Kelly Tilghman is a member of Golf Channel’s original cast and one of the network’s most versatile anchors. Tilghman serves as show host for the network’s PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour coverage and play-by-play host for the network’s PGA TOUR broadcasts. She also co-anchors Golf Channel’s signature news program, Golf Central, as well as Live From telecasts from golf’s major events. Over the course of her Golf Channel career, she has hosted numerous shows and specials, including Sprint Post Game, Academy Live and Grey Goose 19th Hole, and has served as an on-course reporter for the network’s live tournaments team. In 2007, she became the first full-time female play-by-play commentator in the history of the PGA TOUR when Golf Channel embarked on its 15-year contract as the TOUR’s exclusive cable home.
Tilghman was the play-by-play voice for EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR video game from 2008-11, and for three consecutive years (2006-08), she caddied for Arnold Palmer at the Par-3 Contest at the Masters.
Tilghman grew up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her family owned and operated a golf course for 22 years. She earned a scholarship to play on the Duke University women’s golf team, where she won the 1990 Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. From 1992-96, Tilghman played professional golf in Australia, Europe and Asia, and served as a teaching and touring pro.@