Jock Olson files an update from the practice range at the 2009 PGA Championship
PGA Professionals adding expertise to PGA.com's coverage
Several top PGA Professionals will be serving as roving correspondents for PGA.com official coverage of the 91st PGA Championship. The Professionals will be stationed on the course at Hazeltine, and will file live updates via Twitter.
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CHASKA, Minn. -- This week, fans will be connected to the PGA Championship like never before.
Turner Sports and the PGA of America will have all of TNT’s television announcers and on-camera talent, as well as local PGA of America professionals using the Twitter social networking platform to provide commentary leading up to and throughout the year’s final major. The tweets will be featured on PGA.com’s @PGA_com Twitter feed and will be made available on the PGA.com homepage, the site’s new live video player and at http://twitter.com/PGA_com and will receive on-air promotion on TNT.
Those tweeting will include TNT’s Ernie Johnson, Ian Baker-Finch, Billy Kratzert and Jim Huber, as well as PGA.com’s Marc Fein, Craig Sager, Michael Breed and Brian Katrek.
In addition, several top PGA Professionals will add their expertise in golf, tournament coverage and local knowledge as official correspondents. Their insights, as they cover the course over the four days of tournament action, will be relayed via PGA.com, live video coverage and social media outlets such as the official PGA.com Twitter feed and Facebook pages.
“Using social media platforms like Twitter to engage and inform a more diverse audience fits perfectly with The PGA of America and PGA.com’s strategy to bring younger people closer to the game, and what better venue to do so that than at the PGA’s premier event of the year,” said Matthew Hong, Turner Sports Vice President and General Manager of Sports Digital.
The new concept of having the PGA Professional - the experts in golf - provide their insight for social media purposes is also being met with great anticipation.
"We have put together a team of PGA Professionals who can not only expand our coverage of all the action on the course, but also add a unique and important perspective on this championship -- both inside and outside the ropes," said Gary Treater, Senior Director of Business Operations for PGA.com. "It's taking advantage of every platform and access we have to provide the most comprehensive and quality product for those viewing the championship from their computers, phones or any online device."
From crowd enthusiasm to unusual golf course happenings, many of the most entertaining and educational aspects of golf -- which often happen away from the cameras -- will be captured and relayed by these roving reporters. In short, golf fans will know that no matter what is happening at Hazeltine, if it is of value to golf fans, PGA.com and its team will have it covered.
Contributing correspondents include:
A PGA Master Professional who served as the Head Professional for 15 years at nearby Interlachen Country Club. In 2002, Olson was named the 49th recipient of the PGA Professional of the Year, only the second Minnesotan to have ever received the highest honor The PGA of America bestows on one of its members.
The PGA Head Professional at Mankato Golf Club in Mankato, Minn. Zinni is one of the most accomplished playing PGA Club Professionals from Minnesota, having played in one PGA Championship, eight Senior PGA Championships, four U.S. Senior Opens and over 30 Champions Tour events.
PGA Master Professional who has served as the Head Professional at Madden's on Gull Lake, Foley also owns and runs the Chris Foley Golf School was as named the 2002 Minnesota section Teacher of the Year.
PGA Teaching Professional at nearby North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks, Minn., Bailey is a native Minnesotan who played collegiate golf at the University of Wisconsin.
Ed Money is the General Manager of Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn. Ed has attained membership both as Class A PGA Professional and with the Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. He has worked at many top courses around the country but has been in Minnesota for 15 years. Ed has worked with all levels of players; from beginning golfers to those on Tour.
Lori Money is a Class A PGA Professional and the Operations Manager at Rush Creek Golf Club. She serves on the Board of the Minnesota PGA Section and is the Chairman of the Growth of the Game for the Minnesota PGA. She is a recent winner of the Section President's Award.
A native Minnesotan, Fessler has served as the PGA Head Professional at Pheasant Acres Golf Club in Rogers, Minn., for the over 20 years. Fessler has been an active member of the Minnesota PGA Section and received the section's Junior Leader award in 2004.
TNT will provide 18 exclusive hours from all four rounds of the 91st PGA Championship, live from Hazeltine National Golf Club. It is the 18th consecutive year and 11th straight on TNT, that Turner Sports will air the event. TNT will televise 12 hours of exclusive live first and second round coverage (Thursday/Friday, 2-8 p.m. ET) and an additional six hours of early third and final round coverage (Saturday/Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). In addition, Turner Sports will offer PGA Championship LIVE on PGA.com, the official site of the PGA of America. PGA Championship LIVE will offer viewers nearly 100 hours of bonus coverage of the year’s final major championship from the course via multiple broadband channels.