FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
GOLF CHANNEL TO AIR NEARLY 25 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT AND NEWS COVERAGE OF GOLF’S FIRST MAJOR OF 2016, “ANA INSPIRATION”
ORLANDO, Fla., (March 24, 2016) – Golf Channel will deliver comprehensive news and tournament coverage of golf’s first major championship of 2016, the ANA Inspiration, next week in Rancho Mirage, Calif., when Brittany Lincicome headlines a field of 110 of the world’s best female golfers, the strongest field to date in 2016.
20 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: Golf Channel will air 20 hours of live tournament coverage of the ANA Inspiration from Mission Hills Country Club Thursday-Sunday, March 31-April 3. Coverage includes a one-hour pro-am special on Wednesday; 12 combined hours of early round coverage on Thursday and Friday that features two broadcast windows each day to show the morning and afternoon waves; and a combined eight hours of live tournament coverage in primetime Saturday and Sunday.
BROADCAST TEAM: Terry Gannon and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will call the action from the broadcast booth, joined by hole analyst Tom Abbott and course reporters Jerry Foltz, Jim Gallagher Jr., and Karen Stupples. Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam also joins Golf Channel’s live tournaments team next week as lead analyst during Thursday and Friday’s early coverage. Lisa Cornwell will conduct interviews and report for Golf Central, and Palm Desert’s Nicole Castrale will serve as a studio analyst from Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
Golf Channel / ANA Inspiration Airtimes (all times Eastern)
Wednesday (Pro-Am Show) 11 p.m. – Midnight
Thursday Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Friday Noon-4 p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Saturday 5-9 p.m.
Sunday 5-9 p.m.
NEWS CONFERENCE SHOWS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Golf Channel will air pre-tournament press conferences Tuesday and Wednesday from the media center at Mission Hills Country Club, including an Olympic Golf press conference on Tuesday and a press conference from the Ladies European Tour (LET) on Wednesday, where they will announce the 2017 European Solheim Cup captain.
DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell will report on-site at Mission Hills throughout the week with daily blogs, features and columns.
STREAMING ON GOLF LIVE EXTRA : All the news and tournament action surrounding the ANA Inspiration can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online through the help of Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra.
-NBC Sports Group-