KSTP alum Hammond stays busy with golf

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 11, 2007 - 5:50 PM

Inga Hammond has moved from one cable station to another in recent years, recently landing on The Golf Channel.

TULSA, OKLA. — Inga Hammond was an anchor and reporter for KSTP-TV for four years in the early 1990s. No one misses her more than CJ, the Star Tribune's gossip columnist.

"As far as being connected to a place, it probably was the Twin Cities for me," Hammond said. "Those were some interesting years."

Hammond moved to Seattle and was a news anchor in 1995. She said she wanted to get out of news because she was tired of dealing with death and destruction.

She made some tapes of mock sportscasts and send them around the country.

"I was hired as the weekend sports anchor in Phoenix, for 30 percent of the salary I was making as a news anchor in Seattle," she said. "The main sports anchor left and I was given the job. People at the station said that made me the only female sports anchor at a network affiliate in the country."

Hammond was sending out résumés through this period. She was hired as a sports anchor on CNN/Sports Illustrated for four years.

"That was a good, stable job, until they decided to blow up the operation," she said.

Hammond moved to Los Angeles and worked freelance for Fox Sports Net.

"Mark Gubicza and I were doing Twins postgame shows ... from LA [in 2004]," she said. "That was interesting."

She also was working golf majors as a reporter for Fox.

"That's how I got to know people in the television part of the PGA Tour," she said. "I've always been fond of the game. And, I can prove that by going back to my time in Minnesota.

"I did a story on the Hudson [Wis.] dog track. I rescued two greyhounds after I did the story. I named them Ben, for Hogan, and Jack, for Nicklaus."

After leaving FSN, Hammond became a reporter for PGA Tour Sunday on the USA Network. She also was doing some golf work for XM Satellite radio.

"It became obvious a while back that all golf was going to end up eventually on The Golf Channel," she said. "When it was announced last year that USA wouldn't have the Thursday-Friday rounds, our show was over. I started schmoozing people at The Golf Channel and I landed this job.

"I moved from Malibu to Orlando in January and bought a house at Bay Hill. I love this job. It's long hours but that's OK, because I'm a workaholic."

This past week, Hammond has been a host and a reporter for The Golf Channel's shows from the PGA Championship. During the golf season, she spends about 60 percent of her time doing shows from the network's studios in Orlando and 40 percent in the field.

"I do a Monday show called 'The Approach' with Andrew Magee and Alex Miceli, and another show called 'The Top Ten,' " Hammond said. "On a recent Monday, those shows were both on, and then I was anchoring Golf Central. I was on for about six hours straight.

"Our production people get a good laugh when that happens. They call those 'Ingathons.' "

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