Golf News for Monday, September 30, 2013 | Media

BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO competitors battle for largest grand prize in series history

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The largest grand prize in the history of BIG BREAK will be up for grabs when Golf Channel’s longest running reality-competition series tees up its 20th season Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET. BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO will feature an all-star cast of 12 previous BIG BREAK competitors joining an NFL legend to form six, three-person teams, battling for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.

The winning team on BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO will receive the following:

NFL Legend
• $50,000 awarded a charity of his choice

• Cash and prizes from episode challenges

Female BIG BREAK Competitor
• A sponsor exemption to the 2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic on the LPGA Tour

• An endorsement contract from Adams Golf, which includes $10,000 in cash

• $5,000 in cash from Dick’s Sporting Goods

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

• A four day, three night stay for two at the Dorado Beach Plantation Village in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Male BIG BREAK Competitor
• A sponsor exemption to the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA TOUR

• An endorsement contract from Adams Golf, which includes $10,000 in cash

• $5,000 in cash from Dick’s Sporting Goods

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

• A four day, three night stay for two at the Dorado Beach Plantation Village in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico.

BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO will feature a new series format – teams will win or lose as teams. In a new format twist for this season, eliminations will not take place every week. Losing teams at the end of episodes will earn a “Loss.” Teams earning two losses will be eliminated from the series. The last team standing will be crowned BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO Champions.

The teams competing on BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO are:

Team Brown
• Tim Brown (46, Dallas, Texas, 3 handicap, 17-year NFL wide receiver, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner). Competing on behalf of the Tim Brown Foundation, which supports programs and initiatives nationwide for mentoring and education programs for kids, including the Athletes & Entertainers for Kids and 911 for Kids.

• Mallory Blackwelder (26, Versailles, Ky. / Scottsdale, Ariz. – BIG BREAK IRELAND)

• Will Lowery (28, Charlotte, N.C. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)

Team Bulger
• Marc Bulger (36, Sarasota, Fla., 4 handicap, 10-year NFL quarterback and two-time Pro Bowler). Competing on behalf of the Marc Bulger Foundation, which provides funding to a diverse range of programs benefiting men and women in the armed services, as well as police and fire personnel. Potential winnings will support the Marine Corps Scholarships Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

• 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). Competing on behalf of The Bright House Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves Alabama communities by creating, supporting and enhancing the services provided for children and adults with special needs.

• Stefanie Kenoyer (24, Lighthouse Point, Fla. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)

• Oren Geri (40, Altamonte Springs, Fla. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)

Team Doleman
• Chris Doleman (51, Atlanta, Ga., 3 handicap, 2012 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Inductee and 15-year NFL defensive lineman). Competing on behalf of the Chris Singleton Foundation, which provides financial support to non-profit organizations that are making impact in three social justice initiatives: helping in the fight against human slavery, providing solutions for “At Risk Youth” and making safe drinking water to those in need.

• Shannon Fish (24, Spring, Texas – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)

• Brian Cooper (46, Phoenix, Ariz. – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)

Team Rice
• Jerry Rice (50, Atherton, Calif., 1 handicap, Pro Football Hall-of-Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion). Competing on behalf of the Jerry Rice 127 Foundation, which provides financial support to agencies and organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond dedicated to helping children and their families.

• Emily Talley (23, Napa, Calif. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)

• Isaac Sanchez (34, Folsom, Calif. – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)

Team Rypien

• Mark Rypien (50, Spokane, Wash., 1 handicap, 12-year NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion). Competing on behalf of the Mark Rypien Foundation, built after Rypien lost his three-year-old son, Andrew, to cancer in 1998. The foundation raises and provides funding to support unique programs and projects that help address the needs of children with cancer and foster a healing environment for child cancer patients.

• Meghan Hardin (21, La Quinta, Calif. – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)

• James Lepp (28, Abbotsford, British Columbia – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)

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 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 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) competed 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 Golf Channel
As the fastest-growing network on television, Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. As part of the NBC Sports Group, professional golf coverage on NBC is branded “Golf Channel on NBC,” further extending the Golf Channel brand to NBC’s broadcast audiences. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.

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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