Golf Channel's "Big Break" Shot at Ka'anapali Golf Resort

Golf Channel's "Big Break" Shot at Ka'anapali Golf Resort

Golf aficionados have had to wait a long, long time for some hot golf news (just writing that phrase felt funny) out of B on Hawaii headquarters. That wait is over. This week, the new Golf Channel television series "Big Break" hops the pond from its Orlando Florida home base to Ka'anapali, where the show will air from over the next 10 weeks.

The show, which premiered on April 15th at 4 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time), pits twelve female, semi-professional and amateur golfers against each other, in competition for a national endorsement contract, $10,000, a BMW, and a shot to join the LPGA tour. This is the ninth season of the channel's "Big Break" series, only two previous of which have featured female golfers. Competitors will battle it out on the links, as well as with mentally challenging tasks sprinkled throughout the season.

Shot entirely at the Ka'anapali Golf Resort, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa and the Sheraton Maui Resort, the show is co-hosted by Andrew Magee and Stina Sternberg. Interesting tid bit: Magee is the only golfer in PGA Tour history to land a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole during a Tour event. He did it on the 332-yard, 17th hole at the 2001 Phoenix Open. Sternberg is a golf columnist, editor, instructor and Golf Channel host who also owns her own golf country club in Sweden. The competitors hail from the likes of Monaco, Texas, Sacramento,
Arkansas and Miami.

The official prizes include waived entry fees to play in the Duramed Futures Tour in 2009; an Adams Golf endorsement contract plus $10,000 cash, a BMW Z4 Coupe and an all expense paid trip to South Carolina where the Z4 is built, plus a full-day driving session with an
instructor at the BMW Performance Center.

While the Trent Jones-designed Ka'anapali course hosted the 2008 Wendy's Champions Tour Skins Game, the nearby Mercedes-Benz Championship takes place down the road at Kapalua each year. Hopefully, this genre of reality T.V. coverage has taken the place of
the disastrous "Maui Fever" and "Living Lahaina" shows, which were petitioned to be taken off-air by Maui residents. Kudos to the Ka'anapali Golf Resort and Starwood Hawaii for bringing some respectable coverage to the islands.

Tune in to the Golf Channel every Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The official prizes include waived entry fees to play in the Duramed Futures Tour in 2009; an Adams Golf endorsement contract plus $10,000 cash, a BMW Z4 Coupe