"when i picked up a BEAUTIFUL st croix 10' 6". it was incredibly light and the cork is a big change from the slimy EVA foam. "
your words, not mine
I'm telling you, you can make a way better rod for $120 easy!
Just me, but I would steer you away from pure graphite as in the Lami Ron, which IMO is a piece of crap. You want a blend of fiberglass (sometimes called e-glass) or some other kind of glass and graphite. I hate graphite, but that's me.
Do me and yourself a favor and check out this link.
MODEL TYPE MATERIAL
here is the link
Look around on the site for info on rod building. If a googan like me can do it I know you can.