Meet the all-female cast of Big Break Florida
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.
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.
Edited by 78Staff, 10 February 2014 - 04:30 AM.