Ladies Begin Big Break Quest


The Big Break IIIThe Golf Channel unveiled the first episode of The Big Break III ' Ladies Only Tuesday night, the networks third installment of its hit television series. As the title suggests however, this season is just for the ladies. But that in no way means the stakes arent high, as the 10 contestants will be vying for entry into select LPGA tournaments, including the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, May 5-8, and the LPGA Corning Classic, May 26-29.
After meeting and gathering together for the first time over dinner, the ladies enjoyed a day swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla., then boarded one of NetJets luxury jets and headed north to historic Williamsburg, Va., site of the abovementioned Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill Golf Club.
With a surprise seemingly around every corner, most of the ladies seemed to be enjoying the truly unique experience, especially the twist and turns that were sure to come.
Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks
Co-hosts Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks will guide the 10 contestants through The Big Break III.
We have no clue where we are going. And thats fun, said Liz Uthoff of St. Louis, Mo. I think the excitement of the unknown is fun.
Everyone has got this super bubbly personality, said Jan Dowling, who is originally from Ontario, Canada. Its almost hard to get a word in, because everyone has got that type-A personality. Its just been awesome.
With spirits high and camaraderie building, the next morning the group was taken on a foggy boat ride, eventually landing them at the Kingsmill course. Upon arrival, co-hosts Vince Cellini and former LPGA Tour player Stephanie Sparks welcomed them to what promised to be an emotional week of golfing challenges.
In what now is becoming the signature Big Break challenge, the ladies took turns hitting knockdown shots in effort to break a pane of glass with a competitors name on it.
The good news was that the last woman standing, or whose pane of glass remained unbroken, had first dibs on her choice of room and bed for the duration of the competition. Even better news was that no one, regardless of where they finished in the challenge, was going home.
The whole threat of were picking our bed and our room, everyone was like, I dont want to sleep on the floor, said Uthoff light-heartedly.
The quiet sounds of nature soon gave way to the reverberation of breaking glass, as one by one the contestants dropped out. With just two players remaining, Dowling finally took out Uthoff to claim top honors.
It was incredible to break a glass. It was a cool, cool feeling, said Dowling. It was fun to win the first one (challenge).
And the surprises kept coming as the ladies made their way to the lodge where a special guest was inside waiting for them.
Knock on the door and as soon as Matt Griesser answers the door, we all went, Get out of town! said an excited Pam Crikelair of Highland Beach, Fla.
Oh God, he is soooo funny, added Tasha Browner of Tarzana, Calif. I just love his voice. I could listen to him all day.
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Valerie Ochoa takes dead aim at Pamela Crikelair's pane of glass.
Griesser, co-host of The Golf Channel's Plugged In series, greeted the group and let them have the run of the house. As they made their way around the accommodations, they all quickly discovered, much to their delight, that The Golf Channel had spared no expense.

An indoor putting green, a billiards table, dart board, pinball machine, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a fridge stocked with beer and sodas, a beautiful view overlooking a lake and a Callaway Staff Bag for each of the contestants, each custom embroidered with their own name.
Finally, after a chef was brought to feed the ladies a wonderful steak and seafood dinner, reality started to set in as they all began to realize that when morning came, it was down to business.
They cant hold us all here forever, we have to start eliminating, said Crikelair about the next days inevitable elimination challenge.
You can see the game faces coming on, observed Danielle Amiee of Newport Beach, Calif.
Be sure to check in next week as Mother Nature gets into the mix at the first elimination challenge. At the end of the day one of the 10 contestants will be going home.
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