ORLANDO, Fla. -- While the girls are back, Andrew Magee and Stina Sternberg will be making their first appearances as Big Break co-hosts in Big Break Ka’anapali. The ninth season of the popular GOLF CHANNEL series, which will premiere April 15 at 10 p.m. ET., boasts the most talented female cast in the history of the show, with the winner awarded an exemption to play in an LPGA Tour event.
A four-time PGA TOUR winner, Magee joined GOLF CHANNEL in 2007 as an analyst for The Approach with Callaway Golf and Sprint Pre/Post Game shows.
“It’s tough when so much is riding on every swing,” Magee said about Big Break Ka’anapali. “They live with the idea that they are one bad shot away from being eliminated, but somehow seem to come through time and time again. The pressure is as intense as anything I ever saw on the PGA TOUR.”
The Paradise Valley, Ariz., resident holds the distinction of being the only player in history to a record a hole-in-one on a par-4 during a TOUR event. In February 2006, he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his left kidney. The operation was a success and he returned to playing on TOUR shortly after. When not occupied with his GOLF CHANNEL duties, he plays sporadically on TOUR and is active in charities, an endeavor that earned him the Southern Company Citizens Award in 1999.
In addition to Big Break Ka’anapali, Sternberg currently serves as host for GOLF CHANNEL’s Golf With Style: Global Challenge, the cable network’s in-depth tour of the world’s most luxurious and glamorous destinations, and was a panelist on Fore Inventors Only. A Golf For Women senior editor, Sternberg – who joined the magazine in 2000 after a one-year stint as assistant editor of Golf Digest Woman – is a former teaching pro and professional club fitter. A 2001 recipient of the International Network of Golf’s Equipment Writing Award, she heads up GFW’s instruction and equipment coverage and writes the popular “Glad You Asked” advice column. A member of the PGA of Sweden’s teaching division from 1996 to 2000, she began playing golf at the age of 7 and entered the golf industry as a 14-year-old, repairing golf clubs in pro shops on weekends and holidays.
Big Break Ka’anapali marks the third time Big Break series has featured an all-female cast, with the other two being Big Break III: Ladies Only and Big Break V: Hawaii.
The Big Break concept showcases highly skilled golfers competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness, with the ultimate winner awarded his/her “Big Break,” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in select professional tournaments, and other career-building prizes.
Past champions have competed on some of the world’s top professional tours, such as the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour. Former Big Break winner Tommy Gainey is a rookie on the PGA TOUR this year and five former female Big Breakers have been members of the LPGA Tour.
Big Break Ka’anapali was shot on along one of the most stunning coastlines in the world. Located on Maui, Ka'anapali Golf Resort is rich in history and tradition. As the state's first planned resort destination, Ka'anapali established a pinnacle for other destinations on the islands to strive to attain over the years with two 18-hole golf courses – both of which were used for the filming of Big Break Ka’anapali – and two world-class hotels, the Sheraton Maui Resort and the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
With 36 holes of championship golf, Ka'anapali has 45 years of tournament history and has hosted the Champions Tour Ka'anapali Classic, the LPGA's Kemper Open, the Canada Cup, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf and hosted the Wendy's Champions SKINS GAME in February 2008. The Royal Course, a Trent Jones design, is a demanding par 71 course with undulating greens and has tested the skills of Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino and Jan Stephenson. The Ka'anapali Kai Course, a par 70, is a shot maker's delight with the focus on strategy and club selection, with beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands from every vantage point.
For more information, contact Mark Mitchell
GOLF CHANNEL’s Public Relations department, 407/355-4063