'Big Break II' Winner and Cast Members

The Big Break II was, as you can probably guess from the title, the second season of The Big Break television series that aired on the Golf Channel. Who can have guessed at the time this sequel premiered that the series would continue on for more than 20 more seasons.

The Big Break II debuted on the Golf Channel on September 27, 2004. Most of the series was taped at Stallion Mountain Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, although the championship match was played at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Winner of 'The Big Break II'

The winner, after an epic championship match battle, was Kip Henley, who defeated Don Donatello in that match-play final. The two golfers see-sawed throughout the match. On the 18th green, Donatello had a 20-foot putt to win, but missed. Henley then made a four-foot putt to force extra holes. They matched scores on the first extra hole, then Henley won when Donatello's 8-foot par putt on the 20th hole stopped on the edge of the cup.

What Henley won: As the Big Break II champion, Kip Henley won entry into four Nationwide Tour events during that tour's 2005 season: the Henrico County Open, LaSalle Bank Open, Lake Erie Charity Classic and Pete Dye Classic.

How Henley fared in his Nationwide Tour appearances: He missed the cut in all four. His best showing was at the Henrico County Open, his first appearance, where he finished 2-under par (72-70). In the LaSalle Bank Open, Henley shot 74-73 (5-over); in the Lake Erie Charity Classic, 73-80 (9-over); and in the Pete Dye Classic, 76-74 (6-over).

Cast Members of 'The Big Break II'

The Big Break II had a cast of 10 golfers, all men. The ages, hometowns and occupations of the cast members are from the time of the series went on the air in 2004:
  • Jay McNair, age 29, from Brandon, Fla., school teacher — Eliminated in Episode 2
  • Shelby Chrest, age 28, from Olds, Albert, Canada, bowling alley owner — Eliminated in Episode 3
  • Scott Yancy, age 23, from Glen Carbon, Ill., mini-tour player — Eliminated in Episode 4
  • Sean Daly, age 23, from Visalia, Calif., student — Eliminated in Episode 5
  • Mike Foster Jr., age 36, from Vacavilla, Calif., marketing representative — Eliminated in Episode 6
  • David Gunas Jr., age 37, from Manchester, Conn., golf professional — Eliminated in Episode 7
  • John Turk, age 52, from Tacoma, Wash., golf professional — Eliminated in Episode 8
  • Bart Lower, age 28, from Ionia, Mich., driving range owner — Eliminated in Episode 9
  • Don Donatello, age 35, from Clearwater Beach, Fla., professional golfer — Eliminated in Episode 10
  • Kip Henley, age 44, from Chattanooga, Tenn., golf teaching pro — Winner

Where Can You Watch 'Big Break II'?

The Golf Channel will sometimes re-air old Big Break series, so keep an eye out for that. Otherwise, the best option for seeing Big Break II is Golf Channel's GolfPass streaming service. At the time of this writing, Big Break II was available and GolfPass was offering a 7-day free trial (both of which might have changed by the time you are reading this). Golf Channel has also released Big Break II on DVD, although at the time of writing the DVD set was unavailable on Amazon.

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