AU Grad in Golf Spotlight

Fri, 2012-07-27 08:23 -- univcomm

A recent AU graduate has been selected by the Golf Channel to join 9 golfers competing on the upcoming reality television show, The Big Break II. Scott Yancy III, a native of Glen Carbon, Ill., will be pitted against 9 additional highly skilled golfers in a variety of challenges that will test their physical skills and mental toughness. One golfer will be eliminated from the series each week, with the last man standing awarded his “Big Break,” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in four internationally televised Nationwide Tour events on The Golf Channel in 2005. The winner will also receive a 2005 Ford Five Hundred luxury sedan and $10,000 cash from Nationwide. The Big Break II will be broadcast over an 11-week period beginning Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. For more information about the show, check the Web site for the Golf Channel at www.thegolfchannel.com .

“Last December I was sitting in my Tara East apartment at AU and I saw a commercial for the Big Break II on the Golf Channel,” said Yancy. “After applying, I found out that I was selected as one of 1,200 persons to try out for the show. The tryout involved a variety of tasks, including hitting shots on command, and an intensive interview. In early April, I received a phone call from the Golf Channel stating that I was selected to be one of 25 finalists. My AU roommates and my family were ecstatic for me. Following graduation from AU in May, a representative of the Golf Channel flew to my home and told me that I would be on the show.”

The Big Break II was shot on location in Las Vegas at four different golf courses, with each course offering different playing conditions to challenge the contestants, who also had to contend with the summer heat, which consistently topped 100 degrees. Like the first series, The Big Break II will feature challenges that demand precise shot-making designed to simulate shots that players face every week on tour. But the new series will add a third challenge to each episode, with all three challenges playing a role in determining the outcome of the show. During the series’ production, contestants were housed together on the penthouse level of the Treasure Island hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip.

“The different locales and the skill level exhibited by the contestants will provide some great drama for sure – not to mention the heat and everything that happens off the course,” said Jay Kossoff lead producer for The Big Break II.

The contestants competing on The Big Break II were chosen from more than 5,000 applicants who were evaluated and auditioned by Golf Channel producers at sites across the United States and Canada. To be considered, golfers had to verify a handicap of 1 or better and demonstrate their shot-making skills on command. For more information about the show, check the Web site for the Golf Channel at www.thegolfchannel.com .

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