'Big Break' contestant still looking for hers




Posted on June 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 1:15 AM

If Shannon Fish's life had gone according to her original plan, she wouldn't be golfing on a Wednesday afternoon.

"Probably just be working at a law firm somewhere in Houston," said Fish, laughing. "Picking up dry cleaning and filing papers."

The 2010 graduate from the University of Texas put a law career on hold to take a shot at professional golf. She is playing this week at the Texas Women's Open, a tournament she won as an amateur in 2007.

"The plan is, I kind of live my life taking it day by day, waking up every day making sure I still love to play golf," said Shannon.

Shannon and her family live in Spring, Texas. Her parents are both with her for the tournament at the Lakes at Castle Hills, in Lewisville, and her mom is acting as Shannon's caddy.

"I think that Shannon's just really coming into her own right now," said Yvonne Fish. "(She's) kind of learning things about herself which helps her in her golf game, just being more self-confident."

Earlier this spring, she was a contestant on the reality show Big Break; the winner gets an exemption into an LPGA tour event. Shannon was eliminated but those national TV appearances help when approaching potential sponsors.

"At least going up to sponsors now, it's easier to be like, Hey I was on Big Break," said Shannon. "So, it kind of gives us a little more leverage (than) if we're not really known."

At this stage of her career, it's anything but lucrative. The Texas Women's Open pays about $3,000 to the winner, a long way from what the $195,000 that the winner of this week's LPGA event will receive. It's not glamorous, but it's exactly what Shannon Fish wants right now.

"I think that I'll know. The day will come whether I'm saying, This is what I want to do, I want to keep going," said Shannon. "Or maybe I should pursue something else."

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