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Former collegiate golfer and rising broadcast star Holly Sonders is a reporter and host for FOX Sports. Having joined the company in July of 2014, Sonders serves as one of the primary on-air talents for FOX Sports’ United States Golf Association event… Read more
Former collegiate golfer and rising broadcast star Holly Sonders is a reporter and host for FOX Sports. Having joined the company in July of 2014, Sonders serves as one of the primary on-air talents for FOX Sports’ United States Golf Association event coverage throughout the year, while also performing sideline reporter duties for a package of NFL games and contributing to FOX Sports 1’s flagship studio news programs.
A native of Marysville, Ohio, Sonders found a passion competing in golf throughout her adolescence, winning her first organized tournament when she was just seven years old. She carried that development into high school where she lettered and earned all-league and all-district honors in each of her four years. Boasting a fantastic academic and athletic resume, she received a scholarship offer to Michigan State University to join the school’s highly-regarded women’s golf program. In East Lansing, Sonders started all four years for the Spartans, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors following her sophomore and junior seasons, while also helping lead the team to a Big Ten Conference championship in 2007. A veteran of 93 rounds during her collegiate career, she started in the NCAA Regional tournament three times and competed in the NCAA Championship tournament twice. Sonders is also no stranger to the world-class events of the USGA as she also participated in the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2004.
After earning a degree in journalism from Michigan State, Sonders embarked on a career in television following her 2009 graduation. First landing near her hometown at WBNS-10TV in Columbus, she quickly moved to the Big Ten Network, where served as a sideline reporter for the channel’s soccer coverage. The following year, she joined KATV in Little Rock, Ark., where she served a field reporter and gained valuable experience on the station’s live news broadcasts. In 2011, at the age of just 23, she sought to take advantage of her extensive playing background and attended an audition for NBC’s upstart Golf Channel. She landed a job as one of the original cast members of the channel’s hit morning talk show, Morning Drive. Possessing strong tactical knowledge and impressive comfort on camera, Sonders contributed to a number of the network’s different programs over the next three years, including School of Golf and Playing Lessons With the Pros, becoming one of Golf Channel’s most popular personalities. In July 2014, she joined FOX Sports for a role that allows her to work as both a reporter and studio host at USGA events, perform sideline duties for a package of NFL games and contribute special feature pieces to FOX Sports 1’s original studio programs.