'The Big Break'

Winners, Cast Members and More Info about 'The Big Break' Series

The Big Break is the name of a series televised on the Golf Channel. A sort of "golf reality" show, The Big Break brings together golfers who compete in skills challenges and also head-to-head match play, with prizes at stake that include entry into high-level professional tournaments.

The original Big Break series first aired on The Golf Channel on Oct. 7, 2003, and the show quickly became a ratings winner for the network. Golf Channel announced the end of the series in 2015 (although many suspect it will return at some point).

Below, in reverse chronological order, are the names of each season of the show, along with winners and cast members.

See also:

01
of 23

'Big Break Palm Beaches'

Premiere: Feb. 2, 2015

Winner: Richard Werenski

Cast members: George Bryan, Wesley Bryan, Brandon Hartzell, Justin Martinson, Clay Myers, Tyler Neff, Chad Pfeifer, Zach Portemont, Robert Rohanna, Tommy Schaff, Kyle Scott, Richy Werenski

Location: PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

At stake: Exemption into 2015 PGA Tour Barbasol Championship plus cash and other prizes.

02
of 23

'Big Break Myrtle Beach'

Premiere: Oct. 7, 2014

Winner: Jimmy Brandt

Cast members: Jimmy Brandt, Katie Detlefsen, Katy Harris, Charlie Harrison, Christian Heavens, Dave Markle, Toph Peterson, Carolin Pinegger, Krista Puisite, Anthony Quezada, Tessa Teachman, Emily Tubert

Location: Barefoot Resort & Golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

At stake: Exemption into 2015 Valspar Championship (male winner) or Portland Classic (female winner), among other prizes.

03
of 23

'Big Break Florida'

Jackie Stoelting
Jackie Stoelting. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Premiere: Feb. 24, 2014

Winner: Jackie Stoelting

Cast members: Lindsay Aho, Courtney Coleman, Kylee Duede, Fiamma Felitch, Tonya McCall, Mary Narzisi, Kristi O’Brien, Dallas Odom, Sadena Parks, Renee Skidmore, Jackie Stoelting, Lauren Sullivan

Location: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, near Jacksonville, Fla.

At stake: Exemption into 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic; exempt status on 2015 Symetra Tour

NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice playing golf
Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

Premiere: Oct. 8, 2013

Winning team: Team Rice (Emily Talley, Isaac Sanchez and Jerry Rice)

Cast members: Men - Will Lowery, Chad Schulze, Oren Geri, Brian Cooper, Isaac Sanchez, James Lepp. Women - Meghan Hardin, Emily Talley, Shannon Fish, Stefanie Kenoyer, Zakiya Randall, Mallory Blackwelder. NFL players - Tim Brown, Marc Bulger, Al Del Greco, Chris Doleman, Jerry Rice, Mark Rypien.

Location: Dorado Beach Resort Puerto Rico

At stake: For male winner, exemptions into 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic; for female winner, exemption into 2014 Shoprite LPGA Classic. More »

05
of 23

'Big Break Mexico'

Premiere: May 13, 2013

Winner: Taylor Collins

Cast members: Lindsey Bergeon, Taylor Collins, Matthew Galloway, McKenzie Jackson, Stefanie Kenoyer, Liebelei Lawrence, Brent Long, Chad Schulze, Jason Seymour, Emily Talley, Rob West, Jay Woodson

Location: Playa Paraiso Golf Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico

At stake: Exemption into 2013 LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational; $50,000 cash; $55,000 more in prizes and cash

06
of 23

"Big Break Greenbrier"

Premiere: Oct. 2, 2012

Winner: Mark Silvers

Cast members: Ray Beaufils, Derek Bohlen, Anthony Casalino, Rick Cochran, Brian Cooper, Liam Friedman, Stu Gold, James Lepp, Isaac Sanchez, Mark Silvers, Chan Song, Michael Tobiason

Location: The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia

At stake: Exemption into 2013 PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic, plus other cash and prizes

07
of 23

"Big Break Atlantis"

Marcela Leon Big Break Atlantis
'Big Break Atlantis' cast member Marcela Leon. © Golf Channel

Premiere: May 14, 2012

Winner: Marcela Leon

Cast Members: Anya Alvarez, Shannon Fish, Natalia Ghilzon, Meghan Hardin, Selanee Henderson, Marcela Leon, Aubrey McCormick, Allison Micheletti, Zakiya Randall, Gloriana Soto, Christina Stockton, Kelly Villarreal

Location: Atlantis, Paradise Resort in the Bahamas

At Stake: Exemption into 2012 LPGA Tour event; cash and other prizes

08
of 23

"Big Break Ireland"

Mark Murphy Big Break Ireland
Big Break Ireland cast member Mark Murphy. Mark Ashman / Golf Channel

Premiere: Sept. 20, 2011

Winner: Mark Murphy

Cast Members: Joe Campbell, Bennett Maki, Matt Melrose, Mark Murphy, Julien Trudeau, Andy Walker, Mallory Blackwelder, Annie Brophy, Kelly Jacques, Nina Rodriguez, Nicole Smith, Whitney Wright

Location: The K Club in Kildare, Ireland

At Stake: Since the winner was male, he received exemptions into the 2012 Irish Open and 2012 Hassas II Trophy on the European Tour; a free vacation; plus cash and shopping credits worth $30,000.

09
of 23

"Big Break Indian Wells"

Big Break Indian Wells Logo
© Golf Channel

Premiere: May 16, 2011

Winner: David Byrne

Cast Members: Robbie Biershenk, Petey Borja, David Byrne, Kent Eger, Robert Floyd, Oren Geri, John Lepak, Will Lowery, Russell Normandin, Justin Payne, Carl Whyte

Location: Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells, Calif.

At Stake: Winner-take-all, which meant a minimum of $55,000 plus an exemption into the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Blair O'Neal - Big Break Dominican Republic
Mark Ashman / Golf Channel

Premiere: Sept. 28, 2010

Winner: Blair O'Neal (O'Neal was MVP of the winning women's side, and so received the grand prize)

Cast Members: Andrew Giuliani, David Mobley, Blake Moore, Anthony Rodriguez, Brian Skatell, William "Football" Thompson, Lori Atsedes, Sara Brown, Christina Lecuyer, Brenda McLarnon, Blair O'Neal, Elena Robles

Location: Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic

At Stake: As MVP of the winning team, O'Neal received an exemption into the 2011 LPGA Kia Classic, along with $50,000, a $10,000 shopping spree from Dick's Sporting Goods, and an endorsement deal with Adams Golf. Anthony Rodriguez, MVP of the men's team, received an exemption into the 2011 PGA Tour Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. More »

Elena Robles
Courtesy of Golf Channel

Premiere: June 21, 2010

Winner: Carling Coffing

Cast Members: Carling Coffing, Lili Alvarez, Sara Brown, Taryn Durham, Seema Sadekar, Chris Brady, Ryann O'Toole, Stacey Bieber, Maiya Tanaka, Kelly Sheehan, Elena Robles

Location: Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club at Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas

At stake: Exemptions into 2010 LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational and 2010 LET Omega Dubai Ladies Masters; fully exempt status on 2011 Duramed Futures Tour; cash and merchandise worth more than $25,000 More »

12
of 23

"Big Break Disney Golf"

Tony Finau - Big Break Disney Golf
© Golf Channel; used with permission

Premiere: Oct. 13, 2009

Winner: Mike Perez

Cast Members: Mike Perez, Ed Moses, Andreas Huber, Kevan Maxwell, Sean Kalin, J.R. Reyes, Vincent Johnson, Blake Moore, Andrew Giuliani, Gipper Finau, Kevin Erdman, Tony Finau

Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla. (Magnolia Course and Palm Course)

At stake: Spot in field at 2010 PGA Tour Children's Miracle Network; entry fees for 2010 PGA Tour Q-School; $10,000 shopping spree at Dick's Sporting Goods; free golf for a year; $10,000 cash

Derek Gillespie - Big Break Prince Edward Island
Photo: Golf Channel/Mark Ashman

Premiere: April 20, 2009

Winner: Derek Gillespie

Cast Members: Kim Kouwabunpat, Caroline Larsson, Brenda McLarnon, Gerina Mendoza, Blair O'Neal, Nicole Sikora, Derek Gillespie, Robert Read, Eugene Smith, Brian Skatell, William Thompson, Aaron Wright

Location: Mill River Golf Course in O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, Canada

At stake: $100,000 More »

14
of 23

"Big Break X: Michigan"

Big Break X Michigan
Courtesy of the Golf Channel; used with permission

Premiere: Oct. 7, 2008

Winners: Haymes Snedeker and Bernadette Luse

Cast members: Haymes Snedeker, Bernadette Luse, James Vargas, Andrea VanderLende, Sally Dee, David Mobley, Amber Prange, Robby Shaw, Hugo Leon, Camila Mori, Casey Lubahn, Rachel Lubahn, Sherri McDonald, Michael Michaelides, Rachel Melendez, Otis Smith

Location: Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs, Mich.

At stake: BMW 328i Coupe for each member of winning team; up to $15,000 in cash/prizes; paid entry to Q-Schools

15
of 23

'The Big Break: Kaanapali'

Kim Welch
Courtesy of the Golf Channel

Premiere: April 15, 2008

Winner: Kim Welch

Cast members: Lori Atsedes, Dana Bates, Susan Choi, Courtney Erdman, Adrienne Gautreaux, Samantha Head, Christina Lecuyer, Tina Miller, Sophie Sandolo, Cirbie Sheppard, Elizabeth Stuart, Kim Welch

Location: Kaanapali Resort in Hawaii

At stake: Exemption into 2008 Navistar LPGA Classic; entry fees into all 2009 Futures Tour events; BMW Z4 Coupe

16
of 23

"The Big Break: Mesquite"

Big Break Mesquite
Courtesy of The Golf Channel; used with permission

Premiere: Oct. 2, 2007

Winner: Brian Kontak

Cast Members: Brian Kontak, Josh Warthen, Roger Fonnest, Matt Every, Anthony Rodriguez, Mark Farrell, Matt Vick, James Nitties, Benoit Beisser, Kevin Taylor, Gerry James, Hiroshi Matsuo

Location: Mesquite, Nev.

At Stake: Exemption into PGA Tour 2008 Mayakoba Classic, car, cash

17
of 23

"The Big Break VII: Reunion"

Tommy Gainey - Big Break IV
Courtesy of The Golf Channel, used with permission

Premiere: Feb. 25, 2007

Winner: Tommy Gainey

Cast Members: Mark Farnham, Don Donatello, Mike Foster, David Gunas, Pamela Garrity (nee Crikelair), Cindy Miller, Valeria Ochoa, Tommy Gainey, Eddie Gardino, Nikki DiSanto, Kim Lewellan, Ashley Gomes, Laura London, Kelly Murray, Gary Ostrega, Bri Vega

Location: Reunion Resort & Club in Orlando, Fla.

At Stake: Exemptions into Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, or LPGA Tour events

18
of 23

"The Big Break VI: Trump National"

Ashley Gomes
Courtesy of The Golf Channel; used with permission

Premiere: Sept. 26, 2006

Winners: Men - Denny Hepler. Women - Bri Vega.

Cast Members: Men - Sid Corliss, Albert Crews, Charlie Gibson, Denny Hepler, Jeff Mitchell, Kelly Murray, Gary Ostrega, Rocky Rockett, Gavin Slabbert. Women - Rachel Bailey, Bridget Dwyer, Ashley Gomes, Sarah Lynn Johnston, Laura London, Annie Mallory, Kristy McPherson, Karyn Stordahl-Utecht, Briana Vega

Location: Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, Calif.

At Stake: Champions Tour exemptions for the men; LPGA Tour exemptions for the women

19
of 23

"The Big Break V: Hawaii"

Ashley Prange
Photo Courtesy of The Golf Channel; used with permission

Premiere: Feb. 7, 2006

Winner: Ashley Prange

Cast Members: Jeanne Cho, Divina Delasin, Nikki DiSanto, Jo D Duncan, Dana Lacey, Kim Lewellan, Becky Lucidi, Ashley Prange, Katie Ruhe, Kristina Tucker, Julie Wells

Location: Hawaii

At Stake: Entry into two LPGA Tour events and all Futures Tour events

20
of 23

"The Big Break IV"

Paul Holtby - Big Break IV
Courtesy of The Golf Channel, used with permission

Premiere: Sept. 13, 2005

Winner: Paul Holtby

Cast Members: Warren Bladon, Thomas Blankvoort, David Carnell, Tommy Gainey, Edoardo Gardino, Richard Gillot, Paul Holtby, Randall Hunt, Bart Lower, T.J. Valentine, Marty Wilde Jr., Guy Woodman

Location: Carnoustie Golf Club, Scotland

At Stake: Entry into two European Tour tournaments

Danielle Amiee - Big Break III
Courtesy of Golf Channel

Premiere: Feb.8, 2005

Winner: Danielle Amiee (pictures)

Cast Members: Danielle Amiee, Felicia Brown, Tasha Browner, Pam Crikelair, Debbie Dahmer, Jan Dowling, Cindy Miller, Valeria Ochoa, Sarah Sasse, Liz Uthoff

Location: Kingsmill Resort and Spa, Williamsburg, Va

At Stake: Entry into two LPGA Tour events More »

22
of 23

"The Big Break II"

Don Donatello - The Big Break II
Courtesy of Golf Channel

Premiere: Sept. 27, 2004

Winner: Kip Henley

Cast Members: Shelby Chrest, Sean Daly, Don Donatello, Mike Foster Jr., David Gunas Jr., Kip Henley, Bart Lower, Jay McNair, John Turk, Scott Yancy

Location: Las Vegas (Desert Pines, Bali Hai, Royal Links and Stallion Mountain courses)

At Stake: Entry into four Nationwide Tour events

23
of 23

"The Big Break"

The Big Break
Courtesy of Golf Channel

Premiere: Oct. 7, 2003

Winner: Justin Peters

Cast Members: Randy Block, Jeff Brown, Charles Calhoun, Steve Duemig, Mark Farnham, Garrett Garland, Craig Pawling, Justin Peters, Jon Roddy, Anthony Sorentino

Location: Treetops Resort, Michigan

At Stake: Entry into four Canadian Tour tournaments