Matt Ginella has been a long-tenured voice on Golf Channel, becoming the network's voice for golf travel programming. Ginella has been a voice on "Morning Drive" for years, in addition to hosting "Golf Advisor: Round Trip" and being a contributor to the Golf Advisor website.
Ginella's Golf Channel run on "Morning Drive" came to a close, however, on Feb. 11, 2020. After a long stint on Golf Channel, including its morning show, Ginella was a part of the crew for the final time.
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Although it’s far from a ‘goodbye’, hard to sum up how much we’ll miss our Matty G as part of the @gcmorningdrive line up: singing his face off coming down the halls, epic stories of his golf travels, teeing it up with him at the WP9, watching the guy get THOROUGHLY freaked out over snakes/gators/etc... we watched our boy take his biggest leap when he married the fabulous @katie.ginella, diving into his best role by far of being a Husband and a Dad. We’re proud of you, @matt_ginella and can’t wait to follow your continued path in #GinellasJourneys
Ginella's last show on Feb. 11, 2020, came after he had announced a "parting ways" on social media. The Jan. 21 announcement sent shock waves through the golf media world.
Life is good... pic.twitter.com/EFJxslNGjO
— Matt Ginella (@MattGinella) January 21, 2020
Ginella spent seven years at Golf Channel after moving to Florida from Golf Digest in New York, where he led travel coverage. He broke into the golf world at Sports Illustrated.
What's next for Matt Ginella
In 2020, Matt Ginella will take on a dramatically scaled-back role with Golf Channel. Some of his programming has already been filmed and will still continue to air on the network from time to time.
It's not clear how exactly Ginella will be replaced. Golf Channel has let go a number of its travel contributors, including to GolfAdvisor.com, in what has been described as a realignment of budget priorities. What that means for golf travel content in the long term isn't clear.
Ginella used his platform on Golf Channel and turned it into an ambassador relationship with John Ashworth's Linksoul brand. He has worked with them for years in promoting their apparel and events.
Ginella hasn't fully revealed what he'll be doing next, but he appears ready to keep working in the game. He has built a following on social media that could travel with him to whatever he does next.