USF Alumna Swings for the Spotlight

06-04-2012
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Christina Stockton '10 appears in the reality Golf Channel show Big Break Atlantis at 9 p.m. Mondays. Photo by Hardy Wilson.

Four weeks into the reality golf show “Big Break Atlantis,” the University of San Francisco’s Christina Stockton ’10 is still alive, having survived an elimination challenge in week three.

The show, recorded this spring and being broadcast now on the Golf Channel, pits twelve female golfers against one another in challenges of speed, accuracy, and nerves to win the most points. The contestants with the poorest scores in the challenge must face off in an elimination round in the last part of the episode to remain on the show.

Stockton toppled Zakiya Randall in just such an elimination last week, when she calmed her nerves to sink a four-foot putt. A USF business administration graduate originally from Rocklin, Stockton applied for the show to make money to support her golf career. She turned pro in 2011, after four years playing for the Dons Women’s Golf Team. While at USF, she was a four-time West Coast Conference First Team player and finished among the top 10 in 14 collegiate tournaments.

“When I found out I made it onto the show, I was a little bit in shock,” said Stockton, who moved to Los Angeles in May to focus on golf and prepare to make a run at qualifying for the LPGA tour. For now, she’s practicing, competing in tournaments, and waiting as the world watches the “Big Break Atlantis” play out on television. “I wanted it so bad. …I needed an opportunity to help me out, and I was really excited I got it.”

Recorded at the picturesque Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, the hour-long show airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. through July. The winner of the show earns an exemption into the LPGA Kingsmill Championship tournament, a $10,000 endorsement contract, and more.

Stockton, 24, began playing golf at age 5 after learning the game from her parents. In high school she played on the boys’ team for two years and won the Sacramento City Women’s Championship three years in a row. She also won the Sacramento County Women’s Championship and placed third in the California State Women’s Amateur.

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