To share someone’s story is an amazing gift, especially sports stories; these are the ones that get better with time and pass down fandom, tradition and the spirit of the game. They form the bonds that come with scoring the winning goal, completing a marathon or in this case, spending a day on the green…
Ann Liguori shines as a leader in the world of sports media. She was the first woman to host a call-in sport’s show on WFAN-New York, she is a special correspondent for CBS Sports Radio Network, and had a show on The Golf Channel. Even more outstanding is her coverage of major events such as The Masters, the U.S. Open Golf Championships, the P.G.A. Championships and the Olympic games. In addition to her career in radio, Ann has the distinction of being the host, executive producer and owner of ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori,’ which airs every Saturday morning. Her award-winning interviews showcase sports legends and celebrities as they share their passion for the game—whether it’s Tiger Woods or an Oscar winning actor, golf is a challenge like no other as Ann knows very well. Ann laments that “golf takes you to the most beautiful pieces of property on earth and you meet the most interesting, intelligent, multi-faceted people”, and readers can walk right alongside Ann’s most impactful interviews in her golf book, ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings about the Game”. Here she tells the tales from golfing with personalities such as Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Costner, Alice Cooper, Celine Dion, the late Charles Schulz of Peanut’s fame, as they shared their stories with her.
Matthew McConaughey’s narrative of why he’s so passionate about the game is simple, “golf can’t be mastered,” he said, as she interviewed him amongst the beauty of Desert Mountain in Carefree, Arizona. “I think it’s the toughest, most intriguing and difficult, yet inspiring game. Golf is so simple when you’re playing well, yet so incredibly hard to figure out when you’re playing badly”, he continued as Ann recalls their time on the course.
But this media maven goes beyond reporting and sharing the world of golf with the public. She also gives back as she pours efforts into The Ann Liguori Foundation, which raises money and awareness for organizations that deal with cancer prevention, health and wellness. “I’ve hosted a charity golf tourney in The Hamptons for 16 straight years and we’re proud of the work we’ve done in this area, plus, our golfers have the opportunity to play some of the top golf courses in the country – Maidstone, Sebonack, Friar’s Head, The Bridge, Hampton Hills, and Westhampton Country Club”, and having lost loved ones to the disease, Ann is a champion for the cause. In 2014, the tournament will be held at Friars Head on Monday, May 19th.
So what does she love most about her life in the game? “The beauty of the courses, the views, the people you meet in the game and the challenge of the game, all inspire me and help motivate me to be the best person I can be because I’m so blessed and appreciative of the opportunities to do what I do.” But Ann also enjoys watching out for the next up and comers and gives us a sneak peek for who to watch out for in the upcoming Masters– she says to watch out for defending champ Adam Scott, 3-time champ Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson, and any number of young guns who can put four magical rounds together are ones to watch. For Ann golf is “a mystical, magical, amazing game that will drive you nuts if you let it!” and also a game that can take you around the world or in your own back yard. That sounds pretty “Alright, alright, alright”, to me…
For more information on Ann Liguori, visit her website at annliguori.com
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