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"Big Break Disney Golf"

Golf Channel Series' 12th Season

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Tony Finau, who turned pro at age 17, is one of the contestants on "Big Break Disney Golf."

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"The Big Break" is a series that just keeps rolling along for the Golf Channel. In Fall 2009, the series returned for its 12th season with an all-male cast that included some familiar names, some familial names, and, to be sure, some familiar challenges.

Names of series: "Big Break Disney Golf"
Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla. Play takes place on the resort's Magnolia and Palm courses.
Premiere date: Oct. 13, 2009
Hosts: Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks
Winner: Mike Perez

Challenges throughout the series weren't just played on the resort golf courses, but at locations around the Walt Disney World Resort itself (including Main Street U.S.A., Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and the Walt Disney World Speedway). And the series featured cameos from several PGA Tour golfers.

Who's Playing?
And what about that cast? The contestants ranged from the Finau brothers - Tony and Gipper, who turned pro at ages 17 and 16, respectively - to the controversial son of a former U.S. presidential contender; to the brother of a PGA Tour player and son of a soap opera star.

Below are the contestants, with text provide by the Golf Channel. We're separating them into those still alive and those eliminated as the series proceeds:

And the Winner Is ...

  • Mike Perez (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – After playing the Nationwide Tour, Perez is looking for the chance to join brother Pat on the PGA Tour.

Eliminated

  • Ed Moses (Hollywood, Calif.) – A gold and silver medal winner as a member of the United States swim team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Moses' goal is now the PGA TOUR. A member at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., he once shot 64 on the course that hosts the Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Eliminated in Episode 1
  • Andreas Huber (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Actress Susan Lucci's son, the former Wall Street broker left the color of money to seek his fortune on the green. Eliminated in Episode 2
  • Kevan Maxwell (Charleston, S.C.) – Aspiring golf professional by day, pizza delivery man by night, “K-Max” will do whatever it takes to play on the PGA Tour. Eliminated in Episode 3
  • Sean Kalin (Delray Beach, Fla.) – A junior standout who gave up golf for 20 years after being kidnapped, he is looking for a second chance in the game. Eliminated in Episode 4
  • J.R. Reyes (Omaha, Neb.) – With tattoos covering each arm, Reyes is not your typical golfer. While not looking the part, he has the talent to fit in on the PGA Tour. Eliminated in Episode 5
  • Vincent Johnson (Portland, Ore.) – Received the Charlie Sifford exemption to play in the 2009 Northern Trust Open where he flirted with making the cut in his first PGA Tour start. Eliminated in Episode 6
  • Blake Moore (Monrovia, Calif.) – Friend of former Big Break competitor and PGA TOUR rookie James Nitties, Moore is a threat to win Big Break Disney Golf if he can control his inner demons. Eliminated in Episode 7
  • Andrew Giuliani (New York, N.Y.) – Son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover, Andrew is looking to make a name for himself in the game of golf. Eliminated in Episode 8
  • Gipper Finau (Lehl, Utah) – Joins Tony as the first brother duo to play in the same Big Break series. Blessed with the long ball, Gipper, who turned professional at 16, once drove a 520-yard par 5. Eliminated in Episode 9
  • Kevin Erdman (Arcadia, Calif.) – Husband of Big Break Kaanapali alum Courtney Erdman, is it his time to shine on the Big Break stage? Eliminated in Episode 10
  • Tony Finau (Lehl, Utah) – Hits the tee ball longer than his brother – or at least that is what he says in the spirit of sibling rivalry. Finau turned professional when he was 17 and made a cut on the PGA TOUR the same year. Eliminated in Episode 10

What's At Stake
The Big Prize: The winner of "Big Break Disney Golf" received an exemption to play in the 2010 PGA Tour Children's Miracle Network Classic.
More Goodies: The winner also received his entry fees paid into 2010 PGA Tour Q-School by SkyCaddie; $10,000 shopping spree at Dick's Sporting Goods; free golf for a year from GolfNow.com; an endorsement deal and $10,000 cash from Adams Golf.

For more information visit the Golf Channel series homepage.

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