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Arcadia’s Erdman in Final


You could hear Arcadia’s Kevin Erdman saying that a lot during the first nine editions of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Disney Golf.” And how fitting that word has been.

Larry Stewart

Larry Stewart

Erdman is now one of three players headed into the 10th and final show, which will air Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and will determine the competitive reality series’ champion. With the title comes an exemption into a PGA Tour event, plus other prizes and all kinds of recognition.

Erdman will be going up against Tony Finau of Salt Lake City and Mike Perez of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Finau turned pro in 2007 at age 17 and amazed the golf world by averaging more than 331 yards off the tee. He became the youngest player to even make the cut in a PGA Tour event and he was being called the next Tiger Woods. At the time, that was a huge compliment.

Perez, a top player on the Nationwide Tour the past couple of years, is the younger brother of PGA Tour player Pat Perez.


Kevin's wife Courtney Erdman

Then there is Kevin. Until recently, he was caddying for his wife Courtney as she attempted to make it on the LPGA Tour. The two of them, who live in the Hugo Reid area, are now teaching pros at Altadena Golf Course.

Kevin eliminated Gipper Finau, Tony’s younger brother, in head-to-head competition on this week’s show. The two were tied after two holes, making a third hole necessary. On that hole, a par-5, Gipper put two shots in the water, while Kevin finished things off by making an amazing 40-foot birdie putt.

The win earned Kevin $5,000. Now bigger prizes await as the series, which was taped over two weeks in July in the Orlando area, wraps up next week. I know I can’t wait to see what happens.

(See the Erdmans’ story in the 3 1/2-minute video below.)

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