Can You Beat Biggy?

It’s Official: Stafford Mayor, School Board President Face a New Challenge

By David Biggy | Aug 14, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Stafford Board of Education President Walter Jauch tees off as Stafford Mayor Greg Myhre looks on during the ‘Can You Beat Biggy?’ challenge match at Sandbar Golf in Surf City on Aug. 8.

Surf City — The back nine really does matter. And since Week 2 of the “Can You Beat Biggy?” Challenge, the back nine has been my bread and butter.

It needed to be once more on Aug. 8, when Stafford Mayor Greg Myhre and his neighbor, Stafford School District Board of Education President Walter Jauch, stopped by Sandbar Golf in Surf City, attempting to take me out.

“I asked Greg if he wanted to play and represent Stafford,” said Jauch, to that the mayor happily accepted. “For me, I wanted to see if I had superior golf skills to you, to try to overshadow the legacy you have.”

Myhre even showed up looking like a man ready to tear me up – the indicator being his shark socks with some really awful-looking great whites scattered upon them. Sorry, but “Jaws” Myhre wasn’t really frightening. Heck, I’ve been playing challengers of all kinds, including pro mini-golfers, since June.

Nonetheless, Myhre’s game was a bit unnerving at the outset. For a man whose main focus for the past seven months has been keeping tabs on the operations of a town, I wasn’t expecting him to be well-practiced at mini-golf. But, he shot 2s for the first five holes and grabbed the early lead, going up two strokes on me and five on Jauch.

Then Nos. 6 and 7 happened. I scored par on the sixth as Myhre bogeyed, and on the next hole I bogeyed the par-2 while he shot a 5, giving me a temporary one-stroke lead.

“This is a deceptively challenging course,” he said. “The wide-open greens here make it look easier than it is. That first 5 reminded me that practice makes perfect. And, obviously, I haven’t been practicing.”

My problem on gauging the power with which I sometimes had to strike the ball came into play on the eighth hole, when I teed off a bit too lightly going uphill and twice my ball didn’t quite make it over the hump, rolling back to the front of the fairway. I ended with a 4 and it was an even match at that point.

“That will be my one and only 4,” I promised the two challengers. “Remember, the back nine is coming.”

On the next hole, I was able to nudge my lead to a stroke when Myhre putted for par and I birdied, giving us scores of 25 and 24, respectively. Jauch wasn’t far behind with a 26. Heading into the 14th hole, my lead was two on Myhre and three on Jauch, but a hole-in-one for Myhre and a three-putt for me put us even at 35.

Still, we were heading into the home stretch of the back nine. And since I don’t crack at the back, Myhre either was going to remain consistent and stay with me or somehow fall short. The lights went out for the mayor when he couldn’t quite keep his putts straight on the 15th and 16th, as he shot a 6 and 5, respectively, to fall behind by six strokes.

Interestingly, I wasn’t out of the woods with Jauch going into the 17th. He had remained very consistent through the first seven of the back nine and only trailed by two. We ended up scoring par on the final two holes, as I clinched the victory with a 4-over 44, followed by Jauch with a 6-over 46. Myhre ended up at 11-over 51.

“I know you’ve been winning,” Jauch said. “I haven’t been reading it in the paper, but I have been following your posts on Facebook. So, I figured if it was on Facebook it must be true. I’d definitely do this again, because next time I want to beat you.”

To his credit, Myhre was smiling after his defeat.

“This was a lot of fun. I thought it would be a friendly match and it was,” he said. “You won today, but you were searching for the hole-in-one I was able to achieve, so I’ll take that as a win.”

That’s all well and good, Mr. Mayor. It still means I improved to 15-4 this summer.

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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