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Good News Bad News for Vick

Big Break: MesquiteFor Matt Vick, the sixth episode of Big Break: Mesquite was a good news/bad news scenario. On the positive side of the ledger, he was the first player to break a pane of glass in the Big Break: Mesquites signature Glass Break Challenge en route to recording the most points during the show, which was worth $1,000.
Then there was the bad, which was very bad considering the crux of the show is about sticking around. Vick was eliminated from the series after losing in a four-man Elimination Challenge against Beniot Beisser, Kevin Taylor and Josh Warthen when his series cumulative total of 30 points found him below the cut line.
Big Break: Mesquite has implemented a new scoring system to give the series a tournament feel. Each of the 12 shows will consist of challenges that allow the players to earn points that will be used to determine which players make or fail to make the cut. The cut line varies from episode to episode and is based on the players cumulative points for the series. The cut will be announced at the start of each show and will be applied directly after that episodes final Points Challenge. Players who make the cut advance directly to the next episode. Players who fail to make the cut will go to the Elimination Challenge. The competitor with the worst performance in a shows Elimination Challenge will be eliminated from Big Break: Mesquite.
Hiroshi Matsuo added four points for a six-episode leading total of 53 points, eight better than Gerry James, who also tallied four points for the day. Brian Kontak is in third place, 10 off the lead.
Vicks elimination was like posting the lowest score in the second round of a tournament but missing the cut after blowing-up with a high score during the first round. Thats golf, or in this case, thats Big Break: Mesquite.
We were all trying to get to the end. Winning the $1,000 is nice but it is all about trying to avoid being eliminated, Vick said of his episode high 10 points but being ushered off the show.
Talk with Vick for any length of time and it will become apparent he doesnt take himself too seriously and has a dislike for those who do. That doesnt mean, though, that he isnt fiercely intent on making a career in golf.
I have an ultimate goal in mind to play on the PGA TOUR, said Vick, who tends bar and lives at home to finance playing on the mini-tours and save money to enter the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. The master plan is only year to year because I dont know whats going to come first, the end of my rope or the PGA TOUR.
His career path could have just as easily been playing in the National Football League. Vick earned All-America honors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was named the kicker on the Mocs All-Century team. In 2000, his senior season, he led the nation in field goals and looked to the NFL as the next step. After not being drafted, Vick tried out for several teams but didnt get invited to training camp. What he did get was advice from coaches to go to the Arena League or the now-defunct NFL Europe.
At that point football looked no different to me than mini-tour golf, said Vick, who played golf in college for two years before quitting to focus on football. I realized that if I played better golf, then I would get the opportunity to excel. I felt slighted coming out of college.
Golf won out over football because Vick felt the game is becoming more of a sport for athletes and characters.
I feel like the athletic experiences carry over to any sport that you play, said the 29-year-old Vick. There are so many golfers where golf is all they have done in their lives. They have always played an individual sport and havent been able to succeed at different things. When all else is equal, the athlete beats the crap out of the non-athlete.
In Vicks case, he has the athletic ability. And there is no doubt he is a character, so it seems that golf is the right sport for him after all -- just not in Big Break: Mesquite.
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