Golf News for Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Media

Team Rice wins BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Team Rice (Jerry Rice, Emily Talley and Isaac Sanchez) defeated Team Doleman (Chris Doleman, Shannon Fish and Brian Cooper) 1-up in a dramatic series of individual match play competitions on Tuesday’s season finale of BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO, Golf Channel’s 20th season of its reality competition franchise.

As champions of BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO, Team Rice receives the following:

Jerry Rice
- $50,000 awarded to a charity of his choice via the Jerry Rice 127 Foundation.

Emily Talley (23, Napa, Calif, Big Break Mexico alum)
- $50,000 in cash

- 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

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

Isaac Sanchez (34, Folsom, Calif. – Big Break Greenbrier alum)
- $50,000 in cash

- 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

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

Team Rice also receives $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental and $5,000 in cash courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“Not only are these two great golfers, but great individuals,” said Rice after the finale. “Right now, I’m on cloud nine. BIG BREAK NFL, this is unreal. This feels like the Super Bowl to me right now, I’m going to be honest with you.”

“Dreams do come true thanks to BIG BREAK,” said Sanchez, who will compete in his first PGA TOUR event at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. “I’ve wanted to play on the PGA TOUR my whole life, and now I am going to get the opportunity.”

“I’m so proud of these two [Cooper and Fish], just how they played, and their spirit,” said Doleman. “These guys have nothing to hold their head down about. We were in the finals. We just finished a little short today.”

Following the conclusion of the finale, Golf Channel revealed to the eliminated NFL legends (Doleman, Tim Brown, Mark Rypien, Al Del Greco and Marc Bulger) a donation of $10,000 each to their charities for participating in BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO.

Taking place at Dorado Beach Resort in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO was contested on the resort’s historic East Course.

Golf Channel’s BIG BREAK reality competition series returns for its 21st season in February, 2014. BIG BREAK FLORIDA will feature 12 female aspiring professionals competing to make their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top golfers come true.

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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.