The Legends Tour teed off its 2023 season this week in Austria with the unveiling of two new presenters who have joined its in-house media team following the recruitment of Kit Alexander and Rachel Drummond.
The pair – who bring a wealth of knowledge from the media landscape and playing ranks respectively – joined the Legends Tour team for its season-opening event in Austria at the Riegler & Partner Legends, which is being played at Golf Club Murhof in the south-eastern region of Styria and will pay tribute to the late Barry Lane.
Alexander and Drummond will be on hand to present and showcase the journey of the Legends Tour throughout the season, delivering on-course expert analysis, live commentary and post-round interviews, as well as off-beat colour stories with players and tour officials.
Drummond, 33, spent ten years playing professionally on the Ladies European Tour while also spending time in America. After retiring from professional golf, she moved seamlessly into coaching, taking up a teaching position at St George’s Hill, in Weybridge, and Pitch Soho, in London, before launching her own coaching programme earlier this year – Only Golf – which is aimed at getting more people playing the game.
Her move into the media came when PGA EuroPro CEO Dan Godding approached her to join the feeder tour’s production team as a presenter. She has also worked for Sky Sports commenting on the Rose Series alongside Alexander and most recently in the Sky Sports Studio.
Drummond said: “I am delighted to be joining the Legends Tour media team as a presenter for the 2023 season. I have been impressed with how the tour has embraced the golfing community with its Celebrity and Alliance Series, open to both men and women and amateur players, while driving forward its professional set-up at the same time.
“This is a forward-thinking tour, and this is an exciting time for the game of golf, with growth in all areas. The Legends Tour has become a driving force in both the amateur and senior ranks and I am delighted to have started working with the team here.”
Alexander, 36, has built up an impressive presenting CV since moving in front of the camera in 2015, working across a host of major tours with Sky Sports – including the DP World Tour – as well as hosting the hugely popular Filthy Lipout podcast with his Sky colleague John E Morgan.
Starting his journalism career with Today’s Golfer magazine and Bauer Media, he would play an integral part in cementing its position as the number one golf publication in the UK, before moving on to become a senior editor at Golf World in 2013 and later a contributing editor for Golf Monthly.
“I really enjoyed doing the commentary for the Legends Tour last year and I’m very excited to be presenting at events this season as well,” Alexander said. “It is a fantastic and varied schedule that takes us to some spectacular locations and courses – all leading to the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius in December.
“The standard of golf on the tour is extremely high and I can’t wait to see it in person and really get to know all the players. I grew up watching the likes of Ian Woosnam, Paul Lawrie and Michael Campbell, and to be presenting and commentating with them and all the other great players on the Legends Tour is a joy.”
The Legends Tour is the brainchild of entrepreneur Ryan Howsam, who bought a majority stake in the then-named European Senior Tour and set about rebranding it in 2020.
The upcoming season promises to be the biggest on record, with larger fields, record-breaking prize funds and new venues hosting major events like Trump International Golf Links Aberdeen and Seapoint Golf Links just an hour north of Dublin.
Last year, former Ryder Cup captains and Major winners including Paul McGinley, Lawrie, Campbell, Woosnam and Thomas Bjorn all competed on the Legends Tour as South African James Kingston secured the Legends Tour Order of Merit to win the John Jacobs Trophy.
Legends Tour Chief Marketing oOfficer, Keith Mitchell, said: “Due to the success of our TV show, daily highlights packages and digital content, we are excited to announce two new presenters for the 2023 season.
“Kit and Rachel will provide a mix of over 15 years’ experience of broadcasting and journalism, with an understanding of digital distribution and social media, with the added benefit of experience of the professional golf game. I am pleased welcome them both to the team.”
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