Elena Robles Player Blog

By Elena RoblesJune 22, 2010, 12:38 am

Hey everyone,

This is Elena Robles, and I first off wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to read my blog and get a little insight on what I was going through during my time on the show. I am so excited to let everyone in on my trip and experiences while on the Big Break Sandals Resorts show.

Landing on Exuma Island in the Bahamas was so amazing; I could barely hold in my excitement.  The idea of not knowing who I am going to meet and what I am going to experience was enough to drive me crazy. I had so many thoughts, ideas and questions leading up to the show that when I was finally there, it was almost surreal. I was filled with this overwhelming feeling of happiness and gratitude that God had blessed me with this wonderful opportunity. Leading up to the first show, I had no idea what I was in for. I was so excited for the events to come that my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. I was nervous and excited at the same time. 

Going in to the first challenge, I was confident and ready to get this competition underway. As the girls started to hit their first shots, I was just trying to calm my nerves down enough to be able to hit my shot. Sara Brown had hit the best shot leading up to my turn, close to the hole, and I knew that I had to get it inside of her ball in order to have a chance at immunity. My goal was to stay relaxed and into my process and try not to focus on the results. I went up there with a ton of confidence telling myself that I have hit this shot millions of times in the past and this was just another golf shot. I felt very comfortable and went thru my routine and hit a shot that felt great.

As I looked up and at my target, I saw the ball stop by the hole and just inside Sara’s ball. I had won the first immunity, but I wasn’t scot-free yet. They threw a twist at us; I had to pick one person to go against in order to hit one shot to take the immunity. I wasn’t given any time really to think about my choice, and at that point, I didn’t really have a chance to get to know all the girls, so I just went with Kelly since she was on the right-hand side of the bench. Looking back, had I been given some time to think about it, I would have picked Sara since she hit the second best shot and allowed her a second chance to win it.

Kelly went from safe city bench and literally hit the fastest shot I have ever seen and stuck it to within 10 feet. After seeing that shot next to the hole, I knew my work was far from over. I stepped up there and hit my shot. It felt even better then the first shot I had hit, and my eyes were like lasers at the pin. My ball stopped very close to the pin, but unfortunately I had spun the ball back to 13 feet and lost the immunity to Kelly. Just when I thought it was over, they threw another twist at us: the infamous ‘Save/Send’ card. I was very excited to see that, because in my mind, I was thinking Kelly would save me for giving her another shot at immunity. But instead, she picked Sara, and I had to go to the next challenge.

This challenge was even more intense for me, because I had performed so well in the first challenge that I wanted, almost expected, to perform to that bar or even higher. I stepped up to the second challenge and had a 30-yard chip shot up the hill with a good left-to-right wind. I decided to hit my 56-degree wedge. I was very comfortable with that club, and I knew I had a chance to get in close with my club selection. I stepped up to the shot, and I was so nervous that I couldn’t get my club to stop shaking. Instead of backing away and going through my routine again, I hit the shot, and on my downswing, I tightened my grip and hit it way too solid through the wind to just inside 16 feet. Obviously, I knew I had to get it closer, so I opted to hit another ball, knowing that I had to keep this shot and throw away the last one.

Never in a million years did I think that I would do the same thing again, but I did. I ended up hitting the second one further away from the hole then the first, and after that, I knew I was going into the elimination challenge, because I had no doubt that the other girls would hit it inside of me.

At that point, when I was walking up to safe city and saw my name on the bottom, I was just trying to mentally calm myself down and prepare myself for the elimination challenge. I definitely was feeling some sadness and frustration that I couldn’t pull off such an easy shot after rocking the first challenge. My goal at that point was to go into elimination and win.

Leading into the elimination challenge, I was feeling a bunch of emotions: anxiety, excitement, hopefulness, confidence and readiness to compete. I had a great mindset going into the challenge, because I knew that I was going to give in my all and that the person I was going up against was going to have to play perfect golf to beat me. As I stepped up to the tee to hit my three shots in the first part of a three part elimination challenge, I was very confident. I am very consistent off the tee and knew that this part would be easy for me. I split the fairway with all three balls and had tons of confidence going into the second part of the challenge. Maiya hit her first three balls all with sweeping draws, and from the tee, we had no idea if her balls were in play or not. As we stepped up to the fairway, we saw that she had just made it in-bounds, so she was safe, and we were tied at 3-3. Going into the second shot, all we had to do was hit three balls on the green for a point each. 

I stepped up with confidence and knocked my first shot close to the pin. I was very excited to hit the next two shots, because I was very comfortable with the distance they had chosen. I set up to my next shot and hit another solid shot on the green. All I wanted to do was knock the last shot on the green and move onto the putting green where I knew I would shine. I had solid contact with my last shot, and right after I made contact with the ball, a gust of wind came up and pushed my little draw shot short, off the green and to the left. I knew that I had done everything I could to be successful and that I couldn’t control anything except for my process and how I react to my shots. So after Maiya hit all three of her balls on the green, I knew I had to make up some ground. 

I was very excited to go to the green and roll some putts in with my flat stick. We went onto the green, and Maiya had honors since she had one more point then me. She rolled her putt in, and I set up to my putt with a ton of confidence. I rolled a solid putt but played way too much break for the slow greens that we were playing on, so I missed my putt on the high side. Maiya set up and rolled in her second putt. At that point, I was so into my process that I walked up all ready to roll another putt, and then I was notified that I couldn’t make up the points even if I made the next two putts. WOW!

I couldn’t even talk I was so numb and dumbfounded at what had just happened. I had gone from the penthouse to the outhouse in one show. Never in a million years did I envision myself going home on the first show. I didn’t want to show my emotions, but I knew that I couldn’t control what had happened and that it just wasn’t part of God’s plan for me. I had so much hope and confidence for the show that I just couldn’t believe that I was going home so fast. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to take full advantage of this opportunity and that the dream of mine to compete on the LPGA or even in some LPGA events had slipped through my fingers so fast. I prayed to God to give me the strength to stay strong and confident in myself, but after the day I just had, it was very hard to do. I wasn’t mad at Maiya for winning, because in my eyes, she deserved to stay. She had outplayed me, but I was very disappointed. 

I left the show with mixed emotions and just tried to focus on the fact that I was so blessed to even be there in the first place. Through the Grace of God, I had been given the chance to compete on the show when there are millions of golfers that would die to be in my position. I am so thankful and grateful to the Golf Channel for choosing me and treating me with the upmost respect. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity, and I will never forget this wonderful experience. I look forward to a bright future ahead of me. This is just a small step in the big picture, and I will take what I have learned about myself on and off the golf course and relate it to my everyday life from here on out. I want to thank you all for taking the time to read my blog and see what I was going through during my time on the show. Thank you all and GOD BLESS!

Ciao,

Elena xoxoxo

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DJ triples last hole, opens with 76 at Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 6:18 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Dustin Johnson’s chances of winning The Open are likely already over.

The world No. 1 hit his tee shot out of bounds on 18 on his way to a triple bogey, capping a miserable day that left him with a 5-over 76, 10 shots off the lead and in danger of missing the cut.

Johnson didn’t talk to reporters afterward, but there wasn’t much to discuss.

He didn’t make a birdie until the par-5 14th, bogeyed 16 and then made 7 on Carnoustie's home hole when his tee shot caromed out of bounds left.

Johnson has missed the cut only once in nine previous appearances at The Open – in his first try in 2009.

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'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

The problem was an expired visa.

Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”