Holly Sonders (born March 3, 1987) is a Fox Sports on-air talent and former golfer. Among her duties for Fox Sports, she a sideline reporter for NFL and College Football games and sub host for a number of Fox Sports shows.
|Born||March 3, 1987|
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Occupation||Sports Journalist, sideline reporter|
Early life and educationEdit
Sonders is a native from Marysville, Ohio, She was an accomplished junior golfer, winning the American Junior Golf Association and UCT National championship tournaments in 2001. She was offered a scholarship to join the Michigan State University’s women’s golf team where she played all four years on the team which included 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. Also, she participated in the United States Women’s Amateur Championship in 2006. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a degree in journalism. An injury in college prevent her from joining the LPGA.
Sonders started her broadcasting career at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio 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, Arkansas, where she served as a field reporter and gained valuable experience on the station’s live news broadcasts. In 2011, she joined Golf Channel to be a co-host of their new morning talk show Morning Drive. She quickly became one of Golf Channel’s most popular personalities. She also hosted “School of Golf” and “Playing Lesson with the Pros,” for the Golf Channel. In 2014, she joined FOX Sports as a reporter and remote studio host for USGA events, as well as a reporter for a package of NFL games. In the 2015 U.S. Open (golf), she was widely criticized for asking champ Jordan Spieth if he brought an extra outfit in case for the playoff Monday. Fox Sports in general took a lot of criticism following its U.S. Open broadcast debut. This lead Fox Sports 1 to reassign Sonders and later remove her from Golf coverage altogether in 2018. However, she does co-host a golf show called 18 holes with Natalie Gulbis and Jimmy Hanlin. In 2016, Sonders also took on reporting duties for a full slate of college football games. In 2019, Sonders regularly appears as a guest host on FS1’s daily studio shows, including Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and The Herd.
Sonders was married to one-time co-host of Morning Drive Erik Kuselias and is dating Arizona Cardinals head coach and former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury She met Kingsbury when he was the head coach at Texas Tech and she was covering the game. She is a fan of the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team. She made an appearance on an episode of the Fox show New Girl.
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