From The Rough: It's All About Believing

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ith no scholarships to offer and only one US student willing to join the team, she reached out across the globe to assemble a ragtag group of golfers including a clean cut kid from Australia, a wanna-be rapper from Korea and a street kid from London.

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When Cantana Starks (Academy-Award Nominee Taraji P. Henson) became the first African-American woman to coach an all-men's team at the collegiate level she expected it to be tough but she had no idea how challenging it would be.

With no scholarships to offer and only one US student willing to join the team, she reached out across the globe to assemble a ragtag group of golfers including a clean cut kid from Australia, a wanna-be rapper from Korea and a street kid from London.

With sheer grit, determination and some unusual training tactics she guided this culture club of misfits to an all-time record championship season. Along the way she taught them no matter how rough the start, with the right aim and drive, anyone can triumph against overwhelming odds.

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Friday 18th October 2019

Diamond in the rough

Why the movie moguls chose to shun this one but virtually sending it straight to DVD has me scratching my head? It has everything going for it. Based on the true story of African-American woman putting together a group of no-name male golfers then achieving against the odds and with no resources?
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Tariji Henson (Hidden Figures) is outstanding as Coach Starks. She is ably supported by Tom Felton (Harry Potter) and fellow Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (Green Mile) and like the characters themselves, a line-up of unknowns who turn in great performances.
Coach Stark wants to succeed at everything she does but that almost leads to the downfall of her and others.
However Stark does have one saving grace and that is that she can see potential in others and help them to realise that, even though her methods may not be conventional at times. Given the obstacles put in her way a lesser person would have given up.
There are some laugh out loud moments especially with the Korean golfer and Stark and then Tom Felton's portrayal of a statue during a very tense moment in the biggest tournament of the team's career. Loved it.
This is a family movie and the way Stark reacts to certain situations would be good conversation starters around the theme of "what would a Christian do"? 1 Peter talks about adding perseverance to knowledge and Coach Stark has both by the spade full and has to do that constantly. I don't know if this movie will help your golf handicap but it is a diamond in the rough.

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From The Rough: It's All About Believing

From The Rough: It's All About Believing

ith no scholarships to offer and only one US student willing to join the team, she reached out across the globe to assemble a ragtag group of golfers including a clean cut kid from Australia, a wanna-be rapper from Korea and a street kid from London.

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