Prange, 24, captured The Big Break V Championship in May with a 5-and-4 victory over Jeanne Cho in the season finale to earn her a sponsor exemption to the 2006 Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland. Currently competing on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Prange stands fourth on the money list with two victories in 2006.
The Golf Channel will update viewers on Pranges week at the Safeway Classic beginning Thursday during the cable networks Live From the PGA Championship news program from Medinah CC. Live From the PGA Championship will air immediately following network coverage of the PGA Championship (8 p.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday). Coverage of the Safeway Classic will follow Live From Friday ' Sunday.
Prang will join a tournament field headlined by 10 of the top-15 money leaders on the 2006 LPGA ADT Money List, including defending champion Soo-Yun Kang and 2006 major champion winners Karrie Webb (Kraft Nabisco Championship) and Sherri Steinhauer (Weetabix Womens British Open). Also returning to the Safeway Classic includes stars and veterans Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst, Natalie Gulbis, Mi Hyun Kim and Paula Creamer.
Others making their first visit to Columbia Edgewater CC include Morgan Pressel, 2005 United States Womens Amateur champion Brittany Lange and rookie sensation Ai Miyazato.
With its sixth season scheduled to debut Sept. 26, The Big Break has been one of The Golf Channels most successful shows in the networks 11-year history. The series features golfers putting it all on the line for a chance to play on some of the worlds top tours, such as the LPGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Canadian Tour.