BOWLING GREEN, Ky (5/15/13) – “Big Break Mexico” premiered Monday, May 13 on television. The show brings on six men and six women to compete in golf challenges for the chance at getting to play on the PGA Tour.
One of the six male contestants on “Big Break Mexico” has ties to Bowling Green. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2008.
Brent Long grew up in Carthage, Tenn. As early as age 5, his father and grandfather were taking him to play golf. He was playing in tournaments at age 8.
“I just grew to love the game from there,” Long said.
Long played golf in middle school and high school. In high school, he met a WKU golfer. Though he thought he was going to go to Tennessee for college, this WKU golfer called his coaches and Long ended up going to WKU, which he said was a great decision.
Long said WKU was a great experience as he got to play right from the start. He lived in a dorm with several other golfers. In his freshman and sophomore year, he said he grew up a lot.
“My game started to come together in my junior year,” he said.
In 2006, the golf team Long was on won a conference and went to regionals. He then decided to red-shirt the next year. He took the year off to focus on improving his game.
He came back as a fifth-year senior with only 18 hours left for the entire year so he was able to focus a lot on his game as he finished up these few classes. He won five of his first six tournaments in his senior year.
In this time, he met Kenny Perry, a professional golfer with ties to Bowling Green. Long grew close to Perry and ended up living with Perry’s son as a roommate for some time. He learned a lot from Perry and was able to apply it to his own game.
Long went pro in June 2008, shortly after graduating WKU. He qualified for his first nation-wide event in 2010 and competed in 11 events in 2011. He qualified for 8 of those. He finished third place in the South Georgia Classic on the Web.com tour in 2011.
Long first signed up for “Big Break” in 2007 and made it to the finals, but he would have had to fly to Arizona the next day. Being in college then, he couldn’t do it. He has signed up a couple more times since.
Last year, he received a call from the show asking if, even though he hadn’t signed up for that year, he would be interested in playing on the show. He said definitely and two weeks later, he received a phone call saying that he was going to be on the show.
From this point, Long hopes to continue on past mini-tournaments and make it into the PGA Tour.
Photo provided by WKU Sports
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