SMI Productions is a branch of SMI, which focuses on the production of televised golf. The principals in SMI served as Executive Producers of the SunTrust Virginia State Open Presented by Virginia is for Lovers.
The final two rounds were televised live to an audience of more than 10 million households each, across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States from Pennsylvania through Florida. In 2006 the broadcast of the tournament aired on the entire ABC affiliate network in Virginia. The SunTrust Tournament is the only State Open in America with live television coverage.
In addition, The Open was unique in that it was the only such event in the United States which offered such television exposure without the benefit of any affiliation with the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, or any governing bodies of golf.
State Open Champion Ted Brown with Television Announcer Jim Kelly, SunTrust CEO CT Hill and Virginia Tourism representative Rita McClenny.
TV Announcers Robert Wrenn and Jim Kelly prepare for broadcast.