2005 deal with its predecessor, XM Satellite Radio. The deal also included the rental and sale of XM2go receivers at PGA Tour events so that spectators could listen to the channel's coverage on-site. In 2018, Sirius XM extended its contract for PGA Tour radio rights through 2021.In December 2013, it partnered with Golf Channel to feature audio simulcasts of its programming on the service, including its news programs Morning Drive and Golf Central.

Stephanie Sparks

Stephanie Sparks (born July 18, 1973) is an on-air personality at The Golf Channel and a former golfer, whose best years in golf came as an amateur.

The First Tee

The First Tee, a youth development organization, impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Supported by golf's major organizations, including the LPGA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA, The First Tee has reached more than 9 million young people since its inception in 1997 and reaches youth on golf courses, in schools and at other youth serving locations.

Tom Abbott

Tom Abbott (born 7 December 1981 in London, England) is a broadcaster and sports commentator, best known for his work with The Golf Channel and NBC. He serves as a presenter and commentator for coverage of the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, and European Tour. Since 2010, Abbott has been co-host of The Big Break.

Vince Cellini

Vincent Robert Cellini (; born June 10, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a long-time sports broadcaster for radio and television, currently working at NBA TV and Turner Sports.

Whit Watson

Whit Watson (born 1971 in Winter Park, FL) is an American sportscaster. He currently works for Golf Channel, hired in August 2010. At Golf Channel, Watson is primarily assigned to Golf Central as a studio anchor, but also reports from the field at PGA Tour events, LPGA Tour events, and USGA events. He has also appeared on Golf Channel's Morning Drive program, and has acted as a play-by-play announcer for Golf Channel's European Tour coverage.

Win McMurry

Win McMurry (born March 12, 1983) is an American sportscaster. Until October 2013, she anchored Golf Channel's "PGA Tour Primetime" and reported for Golf Central, Morning Drive and other programming features and specials. She is also the host of a series of travel shows on titled “Gone With the Win”, and McMurry is also the resident fantasy golf expert, as well as the network's authority on golf fashion.

McMurry previously worked as a producer, writer and host of PGA Tour Entertainment’s PGA Tour Today, Monday Backspin, and Morning Movers on She has also worked at CBS Sports Network as a golf cart driver for personnel covering the PGA Tour, and a runner for the NFL, and NCAA Basketball, and as a production assistant for WCBS-TV.

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