Big Break Indian Wells to premiere May 16

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ORLANDO, Fla. – It will be winner take all as 11 professionals put their golf skills, and money, on the line when Golf Channel’s “Big Break” returns for its 15th season on May 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

“Big Break Indian Wells” will feature an all-male cast who are at different stages of their professional careers. Some have competed professionally on top tours, while others are just beginning their journey in professional golf. The 10-episode series will feature an all-new format – each competitor will begin with $5,000, with the objective to win each other’s earnings on the golf course and to be the last man standing. The champion will take home the most valuable prize in series history – an exemption to a 2012 PGA Tour event and a minimum of $55,000 in cash.

The contestants are:

Robbie Biershenk (34, Greenville, S.C.) – Younger brother of Nationwide Tour professional Tommy Biershenk, Robbie is owner of Shank’s Golf Range and Learning Center in Greenville.

Hernan “Piri” Borja (25, Coral Springs, Fla.) – Son of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Soccer team captain Chico Borja, Piri wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous father by becoming an Olympian – only on the golf course.

David Byrne (23, Essex, Ontario, Canada / Orlando, Fla.) – The youngest competitor on the show, he recently graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy where he was 2010 Horizon League Player of the Year.

Kent Eger (30, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada / Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Eger is currently competing on the Canadian and Gateway Tours, recording victories on both circuits in 2010. Eger is the lone competitor to have competed in a major championship, the 2010 U.S. Open.

Robert Floyd (35, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) – The most experienced competitor, Floyd is the son of Raymond Floyd. Robert has competed in more than 30 PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour events over the past the past 15 years.

Oren Geri (37, Tel Aviv Israel / Orlando, Fla.) – Both the top-ranked amateur and professional golfer from Israel, Geri has represented his native country in numerous International events, including several World Cup matches.

John Lepak (30, La Habra Heights, Calif.) – Lepak has competed on the Gateway and Golden State Tours for the past several years, and believes his goal of competing on the PGA Tour is within reach.

Will Lowery (26, Charlotte, N.C.) – A former competitive tennis player, Lowery plays with a cross-handed grip. Lowery recently turned professional and volunteers at the First Tee of Charlotte, teaching life lessons and core values on and off the course to youth of similar backgrounds.

Russell Normandin (36, Woonsocket, R.I.) – A Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Currently deployed in Afghanistan for “Operation Enduring Freedom,” Normandin has one goal in mind: to be the only current active-duty Marine to compete on the PGA Tour in 2012.

Justin Payne (30, Floydada, Texas) – One of the top junior golfers coming out of Texas, Payne has had several false starts in getting his golf career on the fast track due to injuries and family matters. Currently, Payne competes part-time on the Adams Tour while managing the family ranch with his father.

Carl Whyte (32, Salisbury, Md.) – A nationally recognized track star from Jamaica, Whyte turned professional in2010 and plays golf with three different grips – a baseball grip to hit straight golf shots, an interlocking grip to hit fades and an overlapping grip to hit draws.

Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott and Stephanie Sparks return as co-hosts for the series.