Sara Brown Photo Gallery

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Getting to Know Sara Brown

Sara Brown during the 2011 LPGA Safeway Classic tournament
Sara Brown during the 2011 LPGA Safeway Classic tournament. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Sara Brown is a professional golfer and also, in a new direction in her career, a golf instructor. That includes appearances on the Golf Channel series Golf Academy Live as an instructor.

Over the following pages we'll view more photos of Brown and explore more of her story - including the way she came to wider public attention through the Golf Channel's Big Break franchise. Brown appeared on two different season of The Big Break.

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Sara Brown on 'The Big Break'

Sara Brown
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Sara Brown appeared as a cast member of Big Break Sandals Resorts on the Golf Channel in the second half of 2010, and then on Big Break Dominican Republic the following season.

Brown is from Tucson, Arizona, and that is where she still calls home (when not in Florida for Golf Channel duties). She is married to fellow golf pro Derek Radley, a golf instructor. Her father run the Cactus Tour, a women's mini-tour based in Arizona.

Sara played collegiate golf at Michigan State University.

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Amateur Career

Sara Brown
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An Arizona native, Sara Brown enjoyed a stellar junior career, including winning all-state honors all four years of high school.

She was the 5A Southern Arizona Player of the Year three times, and in 2003 finished first in 13 of the 15 tournaments she played. She also added the 2002 PGA Junior Series Player of the Year Award to her trophy shelf.

Brown played collegiate golf at Michigan State University. She won four tournaments in college and recorded 18 Top 10 finishes. Twice - in 2007 and 2008 - Brown was named Michigan State's female athlete of the year.

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Going Pro

Sara Brown
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During her college years, Sara Brown also enjoyed success outside of collegiate competition. She reached the semifinals in the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship, and was the low amateur in the Michigan Women's Open in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Brown turned pro in 2008 and had a great rookie campaign on the Duramed Futures Tour. In 11 tournaments, she made eight cuts with a high finish of third, and finished 22nd on the money list. Her results slipped a bit in 2009, her first full year as a pro, and she dropped to 77th on the money list.

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Sara 'No H' Brown

Sara Brown
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After her "sophomore slump" on the Futures Tour in 2009, Brown stepped away from golf for a while.

"I didn't touch my clubs, not once," Brown said of the end of 2009. "Those two months allowed me to clear my head and re-address my goals, not only professionally, but also personally."

Then she gained a place in the cast of Big Break Sandals Resorts. And close to the debut of that series, Brown launched a Web site in which she made clear something that annoys her: When people try to add an "h" to her first name. It's Sara with no "h."

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'Big Break Dominican Republic'

Sara Brown Big Break Dominican Republic
Golfer Sara Brown during a photo shoot on the set of Big Break Dominican Republic. Mark Ashman / Golf Channel

Sara Brown finished third on Big Break Sandals Resorts and enjoyed the experience.

"I couldn't have asked for a better experience than what I went though on Big Break in the Bahamas," said Brown. "I fell back in love with the game. It erased any doubts in my mind that this is what I want to do with my life."

Which is a good thing, but on the following season of the Golf Channel series - Big Break Dominican Republic - Brown was back among the cast members.

"... To be asked to come back for another Big Break? That is such a huge compliment," Brown said. "I mean, come on, how many other people can say they were on two reality shows in the same year? I can!"

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Sara Brown Big Break Golfer
Mark Ashman / Golf Channel

How did Sara Brown find out she was invited back for another season on The Big Break? Through a voice mail - one that, at first, concerned her.

"Honestly, I thought I was in trouble," Brown said. "Generally you don't receive phone calls from the producers after the series is filmed, unless they have something important to talk to us about. I kind of freaked out a little bit, because we signed these 20-page contracts swearing secrecy. I was on the course when I got the phone call, so I heard the message later. I was scared at first to call them back!"

But she did call them back, and Big Break Dominican Republic resulted.

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After 'The Big Break'

Sara Brown photographed at the Mardi Gras Museum in Mobile, Alabama
Sara Brown photographed at the Mardi Gras Museum in Mobile, Alabama in 2011. Getty Images for the LPGA

In the years since her double dose of The Big Break, Brown has played professional golf on the Symetra Tour and LPGA Tour, gotten married, taken time off to have a baby, and embarked on a career in television. She has appeared on multiple Golf Channel shows, as both an instructor and as a co-host.