Ladies Capture $100000 Prize as Champions of Big Break Dominican Republic

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 15, 2010, 1:32 am

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1, 2010 – In last night’s finale, the women defeated the men in a series of one-hole single elimination matches to win Big Break Dominican Republic when Christina Lecuyer (Conway, Ark.) dropped a three-foot putt in her match against Blake Moore (Denver, Colo.) to seal her team’s victory.

As a result of their victory, the ladies competing on Big Break Dominican Republic will share a $100,000 purse, with $50,000 going to Blair O’Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz.) as the MVP of the series.  O’Neal also will be awarded the opportunity to compete in her first LPGA Tour event, the 2011 Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour in March.

In addition to the tournament exemption and $50,000 cash, O’Neal receives an endorsement contract from Adams Golf, which includes $10,000 cash; a $10,000 shopping spree from Dick’s Sporting Goods, and an all-expenses paid return trip for two to Casa de Campo Resort – host site for the series.  All of the women also will receive a Funjet Vacations getaway to the all-inclusive Iberostar Bavaro Suites in the Dominican Republic. 

In a series twist, Anthony Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) – MVP for the men’s team – also was awarded his Big Break and will tee-it-up on the PGA TOUR at the 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The ultimate goal of Big Break Dominican Republic was to knock the other team out of contention.  Heading into Tuesday’s finale, the men had the advantage, with five remaining competitors to the women’s four.  After the morning matches, however, the momentum shifted when William Thompson (Bracey, Va.), Brian Skatell (Greensburg, Pa.) and Andrew Giuliani (New York, N.Y.) all were eliminated.

In the afternoon matches, O’Neal defeated Rodriguez and Lecuyer defeated Moore to eliminate the men’s team and secure the emotional victory.

Filmed on location in June at the world-famous Casa de Campo Resort, Big Break Dominican Republic unfolded on two Pete Dye-designed courses at Casa de Campo: the Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore.  Teeth of the Dog is the number-one ranked course in the Caribbean and 42nd in the world by Golf Magazine.  Dye Fore is a picturesque and challenging course overlooking the Caribbean Sea that measures more than 7,770 yards.

The Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.  Past Big Break champions won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, such as the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.  Several past Big Break competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Tommy Gainey, James Nitties, Matt Every and Kristy McPherson, a member of the victorious 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.  For more information on Big Break Dominican Republic, visit www.GolfChannel.com/Big-Break-Dominican-Republic.

 

$100,000 Purse Breakdown

Blair O’Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz.)                     $50,000

Lori Atsedes (Orlando, Fla.)                          $20,000

Sara Brown (Tucson, Ariz.)                            $10,000

Christina Lecuyer (Conway, Ark.)                 $10,000

Elena Robles (Redondo Beach, Calif.)         $5,000

Brenda McLarnon (Charleston, S.C.)             $5,000

 

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About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR is a sophisticated destination attracting more than a million U.S. visitors each year. Known for lush tropical beauty, mountains, waterfalls and amazing coastlines, 25 percent of the DR has been protected as national parks and nature preserves and is the most bio-diverse country in the Caribbean.  Named a #1 Golf Destination, the DR boasts more than 25 designer golf courses amid upscale resorts, exciting cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people.  With the best beaches and fascinating history and culture, the DR is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.  Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

About Casa de Campo

The 7,000-acre, award-winning Casa de Campo resort, on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, is an all-new vacation destination featuring a unique combination of accommodations, facilities, sports and dining options unmatched by any Caribbean destination.  Guests can choose among spacious new Elite hotel rooms and suites or spectacular private villa homes. World-class facilities include: a new lobby and main area; three Pete Dye-designed resort golf courses, including 'Teeth of the Dog,' ranked the number-one course in the Caribbean, the inland 'Links' and the breathtaking 'Dye Fore”; two driving ranges and two '19th Hole' restaurants.  Beyond the golf greens is a beautiful private beach, 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, the largest sporting clays facility in the hemisphere and deep sea and river fishing.

 The unmatched variety of international restaurants include the resort’s signature breakfast buffet at Lago Grill; The Beach Club by Le Cirque and the new La Cana by Il Circo; Pan-Asian cuisine at Chinois and Spanish delicacies at La Casita at the Marina. Evening entertainment is available at a variety of venues, including a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater that was inaugurated by Frank Sinatra and site of international touring concerts.  Other unique features at Casa de Campo include the incomparable cultural mecca, the Altos de Chavon artists village featuring museums and the Altos de Chavon School of Design – affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in New York – and the chic Marina & Yacht Club. Casa de Campo has won many coveted industry awards, including the honor of 2009 'World's Leading Golf Resort.'  With enriching family programs, the spirit of Dominican hospitality and an unmatched facilities and service, Casa de Campo reigns as “The Caribbean’s Most Complete Resort.”  Visit www.casadecampo.com.do.

 

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Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: