It was time to get down to golf in The Big Break VI: Trump National. Nothing personal. No hard feelings. Someone had to win and the others would go home with nothing but memories.
With nothing in front of the four contestants except a career-changing opportunity, nerves were an issue that each had to overcome.
For young players such as Vega and Dwyer it was to be expected. But hadnt former PGA TOUR players Helper and Mitchell seen it all? After all, Mitchell won the 1980 Phoenix Open, and later the same year shared the first round lead in The Masters with Seve Ballesteros. But holy green jacket, The Big Break VI was a big enough of a deal that even the veterans were nervous.
The tee shot I hit on No. 1 was harder than the first tee shot at the Masters, said Mitchell. It was that intense.
The men escaped the first hole unscathed, but Dwyer couldnt say the same. A bogey cost her the hole and gave Vega a 1-up lead.
Vega followed with a birdie to go 2-up but suffered a bogey on No. 3 to lose the hole. The two traded pars and bogeys on the next two holes before Vega posted a double bogey on the par-4 sixth hole to Dwyers par and the match returned to all-square.
The wheels were falling off and I was a little upset, is how Vega described her mindset after losing a two-hole lead.
Dwyer made birdie on No. 7 to earn her first lead in the match. However, it was short lived as she followed with a bogey to Vegas par. The two halved the ninth hole to finish the front nine all-square.
Meanwhile, the mens match was not as tight. Consecutive birdies on the third and fourth holes combined with two bogeys and a double bogey for Mitchell gave Helper a 5-up lead after the nine holes.
The remaining contestants are 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.
In addition, winners will receive the finest tools to make the most of their appearances at some of golfs most highly anticipated tournaments. Adams Golf will present the winners with an Adams Golf endorsement contract to keep them on top of their games. Also, NetJets, the worldwide leader in private aviation, will provide five hours of flight time to each winner so they may travel with the ultimate in safety, service and reliability.
To keep the champions fueled and energized when they are on the road, the McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola will provide the winners with a $1,000 Arch Card to be used at McDonalds restaurants. 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.