Marcela Leon defeated Selanee Henderson in the season finale on Monday to be crowned winner of “Big Break Atlantis,” Golf Channel’s 17th season of its franchise reality competition series.
Contested at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, the match was dominated by Leon from the outset. Leon quickly gained the advantage on the front nine, building her lead to 4 up after nine holes. Henderson, who found renewed confidence in her game during the course of the 11-week series, refused to give up, winning her first hole on the par-5 13th. However, Leon’s lead was too great for Henderson to overcome and she closed out the match on the par-3 14th hole with a two-putt par to seal the victory, 5 and 4.
'I've worked hard through the years, but for some reason, I haven't been able to achieve my goal,' said an emotional Leon after winning the series. 'This just makes it better and everything sweeter. This makes all of the hard work, all of the frustrations...I am just thankful.'
As champion of “Big Break Atlantis,” Leon receives one of the most valuable prize packages in Big Break series history, highlighted by an invitation to compete in the 2012LPGA Kingsmill Championship in September and $50,000 in cash. In addition, Leon receives an Adams Golf endorsement contract, which includes $10,000 in cash; $10,000 shopping spree to Dick’s Sporting Goods; $10,000 car rental credit for from Avis Car Rental and a return trip for two to Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. As runner-up on the series, Henderson was awarded a 6-day, 5 night vacation to Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.