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.
Kelly: We all knew the episode would come where the girls would stop being polite and the claws would come out. What better way to harvest drama then incorporate another team competition!
Annie: As Jackie mentioned on this episode, the team challenges are tough because you can’t necessarily control your own fate, and we as golfers are not used to that. I’d imagine the individual nature of the sport is why most of these girls play, so to watch girls pick teams or hit shots that directly affect you going into elimination is unsettling. But it makes for great TV!
Kelly: When the girls were picking the teams it was obvious who they had faith in. However, I think Renee was chosen last because of her lack of confidence, not because of her lack of ability. She has pulled off some of the best shots on the show, now her confidence needs to match! You can’t help but pull for her and was great to see her step it up this episode!
Annie: The girls clearly think Sadena and Jackie are the best players on the show. I don’t disagree with them, but I wish they would all have a little more confidence in their own games to challenge that. I did like Kristi’s comment about Fiamma being underrated – I think she’s right.
Kelly: It was priceless when Kristi and Kylee sent Renee to the bench and decided to take on Mary. I’m sure everyone expected Mary to be pissed. I thought is was pretty hilarious, especially after she was motivating Renee to hold strong against the other two. After the backhanded motivational speech, she ends up being the player the other girls deem easiest to beat! Annie what are your thoughts on this?
Annie: I just laughed. You could tell the producers were teeing it up for Mary to be picked. Although you do have to keep in mind Mary was picked third earlier that morning for the teams, and Renee was picked last two weeks in a row. And Mary won her first and only elimination challenge pretty easily. Given the last couple episodes, it would have been no surprise if Kristi and Kylee picked Renee. That being said, it did end up being a good choice as Kristi beat out Mary and won her team immunity.
I was a little confused why Mary was so angry after she lost this challenge. She kept talking about how great her shots were. Um… but you lost. So apparently not that great, Mary. Perhaps we need to pull out Webster and look up a definition. Or maybe a thesaurus for some antonyms. Bad, poor, atrocious – yep, those make more sense to me.
Kelly: I think it was a gutsy decision by Kylee and Kristi but I love their reasoning of trying to get into Mary’s head and I think it was the right choice. Of course Mary reacted with the usual of covering up her nerves/anger by trying to verbally intimidate the other girls. I think this challenge proved that the girls aren’t scared of her and aren’t going to back down.
It’s up for debate whether Mary hit the better shot in the last match up against Kristi, but you never put the other player down. That’s just bad sportsmanship. Everyone hits good shots and bad shots, but golf is a game about how good your misses are. If you're upset about not winning, dial in your distances, hit it closer and quit making excuses.
Annie: But were the tears really necessary? Come on, Kristi. Sure Mary was playing mind games, but Kristi’s got to be stronger and smarter than to start crying about it. Mary said that Kristi hit bad shots. So? These were not personal attacks – she wasn’t calling Kristi a mean person, she wasn’t insulting her character, didn’t say she had bad hair. And Kristi, you still won. Get over it.
But Kelly, you’re right – the easiest way to get into someone’s head is to just play better golf than them. Let your clubs do the talking, as my mom would say. Look at Sadena and Jackie. They’ve got everyone convinced they are the best players, and it’s not been because of anything they have explicitly said on the show. It’s because of their performance.
Kelly: I love when the team challenges turn around and then they play against each other. Renee and Jackie both performed well, sending Mary and Tonya into the elimination. I think both girls are very strong players, but it’s that time in the competition that a strong player is going to be going home every week.
Annie: The quality of golf continues to get better, and there are no longer any girls on the show who are obviously weaker than the others. I love this point in the show, because it really is anyone’s game – and one bad shot can send you home.
Kelly: In the elimination I was rooting for Tonya because she’s my friend and was disappointed to see her go home. However, Mary makes the show much more entertaining and I’m really enjoying watching her every week because you never know what’s going to happen!
Annie: I can’t say that I know Tonya at all, but I was impressed with her attitude on the show. She has a quiet confidence, and I think she carried herself very well throughout the entire show. It will be interesting to see if she continues with golf as a touring professional with her two young kids at home.
Kelly: Tonya, great performance overall and I’m really looking forward to watching you get back into competitive golf! :)
Annie: And congrats to Mary for stepping up in the elimination challenge. Over / under she will make one more girl cry on the show? My fingers are crossed for over.