Stephanie Sparks and Tom Abbott Credit: Golf Channel/Tom Abbott

Stephanie Sparks, who co-hosted Golf Channel’s “Big Break” reality series, has died at 50.

Per an online obituary, Sparks passed away on April 13. No cause of death was provided.

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sparks was an All-American golfer at Duke who broke out as an amateur star and eventually earned her LGPA card in 1999. 2000 was the only year she played on the tour before back surgery forced her retirement.

She would soon transition to the world of entertainment, appearing in the 2004 movie “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius,” before beginning a career as a host on the Golf Channel. Sparks hosted several shows, including “Big Break,” “Golf with Style!” and “Playing Lessons with the Pros.”

Sparks was given a sponsor exemption into the 2008 Ginn Open, allowing her to play one more LGPA event as a professional.

“This was a wonderful, wonderful experience,” she said afterward. “The feelings and emotions were pretty powerful.”

Per her obituary, Sparks spent the last few years of her life as an advocate for hospice care as well as a supporter of several charities, including Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation and the Barber Fund in Orlando.

The news of Sparks’ passing was met with many tributes from former coworkers and others in the media and golf world.

[Kepner Funeral Homes]

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