Latest Big Break contestants announced


ORLANDO, Fla. – Golf Channel’s Big Break series returns for a 13th season in June featuring an all-female cast that will bring golf skills, beauty and brains on the June 21 premiere at 9 p.m. ET. Taking place at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas, “Big Break Sandals Resorts” will showcase a field of 11 women competing against each other in an attempt to make their dream come true of playing alongside the world’s top golfers. While many of the competitors are friends and travel companions on the road, when it comes to Big Break, those friendships will be put to the test. In addition to other prizes, the winner will receive an exemption to compete in an LPGA event and a Ladies European Tour event.  

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).