Koch to emcee 2018 induction ceremony

Gary Koch, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour and broadcaster for Golf Channel, will emcee the 2018 Virginia Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held May 15 at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot.

Koch will be the third Golf Channel broadcaster to emcee the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony, joining Terry Gannon (2016) and Steve Sands (2017).

The 2018 Class of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame includes Dr. Lew Blakey, Robbye King Unger, Bobby Wadkins and Lew Worsham.

Koch joined NBC Sports’ PGA Tour tournament coverage full-time in 1997 after having debuted as a course reporter in 1996 at The Players Championship and U.S. Open. He currently serves as a tower announcer and analyst for the network’s Golf Channel on NBC coverage.

Earlier in his career, Koch served as a course reporter and announcer for ESPN’s coverage of the PGA Tour Champions.

Koch still competes on the PGA Tour Champions on a part-time basis, having made one start in 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from the University of Florida in 1974 and was the Gators’ first four-time All-American selection. He was a member of Florida’s 1973 NCAA championship team and a two-time Southeastern Conference medalist.