DAYTONA BEACH/ORLANDO, FLORIDA ( Jan. 27, 2015) – With a 2015 tournament schedule that features 34
events around the world highlighted by exciting enhancements with two majors, the ANA Inspiration and
the inaugural KPMG Women’s Championship, and the return of the biennial Solheim Cup, the LPGA Tour is
riding a wave of momentum as the 2015 season kicks off this week. Following a 2014 season that saw an 18
percent increase in viewership of North American events on Golf Channel and NBC, the momentum
continues with the unveiling of Golf Channel and NBC’s 2015 LPGA television schedule, featuring nearly 400
hours of coverage, the most televised hours in LPGA history.
Golf Channel kicks off its 2015 LPGA tournament coverage Wednesday at the season-opening Coates Golf
Championship Presented by R&L Carriers, taking place at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.
Live coverage will kick off Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. ET, and will continue on Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET.
Friday’s coverage will air in prime time from 8-10 p.m. ET and conclude on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. ET.
“Golf Channel’s increased television coverage will give fans the opportunity to follow what promises to be an exciting 2015 LPGA season,” said LPGA Sr. VP of Television & New Media Brian Carroll. “Our strong relationship with Golf Channel has provided us the opportunity to showcase the LPGA through live telecasts, increases in telecast hours and personality features across many diff erent programs.”
Golf Channel’s coverage consists of 31 official LPGA tournaments in 2015, including the 2015 Solheim Cup.
Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin, who recently signed a multi-year contract extension with Golf Channel, will
return as lead analyst, joining one of three play-by-play hosts that includes Terry Gannon, Whit Watson and
LPGA mainstay Tom Abbott, who will serve as a hole announcer when not calling play by play. Major Cham-
pion Karen Stupples will rotate with Rankin as lead analyst in 2015 and also will report from the course. Join-
ing Stupples on the course-reporting team will be Jerry Foltz and Kay Cockerill. Curt Byrum, Jim Gallagher,
Jr. and Jane Crafter also will join for Golf Channel’s LPGA broadcast team at select events in 2015.
Highlights of Golf Channel’s 2015 television schedule include:
• A 10 percent increase in hours of tournament coverage over 2014, totaling more than 390 hours for the 2015 season.
• Golf Channel will provide complete live coverage of the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany (Sept. 18-20), totaling nearly 30 hours of event coverage.
• Golf Channel and NBC will provide robust tournament coverage of three LPGA Major Championships: the ANA Inspiration (Apr. 2-5), the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June. 11-14), and the Evian Championship (Sept. 10-13), combining for nearly 50 hours of Golf Channel coverage. Final round coverage of the Evian Championship and weekend coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship also will air on NBC in 2015.
• Golf Channel will provide live coverage for all U.S. tournaments in 2015
• Expanded Morning Drive news coverage in 2015, including on-site coverage from Media Day at select tournaments, including the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Meijer LPGA Classic and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the associa-
tion celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 diff erent
countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s
golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Profes-
sionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour
consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona
Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com,www.facebook.
com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel,
co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120
million homes in 83 countries and 12 languages around the world. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s
top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well
as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original program-
ming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the
Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of
Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR
Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital services including
Golf Channel Mobile; GolfNow, the world’s largest online booking platform;GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course
ratings and review portal; the interactive Golf Channel Academy instructional app; and the Golf Channel Am
Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.
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