Former Utah State golfer Toph Peterson appearing on Big Break-Myrtle Beach that premiers on Tuesday, Oct. 7

<strong>LOGAN, Utah –</strong> Former Utah State golfer Toph Peterson will be on the Golf Channel’s reality TV show “Big Break-Myrtle Beach”, which premiers on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. (MT).

Peterson is one of 12 contestants, six men and six women, to compete on the show for a grand prize worth more than $100,000. Peterson recently sat down with Utah State to talk about the show and the process by which he made it as a finalist.

<strong>How did you get an audition to “Big Break – Myrtle Beach”?</strong>

“I had just played in a gateway sponsor event. So if you win the sponsorship event, you win a series sponsor. So I played in that, and then I got an email from the gateway tour that said they had auditions. I didn’t know if I was going to go, but my roommate told me I needed to, so I figured ‘What the hell?’ and cruised on up.”

<strong>What was that experience like?</strong>

“It was an unbelievable experience. It was a blast. I had no idea how big of a production it actually was. It’s quite the TV show. There’s not as much golf as it looks like there is. Man, it was fun. It was nice to get the nerves tested again. I haven’t played at a lot of events for two or three years, so it was nice to get the competitive juices going again.”

<strong>How did you think you performed when the audition was over?</strong>

“I thought the audition went pretty well. It was pretty short, I think we talked for about 15 or 20 minutes, but when we finished up he told me I had a good interview. I only hit six golf balls, so it’s hard to tell. I hit them all solid, which is fine. I hit three seven irons and three drivers, and went and had my interview.”

<strong>What was it like to be part of a reality TV show?</strong>

“You know it hasn’t quite kicked in yet because it hasn’t actually shown, so it doesn’t feel real. But it was fun. It was different, definitely different than I ever imagined. You get done with a long day, and you have to go do your interviews. Sometimes your not in the mood to, so hopefully your personality still stays on the positive side because you don’t’ want to be rude in front of the camera, but I probably had potential once or twice. It was fun though.”

<strong>How long did it take to film the show?</strong>

“We were out there for 16 days, but I believe we actually filmed on 12 of them. Two of them, we had photo shoot days. The average length of the day is you get up at 4:30 a.m. and meet downstairs for breakfast, and they would mic you up at about 5:00 a.m. You were pretty much filming from that point on until lunch. You’d have a little break here and there where you weren’t on camera. From lunch, which was at like 2:00 p.m. for like thirty minutes, then you’d get back out there for the elimination challenge until about 5:30 p.m. So they were long days. Then you’d get home, have a shower and meet right back downstairs and have dinner, interviews and confessional. Sometimes you weren’t in bed until 11:30 p.m. or midnight.”

<strong>What were the other contestants like?</strong>

“The other contestants were great. I had a really good time with them. I made pretty good friends with quite a few of them, actually. We keep in touch. We all have a group text going, and we crack jokes and keep everything pretty light because I think everyone had a good time with each other.”

<strong>Without giving the show away, is there anything you can tell us about it before it starts airing?</strong>

“I think you’re in for a pretty good show. I have to imagine they’re going to throw in some drama. There was one person that liked to chat a bit, and he and I didn’t get along, so you might see a bit of drama on the show.”

<strong>Talk about how you initially started playing the game of golf.</strong>

“Me and my buddies Cam Thomas and Joe Williams just all started playing together. I think I was 13 or 14, I don’t remember. I fell in love with it that summer. I think it was the summer before eighth grade. I just fell in love with it; it was an absolute blast. It was a great time. I liked to fish and all that, too, so you’re always by the river and the water. I always played at Logan River. We bought a membership at the country club a year after that. I just fell in love with the sport. It’s you against the world, which I’ve always liked. It’s just unbelievably fun.”

<strong>You played collegiately at Utah State. What was that experience like?</strong>

“I had a great time playing golf at Utah State. Me and the coach, Dean Johansen, are pretty good friends. He’s been a great mentor. He’s been unbelievably good to me through school and after school. We still stay in touch. I made some great friends on the team in Devin Daniels and Chanse Godderidge. We had a pretty close-knit group there. I wish I had played better in college. I got a lot better after college. A year or two years after college I got a lot better. It was an unbelievable experience. I wouldn’t change college golf for anything.”

<strong>What have you been doing since you graduated from Utah State?</strong>

“I turned pro the year after I graduated. I moved down to Arizona, and I have been working pretty much full-time since, and I just kind of play on the side. I knew it was expensive to play professional golf, but I thought I could do it on my own. I was trying to fund it while working full-time. After about six or seven months, it got to the point where it was just too expensive to do it, so I kind of put my dreams of playing aside. I’ve been working pretty much full-time and trying to figure out if I want to play golf for a living.”

<strong>What are your future plans or hopes with this new experience under your belt?</strong>

“I’m hoping for one last chance to make a push for golf being my career. I’ve never really had the full opportunity to do it. I’ve had plenty of chances to go play in tournaments, but it’s a rare occasion. I would hope for the next year and a half or two years to be able to give it an actual chance, and go travel and play in the events I need to. Go to Q School and hopefully make a name for myself that way.”

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