Nationwide Tour

May 06, 2010 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02146192 Caddie Brett Waldman (L) pats Camilo Villegas of Colombia on the back after Villegas putted on the 6th green on the TCP Sawgrass Stadium Course in the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA 06 May 2010.

Last Monday, Brett Waldman, shot a final round 68 at PGA Tour Q-School.  It wasn’t enough for him to earn a PGA Tour Card, but it was good enough to get him a Nationwide Tour Card.  And the Nationwide Tour is where you will find Waldman next year.

There was quite a bit of speculation about where he would be in 2011.  Would he be on Camilo’s bag or making a go of it on the Nationwide Tour?  If he had earned a PGA Tour card, the decision would have been a no-brainer.  But the Nationwide Tour wasn’t necessarily an easy choice.

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Announcer Curt Byrum and producer Keith Hirshland, the mastermind behind Saturday's "announer-lite" coverage

If you’re not aware, the Golf Channel decided to broadcast the Nationwide Tour’s Albertson’s Boise Open today without traditional announcers.  Instead of continuous commentary, they focused more on capturing sound/conversations from the different groups on the course and conducting player interviews.  Announcers Jerry Foltz and Curt Byrum managed to stay busy however, as they were responding to tweets, Facebook and e-mails while also conducting phone interviews with notable golfers such as Stewart Cink, Zack Johnson, and Matt Kuchar.  So did the experiment in cost cutting work?  In a nutshell, Yes.

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Don’t forget, the Nationwide tour will be broadcasting without announcers tomorrow.  Tune in and find out if the Golf Channel’s cost cutting innovative broadcast approach is something that we’ll be seeing more of in the future.

posted by Jerry Foltz on twitter

Ever get tired of listening to golf announcers (ahem… Johnny Miller)? Want to know what a golf broadcast would sound like without the chatty guys in the booth?  Well, this Saturday, you’re going to get your wish.  On Sep 18, the Golf Channel will be broadcasting the Nationwide Tour’s Boise Open without announcers.  There will be extra microphones all over the course to pick up player/caddie conversations, crowd noises, etc.  They will also be conducting on-course interviews at holes that tend to get backed up.  I’m really looking forward to this.   I have no idea if it will be a success, but it’s nice to see the Golf Channel trying something different.