Course Reporters: Kia Classic – Day 2, Part 1

Round 2 at the 2016 Kia Classic

Today was our second and final day on the course.  We met many new people and enjoyed so many incredible new experiences.  The day started off meeting the Marines who pulled the flag on the ninth hole.  They were very nice and excited to be there representing the military.  Then, our friend Bob Ross from the media center introduced us to Dave Scott from KUSI News.  Dave invited us to come to the first tee box so he could interview US about Girls Golf on live TV!!  We were super excited be asked for an interview.

Next, Bob took us to the Golf Channel trailers to see what it’s like to be behind the scenes of a TV production.  I could tell that everyone was busy and had an important job to do, including the cameramen who were getting geared up to go on the course.  We met the wonderful Judy Rankin and she talked to us about our golf games and how we could continue golf even if we didn’t play professionally.  After the tour, we went to the driving range to take pictures at the Girls Golf clinic.  It was fun to watch the girls playing games, having fun, and making new friends.


One of the coolest parts of the day was being invited back by Judy to watch the live TV taping of the round.  We sat in the control booth behind the producer, Beth.  I learned A LOT from watching the group work together.  All of the men and women in the control booth have very difficult jobs, but I was most impressed by watching Beth.  She knows every single one of the golfers by sight.  There are also many cameras, so each one  has a name.  Beth calls the name of the camera which has the picture she wants shown on TV.  Beth tells the director, JD, what she wants to happen, and JD tells the technical director, Doug, what to do, so Beth must be a very quick and precise thinker.  There is another person who chooses the background music and gives the cues for commercial breaks by counting down from ten.  An impressive amount of teamwork goes into filming such a big production.

Lastly, we went to the scoring area to interview the players after their rounds.  We were able to talk to Michelle Wie, Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, Sandra Gal, Julie Inkster, and Audrey Gerdes, Kim Kaufman’s caddy.  They were all so sweet, it was really interesting to hear what each of them had to say.  Talking to Audrey was really special and unique because she is one of only a few female caddy’s on the LPGA Tour!

I learned so much from this amazing opportunity, and these two days opened up my eyes about what it takes to put on such a huge event.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this experience so incredible!  We enjoyed every second of it, and we hope that we will be able to come back and do it all again!  Best of luck to all of the professionals and to the junior golfers who hope to continue this fabulous sport.  Never give up on your dreams!

Catherine Solis
2016 Junior Course Reporter
Saturday, March 26, 2016

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