BATON ROUGE – Two former LSU Lady Tiger All-America golfers were named to the 12-person cast for the 22nd renewal of the reality show “Big Break” which offers aspiring professional golfers a prize package around $100,000.
Katy Harris, who played at LSU 1998-2001 out of South Bend, Indiana, and Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge, who played for the Lady Tigers in 2009-12, will be the six women on the show that will air from Myrtle Beach, S. C., starting on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. CT on The Golf Channel.
The pair will have Southeastern Conference company in the form of recently turned pro Emily Tubert of Arkansas.
The multi-week program, hosted by Tom Abbott and Paige MacKenzie, through a series of eliminations gets down to one contestant who receives more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, which includes at least one exemption into an upper-echelon tour event. Prior “Big Break” champions have won tournament exemptions into PGA Tour, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour events. Several past “Big Break” competitors have gone on to have successful careers.
Harris, who was an All-American at LSU in 1998 and 2001, is one of just three LSU women’s golfers to appear in four NCAA Championships. She finished third individually in the 2001 NCAA Championships in Florida, with a 72-hole total of 287. She married prior to her senior year and gave birth to two children in 2006 and 2008, before deciding to turn pro in 2010. She has LPGA status this season for the second time and has played in nine events and earned close to $23,000 going into this weekend’s event in Portland.
Teachman helped LSU to third-place team finishes in the NCAA Championship in both 2011 and 2012, finishing third on her own ball in the individual competition. She also posed 1-under 287 over the Franklin, Tenn., layout at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Teachman earned All-American honors in 2012 and was a four-time Academic Honor Roll selection by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. She earned status this on the Ladies European Tour and began play Tuesday in the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament.
The reality series was shot in late June into early July and the contestant are signed to confidentiality clauses until the program completes its airing.
Screening of the cast began with nearly 3,000 applications. “The golf was terrific and their story lines played out the way we hoped they would. I think we’ve got a real good series on our hands,” Golf Channel’s vice president of original productions and “Big Break” creator and executive producer Jeff Kossoff indicated.
Several Myrtle Beach attractions will be featured either on the TV show or in web content. Attractions and activities visited by the competitors included; Little River deep sea fishing charter, the SkyWheel, Sharkey’s Beach Bar, a helicopter tour, a Dolphin Adventure cruise, jet skiing, a tour of the New South Brewery, Cinzia Spa at North Beach Plantation, Broadway Grand Prix go-kart racing, and a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game.
The show will run for 11 weeks from Oct. 7 through Dec. 16.