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.
Kelly: Down to the final four and I can’t believe that two girls are going home this week and how fast the season has flown by. This has to be one of the most important days of their golfing careers as they battle out for the opportunity to play for the Big Break title and the prizes that come with that.
Kelly: From the very beginning, you have to give Mary some credit for her reasoning behind picking Sadena for the elimination challenge. She was tired of her advancing throughout the season without having to play in those daunting challenges. Mary said that’s the same reason she is after Jackie as well.
Annie: Throughout the season, there seems to have been some unspoken (and sometimes spoken) tension between Mary and Jackie. I’m not sure the two of them will be pen pals anytime soon.
Kelly: To determine which two girls advance to the finale, the final four had to play three holes stroke play. This is a very fair challenge because there aren’t enough holes to relax so this will determine who plays the best under pressure.
Annie: I agree. I thought it was a good thing that they had to play holes of golf. However, I thought it was a bit unfair for Jackie and Mary to go first before Fiamma and Renee. Jackie and Mary played their first two holes without any scores on the board. They had no idea what scores would make it to the finale and had to set the tone – similar to any stroke play competition. But when Fiamma and Renee played, they knew exactly the scores they had to beat in order to get to the finale which turned their three holes more into a match-play competition. Personally, I think it’s easier to post a score when you know exactly what numbers you need. Especially in this case with two par 5’s, particularly for Mary, going second may have changed her game plan and allowed her to move along to the finals.
Kelly: Jackie and Mary both missed the green on the first hole, resulting in bogeys. You can tell their nerves got the best of them.
Annie: Absolutely. The entire couple weeks of filming had accumulated to those three holes. And with two girls going home rather than just one, there was a lot riding on each shot. I think nerves were especially apparent with Mary. She’s a long hitter and to finish two over in three holes, two of which include reachable par 5’s, was not ideal.
Kelly: Mary went on to bogey the final hole to finish 2 over and Jackie made her birdie putt to finish the three holes at even.
Annie: Clutch putt by Jackie! And great fist pump afterwards! After bogeying the first hole, she really stepped up and took control of her game. Like I said earlier, it’s tough to be the first group out because you have no idea what scores will make it.
Kelly: Next, it was Renee and Fiamma’s turn to earn their spot in the finale. Renee started off with a bogey and Fiamma started off with a par. You could tell that Renee was nervous as she failed to get up and down from just short. Her short game is so good but that is where nerves show the most.
Annie: I felt bad watching Renee. I’ve played with her enough to know that her short game is the best part of her game, but it really let her down in the last episode. No doubt she was extremely nervous, but learning to control the nerves and adrenaline under pressure is crucial to be great in this game.
Kelly: On the final hole, Renee had a 6-foot putt to close out the match and advance to the finale. She missed the putt to finish tied with Fiamma = sudden death playoff!
Kelly: These two girls actually played 3 playoff holes but due to time, Big Break only showed the final determining hole.
Annie: I didn’t know that! I love learning some of the behind the scenes stuff. I’m sure that kind of stuff happened more than we know. The days filming Big Break get so long, and there is no way to fit it all into an hour-long show.
Kelly: Unfortunately, Renee’s nerves showed through again as she bladed her short chip over the green, leaving the door wide open for Fiamma to take control. She did just that, sticking her bunker shot to tap-in range.
Annie: That was probably the best shot Fiamma hit all season so far. In a few episodes, Fiamma was able to get through to the next episode with quite a bit of luck, but that bunker shot was CLUTCH! I was sad to see Renee fall apart, but I was glad to see Fiamma keep fighting for that spot in the finale.
Kelly: Jackie and Fiamma are Big Break’s final two players and on the next episode we will see them battle it out for the title. I think Jackie is definitely the stronger player with a lot more experience and I’m excited to see how Fiamma will hold up!
Annie: I agree. There is no doubt that Jackie has more experience, and I think she has more confidence in her game as well. I think this will be Jackie’s to win for sure. But, I have been surprised by Fiamma all season, so we’ll see!
Kelly: I’m sad to see one of my best friends Renee) and the most entertaining girl (Mary) go home. They both hit some phenomenal shots and survived multiple elimination challenges. However, that’s where the similarities between these two girls end. It was fun to watch Mary’s over the top personality and the constant anticipation of what is going to come out of her mouth next. Renee kept out of the drama and let her game due the talking. Two completely different players, both with bright futures, good luck with everything!
Annie: Very opposing personalities, but both great players. I think it was great for the show that Mary kept on as long as she did. She was a character for sure, and I loved watching her every week. And we even saw the twinkle of a tear on the last episode from Mary! Renee is quite possibly the sweetest person on the planet, and I am sure we have not seen the last of either of them yet.