Making the Grade: Biggy’s Mini Golf Game on ‘Holey Moley’



HOLEY MOLEY – Sportswriter David Biggy, top right, received the green plaid jacket and the golden putter for his functionality on the July 1 episode of ABC’s Holey Moley. Tune in this summer to see if can wrap it up in the season finale.
When I last but not least sat down to pull this posting with each other, I was reminded of a scene from “Miracle,” the 2004 sporting activities film that chronicles the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team triumph around the Soviets at Lake Placid. In it, Mark Johnson, who later played in the National Hockey League, surrounded by three teammates, tells his mentor, “We’re household.”
We’re no diverse at The SandPaper. We could possibly not be competing for Olympic glory, but we’re constantly rooting for every single other no make any difference what the objective. The cherry on prime is that we put the exciting in functional.
Our functionality is what designed it easy to meet up with deadlines before this year when David Biggy, sportswriter extraordinaire, was out of city for a handful of weeks filming Season 3 of “Holey Moley,” an extreme mini golf levels of competition series airing Thursdays on ABC. It was almost like we did not even skip him. Only we did.
As I claimed, we place the enjoyment in useful, and there’s very little far more enjoyable for a group of newspaper men and women than sitting down close to dissecting what occurred. And there is no better personal to critique than just one of our own. Which is how we ended up in this article with a rewind of Biggy’s July 1 appearance on “Holey Moley.”
SPOILER: It was hilarious and about as Biggy as a reality television show not established by him can get.
(Photo  by ABC/Christopher Willard)

Gina G. Scala, reporter: Even even though I saw the promos and watched exhibit clips when Biggy initially explained he was going to be a contestant, I was not as well prepared as I thought I’d be for what would transpire when he was basically in an episode. What has caught with me the most is this: The man or woman you saw on your television, the individuality, that’s genuinely Biggy. No lie. That is who he is in authentic existence. He delivers that swagger into all the things he does.
Now, he likes to notify me I am competitive and I might be just a tiny, but so is he. So, though it was variety of odd to see him go up from a college golfer on tv and gain, it was not necessarily surprising. His second victory of the night was as predictable as Aroldis Chapman blowing a Yankees direct in the ninth inning in the latest game titles.
I tried using to check out from a thoroughly unbiased see, but I however located myself pulling for the dude with the prescription goggles who was possessing a blast just currently being there. His strength was electric powered. I’m not absolutely sure who picked out that outfit for him, but Payne Stewart would be very pleased and maybe a minor amazed by Biggy’s frame of mind.
In retrospect, I like to think most viewers have been pulling for Biggy to get a likelihood to acquire the eco-friendly jacket and wield the golden putter due to the fact he produced it pleasurable and effortless, like anything is feasible. Continue to, I can’t lie, my favored element was when he went for it all in opposition to the porta-potty doorway and ended up in the drinking water. Congratulations, Biggy, on a work effectively performed.
Victoria Ford, enjoyment editor: In Biggy’s performance I acknowledged the tenacity and self confidence I see and admire in him just about every working day at function. Due to the fact we share an business office, I feel capable to say his reliable persona shone through his wild pants and prescription swimming goggles. He is actually in his factor on that set he appeared unfazed by the distractions and discomforts of the knowledge – competencies that I suppose make him a fantastic mini golfer in the to start with place. The same qualities that make him an excellent journalist also make him a pure on a Television set established, in which his concentration and composure will ascertain his achievement. It warmed my coronary heart to see him in the green jacket, and I just cannot hold out to obtain out exactly where the relaxation of his “Holey Moley” journey leads, even right after the period is around.
(Photograph by ABC/Christopher Willard)

Robert Lassonde, 10, cub reporter: When I noticed Biggy participate in, I was psyched. It is great to see a person you know on Television. I actually hoped he would acquire, but I experienced no doubt he would, looking at he loves mini golfing and has his personal obstacle identified as “Can You Conquer Biggy?” I can also visualize the thrill he got to do the actual physical difficulties there, these types of as falling into the drinking water and falling into the mud! It was thrilling just for us to watch!
Christopher Seiz, advertising consultant: With his eye-melting manner perception and trash-chatting chops, it is no speculate Biggy conquered his round to head to the finals. The Concentrate – comprehensive speed forward knowing a porta-potty doorway was sure to throw him into a huge poo-pool – and he goes for it even so. There is only a single self-proclaimed mini-learn who could put it all on the line for a possibility at gap-in-one glory and pull it off – BIGGY!
When you’ve obtained a persona like Biggy and a relationship to the group like he does, it’s no ponder it took little hard work to discover someone who needed to be a section of this critique.
Greg Myhre, Stafford Township mayor: Dave Biggy showed the planet that he is a higher-caliber athlete with the grit and resolve to convey home the plaid jacket. He has brought terrific pride to our region and proved that he has what it requires to participate in with the ideal in the ultra competitive sport of miniature golfing.
I have recognised Biggy for about a few several years and played him and Stafford college board President Walter Jauch in 2019 as aspect of his “Can You Defeat Biggy?” series. He gained that video game, but I am looking ahead to a rematch.
Craig Henry, Southern Regional superintendent: I have not experienced the enjoyment of playing Dave in a round of mini golfing, but immediately after observing him on “Holey Moley,” I now anxiously await the possibility for a obstacle match. I was initially struck by Dave’s bold manner assertion, which produced Gene Sarazon and Payne Stewart surface as golfing manner conservatives. Future, I was struck by Dave’s laser centered competitiveness, which guided him to sinking each stress putt in the course of his elimination rounds.
The only detail missing in Dave’s “Holey Moley” pursuit of the green jacket was his skill to navigate the hurdles. I was underneath-amazed by Dave’s timing of the windmill and the paddle bridge. Hence, I have signed Dave up for Chuck Donohue Sr.’s (Southern’s football coach) Summer Agility and Conditioning Camp, as a result of which Dave will hopefully enrich his capability to negotiate upcoming “Holey Moley” obstacles.
In all seriousness, Dave is an priceless asset to our local community in the way he objectively covers the noteworthy occasions and difficulties. I am hopeful he wins in his following episode of “Holey Moley” and irrespective the final result, our community wins thanks to the fact that Dave is looking at, listening, writing and reporting.
Susan D’Alessandro, Ocean Acres Elementary Faculty principal: Biggy’s huge minute on “Holey Moley” showcased a lot less than stellar good results conquering the actual physical obstructions but was offset by his remarkable golf prowess. Outfitted as if he were Rodney Dangerfield in “Caddyshack,” his knickers brought again recollections of Payne Stewart winning the U.S. Open up. His putting strategy resembled Michelle Wie’s stroke and was confidently flawless. Biggy the moment yet again proved that you travel for demonstrate and putt for dough. Congrats on the golden putter!
(Photograph by ABC/Christopher Willard)

Melissa Biggy, wife: July 1, the date we’d long awaited. We experienced planned a viewing get together so we had been by now fired up and the strength in the room could elevate the roof. Seeing David swing his putter at the commencing was so fascinating!
I know how passionate David is about mini golf. I beloved his power. When he showed the newspaper in the course of his introduction, it was incredibly fitting. David was extremely entertaining (far more than I expected and I was very amazed) and I cherished how he resolved Riggle. His initially plunge in the h2o brought out my southern aspect: “Bless his coronary heart!” In advance of Ashley putted, she mentioned to David, “Watch and find out.” When David gained, I noticed his obtrusive confront driving Ashley, as if to say “Did you view and master?! Get that, Smalls!” I was like, “Heck, yeah, which is my person!” The total group was cheering in our living space! We were being a party of 11 and loud!
When David entire body-planted on the wall, I believe we all reported, “Ouch!” The 2nd windmill hit was hysterical and seemed painful. I virtually stopped respiration from laughter when Riggle mentioned, “I’m not sure if he understands what we’re carrying out listed here.” I under no circumstances expected my spouse to be so entertaining. Given that his episode, I keep listening to from many others, “David built the display. He requires his individual demonstrate.”
Honestly, when David used for the clearly show, I believe that profitable the eco-friendly jacket and golden putter was much more significant to him than winning the $250,000. As soon as he was supplied the jacket and putter, and he appeared up to the display at Stephen Curry, I really experienced to maintain back again my tears from everyone at our viewing get together. His facial area appeared like he was sensation achieved and happy. I have watched his episode 3 periods, and I have the very same wave of emotions every time I see his deal with. Now, on to the finale, baby!
Marni Van Grouw, Season 2 contestant on “Holey Moley” and “Can You Beat Biggy?” competitor: Inside a working day of our intense and fierce levels of competition at Sandbar Mini Golfing in Surf City this summer season as element of the “Can You Conquer Biggy?” series, my son and I were being off to be a aspect of the enjoy occasion for Biggy’s debut on nationwide tv!
On a demonstrate like “Holey Moley,” you can have the greatest placing abilities in the globe and nevertheless slide victim to the obstacles. That was the situation for Biggy. His putting was superb, but his skill to navigate the obstructions … not so a lot. To be truthful, they chose to have him contend on 3 different holes, all of which had been h2o or mud linked. My philosophy is that they only do that to contestants they know can manage the pressure. Biggy shown an air of self-confidence and charisma devoid of coming across as arrogant. Although he fell sufferer to every flipper, windmill and porta-potty in his way, he came back to provide decisive victories around his opponents.
As a competitor who experienced the frigid waters of a California canyon set in the wee hours of the morning in February and March, I can attest to how tough it is to bounce back and consider to putt when you are shivering uncontrollably. It is comforting to know that somebody else I know is officially in the “I’ve-Been-Whacked-By-A-Giant-Windmill” club!
A single of the most effective elements of sharing in Biggy’s epic achievements on the exhibit was listening to the groans, cheers and laughter from every person who surrounded him at the view celebration. If I had to decide on a beloved quotation of the night time, it was when he proudly exhibited the cake that a pal had produced for him, comprehensive with adorned Rice Krispy porta-potties. In the words of Biggy himself as he was making ready to slice it up, “Anyone else want a porta-john?”
Pat Sheridan, Year 1 contestant on “Holey Moley” and “Can You Beat Biggy?” competitor: As another person who is a Season 1 “Holey Moley” alum, a competitive mini golfer, a member of the Environment Mini Golfing Sport Federation and who’s been examining mini golfing classes and or else been in the mini golf sphere for 20 many years, I consider I have a special viewpoint in examining Biggy’s play on “Holey Moley.” Oh yeah and for what it is worthy of, I’ve noticed him putt up close when I took him on (and conquer him) in this season’s “Can You Defeat Biggy?”
In viewing the tape, I imagine Biggy obtained his episode success thanks to his wonderful putting, given he put on a master course on how to allow the obstructions deal with you like a rag doll.
A quick gap-by-hole breakdown: In Parcade, it’s a little bit of luck on the initially putt, but he designed absolutely sure to stick to it up with a powerful next putt to gain, which was superior due to the fact his attempt at the flippers was an epic piece of how not to get on an obstacle. This was only topped by him finding walloped not the moment but 2 times by the windmills, but all over again, a strong tee shot and abide by-up put him over the competitiveness. This finished up being the trait that carried him via into the super-ultimate as he gave Hole No. 2 an great operate with the putter and mediocre operate with his body.
So, of the 4 winners so considerably this season, he’s close to the top rated in putting, but close to the bottom in impediment awareness. Seeking forward to see how he does in the ultimate!
What is Following: Tune in afterwards this summer time to see how Biggy fares right before a winner is crowned in the year finale. And if you at any time see a pleased male in shorts, a SandPaper T-shirt and a Michigan University baseball hat on the hyperlinks on LBI or elsewhere on the East Coastline, make sure to inquire for a selfie and an autograph because Biggy believes in playing Significant or heading household.
ggscala@thesandpaper.internet

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