Who Is Amanda Renner? 10 Things You Didn't Know About Her

Get to know American broadcast journalist Amanda Renner...

Who Is Amanda Renner

Who Is Amanda Renner?

Amanda Renner (formerly Balionis) is an American broadcast journalist for CBS Sports and has quickly become one of the best reporters covering professional golf. Among other highlights, she received widespread praise for her post-round interview with Dustin Johnson when he won the 2020 Masters.

Here are 10 things you might not have known about her...

1. Balionis is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and she now lives in San Diego, California

2. She has worked for CBS Sports since 2017

3. As well as golf, she also covers American Football for CBS

4. Prior to CBS, her two big golf media jobs saw her starting out at the PGA Tour before moving on to Callaway Golf (opens in new tab), where she worked as an in-house reporter producing digital content for the golf manufacture's media production team.

5. In March 2022, she married former University of North Carolina and Baltimore Ravens quarterback and current FIU Quarterbacks coach Bryn Renner.

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Renner interviewing Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence

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6. She majored in broadcast journalism at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. She had attended Kutztown University for a couple of years and played volleyball there but she transferred to Hofstra.

7. She started playing golf at the age of 9 and also enjoyed swimming and playing volleyball. “I played junior golf for a few years; my parents loved playing with me, but the minute I had to carry my own bag and walk nine holes by myself, I was like, ‘Eh, you know what, I’m gonna go join the swim team,” Balionis told GolfDigest.com.

8. Her grandparents met through golf and her parents both also play the game

9. She works with the charity 'K9 for Warriors', which helps to train dogs to become service animals for post-9/11 military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

10. She is trained as a yoga teacher

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x