On-Air Talent:

Tom Abbott

Golf Central Anchor / Reporter

A United Kingdom native, Tom Abbott will don several hats in 2009, including studio host and commentator for GOLF CHANNEL’s live tournament coverage of the European Tour. Abbott also will conduct post-round interviews and report for Golf Central at select LPGA Tour events, as well as reporting and anchoring Golf Central from the network’s studios in Orlando, Fla. Abbott began his golfing career at age ten through encouragements by his father. After playing amateur golf in the UK, he accepted a golf scholarship to Mercer University. While in college, Abbott caught the broadcasting bug and developed an on-campus station as well as working with local ABC Affiliate WPGA-TV in Macon. In addition, he interned with CBS-46 in Atlanta, WGCL-TV. Before coming to GOLF CHANNEL in 2005, Abbott was sports director for WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Va.

Billy Ray Brown

On-Course Reporter, Champions Tour/PGA TOUR

Billy Ray Brown serves as an on-course reporter for GOLF CHANNEL’s Champions Tour events and select PGA TOUR events in 2009. A 12-year member of the PGA TOUR, Brown accumulated three victories on TOUR before injuries to his wrist cut short his playing career. Following his retirement from competitive golf in 1999, Brown worked for ABC Sports as an on-course reporter. He joined GOLF CHANNEL’s broadcast team in 2007.

Brown was an All-American at the University of Houston, and was a member of the 1982, ’84 and 85 NCAA national championship teams.

Steve Burkowski

Reporter/Producer

Steve Burkowski is a reporter and producer for Golf Central, covering amateur events and the college golf ranks for the network. In 2009, he also serves as an on-course reporter at select USGA events and on-site at several PGA TOUR events as a field producer. Burkowski has been with GOLF CHANNEL since 2000, where he began as a production assistant for Golf Central. He also was lead producer and co-host for College Central, the network’s college golf news show, from 2003-06.

Prior to joining GOLF CHANNEL, Burkowski worked in Columbia, South Carolina at WVOC and Sports Radio 1400 where he served in several capacities. He covered The Masters, was the voice of Lady Gamecock basketball, host of "The Wake-Up Call" and "The Cheap Seats" and was co-host of the local pre-game football and pre-game basketball shows for South Carolina. A graduate of the University of Florida, Burkowski plays to a 5 handicap and offers this as a tip: when you play golf, turn your mind off to turn your game on.

Curt Byrum

Analyst

Former PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour player Curt Byrum is a member of GOLF CHANNEL’s live tournament team, handling lead analyst duties for the Nationwide Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events in 2009.  Prior to joining the network, Byrum competed for more than 15 years on the PGA TOUR, highlighted by winning the 1989 Hardee’s Classic.  His brother, Tom, also won the same year on TOUR at the Kemper Open.  As a member of the Nike Tour (now the Nationwide Tour) he earned victories at the 1999 NIKE South Florida Classic and the 1993 White Rose Classic. Byrum was an All-American at the University of New Mexico.

Donna Caponi-Byrnes

On-Course Reporter, Champions Tour

Donna Caponi-Byrnes is an on-course reporter for the GOLF CHANNEL’s Champions Tour telecasts.  She also will be on the course for the network’s coverage of the 2009 Solheim Cup, taking place in suburban Chicago.  Caponi-Byrnes was a 25-year member of the LPGA, compiling 24 victories during that span,  including the 1969 and 1970 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1978 Peter Jackson Classic (then an LPGA Major), the 1979 and 1981 LPGA Championships and the 1979 Dinah Shore.  Caponi-Byrnes was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, named by GOLF Magazine as one of the “100 Heroes of the First Century” and serves as a PGA Professional at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.  Caponi-Byrnes’ past television credits include work on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TBS.

Brandel Chamblee

Analyst

After 15-year PGA TOUR career that included more than $4 million in earnings, Brandel Chamblee made a full-time transition to the broadcast booth in 2004.  He joined the GOLF CHANNEL as lead analyst for its Champions Tour tournament coverage and studio shows after serving as a part-time golf commentator for ABC Sports in 2003.  In 2009, Chamblee is lead analyst for several PGA TOUR events and an analyst for Golf Central , Golf Central Pre Game and the network’s Live From telecasts during majors weeks.  A three-time All-American out of the University of Texas, his career highlights include victories at the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open on the PGA TOUR and the Ben Hogan New England Classic on the Nationwide Tour in 1990.  He also shared the first-round lead at the Masters in 1999, and finished within the top-100 on the PGA TOUR Money List for seven consecutive years. 

Kay Cockerill

On-Course Reporter, Nationwide and LPGA Tour

A two-time All-American at UCLA and the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, Kay Cockerill is an on-course reporter for GOLF CHANNEL’s live tournament coverage of the LPGA and Nationwide Tour.  Cockerill has been with the GOLF CHANNEL since its inception and her experience on the course comes from her strong knowledge of the game, having played on the LPGA from 1988 – 97. 

She received the 1992 Budget Service Award and 1993 “Good Sport Award” from Sports Illustrated for Kids for her outstanding community service and dedication to golf.  Cockerill, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics, was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Beth Daniel

Analyst, LPGA Tour

2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain Beth Daniel will contribute as lead analyst for several LPGA Tour events in 2009.  She joined GOLF CHANNEL in 2007 as a substitute analyst for the network’s LPGA Tour coverage, and expanded her role in 2008.  One of the most recognized names and faces on the LPGA Tour, she has 33 titles to her resume, including the 1990 LPGA Championship.  She was the leading money winner on the LPGA Tour in 1980, ’81 and ’90, and altogether finished in the top 10 on the money list 12 times between 1980 and 2003.  She was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1990, and when she won the 2003 BMO Financial Group Canadian’s Women’s Open at age 46, she became the oldest winner of an LPGA Tour event.  Daniel competed on eight Solheim Cup teams (1990, ’92, ’94, ’96, 2000, ’02, 03 and ’05) and was assistant captain in 2007.

Nick Faldo

Analyst, PGA TOUR

Nick Faldo serves as the lead analyst for the GOLF CHANNEL’s coverage of the PGA TOUR.  He has been one of golf’s most compelling personalities both on and off the course, and is one of Europe’s most successful players ever.  The 2008 European Ryder Cup team captain’s playing credentials include 42 worldwide victories – three Masters, three Open Championship titles and 11 Ryder Cup appearances – and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997.  He topped the Official World Golf Rankings for a total of 98 weeks.  His business interests are considerable and range from golf instruction schools, golf course design, hotels and restaurants and estate wines.  His prior work as co-analyst for ABC Sports’ golf coverage garnered him critical acclaim.

Jerry Foltz

Play-by-Play Host, Nationwide Tour
On-Course Reporter, PGA TOUR

Jerry Foltz has been a mainstay on GOLF CHANNEL’s live tournaments team since 1999, and has covered every tour for the network.  In 2009 he is GOLF CHANNEL’s host for its Nationwide Tour broadcasts, as well as an on-course reporter and play-by-play host for several PGA TOUR events. 

A professional golfer since 1986, Foltz brought his expertise from the player’s perspective to the GOLF CHANNEL in 1999. Foltz’s career accomplishments include victories at the 1994 Taco Bell Newport Classic and 1995 NIKE South Carolina Classic, runner-up at the 1991 Ben Hogan Pensacola and Elizabethtown Opens and seven career hole-in-ones.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, he was an All PAC-10 selection in 1985 and winner of the 1984 Arizona Amateur Championship. Foltz lives by the words “Golf is an art, not a science.” He and his wife have one son, Jackson.

Matt Gogel

On-Course Reporter, PGA TOUR

PGA TOUR Professional Matt Gogel serves as an on-course reporter for select PGA TOUR events in 2009.  Gogel made his on-air debut for GOLF CHANNEL in 2007 at the Travelers Championship.  A seven-year veteran of the PGA TOUR, he announced his retirement from tournament golf following the 2007 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, site of his 2002 PGA TOUR victory.  An All-American at the University of Kansas, Gogel was the first player in Nationwide Tour history to record victories in four consecutive years (1996-99).

Brian Hammons

Play-by-Play Host, Champions, LPGA and PGA TOUR

One of the original members of GOLF CHANNEL’s on-air team, Brian Hammons is the lead voice for the network’s coverage of the LPGA Tour and Champions Tour, and also hosts several PGA TOUR telecasts in 2009.  During more than a decade with the network, he has served as host and anchor for Golf Central and play-by-play host on the live tournaments team.  Hammons joined GOLF CHANNEL with a wealth of sports anchoring experience. During his tenure in the sports department at WXIN-TV (FOX) in Indianapolis, Ind., he served as studio host of Indiana Pacers telecasts (pregame, halftime and postgame shows) and anchored “Sportsview,” the station’s Sunday night sports highlight show.  His resume also includes stints at ABC, ESPN, Prime and NBC Sports as a motorsports announcer.

John Hawkins

Co-host, Grey Goose 19th Hole

John Hawkins brings his no-nonsense attitude and insight as co-host of the Grey Goose 19th Hole, GOLF CHANNEL’s fast-paced talk show airing Wednesday nights.  Hawkins also is a contributor to Golf Central and the network’s Live From telecasts from the Majors.  A 12-year veteran at Golf World, Hawkins has won numerous awards from the Golf Writers Association of America for his PGA TOUR coverage.  Prior to Golf World, he spent eight years as a general assignment writer and columnist for the Washington Times. 

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Kraig Kann

Anchor, Golf Central / Golf Central Pre Game
Host, The Approach with Callaway Golf

One of the GOLF CHANNEL’s originals, Kraig Kann has been a part of the on-air talent team since 1995.  He currently serves as an anchor for Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game, quarterbacking a team of analysts in a lively breakdown of the day’s tour events.  He also hosts The Approach with Callaway Golf on Tuesday nights.  Known for his versatility during 14 years at the GOLF CHANNEL, Kann has hosted virtually every show on the network, including Academy Live, Golf Talk Live, Viewers Forum and Leaderboard Report. Kann has also served as play-by-play voice of GOLF CHANNEL's PGA TOUR, LPGA, Nationwide and Canadian Tour events.

A Chicago area native, Kann’s prior stints include television stops in Kalamazoo, Mich., Fort Myers, Fla., Columbus, Ga., and Columbia, Mo.  Kann is a 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri.  He and wife Kimberly reside in Windermere, Fla., with their three children. 

Rich Lerner

Anchor/Reporter, Golf Central
Play-by-Play Host and Essayist, PGA TOUR

Since 1997, Rich Lerner has been a mainstay at the GOLF CHANNEL, where his distinctive essays have punctuated the network’s coverage of golf’s major championships In 2009, he can be seen doing play-by-play commentary, conducting player interviews and delivering his signature essays for PGA TOUR events and, as show host, he sets the scene for viewers at the beginning of PGA TOUR telecasts. Called by noted golf writer Lorne Rubenstein “an essayist and reporter of distinction,” Lerner was honored with the Women’s Sports Foundation Journalism Award for his documentary, Se Ri Pak, A Champions Journey.  His work also helped the GOLF CHANNEL land a Cable Ace Award.  From Tiger Woods: Millennium Man to Courage on the Fairways to New York Stories, Lerner has brought a number of in-depth specials to the GOLF CHANNEL.  His most recent specials have touched on a variety of subjects, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the 1986 Masters, Annika Sorenstam, John Daly and the youthful wave on the LPGA Tour. 

Lerner earned a degree in broadcasting from Temple University in Philadelphia.  In addition, he received The Hands of Peace Award for his continuing efforts to curb violence against women and children in his hometown of Orlando, Fla.  He and his wife, Robin, host the annual December Classic charity event benefitting adults with developmental disabilities.  The Lerners have two sons, Jesse and Jack.

Todd Lewis

Anchor/Reporter, Golf Central, PGA TOUR

An avid golfer with a single-digit handicap, Lewis brought more than 15 years of sports broadcasting and journalism experience when he joined GOLF CHANNEL in 2008.  He currently anchors and reports for Golf Central and can be seen conducting interviews during the network’s PGA TOUR telecasts.  Prior to joining GOLF CHANNEL, Lewis was an eight-year member of the on-air team at CBS affiliate WKMG in Orlando, most recently as sports director. He also worked for Orlando-based Sun Sports cable television network, serving as a reporter for Florida Gators pre and post game shows.  He also was previously host for the Summertime Golf Show, a weekly 30-minute golf travel show.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Lewis’ broadcasting career began in 1991 in Winston-Salem, N.C. as a sports reporter for independent WXII. He then joined NBC affiliate WECT in Wilmington, N.C., producing and anchoring the weekend sportscasts, where he received Associated Press Best Sports Feature award in 1995. His next career move took him to Spokane, Wash., at ABC affiliate KXLY as weekend sports anchor. Lewis returned to his home state of North Carolina in 1998 as weekend sports anchor for CBS affiliate WRAL in Raleigh, before moving to Orlando and WKMG in 1999. 

Mark Lye

Analyst

Mark Lye serves as an on-course reporter and tower analyst for Champions Tour and PGA TOUR events in 2009.  In addition, he also will be a recurring analyst for Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game.  Lye’s 18-year PGA TOUR career included 40 top-10 finishes, including his lone victory at the 1983 Bank of Boston Classic.  His top finish at a major championship is a T-6 at the 1984 Masters.  In February, 2007, Lye was inducted into the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame along with the likes of Phil Rodgers and Tiger Woods.  Lye has been with the GOLF CHANNEL since its launch in January 1995.

John Mahaffey

Tower Analyst / On-Course Reporter, Champions Tour

Texas native John Mahaffey serves as an on-course reporter for Champions Tour telecasts on GOLF CHANNEL.  He joined the Champions Tour as a player in 1998 after a lengthy career on the PGA TOUR, where he collected 10 victories, including the 1978 PGA Championship and the 1986 PLAYERS Championship.  His lone victory on the Champions Tour was the 1999 Southwestern Bell Dominion.  Mahaffey started reporting for the GOLF CHANNEL in 2004, and he continues to split time competing in and reporting for Champions Tour events.  He is known for his comic impersonations of other Tour players, and his imitation of Chi Chi Rodriguez's voice was thought to be even better than the real thing.

Dave Marr III

Host/Reporter, Champions Tour
Host, Champions Tour Learning Center

David Marr III serves as play-by-play host and the main interviewer for GOLF CHANNEL’s Champions Tour coverage.  Marr also hosts Champions Tour Learning Center, a weekly, 30-minute show dedicated to game improvement and featuring a variety of Champions Tour players, reports for Golf Central at Champions Tour events and provides historical perspective during the network’s coverage of major championships.  He made his debut with the GOLF CHANNEL as its Golf Central Updates anchor, and has hosted Golf Talk, Grey Goose 19th Hole, Golf Academy, Leaderboard Report, and Drive, Chip and Putt as well as other shows. 

Prior to joining the GOLF CHANNEL, Marr served as a commentator for WHDH-TV (NBC, Boston) during the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches.  He is the son of Dave Marr, the 1965 PGA Champion, 1965 Ryder Cup player and 1981 Ryder Cup Captain.  A New York City native, Marr III is a graduate of Bucknell University.

Alex Miceli

Analyst, The Approach with Callaway Golf

The “Stat Man” on GOLF CHANNEL’s topical talk show The Approach with Callaway Golf, journalist and television personality Alex Miceli has been involved in golf since founding golf.com in 1993.  Miceli also is a frequent contributor to Golf Central.  In 2000, Miceli founded the Golf Press Association (GPA), an independent golf news service that provides golf content to newspapers, magazines and web sites and is its’ CEO & Publisher.  Since starting GPA, Miceli has written for numerous, newspapers, magazines and web sites and is currently a senior writer for Golfweek magazine.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University and University of Baltimore Law School, Miceli is a native of Chicago and resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Roberta and teenage daughters Katherine and Alexandra.

Frank Nobilo

Analyst, PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Golf Central

The assistant captain for the 2009 International Presidents Cup team, Frank Nobilo serves as the network’s lead analyst for its PGA TOUR and Champions Tour coverage, Golf Central, Golf Central Pre Game and the network’s Live From telecasts at golf’s major championships. A veteran of several professional golf tours worldwide, Nobilo won 14 times around the world including two Sarazen World Opens and the 1997 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic on the PGA Tour. He played numerous World and Dunhill Cups for his native New Zealand and was also a three-time member of the International Presidents Cup team.  When he is not working, Nobilo enjoys Formula 1 motor racing, home improvements and photography. He and his wife Selena have a teenage daughter, Bianca.

Peter Oosterhuis

Analyst, PGA TOUR, Champions Tour

Peter Oosterhuis is recognized as one of golf’s best commentators and will continue as a GOLF CHANNEL mainstay by donning several hats in 2009, including tower analyst for PGA TOUR and Champions Tour coverage as well as supporting the network’s ample offering of studio shows surrounding its golf coverage.  He also serves as a contributing analyst for the network’s Live From telecasts at golf’s major championships.  Oosterhuis competed for the Europeans in six consecutive Ryder Cup competitions from 1971-81, and shares the record for most wins in singles – six – with Nick Faldo.  A former player on the European and PGA TOUR, Oosterhuis garnered more than 20 victories worldwide.  He was runner-up in the 1974 and 1982 Open Championships, and led the European Tour Order of Merit for four consecutive years (1971-74) – a record that stood until a Colin Montgomerie’s fantastic stretch between 1993-97. 

Dottie Pepper

Lead Analyst, LPGA Tour
On-Course Reporter, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour

A member of the GOLF CHANNEL team since 2005, Dottie Pepper serves as lead analyst for the network’s LPGA Tour telecasts and an on-course reporter for PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events.  She also continues to contribute to studio-based shows as well as the network’s Live From telecasts from the major championships.  During her 17 year professional career, Pepper recorded 17 victories, including two major championships, and was a member of six Solheim Cup teams.

Her most successful year was 1992 while winning four times and leading the tour in scoring average and winnings.  She was named Rolex Player of the Year, won the Vare Trophy and the Golf Writers Association of America’s Female Player of the Year award.  In 2000, she was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers. 

Mark Rolfing

Host / Analyst, PGA TOUR
Analyst, Golf Central
Host, Golf Hawaii

Mark Rolfing, who made a popular debut as guest host of Golf Talk in 2002, serves as analyst and play-by-play host for select PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events in 2009.  Rolfing also is as a contributing analyst for Golf Central, Golf Central Pre Game and the network’s Live From telecasts at golf’s major championships. A television professional with more than 20 years of experience as a reporter, commentator and host for such networks as NBC, ESPN, ABC and CNBC, Rolfing’s easy-going personality and knowledge of the game has paid dividends during interviews with many of golf’s biggest stars.  Rolfing also is the host of Golf Hawaii, a magazine-style series that has appeared on the GOLF CHANNEL 12 weeks a year since 1998. Rolfing is a member of the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame.

Tim Rosaforte

Golf Channel Insider

Tim Rosaforte joined GOLF CHANNEL in 2007, lending an insider’s look into the PGA TOUR and throughout the world of golf.  He contributes to Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game, the network’s Live From telecasts during major championships and as an interviewer/essayist at select Champions Tour events in 2009.

A veteran senior writer at Golf World Magazine, Rosaforte has covered golf’s major professional championships and every Ryder Cup since the early 1980s.  He has been honored 30 times with writing awards during his 20-year career, including first place in the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) magazine feature and column categories.  He also is the author of three books: Raising the Bar: The Championship Years of Tiger Woods; Heartbreak Hill: The Anatomy of a Ryder Cup; and Tiger Woods: The Making of a Champion.  He has covered golf for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated and Links Magazines, as well as several Florida newspapers.

Rosaforte is no stranger to television, having served as a contributing analyst for USA Network’s PGA TOUR Sunday and co-hosting PGA TOUR Florida Style.  He also lent his expertise to USA Network’s early round coverage of PGA TOUR events, The Masters and The Ryder Cup, and currently contributes to NBC’s PGA TOUR coverage.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Rosaforte resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife, Genevive, and two daughters, Genna and Molly.

Charlie Rymer

Co-host, Big Break Prince Edward Island
Analyst, Golf Central

A native of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Rymer joined GOLF CHANNEL in 2008 as a cast-member of Road Trip: Myrtle Beach, the network’s original series focusing on the ultimate golf vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C.  In 2009, Rymer can be seen as co-host for Big Break Prince Edward Island alongside Stina Sternberg and as an analyst for Golf Central.

Rymer has been treating golf fans to his quick wit and “down home” humor as a sports commentator for ESPN since 1998.  Relying on his experiences on the PGA Tour, Rymer uses his views on life and golf to entertain audiences all over the world.  After graduating as a two-time All American at Georgia Tech, Charlie spent over 10 years playing professional golf and recorded his best finish on tour with a third-place finish at the Shell Houston Open in 1995.  He also won the 1994 South Carolina Classic Champion.

Steve Sands

Anchor/Reporter, Golf Central, PGA TOUR

Steve Sands joined the GOLF CHANNEL in 2001, bringing nearly a decade of sports broadcasting experience with him to the GOLF CHANNEL.  Steve anchors Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game and reports on-site from PGA TOUR events and golf’s major championships as part of the network’s Live From telecasts.  Sands also has hosted a variety of shows and specials for GOLF CHANNEL, including the Grey Goose 19th Hole, The Approach with Callaway Golf and The Big Break All Star Challenge. A native of Washington, D.C., Sands began his career as a cable television station sports anchor and reporter while in college at Colorado State University.  Prior to joining the GOLF CHANNEL Steve was a sports anchor/reporter in Scottsbluff, Neb., Martinsburg, W.V., Utica, N.Y., Richmond, Va., and Orlando, Fla. 

Val Skinner

Tower Analyst, On-Course Reporter, LPGA Tour

Val Skinner serves as a tower analyst and an on-course reporter at select LPGA Tour events for the GOLF CHANNEL.  A six-time winner on the LPGA Tour and accumulating 10 professional victories overall worldwide, Skinner was a member of the 1996 U.S. Solheim Cup Team and Captain of the 2003 U.S. Ping Junior Solheim Cup Team.  She also has received numerous awards for her philanthropic efforts, including the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award in 2005 after raising more than $2.5 million for breast cancer research.

A graduate of Oklahome State University, Skinner was Big Eight Conference Champion in 1980 and ’82, and was the 1982 Big Eight Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year.

Stephanie Sparks

Interviewer, Nationwide and LPGA Tour
Host, Playing Lessons From the Pros

Stephanie Sparks serves as an on-course reporter and conducting post-round interviews at Nationwide and LPGA Tour events in 2009.  She also is host of Playing Lessons from the Pros, GOLF CHANNEL’s popular instruction series that allows viewers to eavesdrop on practice rounds of golf’s greatest players, sports and entertainment celebrities.  A member of the GOLF CHANNEL team since 2001, Sparks has hosted several Big Break series, the network’s lifestyle series – Golf With Style! – and select one-off specials. 

An accomplished golfer, Sparks was an All-American at Duke University from 1992-94, and notched and impressive list of victories including Women’s Western Amateur Champion, Women’s Eastern Amateur Champion, Women’s North and South Champion and West Virginia State Amateur Champion.

Stina Sternberg

Co-host, Big Break Prince Edward Island

Big Break Prince Edward Island co-host and Golf Digest Senior Editor Stina Sternberg is a life-long golfer who started her career as a teaching pro and professional club fitter, then became equipment editor of Golf For Women magazine. A Golf Writers Association of America award-winning writer, Sternberg heads up Golf Digest’s women’s-golf coverage, pens a column called “Ask Stina” and is a member of Golf Digest’s equipment panel as one of four judges of the Golf Digest Hot List. In addition to her publishing job, Sternberg launched her U.S. television career in 2004 when she became the host of “Two Days in Paradise,” a travel segment on USA Network’s weekly show PGA Tour Sunday. In 2006, she took over the hosting reins on Golf Channel’s travel show Golf With Style: Global Challenge and performed a regular stint as “The Gizmo Girl” on ESPN2’s morning show Cold Pizza. In 2007, she became one of three judges on GC’s reality show Fore Inventors Only and began co-hosting Golf Channel’s most popular competition show, Big Break.

Born and raised in Sweden, Sternberg supplemented her schooling with working in her father’s golf shops on weekends and holidays from the age of 14. She moved to the U.S. in 1991 to study English at Fairfield University, then went back home to spend 1993 as host and field reporter for the Sportnytt sports show on Swedish Network Television in Stockholm. In the years following, she returned to the States to work as a freelance New York correspondent for Swedish television and radio while running her own golf shop and indoor teaching center in Westport, CT (she was a member of the PGA of Sweden’s teaching division from 1996 to 2000). In 1999, she sold her business and became equipment editor for GFW in New York, where she stayed for nine years before moving to Golf Digest.

Sternberg currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and son.

Lauren Thompson

Host, Top 10, Destination Golf

Lauren Thompson joined GOLF CHANNEL in 2009 as host of the network’s Top 10 series, a GOLF CHANNEL original series that provides an entertaining and informative countdown of controversial and compelling stories in golf. In 2010, she will continue to host Top 10 and also will host the network’s new travel documentary series, Destination Golf.

In addition to her GOLF CHANNEL duties, Thompson also hosts Hulu.com’s College Sports Minute. An actress, host and model for more than nine years, Thompson is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and currently resides in Orlando.

Kelly Tilghman

Play-by-Play Host, PGA TOUR
Anchor/Reporter, Golf Central

A member of GOLF CHANNEL’s original cast and one of the network’s most versatile anchors, Kelly Tilghman serves as play-by-play host for the network’s PGA TOUR coverage.  She also co-anchors the network’s signature news program, Golf Central, as well as Live From telecasts from golf’s major events.  In May of 2009, she hosts Operation Links, a GOLF CHANNEL special presentation that documents her first USO Tour to Iraq that took place December of 2008.  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 currently is the play-by-play voice for EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2009 video game, 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. 

Scott Walker

Anchor/Reporter, Golf Central, PGA TOUR

Veteran sports broadcaster Scott Walker joined GOLF CHANNEL’s on-air team in 2008, serving as an anchor and reporter for Golf Central and contributing to the network’s news reporting team at PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour events for 2009.  Walker brought more than 15 years of sports broadcasting and journalist experience to GOLF CHANNEL, including four years as ESPN as a national correspondent and SportsCenter reporter.  Walker also was a correspondent for USA Network’s PGA TOUR Sunday and a college football sideline reporter for ABC Sports.

A graduate of Stanford University, Walker’s career began in 1994 as a production assistant for CNN Sports, followed by the NBC affiliate KNSD in San Diego as a sports reporter, where he won the San Diego Press Club Award for best sports reporting in 1997 and the Golden Mike Award for best sports reporting in Southern California in 1998.