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Rachel Melendez

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Rachel Melendez is one of the cast members on "Big Break X: Michigan," which debuts on Oct. 7, 2008, on the Golf Channel.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Melendez now lives in Atlanta where she is an instructor in the First Tee program.

"I want my kids to see that they can do it and that someone who looks like them can accomplish things in golf," said Melendez. "Every shot I hit and every action I take I am always thinking about my kids. I do that because I want to set a good example for them."

Melendez played collegiate golf at Penn State and Georgia, but left the golf team while at Georgia to focus on studies. She graduated with honors and was enjoying a successful career in corporate America when the golf bug struck again. She re-entered the game as an instructor, but now has her eye on returning to competitive golf.

"I enjoy the teaching aspect, but with my game getting better and my confidence growing, that competitive drive is getting awakened," Melendez said.

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