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NBC’s manufacturing truck throughout the U.S. Girls’s Open is a sight to behold

NBC’s manufacturing truck throughout the U.S. Girls’s Open is a sight to behold


Enjoying golf is tough, however producing it for tv may be tougher.

Zephyr Melton

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — It’s darkish if you enter the room, however your eyes regulate shortly. There are two lengthy rows of desk, and eight folks — some sitting, others standing — occupy the area. All eyes are mounted on the 20-plus TV screens on the entrance of the room. There’s chatter, however most of it seems like they’re talking in code.

Costello actual velocity! Platinum subsequent!

That is NBC’s manufacturing truck, parked a couple of mile from the Pebble Seaside clubhouse, and it’s the place the published of the 78th U.S. Girls’s Open is being pieced collectively in actual time.

“It’s a bit like an orchestra,” says Golf Channel government producer Molly Solomon. “And Tommy is the conductor.”

“Tommy” is Tommy Roy, NBC Sports activities’ lead golf producer. The 29-time Emmy winner has been producing golf for the community for greater than 35 years, and on this Friday, he’s consumed by the pictures on the screens earlier than him; a purple define dances from shot to shot indicating which digital camera feed is getting used at any given time. Crucial display screen sits entrance and middle, with the label “PROGRAM” above it. That is what viewers see at dwelling.

Get the Rolex tracer prepared!

Moments after Roy barks the orders, shock contender Áine Donegan seems on the display screen and swings. A shot tracer seems and tracks her ball at its ascends. Somebody within the room shouts {that a} business break is coming, and Roy relays the data to play-by-play man Dan Hicks.

Music now! Carry up the leaderboard … anddd fade out.

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She’s enjoying within the U.S. Girls’s Open … and broadcasting it


James Colgan

“In Celebration of Man,” the theme of USGA occasions on NBC properties, begins enjoying as a leaderboard flashes on the display screen. A countdown begins backward from 5. At zero, the display screen cuts to black.

Clear for one minute!

The tempo is frenetic, and the room is buzzing. Roy is flanked by a manufacturing assistant and a director. Standing behind him is his co-producer. When Roy offers an order, buttons are pushed that deliver his imaginative and prescient to life.

“They’re the best-in-class at their craft in tv,” Solomon says. “It’s this elixir of ability in tv and understanding of golf. You deliver all of it collectively and it’s magic on the display screen.”

Forty-five seconds after the business break begins, assistant director Brandon Murphy signifies they’ll be again on the air in 15 seconds. Once they return from break, Roy desires a shot of Annika Sorenstam’s birdie putt.

If she makes this putt, present the leaderboard with the cutline. She’ll be proper on the quantity.

Sorenstam’s attempt slides previous the cup and there’s a groan within the room. Roy requires a minimize to Nasa Hataoka as she performs the twelfth gap. He desires on-course reporter John Wooden to chime in from the grounds. When Wooden finishes, Roy cuts to Tom Abbott, who’s calling holes for the published.

“I don’t suppose except you’ve come right into a tv truck you may perceive the complexity,” Solomon says. “We have now so many balls in play, and now we have to verify we’re telling the story because it’s occurring. It’s very advanced, however it’s additionally actually enjoyable to attempt to orchestrate all of that.”

“Enjoyable” may be a stretch. But it surely’s a sight to behold.

Zephyr Melton

Golf.com Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com the place he spends his days running a blog, producing and modifying. Previous to becoming a member of the group at GOLF, he attended the College of Texas adopted by stops with the Texas Golf Affiliation, Crew USA, the Inexperienced Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all issues instruction and covers newbie and girls’s golf. He may be reached at zephyr_melton@golf.com.



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