Bluefalcon previews the Big Break Sandals Resorts finale

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This is the first time ever that I have invited a reader of this blog to contribute their thoughts on a Big Break series outside of normal comments, and I am so glad that I did.  

In the last couple of weeks, I have enjoyed the comments from Bluefalcon from New York on my Big Break Sandals posts and believe his insights and commentary will add a lot to the finale epsiode.  So here’s his analysis of the two finalists…

It started with eleven, and ends with two.  After 10 weeks-of TV time-and frequent alternations of excitement and heartbreak, the best season of Golf Channel’s Big Break series, “Big Break Sandals Resorts” concludes with two women,

Lili Alvarez and Carling Coffing, dueling it out for the title and the largesse that comes with it.  Both are deserving of their spot in the finals; both have won immunity, both have gone to elimiations multiple times and both have come out intact. Now, however, only one with emerge victorious.  Below is a thumbnail sketch of both combatants.


Lili Alvarez.  Lili’s game can be summed up in three words; Pasion y Poder.  Passion and Power. Lili’s fiery demeanor serves her well on the golf course, she’s very much a player who plays with emotion.  Lili is long off the tee, longer than Carling, but she hasn’t been quite as consistent with the short irons and wedges as Carling has been.  There is also the Sword of Damacles that has been hanging over Lili from the beginning of this contest: one of the prizes on offer to the winner of the competiton, an exemption in the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational.  Lili wants this badly, and at times, she has been distracted from the task at hand because of it.  One big key for Lili to win is staying in the moment. She’s gotten away with losing focus so far; with so much on the line now, Lili may not have the leeway to be distracted this time.


Carling Coffing. While Carling has done things that I have found royally irritating-the Birdie Dance, the stalking her fellow competitors after winning the Save/Send card-she has also done a lot of endearing things, not the least of which is playing well.  Carling isn’t as long as Lili off the tee, but she can hang.  What Carling does very well, however, is produce with her short irons and wedges. She’s been deadly all tournament with them. However, she has also made more mistakes than Lili has. But, Carling has one other advantage. She is not as emotionally attached to the prizes as Lili is. That could be very big in her favor.

Prediction:  I’m going to cop out and not make one.  There are simply too many variables-the course, the weather, motivation,handling pressure-to make a fair prediction.  However, whichever woman wins will be a deserving winner. All that’s left for me to say is play well and let the best woman win.

Bluefalon, NY

Hey,  I think that says it all (although I do like Carling’s birdie dance ;)).   Thank you so much Bluefalcon for setting tonight’s stage for us.

I guess we’ll know in just a few hours who wins BB Sandals.  Both women are already winners in my mind. It’s really down to who takes home the prize.  But whoever it is, she will deserve it!


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2 comments

  1. I wish I could wager on this stuff. Golfgal System triumphs again, identical to Ka’anapali (Kim over Sophie) and Michigan (Haymes/Bernie over Hugo/Camila). Sorry, no way Carling is an underdog when she’s interviewing here and her finale opponent is not. Winners find the path.

    Months ago you requested interview nominations for this season and I identified Carling and Ryann. Not bad, the winner and the best player. Ryann is in line for a (low priority status) LPGA card via Top 10 on Duramed.

    I never found Carling irritating until tonight. The victor is typically understated on the final show, knowing the outcome and, perhaps subconsciously, tempering any viewer misgivings. Carling was more over the top than typical, like an audition for a game show hosting parody.

    Anyway, was that speed golf over the first 9 holes? Literally no more than 7 or 8 minutes air time, unprecedented. Also a first, lack of a major personality conflict throughout. Lousy trend, that one. Big Break, keep your Save/Send and provide some barbs.

    And gad, the next Big Break was teased during tonight’s telecast and it should deliver, a producer’s fiendish delight, virtually every high profile controversial antagonist from recent seasons. I think I saw:

    * Andrew Giuliani
    * Anthony Rodriguez
    * Brian Skatell
    * William “Football” Thompson
    * David Mobley
    * Christina Lecuyer
    * Lori Atsedes
    * Sara Brown
    * Elena Robles
    * Blair O’Neal

    That’s based on one quick glance at the promo. I didn’t catch everyone. My apologies if I included someone who isn’t in the cast, but the bulk will be correct. Virtually every player has a major Big Break rep other than Elena and Football, two players who were ousted early and producers no doubt felt they deserved and could deliver more.

    Tonight while sampling the Futures website I noticed that Sara Brown inexplicably missed two Futures Tour events in mid to late June. It’s understandable now, since Dominican Republic was filmed during that stretch.

    If my list is correct the contestant who entered Dominican Republic under horrible physical disadvantage was Lori Atsedes. She was in her van when it was rear ended and totaled at a Futures Tour event in early June in Cincinnati. The driver of the other vehicle attempted to flee. Lori was badly shaken and suffered some injuries. The Futures Tour website indicated she returned to Florida for 3 weeks to rest and recover but apparently that was a tale told by necessity to cover the Big Break excursion. Lori missed the same two tournaments that Sara did. She was still struggling physically when she returned to the Futures Tour so I’ll be amazed if she fared as well as at Ka’anapali. I’ll guess the Lori/Christina conflict will be tame to non-existent this time.

    In any event, I’ll look forward to catching up on your Sandals Resorts entries. I’ve been happily internet and cable free for only a few days of the past 6 weeks, although I did manage to stumble upon the Big Break replays during the final day of the PGA Championship. Bluefalcon is a great addition.

    And I’m not as confident in the Golfgal System heading toward Dominican Republic, since you’ve talked to so many of these players previously. I can’t imagine many would forego a return, even if they chunked the final. Looks like a crowded interview field. 🙂

  2. Months ago you asked for interview nominations for this version and I identified Carling and Ryann. Not bad, the winner and the best player, LPGA bound.

    I never found Carling irritating until tonight. The victor is normally understated on the final show.

    Anyway, was that speed golf over the first 9 holes? Literally no more than 7 or 8 minutes air time, unprecedented. Also a first, lack of a major personality conflict. Lousy trend, that one. Take your Save/Send and provide some barbs.

    And gad, the next Big Break was teased during tonight’s telecast and it’s a producer’s fiendish delight, virtually every high profile controversial antagonist from recent seasons. I think I saw:

    * Andrew Giuliani
    * Anthony Rodriguez
    * Brian Skatell
    * William “Football” Thompson
    * David Mobley
    * Christina Lecuyer
    * Lori Atsedes
    * Sara Brown
    * Elena Robles
    * Blair O’Neal
    * Sara Brown

    That’s based on one quick glance at the promo during tonight’s midnight Big Break replay. My apologies if I included someone who isn’t in the cast. Virtually every player has a major Big Break rep other than Elena and Football, two players who were ousted early and producers no doubt felt deserved more and could deliver.

    I noticed that Sara Brown inexplicably missed two Futures Tour events in mid to late June. It’s understandable now, since Dominican Republic was filmed during that stretch.

    If my list is correct the contestant who entered Dominican Republic under horrible physical disadvantage was Lori Atsedes. She was in her van when it was rear ended at a Futures Tour event in early June. Lori missed the same two tournaments that Sara did. She was still struggling physically when she returned to the Futures Tour.

    In any event, I’ll look forward to catching up on your Sandals Resorts entries. I’ve been happily internet and cable free for only a few days of the past 6 weeks. Bluefalcon is a great addition.

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