Golf Channel Begins its Coverage of the LPGA Tour

The Golf Channel this weekend will begin its coverage of LPGA tournament action.

Over 300 hours of tournament coverage will be produced.  And for the first time, all will be in high definition.

The ratings for the tour have been on an uptick in recent years, with ratings up 68% over the last two seasons.

Among the highlights of the new season will be live coverage of three of the LPGA’s major tournaments; the Kraft Nabisco Championship the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Evian Championship.

Terry Gannon, Whit Watson and Tom Abbott, who will serve on play by play throughout the year.  Judy Rankin returns as lead analyst.  The on-course reporting team will include Jerry Foltz, Val Skinner, Kay Cockerill, Kelli Kuehne and Curt Byrum.

“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.”

Here is the schedule of LPGA events on the Golf Channel:

2013 LPGA Tour / Golf Channel Tournament Schedule


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)