As with the first two seasons, the contestants on "The Big Break III" were selected following a nationwide search and auditions, producing 10 women The Golf Channel calls "the best undiscovered female golfers."
Most of the women are in their 20s, but a couple are over 40; most are single, but several are married; a couple have children but most don't. What they all have in common is a serious golf game.
So serious that the winner of "The Big Break II" goes straight to the big-time with entry into select LPGA tournaments, including the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill (May 5-8) and the LPGA Corning Classic (May 26-29).
The series debuts on The Golf Channel on Feb. 8. The 10 contestants, with age and place of residence, are (click a name for complete bio):
Danielle Amiee, 28, Newport Beach, Calif.
Felicia Brown, 28, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Tasha Browner, 23, Tarzana, Calif.
Pamela Crikelair, 24, Highland Beach, Fla.
Debbie Dahmer, 41, Escondido, Calif.
Jan Dowling, 23, Dallas, Texas
Cindy Miller, 48, Silver Creek, N.Y.
Valeria Ochoa, 24, Miramar, Fla.
Sarah Sasse, 23, Lincoln, Neb.
Liz Uthoff, 25, St. Louis, Mo.
Several of the contestants play on the Futures Tour, most of them have experienced great success at the collegiate or amateur level.
Also new for "The Big Break III" are the hosts and the venue. Hosting will be Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks, both polished personalities Golf Channel viewers should be familiar with.
The series was filmed at Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Va., which is also the location of one the LPGA tournaments to which the "Big Break III" champion gains entry. Kingsmill served as the temporary home for more than 50 crew members involved in the shoot, plus the 10 contestants. The series was filmed over 10 days in October, 2004.
While the ladies-only approach is new, and the hosts and location are new, the format is largely the same with one minor tweak. In each episode of "The Big Break III," the contestants participate in three challenges: the Mulligan Challenge, the Skills Challenge and Elimination Challenge, in that order.
Last season, in "Big Break II," the Skills Challenge - in which the winner receives immunity in that episode - was first up. However, that led to one contestant sitting out the majority of each episode.
In "Big Break III," the Mulligan Challenge goes first, ensuring that each contestant will appear in the majority of each episode.
And, of course, each episode culminates in the Elimination Challenge, in which the loser goes home.