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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Big Breakers Crash the Tours This Week

Yes, in addition to the normal big names warming up for the US Opens (both male and female) this week, we have some Big Breakers collecting their prizes.

Isaac Sanchez

First we have Isaac Sanchez from Big Break NFL Puerto Rico making his appearance at the PGA Tour's FedEx St. Jude Classic. (Emily Talley, the female winner on that series, made her appearance last week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and missed the cut.) In case you don't know, Isaac's nickname is Sasquatch and he runs an annual charity tournament called "Swinging with Sasquatch." You can check out his tournament website here.
Jackie Stoelting
Then we have Jackie Stoelting from Big Break Florida making her appearance at the LPGA's Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Jackie's a member on the Symetra Tour and is currently 7th on their money list, so she's on pace to get her LPGA card next season. (BTW, Emily Talley is 9th on that list.) Plus Jackie played in the US Women's Open last year... and made the cut.

Of course, success on Big Break is no guarantee of success on a tour. Kim Welch and Sara Brown are both still struggling on the Symetra Tour, and Kip Henley may be better known as Brian Gay's caddie.

But the Breakers have proven they can play, whether they won on the show or not. Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey became the first Breaker to post a PGA Tour win. Matt Every also has one, and several of the ladies have wins on the Symetra Tour, Mallory Blackwelder being the most recent. Despite having rheumatoid arthritis since childhood -- and having to undergo some surgery recently -- Kristy McPherson has managed to maintain an LPGA career for about 7 years, including a Solheim Cup appearance.

Probably the highest profile Breaker right now is Gerina Piller (she was Gerina Mendoza when she appeared on the show), currently #26 in the Rolex world rankings, 17th on the LPGA money list, 15th in their Scoring average stats, and 14th in the new Race to the CME Globe. She's also T5 in Solheim Cup points... after playing in the 2013 matches. Not too shabby for a reality show contestant, eh?

So you might want to keep an eye on Isaac and Jackie at their tournaments this week. One or both of them really could be getting a Big Break.


  1. Don't forget the best American Solheim Cupper of this decade http:/

  2. Ryann's still on the LPGA but she's struggling this year (she's 263 on the Rolex and 111 in the Race to the Cup) which is why I didn't mention her. But you're helping make my point -- there are a LOT of good players coming out of Big Break.