Thursday, April 16, 2015

Justin Martinson and Richy Werenski Advance to Compete in Big Break The Palm Beaches Finale

Big Break - The Palm Beaches Finale - Monday April 20 at 9 p.m. ET

More than $80,000 in Cash and Prizes on the Line for Winner of Golf Channel’s Reality Competition Series 

Season Finale to Feature 18-Hole Singles Match on the Famed Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa, Home to The Honda Classic 

Champion to Receive Exemption to Compete on the PGA TOUR in the 2015 Barbasol Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. – In a season that started with 12 competitors, Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL reality competition series has narrowed the field to the final two – Justin Martinson (Savannah, Ga. / Avondale, Pa.) and Richy Werenski (Bluffton, S.C. / South Hadley, Mass.) – who will face off in an 18-hole singles match on the season finale, Monday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

Martinson and Werenski will compete for the opportunity to make their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top professional golfers a reality. The winner of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL will earn a sponsor’s exemption to the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship (July 16-19, 2015) and more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. Monday’s finale takes place at the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa – home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and the famed Bear Trap.

In addition to the tournament exemption, the winner will receive:
  • $60,000 in cash, including $10,000 courtesy of Adams Golf. 
  • An endorsement contract from Adams Golf. 
  • $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental. 
  • $10,000 in travel credit courtesy of Travelocity. 
  • A return, week-long trip for two to PGA National Resort & Spa, including Suite Accommodations, daily breakfast, select Spa services, daily golf and a Chef’s private dinner at Ironwood Steak & Seafood. 

The Finalists
Justin Martinson (26, Savannah, Ga. / Avondale, Pa.) – A graduate of the University of Delaware, Martinson was one of the most successful amateur golfers in Delaware history, recording multiple wins (two-time Delaware Open champion, Delaware Amateur and Philadelphia Amateur champion). An avid junior hockey player growing up, Martinson switched to golf in high school when his family moved to Pennsylvania from California. He recorded his first professional victory in 2011 when he won the Delaware Open and he added to this victory with several others including a win on the Swingthought.com Tour in 2014.

Richy Werenski (23, Bluffton, S.C. / South Hadley, Mass.) – The youngest competitor on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, Werenski turned professional immediately following graduation from Georgia Tech in May 2014, winning three of his first five professional events. Werenski also holds three university records. His greatest accomplishment in golf is winning the 2012 Porter Cup and having his name engraved on the same trophy as Phil Mickelson. Werenski is currently playing full-time on the Web.com Tour.

Series Format
Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, competitors are subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant is eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR.

For the past 22 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Matt Every and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole, all playing full time on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, respectively. Several other past Big Break competitors will be competing on the world’s top tours in 2015, including Tony Finau (PGA TOUR), Mallory Blackwelder, Katy Harris, Sadena Parks and Jackie Stoelting (LPGA Tour), Sophie Sandolo (Ladies European Tour) and Rick Cochran, Hugo Leon, James Nitties, Justin Peters and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour).

About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital services including Golf Channel Mobile; GolfNow, the world’s largest online booking platform; GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course ratings and review portal; the interactive Golf Channel Academy instructional app; and the Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.