Thursday, April 26, 2012

Breaking in Big at Riviera Nayarit


Big Break, the hit show on Golf Channel, will premier its 17th season next month when Big Break Atlantis airs with a cast that includes seven Symetra Tour members. This year’s Riviera Nayarit Classic field features five contestants who will make their Big Break debut when the new series premiers May 14th at 9p.m. ET.

Anya Sarai Alvarez (22, Pittsburgh, Pa.) – A fiery competitor on the course, Alvarez has overcome enormous odds off the course. A rookie on the Symetra Tour in 2012, Alvarez qualified and made the cut in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open in her first attempt. She recorded five top-10 finished while playing collegiately at the University of Washington and was named Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 in 2011.

Selanee Henderson (25, Temecula, Calif.) – A tough competitor on and off the course, Henderson is looking to capitalize on her success on the 2011 Cactus Tour (one win and one runner-up finish) to Big Break Atlantis. The University of California-Irvine graduate recorded six wins in her college career, including the 2006 Big West Conference Championship. A natural athlete, Selanee also is the younger sister of former Olympic wrestler and current MMA fighter Dan Henderson.

Marcela Leon (31, Orlando, Fla. / Monterrey, Mexico) – The most experienced competitor in the series, Leon has competed on the Symetra Tour for the past nine years, with five career top-10 finishes and one runner-up finish. She played her college career at San Jose State University and is competing on a full-schedule on the 2012 Symetra Tour.

Gloriana Soto (25, Windermere, Fla. / San Jose, Costa Rica) – The first female professional golfer from Costa Rica to compete in the United States, Soto turned professional immediately following graduation from Texas Tech in 2010. She saw great success in her native country including a win at the 2004 Costa Rica National Championship. 

Allison Micheletti (24, Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Daughter of former professional hockey player and current New York Rangers television analyst, Joe Micheletti, Allison is a late bloomer to the game of golf, switching to the game at age 17 following a knee injury that sidelined her basketball career. Micheletti will be a rookie on the Symetra Tour in 2012 and will compete on the Cactus Tour and CN Canadian Women’s Tour.

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