Rhonda Glenn

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Rhonda Glenn
Born (1946-05-06)May 6, 1946[1]
Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Died February 12, 2015(2015-02-12) (aged 68)
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Occupation Sportscaster, golf historian

Rhonda Glenn (May 6, 1946 – February 12, 2015) was an American sportscaster, author and a manager of communications for the USGA beginning in 1996 until her retirement in May 2013.[2] The next year, she won the Golf Writers Association of America's William D. Richardson Award.[3][4]

She was the first full-time national TV network female sportscaster when she began broadcasting at ESPN on February 6, 1981.[5][6]

Glenn was a golf commentator for ABC from 1978 to 1994.[2][7]

Glenn began playing golf at age six, and won the Florida High School Athletic Association golf title twice.[8] As an amateur golfer, she played in five U.S. Women's Amateur Championships and two U.S. Women's Open.[7] Glenn won the Florida East Coast Golf Tournament in 1965.[9]

She is the author or co-author of several books on golf, including The Illustrated History of Women's Golf (1992 winner of the USGA International Book Award), Golf for Women, The Beginner's Guide to Great Golf for Women, The Rules of Golf Simplified, The Junior Golf Book and Breaking the Mold: The Journey of the Only Woman President of the United States Golf Association.

She was also a correspondent for Golf World Magazine[10] and a regular contributor to Golf Journal.[11]

Early in her broadcast career, Glenn was a talk show host and presented the weather and news at WAVY-TV in Portsmouth/Norfolk/Newport News in the 1970s. She was so popular at WAVY that the city of Portsmouth renamed the street where the station was located in her honor.

Glenn lived in Roanoke, Texas. She died of cancer on February 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida, aged 68.[12]


  1. ^ "Florida Voters: Rhonda Glenn". Find the Data. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Hall, Andy (February 13, 2015). "Behind The Scenes UPDATED: Rhonda Glenn, the first female SportsCenter anchor, passes away at 68". Retrieved February 14, 2015.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 18 (help)
  3. ^ "GWAA Honors Glenn With Richardson Award". USGA.Org. January 7, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rhonda Glenn, Broadcaster and Golf Historian, Dies". New York Times. February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Krulewitz, Josh (September 2012). "Learn more about SportsCenter history with timeline, trivia". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rossi, Rob (August 26, 2002). "Relatively Meaningless SportsCenter shows". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Rader, Bruce (February 13, 2015). "Former WAVY news anchor Rhonda Glenn dies at 68". WAVY-TV. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Mickey, Lisa D. (May 12, 2013). "Giving Voice to Women's Game". New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Miss Glenn Victor in Final, 5 and 3". New York Times. United Press International. February 21, 1965. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ Biggane, Brian (February 13, 2015). "Women's golf historian Rhonda Glenn dies at 68". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Glenn, Rhonda (May–June 1986). "At Peace on His Texas Ranch". Golf Journal – via United States Golf Association. 
  12. ^ Ferguson, Doug (February 13, 2015). "Rhonda Glenn, Broadcaster and Golf Historian, Dies". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 

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