PGA.com, along with The PGA of America and HLN's Robin Meade, has teamed up to encourage women's participation in golf. Meade, the host of "Morning Express with Robin Meade," recently took up the game of golf and will participate in the Pro-Am prior to TNT's coverage of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course. TNT's coverage of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf will air Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4–7 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4–8 p.m. ET/PT, with exclusive early-round coverage on both days of the tournament on PGA.com.
Suzy Whaley, two-time Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year and District 1 Director of the PGA Board of Directors, introduced Meade to the game through the PGA of America's "Get Golf Ready" program, an exciting initiative that introduces beginners and returning players to golf in a relaxed, affordable and fun environment.
Meade will share her golf experience with viewers during the week of Oct. 15 on her show "Morning Express with Robin Meade," which airs live Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-Noon, on HLN Network. Meade's daily segments also will appear on PGA.com. Whaley took Meade from the golf shop to the tee with lessons and tips including: proper and fashionable attire, equipment, the physical mechanics of hitting a golf ball, etiquette and some of the myths about women playing golf.
"I can't believe it took me so long to even try golf," said Meade. "I used to mutter under my breath if my husband had a charity tournament to play. Now, I'm looking to see what I can play in next. I'm definitely not the future Annika, but I'm loving the game, the social connection, and the challenge."
"Robin's enthusiasm for the game is infectious and I know that PGA Professionals and all who care about golf are excited to share in her passion for the game," said Allen Wronowski, President of The PGA of America. "Through Get Golf Ready, people such as Robin are discovering the joy of learning the game, and wanting to get on the course to play it even more."
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will feature a field of three of this year's major championship winners: Bubba Watson (2012 Masters), Webb Simpson (2012 U.S. Open) and Ernie Els (2012 Open Championship), as well as Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship). This year marks the sixth year the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has been played in Bermuda and the fourth year at the Port Royal Golf Course located in Southampton Parish. Port Royal Golf Course plays a total of 6,842 yards making it the longest golf course in Bermuda.
Along with TNT's television coverage, the Emmy Award-winning PGA.com, the official website of The PGA of America, will offer comprehensive online coverage of the event including a hole-by-hole course tour, player profiles, live scoring, photo galleries and daily on-demand highlights.