Mike Tirico will head up NBC's coverage of Augusta National Women's Amateur
Veteran golf announcer Mike Tirico will serve as play-by-play host for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur when the new event is shown on NBC on April 6.
NBC Sports announced Tuesday that Tirico also would serve as host for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, which will be televised April 7 on Golf Channel.
Joining Tirico in the broadcast booth for the women’s amateur will be NBC Sports golf analysts Paige Mackenzie and Gary Koch. Mackenzie, a three-time All-American at the University of Washington and former top-ranked amateur in the country, currently serves as co-host for Golf Channel’s Morning Drive daily news program and an analyst for NBC Sports’ LPGA Tour coverage.
Koch, a six-time winner on the PGA TOUR and four-time All-American at the University of Florida, has been a part of NBC Sports’ golf broadcast team for the past 22 years and will be calling golf at Augusta National for the first time. Koch played in 10 Masters between 1974 and 1989 and his best finish was a tie for 16th in 1985 and 1986.
Kay Cockerill, a two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, and Frank Nobilo, a 15-time winner around the world who also finished tied for fourth at the 1996 Masters, will be hole announcers for NBC’s coverage of the women's amateur.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur is a 54-hole tournament with the first two rounds scheduled for April 3 and April 4 at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans. The 72-player field will be cut to the low 30, and they will compete in the final round at Augusta National on Saturday, April 6. The final-round telecast is from noon to 3 p.m.
Tirico, Mackenzie, Nobilo and Steve Sands will be part of Golf Channel’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.. Joining them will be Peter Jacobsen (lead analyst) and Charlie Rymer (on-course reporter).