Portemont looks to catch “Big Break”

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Zach Portemont recently competed in the Golf Channel's reality series "Big Break" set to air next month.

Zach Portemont recently competed in the Golf Channel’s reality series “Big Break” set to air next month.

Andalusia native Zach Portemont has a chance to get his “Big Break” on the upcoming season of a Golf Channel reality show.

Portemont is the son of Terry and Theresa Portemont. Portemont currently resides in Birmingham where he trains with his older brother, J.T, and works various jobs along with chasing his dream to playig in the PGA. Portemont, a 2007 graduate of Andalusia High School, turned pro in 2011 after a successful college career.

He earned a golf scholarship to Troy University, where he became Troy’s team captain in 2010. In his senior season at Troy, Portemont earned Sun Belt player of the month after turning in three straight top-10 finishes.

“Big Break” is a competition that pits 12 golfers against each other in various elimination-type events that take place over the course of 12 weeks. The winner is awarded a financial prize as well as chance to compete at the next level. This year’s competition is being held at the PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla. The season premier will air Mon., Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

This week, Portemont will be competing in the PGA Latino Tour Qualifying School in Sebring, Fla. There are more than 140 golfers in the tournament.

“Q-School is a four-day tournament, and it’s something we have been training for since my last tournament of 2014 in October,” Portemont said. “The top 12 finishers of Q-School will earn their cards for the PGA Latin American Tour, and the next 18 earn conditional cards, which means they get to play in a few of the tour events.”

Since his final tournament of the 2014 season, Portemont said that he has been training very hard to be in top performance for the upcoming season.

“I really hit the gym hard the first few weeks to work on my strength, speed, and flexibility,” Portemont said. “I then underwent a major swing change with my instructor Mark Blackburn, and that has gone very well. The next few weeks we worked on fundamentals, and on being mentally prepared. Then as the tournament approaches, we started working on the short game, and hitting on the range, and the past 24 days we have been playing and honing everything in. Overall, this has been the most productive off-season I’ve had, and this is the most prepared for a tournament that I’ve been in a while.”

Portemont said that he is in the strongest and best shape of his career, and has really changed his body composition. He has added 12 pounds of muscle, and gained significant clubhead speed, producing more controllable distance.

The Q-School tournament ends on Friday, and Portemont said depending on how he finishes, will determine what events he will participate in this season.