Meet the ladies of GOLF CHANNEL’s Big Break Mexico golf skills competition series premiering May 13 at 9pm ET and airing Mondays.
Season 19 of GOLF CHANNEL’s golf skills competition series Big Break has six men and six women in a mixed team format at Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The winner receives an exemption to a 2013 PGA or LPGA tournament, plus cash and other prizes. LPGA great Lorena Ochoa makes a guest appearance and takes on Big Break’s signature Glass Break challenge for the first time.
The six ladies appearing in Big Break Mexico are quite good at golf and not at all unpleasant to look at. Meet the girls of Big Break Mexico (bios from the NBC Sports Group press release):
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Lindsey Bergeon (26, Sarasota, Fla.)
A professional since graduating from Florida Southern College in 2008, Bergeon has competed full-time on the Symetra Tour, Cactus Tour and CN Canadian Women’s Tour the past four years. She holds numerous high school golf records from Sarasota, including being named Sarasota Herald Tribune Women’s Golfer of the Year three times, a feat no other local female golfer has yet achieved. In 2013, Bergeon will compete on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour and Women’s State Opens throughout the country.
Taylor Collins (23, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
One of the younger competitors on Big Break Mexico, Collins is currently in her sophomore season on the Symetra Tour, following an up-and-down rookie season that was highlighted by a fourth place finish in her third event. Collins is a long-time student under Hall-of-Fame instructor Bob Toski, who first met Collins when she was in elementary school and gave Collins her first set of lessons.
McKenzie Jackson (24, Scottsdale, Ariz. / Uniontown, Ohio)
Playing in her second full season as a professional, Jackson is competing on the Cactus Tour, CN Canadian Women’s Tour and Women’s State Opens with a fresh outlook on golf after a frustrating 2012 season that included a break from the game at the end of the year. A graduate of Kent State University – her assistant golf coach was Big Break III: Ladies Only competitor Jan Dowling – Jackson received the phone call that she was cast on Big Break Mexico two days after she began refocusing on her game after an extended break. “My dad always tells me, ‘Good things happen to good people,” said Jackson.
Stefanie Kenoyer (24, Lighthouse Point, Fla.)
The lone contestant on Big Break Mexico to have competed in a major championship – 2009 U.S. Women’s Open – Kenoyer is playing full time on the Symetra Tour with a refreshed sense of confidence and passion following a disappointing 2012. Sara Lynn Sargent – her former college coach and competitor on Big Break VI: Trump National – encouraged Kenoyer to apply for Big Break. Kenoyer will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Sargent, who earned her LPGA Tour card the following season after being on Big Break.
Liebelei Lawrence (29, Nideranven, Luxembourg / Nashville, Tenn.)
The first female from Luxembourg to compete on the Ladies European Tour (2011 and 2012), Lawrence credits her renewed passion for golf as a result of being cast on Big Break Mexico. She lost her status on the LET after the 2012 season and battled back injuries the entire season, causing her to consider hanging up her professional career. She enters Big Break Mexico finally healthy and with a refreshed outlook on the game.
Emily Talley (22, Boulder, Colo. / Napa, Calif.)
The youngest competitor on Big Break Mexico, Talley is one of two contestants on the series to have played in an LPGA Tour event – the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open via a Monday Qualifier. A graduate of the University of Colorado where she was an Honorable Mention All American – the first female golfer from CU to earn All-American status – she turned professional after graduation in 2012. She is competing full time on the Symetra Tour in 2013.