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Sacramento's Sasquatch of the fairways

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The definition of a sasquatch comes from Canadian folklore; one of a race of huge, hairy man-monsters said to inhabit the woods of the Pacific Northwest. Only this sasquatch isn’t in the woods. He lives in the fairway. He can hit monster drives yet be as lovable as a new kitten. He can play power golf, or grind it out. He’s content to play smart golf. Yet he espouses aggressive play. And, oh yeah, around a putting green he has hands as soft as cotton.

He is Folsom’s Isaac Sanchez, all 6’6 ½”, 300-pounds, now appearing on the Golf Channel’s popular skills challenge reality series in this season’s Big Break NFL Puerto Rico. This is his second reality show gig. He first filled up a screen when he came within a whisker of winning the Big Break Greenbrier and was eliminated during the next to last episode. In fact that’s where his Sasquatch nickname became public, or at least where anyone outside of his circle of friends called him that. If memory serves, his soft hands may have betrayed him in that finale, but that’s pressure. Pressure to Isaac though is just another opportunity to look in the mirror and read the tattoo on his neck, “Be. Do. Have.” Be the person you want to be. Do the things you must do and you’ll have what you desire. So the Golf Channel beckoned him with yet another reality show opportunity.

Next Tuesday night, Dec. 17, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time, he heads into yet another finale. The Big Break NFL Puerto Rico series is a three-person team game captained by retired NFL players. Isaac is on Jerry Rice’s team. Jerry’s rookie nickname with the San Francisco 49ers was the total opposite of Sasquatch. His teammates christened him, “Fifi.” He had hair in those days and showed up at camp wearing it in an unusually stylish do.

So Fifi, Sasquatch and Emily Talley (Napa, CA), are going to take on team Doleman. As in Chris Doleman, retired NFL Hall of Famer whose career spanned 15 years with the Vikings, Falcons and 49ers. NFL stud. Really. Afterall the guy retired with 150 ½ sacks.

To get to the finale Isaac had to defeat team Tim Brown’s designated closer in a three-hole match. Brown’s closer was not the least bit intimidated by Sasquatch. She, Mallory Blackwelder, matched him stroke for stroke right to a playoff. On the final hole Isaac hit his approach tap-in stiff to win with a birdie.

Sevillano Links at Rolling Hills Casino, Sanchez’ current major sponsor, will hold a viewing party and day of golf next Tuesday. Located in Corning, just 90 minutes north of Sacramento, Sevillano Links will provide a round of golf with cart for just $55. After golf, players will join Sanchez in Carlino’s, a lounge inside the casino to view the last episode of Big Break NFL Puerto Rico. It will be a no-host bar, but with enough complimentary hors d’oeuvres to satisfy any man-monster appetite.

For more information or to register go to; That’s a long link to copy/paste, so maybe just click here and get it done? Sevillano Links is an award winning course offering a very unique links-style golf experience.

If you can’t make it to Sevillano next week but want to continue to follow Sanchez, check out his website at

The fact that Sevillano sponsored Isaac shows just how much they “get it.” In fact the Golf Channel gets it too. Twice now.

If you want to keep abreast of Sacramento and Northern California area golf comings and goings, and not be overwhelmed with minutiae, just find the “subscribe” button on this page and click on it for a FREE subscription. Vince Mastracco hosted and produced The Golf Talk Radio Show on the Sacramento CBS radio affiliate for nearly 19 years. He’s proud of the fact that the infomercials that have replaced his time slot, so far, have not been miracle colon cleansers (as that was always his joke about getting cancelled)! So c’mon, subscribe, he’ll do his best to give you a fun read. You can also reach him direct at He's also a real estate agent at



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