Video preview at link: Anthony Anderson: Golf in America: Sunday, September 11 8PM ET
NBC Press Release
GOLF IN AMERICA RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON WITH HOST ANTHONY ANDERSON, PREMIERING SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
Series Uncovers Real-Life Stories as Told Through the Game of Golf in Five-Episode Run
Sunday’s Season Premiere Pays Tribute to 9/11
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2011)—Golf Channel’s hard-hitting and inspirational series Golf in America gears up for its third season with a line-up of new, fascinating stories from individuals who are all unified by the game of golf. Premiering Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. ET, Golf in America will kick off its five-episode run with a special episode dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, featuring stories of three individuals affected by that day. Film and television actor Anthony Anderson returns as the series’ host, taking viewers across the country to uncover never-before-told stories that capture the heart and spirit of the game.
Sunday’s premiere episode will re-air Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET in the series’ regular timeslot.
This season, Golf in America profiles a dynamic cast of characters from all walks of life. In addition to an array of human-interest stories and profiles, the program also will spotlight some of the top golf courses across the country within its “National Treasures” feature, including Shinnecock Hills and Pebble Beach.
In the 9/11 premiere episode, Rich Lerner follows-up with New York firefighter Ken Eichele, who will reflect on the events that unfolded 10 years ago, and how golf has helped him through the past decade. The show also will feature former firefighter turned putter-designer Ken Flanigan, who has created 343 handmade “Flanigan Bilt” putters to honor the 343 firefighters who passed away on 9/11; and Chad Pfeifer, who turned to golf as a means to heal after losing a leg while serving for the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Future episode highlights include:
Discover how Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Szep and a $39 used putter helped professional golfer Jim Furyk win the 2010 Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
The future of American golf – the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team. Golf in America will give viewers a glimpse into the future of American golf, including Patrick Cantlay (low amateur at the U.S. Open), Russell Henley (winner on the Nationwide Tour), Harris English (winner on the Nationwide Tour) and Peter Uihlein (2010 U.S. Amateur Champion), all members of the illustrious 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team.
A visit with Big Break VII: Reunion champion Tommy Gainey and how his life has changed since he won the series and is now a full-time competitor on the PGA TOUR.
U.S. Women’s Open qualifier and 17-year-old Mariah Stackhouse. Golf in America delves into the back story on the talented teenager who did not have the means or access to golf facilities growing up. Through the help of a family friend (1960 Olympic Gold Medalist Ralph Boston) and the Women in Golf Foundation, Stackhouse is able to pursue her dream of one day competing full-time on the LPGA Tour.
Golf Central, Golf Channel’s daily news program, also airs special Golf in America segments each Monday during its 6 p.m. ET telecasts.
Golf in America is part of Golf Channel’s slate of original programming featuring A-list Hollywood talent and fascinating sports personalities. Golf Channel’s other original programming standouts include The Haney Project, featuring renowned swing instructor Hank Haney attempting to improve the golf swing of star students like Ray Romano; Big Break, the network’s popular reality series which pits highly-skilled golfers against each other for a chance to play on golf’s biggest stages; and Feherty, starring zany golf personality David Feherty as he interviews well-known talent within the sport of golf and beyond.
About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.
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