Setanta Golf have announced that former BBC Sport reporter Sarah Stirk has joined their team, making her the first female presenter in the Setanta network’s history. Stirk will present coverage of US Tour events from the Setanta Golf Studio throughout the season.

She joins a team that includes former European Ryder Cup players Ken Brown and Ronan Rafferty, and Dominik Holyer, who golf fans will recognise from his work with Sky Sports.

Stirk started her career at MUTV before moving to BBC East Midlands Today in Nottingham and can also boast experience of covering the Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympics. A keen golfer, she plays to a handicap of eight and represents Oxfordshire County Ladies.

“My love of golf and travel means that this is the perfect job,” she said.

“I’m very excited about presenting Setanta Golf’s exclusive USPGA Tour coverage and keeping players up-to-date on the latest news.”

Setanta Golf, available through cable and satellite TV providers, secured the rights to exclusive coverage of the USPGA Tour last year.