ORLANDO, Fla. -- BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico will be all about reunion, redemption and teamwork this fall when 12 previous BIG BREAK competitors return to team up with six of the NFL’s all-time greats, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET and airing weekly on Tuesday nights.
BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico will feature an all-star cast comprised of several of the series’ most captivating and polarizing personalities returning for a second chance at kick starting their professional golf careers. Two past BIG BREAK competitors – one male and one female, will join one NFL legend to form three-person teams. The series will feature a new format twist to BIG BREAK – teams will win or lose as teams. On the line will be $50,000 to the winning NFL legend’s designated charity, along with 2014 PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour tournament exemptions, cash and other prizes for the BIG BREAK competitors.
The teams competing on BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico are:
Tim Brown (46, Dallas, Texas, 3 handicap, 17-year NFL wide receiver, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner)
Mallory Blackwelder (26, Versailles, Ky. / Scottsdale, Ariz. – BIG BREAK IRELAND)
Will Lowery (28, Charlotte, N.C. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)
Marc Bulger (36, Sarasota, Fla., 4 handicap, 10-year NFL quarterback and two-time Pro Bowler)
Zakiya Randall (21, Washington, D.C. – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
Chad Schulze (25, Cockeysville, Md. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Team Del Greco
Al Del Greco (51, Birmingham, Ala., +1 handicap, 17-year NFL placekicker)
Stefanie Kenoyer (24, Lighthouse Point, Fla. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Oren Geri (39, Altamonte Springs, Fla. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)
Chris Doleman (51, Atlanta, Ga., 3 handicap, 2012 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Inductee and 15-year NFL defensive lineman)
Shannon Fish (24, Spring, Texas – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
Brian Cooper (46, Phoenix, Ariz. – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)
Jerry Rice (50, Atherton, Calif., 1 handicap, Pro Football Hall-of-Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion)
Emily Talley (23, Napa, Calif. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Isaac Sanchez (34, Folsom, Calif. – BIG BREAK GREENRBIER)
Mark Rypien (50, Spokane, Wash., 1 handicap, 12-year NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion)
Meghan Hardin (21, La Quinta, Calif. – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
James Lepp (28, Abbotsford, British Columbia – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)
“Not many people in our sport get this kind of opportunity to be on Big Break in the first place, let alone two Big Breaks in one year. I’m blessed to have another opportunity to give it another go.” – BIG BREAK MEXICO competitor Stefanie Kenoyer
“Big Break Greenbrier started a great year for me, and now I have another pinch me moment by coming back for another Big Break. I can only think of one way to cap this off.” - BIG BREAK GREENBRIER competitor Brian Cooper
“I was driving and all of a sudden the thought crossed my mind that it would be really cool to be on Big Break again. Ten minutes later I got the phone call out of the blue. I committed to it right on the phone, saying ‘Wherever you need me to be, I’ll be there with a smile on my face.’” – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS competitor Shannon Fish
“Big Break Ireland was one of the greatest experiences in my life. We joke all of the time how I have unfinished business on Big Break. And then I got the call for the reunion show. Everything happens for a reason.” – BIG BREAK IRELAND competitor Mallory Blackwelder
“People look at me and think, ‘I know that guy from somewhere,’ and then they take a look at my cross-handed grip and golf swing and say, ‘Oh yeah, that’s Will from Big Break.’ I’m excited to put the golf swing on display once again.” – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS competitor Will Lowery
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 NFL from Puerto Rico, teams 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. The series also will feature special guest appearances from World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and Puerto Rico’s own Chi Chi Rodriguez and two-time Super Bowl winner and NBC’s Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison.
NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football sideline reporter and Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya also joins Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott to co-host BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico. Tafoya, who has covered the NFL for more than 10 years, is entering her third season as a sideline reporter for NBC after seven years with ABC and ESPN as a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football.
Serving as the backdrop for BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico will be the luxurious Dorado Beach Resort in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. Produced in partnership with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the series will unfold on the resort’s historic East Course, a par-72 layout that features panoramic sight lines of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 of 18 holes. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course was recently redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II, bringing the classic seaside course into the 21st century.
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. Gerina Piller (BIG BREAK PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND competitor) will compete next week in the 2013 Solheim Cup, representing Team U.S.A. as a Captain’s Pick. 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) also are currently playing full-time on the LPGA Tour. Several other past BIG BREAK competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Matt Every (PGA TOUR), James Nitties and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour) and Kim Welch, Nicole Smith, Kelly Jacques (LPGA Tour).
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About Dorado Beach Resort
Dorado Beach Resort is a resort community in Puerto Rico inspired by the vision of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. Nestled on 1,400 acres of lush tropical forest overlooking golden sand beaches, Dorado Beach is home to the only Ritz Carlton Reserve and Residences in the western hemisphere. Secluded and private, Dorado Beach was recently selected as one of the top 100 resort destinations in the world and features 54 holes of golf designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. along with The Watermill, a private waterpark that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. Offering a full array of sports, activities, and culinary experiences, Dorado Beach has re-emerged as one of the world's finest luxury resort destinations.
About Puerto Rico Tourism Company
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), founded in 1970, is a public corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the development of the tourism industry. It markets Puerto Rico as a tourism destination through advertising, public relations and promotional activities; promotes tourism among local residents; provides visitor orientation and technical assistance to investors; evaluates tourism facilities and establishes standards of quality; and regulates and oversees gaming operations. PRTC has offices and representatives in the U.S. mainland, Canada, Europe and Latin America.
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