Sadena Parks and Renee Skidmore, two former state champion high school golfers from Washington, have been looking for a break in their quests to make it onto the LPGA Tour.
Soon, we will find out if they took advantage of a big opportunity, as they are among the 12 competitors on “Big Break Florida,” which premiered on the Golf Channel on Monday. Also in the field is Courtney Coleman from Rochester, Wash.
The reality show, which was taped in October at Amelia Island in Florida, has players go through “a series of intense, head-to-head challenges that will test their golf skills and mental toughness,” according to The Golf Channel.
Players will be eliminated one by one. In Monday’s show, Skidmore was the lowest scorer of the 12 and had to endure the Elimination Challenge, where she had to make a par or better on a par-5 hole to remain in the competition. She made a par to stay alive.
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The winner gets a package worth $100,000 in cash and prizes, including an exemption into an LPGA event, $65,000 in cash, full exempt status to the 2015 Symetra Tour with entry fees paid and an endorsement contract from Adams Golf.
Parks, 23, starred at the University of Washington for four years after winning state 4A titles in 2007 and 2008 for Bethel of Graham. Even as a junior at UW in 2011, Parks, the first black player in the history of the UW program, was determined to be a role model.
“I want to be the next Tigress Woods,” she said back then. “I really do want to get to the LPGA Tour, so I’ll do whatever I have to to get there.”
Skidmore, 27, won the 2002 4A state title for Cascade of Everett and was runner-up the next two years. After starring at Idaho, she has been living in Florida, and has had some success on the mini-tours with two victories on the Suncoast Tour. She has worked as a model and at a golf course to help pay bills.
Coleman, 28, had two victories while playing at Centralia Community College.
The series continue each Monday at 6 p.m., and the final episode will air on May 19.