Can You Beat Biggy?

Manahawkin Husband-Wife Tandem Answers the Call and Brings the Heat

By David Biggy | Jul 10, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy With her husband, Jim, looking on, Angela Randall sends a shot toward the first hole, which dropped for a hole-in-one, on the "High Tide" course of Jen's Links at LBI in Barnegat Light on July 5.

Barnegat Light, NJ — The flashbacks were real, folks. Crawling along on Route 72, then through the Causeway, followed by a ridiculous amount of stop-and-go nonsense through Surf City felt as if I were back in my mid-20s, moving like a sloth along Fifth Avenue in New York City at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday.

Hey, I only had to go to Barnegat Light. No Dave Biggy, as I always say. Why not make my competition for “Can You Beat Biggy?” wait a few extra minutes – or 17 minutes – for me? Fortunately, awaiting my arrival were possibly two of the most chill individuals around, Jim and Angela Randall, who arrived to the Island from Manahawkin on July 5 significantly earlier than I did.

Finally, I made it to Jen’s Links at LBI, just slightly agitated after dealing with almost an hour’s worth of a traffic headache. I even botched the rock-paper-scissors thing with Angela to see who would go first – I threw only one finger, so my broken scissor couldn’t cut her paper. So, with one problem out of the way, Angela provided another as soon as she stepped onto the tee-off area of hole No. 1 on the “High Tide” course.

“That’s probably the last time I’m going to do that,” she said, smiling, after delivering a perfectly straight shot, first into the pin sticking out of the cup, and then into it for a hole-in-one.

“What the heck is going on here?” I questioned aloud. “Jim, did you bring a ringer with you?”

“Actually, he’s the one who plays golf,” Angela revealed.

“Oh, great! Two ringers,” I replied, laughing. “I guess I better get serious.”

I showed how serious I was going to get by scoring a hole-in-one on the second hole. Fortunately, Angela was right. She didn’t drop any more aces the rest of the way. Neither did I, by the way.

However, after a bit of a rough start – he trailed me by four strokes after the first four holes – Jim started to hit a groove during the latter half of the front nine, just as I started bogeying several holes, my lead quickly evaporating amid 96 percent humidity. As we approached the 10th hole, Jim’s lead over me was a stroke, 22-23. Angela finished the front nine with a 28, but on a Harris Miniature Golf-designed course she definitely wasn’t a safe distance behind either of us.

As we started the back nine, things didn’t look great for Jim or me. But he double-bogeyed the 10th and I bogeyed, so I pulled even until the 13th, when I bogeyed again and dropped back to a one-stroke deficit. The tide turned a few greens later, though, when I birdied the 15th and scored par on 16th while Jim bogeyed and double-bogeyed, respectively. Suddenly, my lead had returned – up three strokes going into the last two holes.

I botched my first putt on the green of hole 17 and ended up at par, while Jim dropped a great putt from about 8 feet for a birdie. Still, a two-stroke advantage going to the final hole was a safe lead, considering I shot over par only twice on the back nine to that point. We all ended with par on the last hole and my lead held up, as I finished with a 2-over-par 45 for the course. Jim ended at 4-over 47, while Angela ended at 11-over 54.

Despite the outcome, Angela and Jim – who had answered my call for new challengers on Facebook the week before, after my originally scheduled competitors had to cancel – handled the loss with grace.

“I’ve seen the boss’s job and I don’t want it,” he said, referring to Angela’s decision to take my challenge and bring him along for the husband-wife tag team effort. “I like to play, so I said, ‘Why not? Let’s go for it.’ It beats sitting home, doing nothing.”

“Or cleaning,” Angela added. “It’s mini golf. It’s fun.”

— David Biggy

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