Reason to celebrate for Biesecker – twice
One day after watching his client, Heath Slocum, win the Barclays, Nick Biesecker got a win of his own. Biesecker, a managing director with Blue Giraffe Sports, shot 69 Aug. 31 to earn medalist honors in a U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass.
Biesecker's practice round that Sunday was interrupted by phone calls as Slocum closed in on the victory. Not that it mattered, nor did he mind being interruted. "For the last few holes, I wasn't really paying attention," he said. "There's worse reasons to have your round interrupted."
Biesecker, of Staunton, Va., qualified in Massachusetts before attending the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was playing a practice round while Slocum was getting the best of Tiger Woods at Liberty National, then watched the replay later that night. That made watching Slocum stand over his 20-foot par putt on the 72nd hole a less nerve-wracking experience, because Biesecker knew Slocum would make the putt for the win.
Biesecker was a competitive player in his own right before becoming an agent. He played under Hank Haney at SMU in the mid-90s, then played professional golf until 2002. While in college, he Monday qualified for the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Classic. He regained his amateur status in 2007.
He won the 2008 Virginia Mid-Amateur, making a 42-foot par putt on the final hole to hold off seven-time champion Keith Decker.