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|
|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|
|5/16-5/19||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)|