Exemptions on the Line at Big Break VII Sets to Debut


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reunions come in many forms. There are family reunions, class reunions and homecoming football games. But there has never been a gathering like The Big Break VII: Reunion.
The GOLF CHANNELs popular series The Big Break is returning for its seventh season, and so will 16 of the most memorable characters from the first six seasons. The Big Break VII promises new excitement as old adversaries, fan favorites and a few surprise guests bring their A-game to the hit series.
Premiering Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. ET, The Big Break VII will feature Challenges from past seasons combined with new skills competitions. Flashbacks to unforgettable moments will set the stage as old wounds will be reopened and new rivalries created with twists and turns that have become a Big Break tradition.
For longtime The Big Break fans, the field is a collection of old friends and acquaintances. For new viewers, the series will provide an opportunity to discover the individuals that made it one of the GOLF CHANNELs most popular shows.
The competitors are: Mark Farnham, The Big Break I, Chicago, Ill.; Don Donatello, The Big Break II, Sanford, Fla.; Mike Foster, The Big Break II, Savannah, Ga.; David Gunas, The Big Break II, Hebron, Conn.; Pamela Garrity (formerly Crikelar), The Big Break III: Ladies Only, Jupiter, Fla.; Cindy Miller, The Big Break III: Ladies Only, Silver Creek, N.Y.; Valeria Ochoa, The Big Break III: Ladies Only, Miramar, Fla.; Tommy Gainey, The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe, Bishopville, S.C.; Eddie Gardino, The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe, Crans-Montana, Switzerland; Nikki DiSanto, The Big Break V: Hawaii, Los Angeles, Calif.; Kim Lewellen, The Big Break V: Hawaii, Greenville, N.C.; Ashley Gomes, The Big Break VI: Trump National, Pleasanton, Calif.; Laura London, The Big Break VI: Trump National, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kelly Murray, The Big Break VI: Trump National, Reston, Va.; Gary Ostrega, The Big Break VI: Trump National, Westfield, N.J.; Bri Vega, The Big Break VI: Trump National, North Andover, Mass.
The Big Break concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in challenges that test physical skills and mental toughness. During The Big Break VII, competitors will be eliminated with the last one standing awarded his/her Big Break.
However challenging the task, the ultimate champion will be rewarded for his/her efforts. The field resembles a demographic jig-saw puzzle with competitors being both male and female representing various age groups. The ultimate prize will vary depending on the champion. If one of the eight male professionals is victorious, then he will either earn a spot in the field of the 2007 Cox Classic on the Nationwide Tour or the 2008 Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach on the Champions Tour. Should one of the eight females claim the title, then they will be invited to compete in the 2007 Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika on the LPGA Tour.
In addition to tournament exemptions, the Ginn Reunion Resort will present the champion with $50,000 in cash and Ginn Resort lodging & hospitality while Adams Golf will award the winner with an Adams Golf endorsement contract -which includes $10,000 cash - to keep the winner on top of his/her game. Also, Dicks Sporting Goods will provide a $10,000 shopping spree in the form of a gift card.
Finally, the ultimate winner will drive away in a new 2007 Chrysler Aspen, Chryslers first full-sized SUV.
The Big Break VII takes place at the Ginn Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla. Returning as hosts for the series will be the GOLF CHANNELs Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks.
As with previous installments, episodes of The Big Break VII will feature challenges designed to demand precise shot-making. Each challenge will bring out the more creative side of golf. The Immunity Challenges are true tests of the players shot control, and the player that comes out on top in these challenges will be awarded a one-show exemption from elimination. In the Elimination Challenge, each shows pressure-filled test of golf skill, the poorest performer will be eliminated from the show and sent packing for home.
Champions of previous Big Break series have won their chance to compete on some of the worlds top professional tours, such as the Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.