Bri Vega wins The Big Break VI
After breaking glass, hitting over and around walls and pitching to greens for points instead of birdies, Bri Vega (North Andover, Mass.) emerged as champion of The Golf Channel’s series The Big Break VI: Trump National.
Vega, a former NC State golf standout, beat Bridget Dwyer (Kailua, Hawaii) in the final match, 3 and 1.
For her efforts, Vega earned exemptions into both the 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay and the 2007 Longs Drugs Challenge on the LPGA Tour, as well as waived entry fees for the 2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour season.
Vega ended the proceedings with a birdie on No. 17 and was promptly showered with a show of support from the female contestants.
“They came charging up to the green, took my shoes off – which was considerate- and carried me to the water and tossed me in,” Vega said of the victory celebration. “I won and that was it.”
As late in the match as No. 14, the two ladies were all-square. Vega took control from that point on. After a Dwyer bogey, Vega birdied Nos. 15 and 17 to win the female portion of The Big Break VI.
And finally, as a surprise to the contestants, in next Tuesday’s finale (Dec 12 - 10 p.m. ET) the male and female champions will be joined by the eliminated contestants to compete for a chance to get into Trump’s wallet! The ultimate winner of the match also will become the owner of an all new 2007 Chrysler Aspen - Chrysler’s first full-sized SUV.
Vega was selected by The Golf Channel to compete as one of nine females in the Big Break series.
While at NC State (2002-04), Vega helped guide the Wolfpack to back-to-back NCAA East Regional appearances and subsequently was named the team's Most Valuable Player both seasons. During that time she led NC State in stroke average with 76.6 and 77.7, respectively. Vega's career stroke average of 77.1 ranks first all-time in the Wolfpack record books. In addition, her 216 score in the 2004 ACC Championship ranks as the lowest 54-hole tournament total in Wolfpack history. She shot an all-time round low of 68 in that championship appearance and finished fourth overall.