Starting tonight, Golf Channel will carry the LPGA LOTTE Championship from the Ko Olina Golf Club on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. The four round coverage will be live in primetime starting at 6:30 East tonight and going through Sunday evening.
Tom Abbott will be the main at the 18th tower along with Judy Rankin. Mark Rolfing will also be on hand at the 17th.
LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan is expected to join Tom and Judy at the 18th sometime during tonight’s coverage to discuss the future of the LPGA and where it’s headed.
We have the Golf Channel press release for you.
Live Tournament Broadcast Airtimes Extended Wednesday-Sunday
Airtimes: Wednesday 6:30-11 p.m. (Live)
Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live)/1-4 p.m. (Saturday Replay)
Saturday 7-10 p.m. (Live)/10 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Tom Abbott (Play by Play)
Judy Rankin (Analyst)
Mark Rolfing (Tower)
Jerry Foltz (On Course)
Jane Crafter (On Course)
- Wednesday-Saturday Tournament – The LPGA LOTTE Championship will take place Wednesday-Saturday, with live coverage in primetime on Golf Channel.
- I.K. Kim and Karin Sjodin Featured Wednesday for LPGA Unplugged -– LPGA professionals I.K. Kim and Karin Sjodin will be featured participants on Wednesday on “LPGA Unplugged,” a new feature airing on Golf Channel during LPGA tournament coverage where players discuss all aspects of golf, the tour and their everyday lives.
- LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan to Join Broadcast Booth Wednesday -– LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan is scheduled to join Abbott and Rankin in the broadcast booth during Wednesday’s live tournament coverage.
- 2011 U.S. Women’s Open Champion So Yeon Ryu Rookie Spotlight –- 2011 U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu will be Golf Channel’s rookie spotlight player during Thursday’s live tournament coverage.
- Walk and Talks Featured – Golf Channel on-course reporters Jerry Foltz and Jane Crafter will interview players as they are walking the fairways during all four rounds of tournament coverage.
- Headlining the field: World No.1 Yani Tseng, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Ai Miyazato, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Azahara Munoz, Beatriz Recari, Christina Kim and Brittany Lincicome.
So far, it’s been quite the NBC Sports Group morning. Back later.