Former Big Break Ireland competitors Annie Brophy and Kelly Jacques are back. Only this time, it is not to play on Big Break, but to lend their insight and provide some fun facts about the ladies of Big Break Florida. Each week, Annie and Kelly will give you their thoughts on that week’s show, including what the pressure is like each week, since they have been there before. They also will provide you with some behind-the-scenes info on the ladies – Annie and Kelly have played alongside most of them on the Symetra Tour the past few years. While they have no knowledge of any results on the series, they will offer up thoughts on their favorites – and some non-favorites – on Big Break Florida. When not providing their Big Break commentary, Annie and Kelly currently work for GolfNow.com, Golf Channel’s official online tee-times provider.
Annie: Another great episode of Big Break Florida! It looks like the girls are starting to feel more comfortable with the cameras around and are focusing on playing golf rather than getting caught up with the pressure of the show.
Kelly: I’m loving this season so far and I think what’s drawing me in are the new and strategic challenges! With that said, I thought the first immunity challenge where the girls bid against each other was genius. It was interesting to see their confidence in themselves and others and at what point that confidence dropped off.
I was surprised to see Fiamma miss the green from 95 yards. They have all hit this shot multiple times so far, dial it in girl!
Annie: Time to lock it up, Fi! It seems like most of the shots we’ve seen this season have been from inside 100 yards. I’d like to see these girls hit something other than a wedge. It would help separate some of the better ball strikers from the others.
Kelly: I was disappointed to see Jackie not bid at all and let Kylee hit the shot. I would’ve understood if the distance was 12 ft or less...but 16ft? I think this was a decision that she immediately regretted! Again...this was the distance that she holed out from earlier! Of course Kylee kept on with her solid play and gained $2,500 and immunity. Easy day. :)
Annie: I thought it was pretty funny Jackie was so quick to challenge Kylee with that shot to 16 feet. Apparently Jackie has been less than impressed with Kylee’s golf game thus far. Obviously she underestimated her, but I’m still not sure I’ve seen enough of Kylee to make a decision one way or the other.
Who were you most impressed with during the immunity challenge?
Kelly: I love Tonya’s mindset! She wants to have her destiny in her own hands and who can blame her! Even though it didn’t work out for her this time, it still shows the confidence she has in her own game. I just love her story as well. She has had a ton of success in college and then ran into a lot of setbacks that kept her from playing golf. To see her back in action and overall playing really well is so great to see. Can we also say how phenominal she looks for having two young children!? Tonya, tell us your secrets!!
Annie: How about Lindsay turning down $10,000?! Oh, the shame! I wonder if she’d make the same decision again after watching this episode. It seemed to me like this was Lindsay once again not wanting to rock the boat with the other girls. I would have loved to see the drama unfold after she took everyone else’s money. And please tell me you heard her say that an afternoon of immunity was “priceless.” Well, no, it actually cost you $8,000. But glad you enjoyed the afternoon stroll through the marsh.
Kelly: To finish out the first immunity I could not believe that Lindsay did not take the 10k!! I think her being “tired” was an excuse for not wanting to make anyone mad and playing the social game. You came on this show to play, so why not take that money and play! Especially when I don't think she would have found herself in the elimination challenge anyways. In my opinion that spoke volumes about her confidence and she was acting more out of a fear of losing than confidence in winning.
Annie: Maybe she just really wanted to ride a Segway..?
Kelly: Maybe. Ok, on to the fast play immunity challenge… I was extremely impressed with Fiamma for stepping up her game and winning. Coming off a poor performance earlier in the day, she proved how relentless she is. I thought her approach of having confidence in her shot and running right after she hit was great!
Annie: Fiamma definitely redeemed herself there! I was impressed with Tonya during this challenge. Up until this episode, I don’t think we’ve seen a whole lot of her. She’s a bit of a dark horse in this competition. Like you mentioned before, she’s definitely proven herself as a player in the past, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to performance now. It’ll be interesting to watch her as the season unfolds.
Kelly: It was a little painful to watch Renee struggle in this challenge. Her short game is so good but she is also a very deliberate player. Players like that are naturally going to struggle when being timed under pressure. Hopefully for her livelihood on the show there will be no more timed challenges!
Annie: Oh, Renee. I hope she can get her nerves in check, but she just hasn’t seemed confident so far on the show. She should be cleaning up with all these short game challenges, and yet we’ve already seen her in two elimination challenges! Come on, Renee! You’re better than that!
How great was her little pep talk from Jackie right before she went into elimination? Love to see the camaraderie and sportsmanship regardless of the cut-throat nature of this competition. Good work, girls.
Kelly: Once Renee was in the elimination I thought it was a no-brainer that she picked Lauren to join her since she was obviously the weakest link mentally. However, I thought it was very telling of Lauren’s character when she still acted sweet towards Renee even after being picked.
I was disappointed that no one stepped up and won it. Instead, Lauren gave it to Renee. I thought it was poor course management/strategy on the 2nd hole when Lauren decided to take the aggressive line on her 2nd shot. She was only one shot down and they were in the same postion.
All she had to do was beat Renee from there on in to tie it up! Ultimately, I think the better player is advancing.
Annie: I agree – I think the aggressive line showed inexperience more than anything. Once she hit that tree, the writing was on the wall at that point. Lauren looked so deflated and defeated. I don’t know Lauren, but I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be alright.
Kelly: It was hard/sad to watch Lauren’s emotions once she was eliminated. She was very gracious but it was heartbreaking to see how critical she was of herself, especially since I’ve been there. Growing up I used to be so hard on myself, until it finally sunk in that it really is just a game. We should play because it’s something we love and enjoy. I’m hopeful that Lauren can switch her mentality towards the game. I’ve been following her on Twitter and she has been very positive and is trying to turn her attitude around. Best of luck.
Annie: I thought she handled herself really well. She was so gracious, and I’m sure better things are coming her way. Now, is it next Monday yet?