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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:05 PM

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Meet the all-female cast of Big Break Florida

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Courtney Coleman (28, Rochester, Wash.) – An underdog when it comes to professional golf experience, Coleman turned pro in 2012 and recently has returned to competitive golf after overcoming a thyroid condition. She will play the mini-tour circuit in 2014.

Dallas Odom (19, Anderson, S.C.) – The youngest competitor in Big Break history at age 18 when the series was filmed in 2013, Odom turned professional to compete on the show. She has a homemade golf swing and is from a small town in South Carolina, both traits that are similar to past Big Break champion Tommy Gainey. She is a multiple winner in South Carolina Junior Golf Association championships, and is the nine-time defending champion at the Anderson County Championship.

Fiamma Felitch (24, Oklahoma City, Okla.) – A decorated junior golfer from Oklahoma – the 2007 high school state champion and Player of the Year – Felitch will compete on the Cactus and Symetra tours in 2014 with a renewed sense of energy and passion to achieve her dream of competing on the LPGA.

Jackie Stoelting (27, Vero Beach, Fla.) – Stoelting made the cut in the final stage of LPGA Q-School this past December, earning conditional status on the LPGA for 2014 as a rookie.  That makes her the first Big Break contestant in series history to earn status on any major professional golf tour in between competing on the series and prior to that series airing. Stoelting also is the lone contestant on the series to have competed in a major championship – she qualified and made the cut in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.

Kristi O’Brien (23, Fishers, Ind.) – O’Brien’s life changed forever when she was involved in a severe car accident in 2009. Miraculously, she walked away from the accident, and saw it as a sign that her golf clubs in the trunk also were unscratched. Given a second chance in life, golf helped O’Brien recover from the emotional and physical injuries. She went on to become the 2011 Indiana Player of the Year and turned professional upon college graduation. She is competing on the Symetra and Cactus tours in 2014.

Kylee Duede (22, Glendale, Ariz.) – Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as a baby, Duede is on a diminishing timetable for her golf career, knowing she will need to get a full knee replacement in the next few years. Duede competed on the Cactus Tour as an amateur in 2013 and turned professional to compete on Big Break Florida.

Lauren Sullivan (25, Fort Worth, Texas) – Sullivan’s journey is unique among the cast. After a successful junior golf career in Texas, she did not play golf in college. Following graduation in 2011 from TCU, her passion for the game returned and she is putting her medical career on hold to pursue her dream of playing on the LPGA.

Lindsay Aho (26, Scottsdale, Ariz. / Brush Prairie, Wash.) – Entering her second year on the Cactus Tour, Aho turned professional in 2013 after an outstanding career at Concordia, where she was a two-time All-American with 13 collegiate victories. She won her first professional event in 2013, the Pepsi Northwest Women’s Open.

Mary Narzisi (24, Omaha, Neb.) – One of the more outspoken competitors on the show, Narzisi has been competing full-time on the Symetra Tour the past two years after initially burning out on competitive golf after graduating from the University of Minnesota. She will compete on the Symetra Tour in 2014.

Renee Skidmore (27, Jupiter, Fla. / Everett, Wash.) – One of the veteran golfers on Big Break Florida, Skidmore turned professional in 2009 and has competed on the Suncoast, Cactus and Symetra tours the past four years. She will be competing full-time on the Symetra Tour in 2014.

Sadena Parks (23, Scottsdale, Ariz. / Spanaway, Wash.) – The first African-American golfer to compete at the University of Washington, Parks turned professional in 2013 and is competing in her second season on the Symetra Tour. She is one of the longest hitters on the series.

Tonya McCall (28, Las Vegas, Nev.) – A proud mother of two, McCall is giving professional golf another go. A graduate of UNLV who had status on the Ladies European Tour in 2010 prior to putting her golf aspirations on hold, McCall will compete on the Cactus and Symetra tours in 2014.

Tom Abbott and Melanie Collins co-host Big Break Florida. Collins will make her Golf Channel debut. She currently serves as a television host for Yahoo! Sports.

The contestants have the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash and prizes during the course of the series, the largest collection of prizes in series history. The winner of will receive more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including:

• An exemption to the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic (June 5-8, 2014).

• A cash award of $65,000, including $5,000 courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and $10,000 courtesy of Macanudo.

• Full, exempt status to the 2015 Symetra Tour season with all entry fees paid.

• An endorsement contract from Adams Golf, including $10,000 in cash.

• $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental.

• $10,000 in travel credit courtesy of Travelocity.

• A four-day, three-night stay at any Omni golf resort in the United States.

The show was filmed on location in October, 2013 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s three award-winning golf courses – Oak Marsh, Ocean Links and Long Point Golf Courses.


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The next Big Break coming to Florida, right up the road from me, actually.  Might be worth checking out, although I doubt they let "spectators" hang around lol...


A cast of 12 women will take center stage this spring as they compete for an LPGA Tour exemption in the latest installment of Golf Channel's reality series, "Big Break."

"Big Break: Florida" will mark the 21st season of the show and will take place at Amelia Island, Fla., the network announced Monday. Filmed on location across Omni Amelia Island Plantation's three courses – Oak Marsh, Ocean Links and Long Point – the show will premiere Feb. 24, 2014.

At stake for the all-female cast this season will be an exemption into the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, held June 5-8. The winner will also receive exempt status on the Symetra Tour for the 2015 season with all entry fees waived.

Notable alumni from the "Big Break" series include Solheim Cup veterans Kristi McPherson,Ryann O'Toole and Gerina Piller as well as Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, who will defend his title this week at The McGladrey Classic on the PGA Tour.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:07 PM

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Golf Channel's Big Break Series Chooses Sunshine State As Backdrop For 21st Season






Golf Channel’s popular BIG BREAK reality competition series has picked Amelia Island, Fla., as the competition grounds for its 21st season, premiering Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

BIG BREAK FLORIDA, produced in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA and taking place at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, will feature a cast of 12 women competing to make their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top golfers come true.  The winner of BIG BREAK FLORIDA will receive an exemption to the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic(June 5-8, 2014), exempt status on the 2015 Symetra Tour with all entry fees waived, cash and other prizes.

Filmed on location in October, the series will unfold at Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s three award-winning golf courses – Oak Marsh, Ocean Links and Long Point Golf Courses.  Oak Marsh Golf Course, a classic Pete Dye design, is ranked as one of the top 75 resort courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest and as one of “Florida’s 50 Finest Courses” by Travel & Leisure.  Ocean Links Golf Course, a Bobby Weed design, features five oceanfront holes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and winds through six miles of natural sand dunes and seaside terrain that is unique to Amelia Island.  Long Point Golf Course is a Tom Fazio design that features rolling fairways winding through three distinctive settings: marshlands, thick oak and pine forest, and scenic oceanfront dunes.

“BIG BREAK is a cornerstone of our original series franchises, and it has proven to be a launching pad for many professional golfers hoping to break through to the LPGA Tour, including Solheim Cup veterans Kristy McPherson, Ryann O’Toole and Gerina Piller,” said Golf Channel Senior Vice President of Programming Tom Knapp.  “One of our objectives for BIG BREAK is to place the contestants in tournament golf conditions while showcasing a picturesque destination, and we accomplished both with BIG BREAK FLORIDA.  We are excited to partner with VISIT FLORIDA and Omni Amelia Island Plantation for the series’ 21stseason.”

“Golf Channel's selection of Omni Amelia Island Plantation as home to BIG BREAK FLORIDA validates our exceptional golf offerings and provides us with an incredibly unique opportunity to showcase the resort as a premier golf destination,” said Paul Eckert, general manager of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. “We are very excited and honored to represent the Omni brand, as well as the great state of Florida.”


“Big Break Florida is the start of a relationship between VISIT FLORIDA, NBC Sports and the Golf Channel that will showcase Florida as a preferred destination for leisure travel,” said Paul Phipps, VISIT FLORIDA’s Chief Marketing Officer.  “With nearly 1,500 courses to choose from in the Sunshine State, we look forward to this unique opportunity to reach Big Break’s audience of avid golf enthusiasts.”

Golf Channel’s BIG BREAK show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.  During BIG BREAK FLORIDA, the competitors – who will be announced in January – will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall” challenges.  One contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded her BIG BREAK, an opportunity to compete on the LPGA Tour.

Past BIG BREAK champions have won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, including the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour and Canadian Tour.

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, BIG BREAK VII: REUNION champion and PGA TOUR professional, captured his first PGA TOUR victory in 2012 at The McGladrey Classic and is playing full-time on the PGA TOUR.  2013 Solheim Cup team member Gerina Piller (BIG BREAK PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND competitor), 2011 Solheim Cup team member Ryann O’Toole (BIG BREAK SANDALS RESORTS competitor) and 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Kristy McPherson (BIG BREAK VI: TRUMP NATIONAL competitor) are currently playing full-time on the LPGA Tour.  Several other past BIG BREAK competitors are currently competing on the LPGA Tour, including Kim Welch, Nicole Smith and Kelly Jacques.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:15 PM

And, those are 3 really pretty nice courses...  Ocean Links and Oak Marsh are both OMNI owned now (all three used to be together), Ocean is a bit of quirky layout in that they tried to get as many holes on the ocean as possible, so it has some unusual holes and tee locations, etc. and is pretty short.  Oak Marsh, one of my favorite courses, is a very narrow, tree-lined routing that has housing along most holes, but it is tastefully done.  Long Point, the jewel of the three was bought out of the group by it's members when OMNI came calling, and has become pretty hard to get on, but imo is one of the best layouts in NE Florida.  Will be interesting to see what holes they use.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:03 PM

Did I miss something or shouldn't they be doing an all men show this time? I thought the last big break was Atlantis which was all girls?

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:16 PM

I met a young lady this summer who said she may audition for this BB.
She kinda looks like Danielle Kang and has personality and is friends with quite a few past BB gals.....I hope she made the show.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:17 PM

View PostFlip4000, on 05 November 2013 - 06:03 PM, said:

Did I miss something or shouldn't they be doing an all men show this time? I thought the last big break was Atlantis which was all girls?
Huh...the only BB's that matter are the all female cast played in warm weather.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:18 PM

Doesn't Laura Diaz's dad and brother teach on Amelia Island somewhere....the Philos???

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:18 PM

View PostMr22putt, on 05 November 2013 - 07:18 PM, said:

Doesn't Laura Diaz's dad and brother teach on Amelia Island somewhere....the Philos???

Ron Philo, not sure if he is still there, I seem to recall something about Vermont, but not certain.

Depending on when they film, or even if they already have...it's kinda unclear?  Anyway we just got a bit of a cold front so the next few months you could see anywhere from low 50's to 80's.  Don't tell rainpants-hating BraveDave though ;).

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:22 PM

I don't mind watching the ladies on The Big Break, since it seems they are cast for assets other that their golf swing, but when was the last time there was an all male show? Is the golf chanel marketing golf or plus size bras?

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:56 PM

View Post78Staff, on 05 November 2013 - 08:18 PM, said:

Depending on when they film, or even if they already have...it's kinda unclear?  
They stated it's already been filmed in October....likely after Stage II Q-school in Fla......of the 12 cast members...I gotta believe 9 are Symetra pros.
Tom Abbott likely available to host considering the LPGA was in Asia.

I'm assuming...WRX fav....Courtney Harter has never auditioned for the BB....she wouldn't need to talk in her audition vid to make the show if I was head of casting.

If I was Mike Whan she'd also have a LPGA lifetime membership.
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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:58 PM

View PostPar Fore, on 05 November 2013 - 08:22 PM, said:

Is the golf chanel marketing golf or plus size bras?
Hmmmmm.....let me guess considering TGC viewership is male dominated. :telephone:

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:29 PM

3 courses? let me guess, the entire show will revolve around 1 hole from each course, except of course with the addition of some glass panes. this series is getting tiring. need to add something more than the randomness of the golf games and gimmicks. could start with some new hosts.
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:33 PM

View PostHoosierMizuno, on 06 November 2013 - 02:29 PM, said:

could start with some new hosts.
Holly Sonders and Winn McMurray.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:36 PM

View PostMr22putt, on 06 November 2013 - 02:33 PM, said:

View PostHoosierMizuno, on 06 November 2013 - 02:29 PM, said:

could start with some new hosts.
Holly Sonders and Winn McMurray.

Yes please!

Ratings from the single male household would be at all-time highs.
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:56 PM

View PostMr22putt, on 05 November 2013 - 07:17 PM, said:

View PostFlip4000, on 05 November 2013 - 06:03 PM, said:

Did I miss something or shouldn't they be doing an all men show this time? I thought the last big break was Atlantis which was all girls?
Huh...the only BB's that matter are the all female cast played in warm weather.

...with plenty of bathing suits, tube tops, and short shorts.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:02 PM

View PostPar Fore, on 05 November 2013 - 08:22 PM, said:

I don't mind watching the ladies on The Big Break, since it seems they are cast for assets other that their golf swing, but when was the last time there was an all male show? Is the golf chanel marketing golf or plus size bras?

Big Break Greenbrier was aired in 2012, and aired after BB Atlantis. BB Mexico, aired in 2013, was co-ed. BB Indian Wells (2010) was all male. So, in recent years, there have been more all male formats than all ladies.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:25 PM

View PostHoosierMizuno, on 06 November 2013 - 02:29 PM, said:

3 courses? let me guess, the entire show will revolve around 1 hole from each course, except of course with the addition of some glass panes. this series is getting tiring. need to add something more than the randomness of the golf games and gimmicks. could start with some new hosts.

Interestingly, two of the courses (Ocean Links, Oak Marsh) are together and play out of the same clubhouse - while one (Long Point) is completely separate from the others.  On the same Island, but down the road a ways.  Now that i think about it, I played a tournament at Oak Marsh in October - and I never saw anything lol.  Either they weren't there at the time, or were setup over at Long Point that day.

Hopefully we get some contestant info soon, as mentioned already good bet is mostly symetra players...
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:49 AM

I think somebody posted that one of the recent Big Breaks ran well over budget. Might have been Mr22putt. That might explain staying home in Florida.

We could probably piece together the cast by checking Symetra players and a 2-week twitter break in mid to late October, but I have no energy. The altered PGA schedule took away my late 2013 golf interest almost completely.

I did check Joanna Coe, since I thought her background made her a likely candidate. She was on twitter regularly so she's apparently out.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:47 PM

a little north of where i'm at but still claim it as part of the first coast area of jax

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'Big Break: Florida' brings reality golf to Amelia Island

The First Coast finally gets a Big Break.

Golf Channel’s popular reality show, which offers participants a chance to play on professional tours if they survive a series of skills challenges, wrapped up 11 days of filming its 21st edition on Thursday at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. “Big Break: Florida” is the third to be filmed in the Sunshine State but the first outside Central Florida.

“Big Break: Reunion” aired in 2007, from the Reunion Resort in Orlando, and “Big Break: Disney” was shown in 2009 from the Disney World Resort courses.

The cast for this edition of the Big Break is all-female, which historically draws the highest ratings — hardly surprising since 74 percent of Golf Channel viewers are male.

The identify of the cast will remain secret until a preview show on Feb. 5. The premiere will be Feb. 24 at 9 p.m.

Golf Channel spokesman Jeremy Friedman would say only that the cast of 12 is made up of a mix of budding professionals and players attempting to get back to the pro ranks. They were selected from an initial lot of about 3,000 applicants.

The final 12 were selected based on a mix of playing ability, personality and background stories.

“This cast is a really interesting and diverse cast,” said veteran Big Break producer and Golf Channel vice president of original productions Jay Kossoff, a graduate of the University of North Florida and a former producer at PGA Tour Entertainment. “We’re looking first for great golfers, and then back stories and personalities that will work and also may clash. For us, conflict is a natural part of the show, as long as the golf is good. These players are competitors and this is a huge opportunity for all of them.”

On each day of filming one player was eliminated until a final skills challenge between two players. The winner not only receives $50,000 and an Adams Golf endorsement deal valued at $10,000, but will receive an exemption into the LPGA’s Manulife Financial Classic next May.

“Big Break: Florida” is sponsored by Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing organization. The group paid more than $500,000 to be the main sponsor and will get commercials and various product placements in the 11 one-hour telecasts.

Paul Phipps, Visit Florida’s chief marketing officer, said the Amelia Island area will be the star, and will reflect positively on the entire state.

“You can’t see the beauty of Amelia Island and have any doubt you’re in Florida,” Phipps said. “It’s a gorgeous place and it shows off and represents Florida as a travel destination very well.”

The contestants had long days. Breakfast was served at 5:45 a.m. and warmups began at 7 a.m. Filming at the Oak Marsh and Ocean Links courses generally lasted until 3 p.m. but the cast had to return after dinner to conduct interviews and give commentary about the day’s proceedings that are spliced among shots of the skills challenges.

Those sessions sometimes lasted until 11 p.m., Friedman said, making for a day as long as 17 hours.

As contestants were eliminated, the days got a bit shorter for those who remained. But players who were ousted had to remain at the Omni Plantation until filming was concluded — hardly a burden, considering the Plantation’s location and amenities.

Golf Channel had a production crew of around 80. The cast, crew and Omni Amelia staff all had to sign non-disclosure contracts to keep word of the results from getting out.

When the show does begin airing, Omni Amelia general manager Paul Eckert expects a bump in resort visitors — especially with the premiere coming during winter.
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:59 PM

Hmm, in that presser they specifically mention Oak Marsh and Ocean, but not Long Point. Would be a shame if they didn't get any play/shows on Long Point, but to be honest, I was surprised the members would allow them access anyway.  Guess we'll find our for sure next year.

Awsi - yeah I've been off twitter for a few months now, so haven't kept up really.  I might start poking around if I get bored...

Edit - a quick check shows a few possibilities... but since I don't know the exact dates it just could be coincidence...

Possibly...
Sophie Horn
Marta Silva
Alexandria Buelow
Courtney Harter - MR don't get too excited seems like a long shot :).
Jenny Suh
Molly Aaronson

Hard to say really, some have 9-10 day gaps, some might have 1 random tweet in that gap, etc.  I recall last time they fooled us a bit by letting some of the "current" contestants tweet since the show was airing at the time..

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:16 AM

Very cool news!  I had the pleasure of getting to stay and play at Amelia Island a couple of years ago with my brother during the winter, and played at both the Ocean and Oak Marsh courses.  Oak Marsh is really tight in places, but one good thing about being a ridiculously short hitter is rarely hitting it far enough off line to lose anything!

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:13 PM

Big Break with all chicks? Awesome, they're all going to be at least 8s, if not 10s, and, yes, I'm talking about their handicaps as well as their looks.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:16 PM

I didn't read any of the replies in this topic, however I feel this show is going in the wrong direction. I think The Golf Channel is going for higher ratings instead of giving a legit golfer his or her chance at success. The women get exponentially more attractive every year, and their skills seem to be on a downward slide. I'm over it. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a beautiful woman, however I feel she maybe taking the spot of someone who is more deserving of the chance.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:35 PM

I like the BB with the hot chicks the best. If I want to watch good golf I will watch the PGA tour.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:47 PM

Getting into pro golf via Big Break is like getting into politics via comedy act .....been done before, but tough sledding....

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:39 PM

how can you not put this at the top of your season's pass list on your dvr?

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:46 PM

View PostMr22putt, on 05 November 2013 - 10:58 PM, said:

View PostPar Fore, on 05 November 2013 - 08:22 PM, said:

Is the golf chanel marketing golf or plus size bras?
Hmmmmm.....let me guess considering TGC viewership is male dominated. :telephone:
  Well male and lesbians.  Hot women = ratings!! MEOW!
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Posted 22 November 2013 - 01:43 PM

Cancel this s*** show already please

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:30 AM

View PostAwsi Dooger, on 09 November 2013 - 02:49 AM, said:

I think somebody posted that one of the recent Big Breaks ran well over budget. Might have been Mr22putt. That might explain staying home in Florida.

We could probably piece together the cast by checking Symetra players and a 2-week twitter break in mid to late October, but I have no energy. The altered PGA schedule took away my late 2013 golf interest almost completely.

I did check Joanna Coe, since I thought her background made her a likely candidate. She was on twitter regularly so she's apparently out.

I'd have to assume it was probably the NFL big break that went over budget. Of course if the information of budget problems hold true. I don't even want to know how much GC had to dish out to use the NFL logo, name, etc in the show.
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Posted 06 December 2013 - 04:13 PM

new hosts PLEASE!!!!
Tom Abbott and that chick from BB NFL are TERRIBLEEEEEE!!!
Holly &/or Winn honestly would be good, and not just cause they are pretty

Even Reimer and Winn or Holly would be better than now

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