Inside the Ropes The Big Break III


10 Contestants and nine weeks of intense challenges finally came down to 17 holes of match play golf between Pam Crikelair and Danielle Amiee. The final two contestants brought an interesting twist to an already spectacular season as the inexperienced Crikelair and the professional Amiee battled it out for the coveted exemptions to the LPGA Tour. Crikelair, 25 from Highland Beach, FL is a relative newcomer to the game and only picked up the game three years ago as a way to help rehabilitate a field hockey injury. After graduating from college she moved to Florida to pursue her dream of becoming a professional golfer. Pamela has already competed in two REMAX World Long Drive Championships and finished fourth in the 2003 Connecticut State Womens Amateur Championship. With 12 years of experience under her belt, Danielle Amiee, 28 is a seasoned player waiting for her chance to shine. Earning a full golf scholarship to Long Beach State University prepared her for the grueling and rewarding challenges of making it to the pros. As a current member of the FUTURES Golf Tour, Danielle has competed in the Australian Open and made it to the finals of LPGA Qualifying School in 2003. With LPGA Tour exemptions on the line, the two rivals knew that their game had to be top notch for their final challenge.
A high pressured match made every shot crucial for the contestants. Crikelair led the match through the first seven holes, but Amiee was right behind her looking for an advantage. At hole eight Aimee showed her experience by tying the match, but it wasnt until hole 13 that Amiee stepped up her game to win a hole and take the lead.
Holes 14 through 16 proved difficult for both contestants with neither gaining a significant edge. On the 17th hole, Amiees extensive experience proved too much for Crikelair. After Crikelairs second shot, a halfhearted chip from just off the green, failed to make it in the hole, the door was left open for Amiee. Knowing it was her chance to win the Big Break III title, Danielle calmly putted in to claim the match 2 and 1.
Danielle Amiee feels she is ready for whatever may come her way. 'My heart and talent have finally come together, and I will change my entire lifestyle if I have to,' she says.
With her new Big Break III title, Danielle will now go on to compete in the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, May 5-8 and the LPGA Corning Classic, May 26-29, which airs on The Golf Channel. The Michelob ULTRA Open will see Danielle competing against the top LPGA Tour players, Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and defending champion Se Ri Pak. Only time will tell if the skill that won her a Big Break will also make her a success on the LPGA.
Be sure to watch Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe coming in September!