Broadcaster and Golf Historian Rhonda Glenn Dies at Age 68

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 15, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 26:  Rhonda Glenn, 67, who retired in May after nearly 50 years as a journalist and an employee of the United States Golf Association. speaks with the media prior to the start of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club on June 26, 2013 in Southampton, New York.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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United States Golf Association historian Rhonda Glenn, the first-ever female anchor on ESPN and a longtime golf analyst, passed away Thursday in Gainesville, Florida, at the age of 68.   

The Associated Press' Doug Ferguson, via ABC News, reported the news, noting that Glenn had been fighting cancer.

"She loved golf. I think she loved people more than golf, and we know how much she loved golf," said longtime ESPN personality Chris Berman, per Ferguson. "Everything she did was from the heart."

Berman served as a frequent SportsCenter co-anchor alongside Glenn during her time at ESPN, per Andy Hall of ESPNFrontRow.com.

LPGA star Michelle Wie expressed her condolences on Twitter:

Michelle Wie @themichellewie

Missing you Rhonda...#RIP @USGA http://t.co/lktwE5yO5Y

The LPGA's official Twitter account emphasized the impact Glenn had on golf:


LPGA mourns loss of Rhonda Glenn. Longtime @USGA communications staffer, storyteller, historian, ambassador. Passion and purpose ALWAYS. RIP

Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman noted how Glenn helped her as she established herself in the industry:

Kelly Tilghman @KellyTilghmanGC

Rhonda Glenn was my USGA encyclopedia when I started working at GC. I couldn't have made it on air without her. RIP

As is revealed in Ferguson's report, Glenn was involved in golf on many levels. She played in two U.S. Women's Opens among her highlights as a player, is an accomplished author on the sport, spent 16 years at ABC Sports and was with the United States Golf Association for 17 years.

Glenn was equally diverse in her talents as she was a pioneer for women in golf and in sports overall in light of her work at ESPN, which began in 1981 as a SportsCenter anchor.

Her ESPN stint lasted just two years, yet Glenn established a groundbreaking precedent and blazed a trail for many talented female anchors who have followed.


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