What Dreams Are Made Of

By Big BreakOctober 31, 2012, 7:45 pm

Dreams are set, but the ride to the top is up to those who chase it. Sooner or later though you're going to need a break. Mine, came with a phone call 'Ray Beaufils, you will be competing on the next season of the Big Break!'

Selected as one of 12 to ride the roller coaster that is Big Break Greenbrier was truly an honor and I am forever grateful. The cast, being complete from different shades of life and different background stories, all share one common goal. To play the PGA TOUR.

Like every roller coaster I knew there would be some highs and lows but one thing is for sure.  It'll be one I'll never forget. How could you forget a place like the Greenbrier? With its beauty and history I was like a deer in headlights at every turn. Or how do you forget the cast members? Characters like Stu, Rick, Mark and James...just a few whose stories could rival that of Forest Gump. Spend two weeks with these guys and your life will change for the better without you even realizing it. How is it so that 12 strangers can get along so well and support each other through and through. I mean our whole purpose for being there is to send each 'rival' home and be crowned winner of Big Break Greenbrier. How? The answer is the beauty of golf.  Through the genius efforts of a first class crew, they created a reality golf show to showcase the talents of those chasing their dreams.

Every week, someone will be packing their bags and it's always tough to see someone go.  Being the man that the ride has now ended for, I can firmly hold my head high and say it’s only just begun. For today, I shared my parting thoughts on Golf Channel's Morning Drive with Hall of Famer, Annika Sorenstam. Talked tackle tactics with Arthur Blank and ran into the legend of golf himself, Arnold Palmer. And that was all before 9 am.

I reaffirmed the fact that I can play under the pressure that's needed to make it on Tour. I learned that you must enjoy being in pressure-packed situations.  After all, isn't that why we all play golf? And finally, a positive attitude is contagious and a simple gesture or a few minutes of your time could change someone's life for the better.

I want to thank the tireless efforts of the crew who continue to work around the clock editing and promoting Big Break Greenbrier. I encourage all my friends and fans to continue to enjoy each and every week as I will. The golf on the show ahead will keep people talking long past the start of a new season. I'd like to think that one day I can give back to the game that has made me the person who I am today.

Special thanks to all my friends and family for their continued support, including Loudmouth Golf, Druid Hills and Lakelands Golf Clubs.

Thanks,

Ray Beaufils

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'


President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm