Golf Channel sweetheart Kelly Tilghman is their longest serving reporter

By Ben Adams

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The Golf Channel reporter Kelly Tilghman with Steve Stricker. 1 of 8 Swipe To View More 8

Inclined to sports since her childhood, Kelly Tilghman was a professional golfer and a quarterback in her football team prior to making her career debut in 1995. She began playing as a professional golfer since 1992 and has played across Europe, Asia and in Australia. In addition to that, she also won a scholarship to play as a golfer for Duke Universities women’s team, winning the 1990’s Lady Paladin Invitational and, served as a Golf teaching and a touring pro.

Kelly’s journey in the television began at WPTV, a small TV station situated in West Palm Beach. Speaking about her time as in intern the Golf announcer said “They didn’t need me, but he gave me a chance as long as I’d work free. After two weeks, he was so happy with my work that he offered to pay me $5 per hour for the next month”. While in her time there she came in contact with American Sportscaster Scott Van Pelt, who later helped her to reached the doorstep of the Golf Channel.

Kelly joined the Golf Channel since its inception in 1995. Upon joining the network she served as an on-course reporter. Besides that, she co-anchored Golf Central, Sprint Sports Games, Grey Goose 19th Hole and Live From

In 2007 The Golf Channel penned a 15-year deal to be named the PGA Tour’s cable home, which resulted in Kelly contributing as play-by-play commentator for the channel, making her the first female to do so. Moreover, she also contributed her voice in a video game titled ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour’ from 2008-2011, and, caddied Arnold Palmer, for three consecutive years (2006-2008), at the Par-3 contest in the Masters. 

In her career spanning over more than two decades, Kelly has tastes all the success and the popularity that her career has to offer. Furthermore, she has also garnered an estimated net worth of around 5 million dollars from her career.