Rough Start For Big Break II Winner


Editor's Note: Big Break II winner Kip Henley III will share his thoughts as he takes advantage of Nationwide Tour exemptions awarded by The Golf Channel.
Big Break II Aftermath
What an unbelievable ride! Winning The Big Break II was truly a life changing experience. I way underestimated the power of the show. It is still weird for me to be recognized out of my home state.
Practicing and playing in cities like La Quinta, Pinehurst, and Hilton Head where golf is huge, people come up to me no matter where I go. I can not imagine growing tired of strangers approaching me, but if that ever changes I could let my hair grow back to its normal color and stop most of it.
If things work out with my 'Big Break' it will only increase all of this which is fine by me.
My intentions are to parlay the four exemptions into the start of my career on the Nationwide Tour and use it as a stepping stone to make it to the PGA Tour. One day I plan to be the oldest dude to win The Masters. I heard you giggle but I am not joking.
I have been fortunate enough to receive two more Nationwide exemptions, three NGA Hooters Tour exemptions and even a special invitation from Peter Jacobsen to the CVS Celebrity Pro-Am later in the year. Not sure if Peter was just trying to make me feel great like he seems to do with everyone around him but he was so complimentary of how I did on the show. He is portrayed as a great guy on television because that is exactly what he is.
I'm practicing non-stop to prepare as much as I can for these opportunities and hope to be on top of my game when the flag goes up.
I would like to take this time to thank each and every member of the Golf Channel's Big Break team for all they did before, during and since the ending of the Big Break II, they are truly special people. To all my family, friends and supporters thanks for being there and cheer hard for me come summer.
Thanks for eveyone who pulled for me and all the calls and e-mails have been inspiring.
My First Hooters Event
I got into Flowery Branch last Sunday to prepare for my first Hooters event. It wasn't a very good week weather-wise, Thursdays round was washed out (which shortened it to a 54-hole event with a full field) but we were able to start our first round Friday after a two hour frost delay.
I shot even par with a poor ball striking day. Went to the range and found a couple things and was looking forward to Saturday. I didn't start my second round until 4:10 p.m. and was only able to finish nine holes and hit my tee ball on ten before play was halted due to darkness. At this point I stood 1-under-par for the tournament.
I left and went to eat with my family and caddies family and after eating 'pasta' with sausage I began throwing up around 1:30 a.m. I don't know if it was food related or a bug but I finished throwing up at 6:30a.m. and was able to stand up without throwing up at 7:00 a.m. I took a shower and got to the course at 7:45 and teed off without any practice balls or putts at 8:00 a.m. feeling if I could just finish my round I knew I would at least get a check and hoping with a break between my final round I would feel better.
Through my first seven holes I felt terrible but I wasn't throwing up but my last two holes I got weak fast. I had two bogeys and a double on my last nine holes and still made the cut by two. I couldn't even add up my score from feeling disoriented. I laid down in my car thinking it would pass and waited to see how long I had until the last 18 started. I had about an hour and 45 minutes to get better and all I did was get worse.
If I could have played one hole for a million dollars I couldn't have done it. I didn't even get out of my car, never hit a shot on the final 18. I started feeling better about midnight Sunday and Monday left for Auburn. I wasn't signed up for this next week but my girls had spring break and here I am in Auburn preparing for this next Hooters event with my girls by my side.
I feel positive about this first start although I am extremely disappointed about how things worked out. But there's always a reason for everything so I'll wait and see what this was for....thanks for all the support and the emails....Kipper
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