January 08, 2013

Begay joins NBC golf team

Begay Joins NBC, Golf Channel as ReporterThe next time Notah Begay is inside the ropes on the PGA Tour, he'll be holding a microphone instead of a golf club.

Begay starts a new line of work this week at the Sony Open as a full-time member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and Golf Channel. He will be a walking course reporter at Waialae Country Club.

An opening was created when Dottie Pepper, who joined the board of the PGA of America, retired from NBC last year to pursue programs geared toward junior golf.

Begay is a Navajo, the only full-blooded American Indian to play on the PGA Tour. He won four times on the Tour until his career was slowed by back injuries.
Comment:  On the one hand, Begay may be the only Indian on a major network sports broadcasting team. On the other hand, a course reporter for a golf team may be one of the lowest-ranking jobs.

For more on Begay, see Notah Finally Wins NB3 Challenge and Begay to Receive Bartlett Award.


Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


Notah Begay Reporting Live for NBC Sports, Golf Channel

Starting tomorrow at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, Notah Begay III will be walking the course with a different agenda.

Rather than swinging a golf club, the Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta four-time Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour winner will interviewing players and reporting on the ground as a full-time member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and Golf Channel.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to join the Golf Channel and NBC golf broadcast teams," Begay said in a statement. "The game of golf is as exciting as ever, and I look forward to utilizing my extensive experience to provide viewers with insight into the competition and its players."

Rob said...

And more:


Notah Begay now walking the course for NBC

NBC, offering up the only new voice in a major role on national TV golf this year, says former PGA Tour pro Notah Begay hasn't come on board as a course reporter merely to capitalize on his friendship with Tiger Woods--or because Begay is a diversity hire.