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"Big Break VI: Trump National" Contestants Announced

Nine Women, Nine Men Competing

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Updated July 05, 2006

"Big Break VI: Trump National" - the next installment of the popular golf "reality series" on The Golf Channel - tees off on Sept. 26.

There will be 18 contestants participating, nine men and nine women competing with and against each for, respectively, PGA Champions Tour and LPGA Tour appearances.

Here, courtesy of The Golf Channel, are the names of the 18 contestants, along with a capsule profile of each:

"Big Break VI" - Women

Rachel Bailey, 25, Fowlconbridge, NSW, Australia
Outgoing Aussie looks to make good
A year ago, she nearly quit golf when the pressure of playing the Futures Tour became an "endless grind." However, after a week of soul searching, the fun-loving Aussie realized that golf provided her the opportunity to realize dreams that others from her small southeastern Australian town never could imagine. Always an athlete, her dad introduced her to golf at age 10. At New Mexico State, she won the Sun Belt Conference championship.

Bridget Dwyer, 25, Kailua, Hawaii
Act like a champion
A native of Hawaii, Dwyer exudes the natural "cool persona" of the 50th state. Currently on the Futures Tour, she was a three-time National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar selection and was voted Most Inspirational Athlete at UCLA in 2004. In high school, Dwyer relished playing on the boys’ golf team and eventually earned a golf scholarship to UCLA. A focused and driven individual she strives to live her motto “act like a champion” at all times.

Ashley Gomes, 23, Pleasanton, Calif.
Fun loving, laid back California girl with a passion for life and golf
Playing golf from an early age, Gomes participated in junior golf at a high level, competing against the likes of LPGA Tour stars Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis. In high school, she played on the boys’ team even after the school formed a girls’ squad. At San Jose State, she claimed individual honors in the 2004 Western Athletic Conference championship.

Sarah Johnston, 24, St. Charles, Ill.
Loves to laugh but packs a punch
Johnston’s dad, and her current caddie, was a successful PGA Tour professional who finished second at the 1971 U.S. Open and 15th in the 1974 Masters. Although she won her first tournament at age 4, Johnson is a self-professed late bloomer who eventually earned All-American honors at Furman University. Currently playing the Futures Tour, Johnston is one of the longest hitters, averaging 270 yards off the tee.

Laura London, 25, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Transformed from a rink rat to a range rat
London’s first love was figure skating but she burned out on the sport. She then attempted to play hockey but a broken ankle put an end to that venture. The first step in her golf journey was going from a rink rat to a range rat when her family moved to a house on a golf course. London turned professional directly out of high school after spurning a scholarship offer from Arizona State. She played the Futures Tour from 1999-2001 and wants to compete once again.

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