Who is Kelly Tilghman?
Kelly Tilghman was born on 6 August 1969, in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA, and is a broadcaster, best known for being the PGA Tour’s first female lead golf announcer. She also works as one of the broadcasters for The Golf Channel.
The Wealth of Kelly Tilghman
How rich is Kelly Tilghman? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through a successful career as a golf broadcaster. She covers numerous events throughout each golf season, and also previously having played college golf. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Professional Golf
Kelly grew up in a family who were very involved in golf, as her parents owned and operated a golf course for 22 years. She was brought up in the sporting industry, and learned the sport of golf at a very young age. After matriculating from high school, she earned a scholarship and enrolled in Duke University, playing with the university’s women’s golf team, and in 1990, she won the Furman University-hosted event entitled the “Lady Paladin Invitational”. Kelly graduated with a degree in Political Science and History, after which she decided to try her hand at professional golf, playing in several countries including Australia, countries in Europe, and in Asia. She taught people how to play golf as well, but after four years from 1992 to 1996, she retired from playing the sport, and focused on a broadcasting career. She became one of the original members of The Golf Channel and has worked with the network since its inception.
The Golf Channel and PGA
As one of the original broadcasters of The Golf Channel, Tilghman served as the co-anchor of the show “Golf Central”, and also hosted the telecasts of the “Sprint Post Game” and “Live From…”, along with numerous other original programs on the network, including “The Grey Goose 19th Hole” and “Academy Live”. She often appeared on-course to report on current golf events, as a part of the network’s live tournament team.
In 2007, her popularity, knowledge of the game, and experience with broadcasting the sport led her to sign a 15-year deal with the PGA Tour. With the contract, The Golf Channel will broadcast the first three events of the year including the weekday coverage of all tour events. They will also cover opposite-field and the Fall Series events fully. Subsequently, Kelly started collaborating with lead analyst Nick Faldo, with the two comprising the lead broadcast team for PGA Tour telecasts.
— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) March 19, 2018
Incident with Tiger Woods
In a 2008 PGA Tour Telecast alongside Nick Faldo, Kelly made a joking remark about lynching Tiger Woods in a back alley after Nick commented on younger players ganging up on Woods. There was no ill intent with the remark, and even Tiger Woods’ agent said that he didn’t think that there was any ill intent. Despite that, numerous news channels covered the broadcast leading to civil rights activist Al Sharpton becoming very vocal that Kelly should be fired immediately. She then apologized for her remarks during a broadcast a few days later.
While the Golf Channel initially had a stand of not suspending her as a result of the remarks, the continuing controversy caused the network to reverse their decision, suspending her for two weeks. Sharpton continued to push for her firing, and wanted to meet with Golf Channel executives as the remark was “an insult to all blacks”. The Golf Channel rehired Vince Cellini in response to the possibility that Kelly would be fired, but that never came to fruition As a result of the incident, the magazine “Golfweek” decided to run a story, however, they used a controversial image of a hanging noose leading to a lot of criticism and the firing of editor Dave Seanor. Despite the issue, Tiger Woods did not feel like the remarks were ill and he and Kelly have since collaborated on several video games, including “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09”, “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10”, and “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11”. In 2018, it was announced that she would be leaving The Golf Channel to focus more on her personal life.
For her personal life, a lot of Tilghman’s romantic endeavors are kept away from the media, leading to numerous speculations and rumors regarding her civil status. In 2010, a rumor started spreading that she was secretly married to co-host Nick Faldo due to their on-screen chemistry, but no substantial evidence backed-up the claim. Nick’s romances were also publicized, and it is known that he is dating CBS Sports communication chief LeslieAnne Wade. Tilghman later announced that she was retiring to spend more time with her family, meaning that she is likely married and has children, but no details about them have been released.