Nicole's diary: Looking for her Big Break

Selected for the upcoming Big Break Ireland, Nicole Noelle Smith, a Golfweek blogger, will compete with five other female golfers for two exemptions on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours. Smith is pictured on the far right of the bottom row.

Selected for the upcoming Big Break Ireland, Nicole Noelle Smith, a Golfweek blogger, will compete with five other female golfers for two exemptions on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours. Smith is pictured on the far right of the bottom row.

We are entering the third week of Big Break Ireland and I am happy to say that I have survived the first two! I love watching commercials for Big Break, the show itself and all the behind-the-scenes footage online.

I know the whole cast loves watching it too, and talking about it with each other. It is kind of funny because we obviously all know what happened, but we have no idea what you, the viewer, will see.

I watch the commercials and think, “Oh my goodness! What is going on?” Then I have to remember, “Oh, Nicole, you were there!”

It is always interesting to see how they use you in the commercials and the show. I watch and think, “Oh you would do that!” And I just laugh. There is no escaping it and my friends have told me “Ya, that is SO you! You do that!” And I just shrug and have to agree.

It is weird seeing yourself on television, watching yourself act out, I am not used to it at all. I love the over-the-top nature of the commercials! People come up to me and ask questions about it, ask what trouble I cause or the others are causing and I just look and smile. The series really is that intense, but I have to say the upcoming third episode features some shenanigans for sure, so buckle up and get ready.

I will say that people in golf settings have started to notice me. Weird, but they have. I had one woman at my last event tell me that she was stalking me, because she wanted a Big Break hat! Sadly for her, I didn’t bring any of the hats with me, so I had to tell her sorry. I had a father and son take photos of me while I was hitting, so I said hello and chatted a bit before I went back to practicing. Some people just stare and I think it is creepy, but I guess that can happen. Maybe I just look weird! Oh well.

What makes me the happiest are the fans and friends that I have had before the show started, and I see how proud they are of me. That means the world to me, and I love sharing it with them. I would say the interesting ones are the people who didn’t talk to me before and now try to be friendly. I am wary of them, exchange pleasantries, but continue on. Oh, and I love the fan emails! Those are the greatest and I really try to write back to everyone.

I have chatted over some of this with past Big Breakers and I think we all have the same reaction. David Byrnes' expression of "You want my autograph?" encompasses how most of us feel - we are blessed to be a part of the experience. It was a dream that we had to help us move to the next level in this great game, so fans and support along the way is a huge bonus.

I am not sure it has been a life-changer yet… more of an amazing experience along the way. I am still me. Someone asked me what I was going to be doing this fall and my response was easy, “Well, I just applied to work at Starbucks and am hoping for a job at Big Horn Country Club in the desert. Bills are still coming my way and I have to pay them somehow!”

I am hoping in some way the Big Break does rock my life, but we will just have to wait and see how the season plays out.

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