ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golf Channel’s popular Big Break competition series has selected Myrtle Beach as the production location for its 22nd season, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.
Big Break Myrtle Beach, produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism, will feature a cast of aspiring golf professionals – six men and six women – looking for that jumpstart in their golf careers with the goal of achieving their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top golfers. Taking place at Barefoot Resort & Golf, Big Break Myrtle Beach’s ultimate winner will receive an exemption to a 2015 PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour event, along with cash and other prizes.
“Big Break is a cornerstone to our original productions franchises, and has been a proving ground for many professional golfers looking to break through to the world’s top tours, including South Carolina natives Tommy Gainey and Kristy McPherson,” said Jay Kossoff, Golf Channel vice president of original productions and Big Break executive producer. “Our goal is to place our competitors in pressure situations while at the same time showcase an elite golf destination. We accomplished both with Big Break Myrtle Beach and are excited to bring the series to the Grand Strand for our 22nd season.”
Joining long-time host Tom Abbott as co-host for Big Break Myrtle Beach will be Golf Channel analyst and LPGA Tour professional Paige Mackenzie. A seven-year veteran of the LPGA Tour who also currently serves as co-host for Morning Drive, Mackenzie will provide analysis from a player’s perspective throughout the series, detailing the pressure the competitors will face with each challenge.
“I’m excited to team with Tom in bringing insight to fans and viewers at home watching Big Break Myrtle Beach,” said Mackenzie. “The series has gained a lot of popularity within the professional tours with past contestants sharing how the pressure is unlike anything they have ever experienced. This season will be no different, with pressure and drama each and every week.”
Filmed on location in June, the series will unfold on three of Barefoot Resort’s award-winning golf courses – The Dye, Fazio and Love Courses – as well as Pawleys Plantation on Pawleys Island.
Barefoot Resort's Dye Course, a classic Pete Dye layout, has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and was recently named 2013 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association.
Barefoot Resort's Fazio Course, designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio, has been ranked as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest.
Barefoot Resort's Love Course, designed by Carolina native Davis Love III, has been ranked among America's Top 100 You Can Play by Golf Magazine for years and as the top-ranked golf course in Myrtle Beach by Golf Digest.
Pawleys Plantation, the award-winning Jack Nicklaus design just south of Myrtle Beach on Pawleys Island, also will host an episode of Big Break Myrtle Beach.
The Marina Inn and Resort at Grande Dunes served as official host resort for the competitors and production team during the filming of the series.
“We look forward to showcasing everything a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer and giving 12 aspiring young professionals an opportunity that could change their life,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday President. “Big Break is a Golf Channel institution, and the timing was perfect to partner the game’s most popular show with its most popular destination. The drama of Big Break Myrtle Beach will unfold on some of the nation’s best golf courses, and we can’t wait for viewers to get an inside look at our destination.”
“Big Break Myrtle Beach will illustrate what so many golfers already know about South Carolina – that it is the best golf destination in the country,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Our year-round mild climate, naturally beautiful settings, challenging courses and major events combine to make South Carolina just right for golf.”
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 Myrtle Beach, the competitors – who will be announced in August – will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his or her Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour in 2015.
For the past 21 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole. Several other past Big Break competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Tony Finau, James Nitties and Mark Silvers on the Web.com Tour, and Nicole Smith, Jackie Stoelting and Kim Welch on the LPGA Tour.
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About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, are able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of live Golf Channel content through GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s digital platforms are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that connect the world to golf.
About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.
Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, MBGH manages the World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.
About South Carolina Tourism
Tourism is a top industry in South Carolina, with a total economic impact of more than $17 billion annually and employing one of every 10 people. SCPRT’s primary mission is to market the state as a preferred destination for vacations and travel. For more information, visit www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.
About Barefoot Resort & Golf
Barefoot Resort & Golf is a 2,300 acre residential golf community of uncompromised excellence. Located across the Intracoastal Waterway, it is connected to North Myrtle Beach by a historic swing bridge. Designed with a vastly different approach than most resort developments, Barefoot Resort & Golf strives to preserve the natural integrity of its coastal lands.
In one of the most ambitious golf course projects ever to hit the “Grand Strand”, Barefoot successfully opened four championship courses simultaneously, making it the only time a developer has opened four new courses at the same time in the United States. Our venue was designed by golf's most inspired architects; Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Each one fulfilled their goal in creating distinctive, visually striking and fun to play courses. Rated as the ‘Golf Course of the Year’ of the Myrtle Beach area and South Carolina state, Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play and Top 100 Courses in America, it’s no secret why Barefoot Resort & Golf is one of the most sought after golf destinations in the country.
Centrally located in the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” Barefoot Golf Vacations at Barefoot Resort offers an endless assortment of possibilities. Everything you need can be found at the resort or just a short drive away. The most requested golf package is the “Buy 3 and get 4th round free” on the Barefoot Resort Courses. There is no need to drive all over town with this all inclusive package. The package includes three nights lodging at a three diamond rated resort, four rounds of golf on four championship courses, all cart fees, taxes and daily breakfast at the Resort Clubhouse. For information on how to book your next golf vacation head on over to www.barefootgolfvactions.com and fill out a no obligation custom golf quote.
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