Co-Host, Morning Drive, The Golf Channel
One of the longest tenured Golf Channel on-air personalities
Board Executive Vice President – Gene’s Dream Foundation
Favorite Core Value: Perseverance
“Perseverance is a combination of strength, determination and self-belief. Life isn’t always easy and this core value helps you overcome the challenges to create positive momentum and change for the better.”
“Without asking for anything in return, mentors recognize, nurture and guide the promise in you. They are special people in your life who should be cherished and celebrated for bringing out what’s special in you.”
Kelly Tilghman is one of the longest tenured Golf Channel on-air personalities, and currently serves in several roles with the network. She works as a host for Golf Central and Live From,airing on-site from the game’s biggest events. She also serves as a regular co-host forMorning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle program.
Since originally joining the network, Tilghman has hosted numerous shows and specials, and previously served as an on-course reporter for the network’s live tournaments team. In 2007, she became the first full-time female play-by-play commentator in the history of the PGA TOUR when Golf Channel embarked on its 15-year contract as the TOUR’s exclusive cable home.
She was the play-by-play voice for EA Sports’ “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR” video game from 2008-11 and, for three consecutive years (2006-08) she caddied for Arnold Palmer at the Par-3 Contest at the Masters.
Tilghman grew up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her family owned and operated a golf course for 22 years. She earned a scholarship to play on the Duke University women’s golf team, where she won the 1990 Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University, and graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science and history. From 1992-96, Tilghman played professional golf in Australia, Europe and Asia, and served as a teaching and touring pro.