Professional golfers are solitary figures engaged in a personal battle with what legendary golfer Bobby Jones called old man par. Its the nature of the game. In the third episode of The Big Break VI: Trump National, though, an unexpected twist changed the fundamental essence of the competition.
Charlie Gibson (Windsor, Calif.), a former TOUR player who loves fast cars, and Kristy McPherson (Conway, S.C.), who finished fourth on the Duramed FUTURES Tour this season, found out the hard way that having a teammate can be fatal as they were eliminated from the 12 week series.
Down to 14 players, each of the seven co-ed teams played together at Trump National Golf Club: Los Angeles the entire episode that consisted of a four-tier Elimination Challenge, with one team going home at the end of the show.
Players were picked and paired in the first two shows and appeared to be solidified. However, that was before Donald Trump opened the third episode by offering a deal that would allow contestants to dump their partner. Bri Vega (North Andover, Mass.) was the only one to take The Donald up on his offer and was rewarded with a relationship worse than a bad prom date.
With no option, Vega and Kelly Murray (Reston, Va.) were forced to remain a team and dance around the awkward state of affairs.
Hes a great person and a great player, but Im not sure that this is the best situation for me right now, Vega said about wanting to change partners.
As it turned out, there was nothing wrong with the duo as they were one of the top teams on the episode and advanced to the next show.
The same could not be said for Gibson and McPherson. In the opening competition- where one person hit a tee shot and the other had two opportunities to play from the location and put their ball in scoring circles on the green- Gibsons tee ball found the left rough, leaving McPherson in a position to hack out only two points.
In the next two challenges- where men played the men followed by the ladies battling each other- the duo failed to make up ground as the teammates found themselves last is both challenges.
The final competition was an around the world contest in which one member of each team attempted to hit their ball inside a scoring circle on the green from four locations around the 10th green at Trump National. If they missed, their teammate would attempt to navigate the remainder of the four locations after the other teams had played out. Each ball placed in the target was worth two points while holing a shot was good for three.
We didnt make good decisions throughout the day and it made our choices look stupid, is how McPherson summed up the day.
After the duo of Sarah Lynn Johnston (Williamston, S.C.) and Rocky Rockett (Gastonia, N.C.) garnered only four points in their first attempt, Gibson needed to collect eight or more points to pass them and extend the competition.
The former PGA TOUR player was successful and held onto a slim lead as Rockett was forced pick up four points from the final two locations.
A self-professed hustler, Rockett wasnt fazed by the high stakes and sent Gibson and McPherson packing by drilling both his efforts.
I think Charlie was a great partner, said McPherson. I still think Charlie is one of the top three guys here. We just didnt execute.
As the duo found out, in the Big Break VI its execute or have your dreams executed.
The 12 remaining contestant are still vying for the coveted tournament exemptions and other prizes. The female champion will receive an exemption into the 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay and the 2007 Longs Drugs Challenge, as well as waived entry fees for the 2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour season. The winning male contestant will receive exemptions into the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship and the 2007 Bank of America Championship, as well as waived entry fees in six events on the 2007 Heartland Players Senior Tour.
And finally, as a surprise to the contestants, the male and female champions will be joined by the eliminated contestants to compete for a chance to get into Trumps wallet! The ultimate winner of the match also will become the owner of an all new 2007 Chrysler Aspen - Chryslers first full-sized SUV.