Sands to emcee 2017 induction ceremony

For the second straight year, a Golf Channel personality will serve as emcee for the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Steve Sands, who has been with Golf Channel since 2001, will emcee the 2017 Virginia Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held May 18 at Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. The 2017 Hall of Fame class includes Donna Andrews, Keith Decker, Wallace McDowell and J.C. Snead.

In May 2016, Golf Channel personality Terry Gannon was the emcee for the induction of the Inaugural Class of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, which included Vinny Giles, Chandler Harper, Clyde Luther, Sam Snead, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins.

Sands is a lead interviewer and a hole announcer on PGA Tour telecasts for Golf Channel and has been the lead interviewer for Golf Channel on NBC since 2010. He also works as an occasional play-by-play host for PGA Tour telecasts and participates in the network’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

In 2014, Sands contributed to NBC’s speed skating coverage at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

A native of Washington, D.C., Sands began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Ft. Collins, Colo., while in college at Colorado State University.