Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott will make his Big Break debut as host, joining co-host Stephanie Sparks to add insight during the 10-episode series.
Here are the contestants:
Lili Alvarez (26, El Paso, Texas) – One of Mexico’s elite amateur golfers who grew up competing alongside Lorena Ochoa, was a student at Tulane University in New Orleans and endured the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Stacey Bieber (25, Fort Worth, Texas) – Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Bieber nearly quit golf after college to pursue a professional career in investment banking.
Chris Brady (25, Charlotte, N.C.) – The lone contestant who has had exempt status on the LPGA (2008), Brady hung up her golf clubs when her game and the economy took a downturn in 2009 to pursue an engineering career.
Sara Brown (24, Tucson, Ariz.) – After a successful collegiate career at Michigan State and a stellar rookie season on the Futures Tour, Brown endured a “sophomore slump” in 2009, to the point where her usual smile turned to frustration, nearly causing her to quit the game.
Carling Coffing (24, Middletown, Ohio) – A tough competitor who has overcome enormous odds to achieve her dream to be a professional golfer. Coffing was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 5, and after years of giving herself dozens of shots every day, she switched to a diabetic insulin pump in 2008.
Taryn Durham (24, Glasgow, Ky.) – While Durham’s resume stacks up with her fellow competitors, she has an edge over her fellow competitors in that she is the only contestant who has competed in a major championship (2007 U.S. Women’s Open).
Ryann O’Toole (23, Los Angeles) – The youngest competitor on Big Break Sandals Resorts, O’Toole’s mission is to dominate women’s golf. A recent graduate from UCLA, O’Toole is one of the longest hitters in the field.
Elena Robles (26, Redondo Beach, Calif.) – A fierce competitor who works numerous odd jobs to make ends meet, Robles has a history of having a fiery temper on the course.
Seema Sadekar (24, Las Vegas) – In addition to competing full-time on the Futures Tour, Sadekar is heavily involved with her older sister’s golf events company, and also is co-founder of a golf marketing and apparel company.
Kelly Sheehan (32, Orlando, Fla.) – The lone contestant who has not competed full-time on the professional circuit, but Sheehan has 10 years of experience as a certified PGA of America and LPGA teaching professional.
Maiya Tanaka (24, San Diego) – Tanaka currently lives out of her car and competes on four professional golf tours (Golden State, California Players, Cactus and the Duramed FUTURES Tours).