Earlier this month, Biesecker accomplished something few golfers in Virginia do — he defended his title at the Virginia State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship, played at Spring Creek Golf Club in Gordonsville.
His first Mid-Amateur title, which is for players age 25-55, was in 2008 on the Stony Creek course at Wintergreen when he made a 42-foot putt on the final hole to save par, and win the tournament by one stroke with a 70-71-72—213, which was 3-under.
This year to defend his title, which came during the second weekend in October, he had to rally in the final round. He carded a 74-72-66—212, which was 4-under, and was the best in a field of 85 golfers.
“I shot a 30 on the back nine by birdying six of the last seven holes, after going even on the front,” he said. “I saw on the leaderboard that I was four strokes off the lead going to the back nine. The leaders were in the group behind me, so I knew pretty much where I stood.”
Of his six birdies, most were of the short variety, except for a 30-footer on No. 16.
The VSGA championship came one week after Biesecker competed in the United States Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur, played at Kiawah Island, S.C.
That championship, which included 269 players, included two rounds of stroke play, with the top 64 advancing to match play.
“I had not touched a club in three weeks going into that tournament,” Biesecker said. “In match play, I lost on the final hole.”
Biesecker had to qualify for the national, which he did by shooting a 69 in a qualifier during the last week in August in Springfield, Mass.
“It all fits in with my work,” he said. “I work in sports management. I manage professional golfers, and the day I qualified was the day after one of my clients, Heath Slocum, won the Barclays Championship in New York City, so I was going to be in Boston to see him. I decided to do my qualifying around him.”
“There were 80 players going for four spots,” he said. “And I was the medalist.
Biesecker’s first PGA event as an amateur came during his junior year at Southern Methodist University when he competed in the HP Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas.
After playing a series of amateur events in college, he turned pro from 1999 to 2002, and didn’t play much golf after that.
“My wife and I moved to Staunton in 2006, and I applied with the USGA to get my amateur status back,” he said. “I now have a 3-month-old little girl, and things have been pretty crazy the last few years.”
Late in 2007, he got his amateur status back.
“There’s more to golf than chasing the dream of playing the PGA tour,” he said. “I enjoy the competition. It doesn’t matter where I win.”
Besides the News Leader tournament title this year, he has twice been third at the Augusta County Championships. Although he loves playing tournaments, he still finds time for a round with some of his professional clients.
And there’s where his job comes in.
Biesecker, a golf sports agent for the past two years, handles clients’ every business aspect.
He has two partners at Blue Giraffe, both of whom are attorneys.
“Every player you see on TV is paid to use certain equipment,” he said. “For example, Tiger Woods uses Nike and each player negotiates that contract.
“My job is to simplify things so that the player only has to worry about playing golf,” he said. “We handle their negotiations and service their contracts. We work with their financial advisors, and assist with all business aspects from negotiating million dollar contracts to organizing travel.”
Biesecker said one difference between golf agents and those of professional baseball, basketball and football players, is that there’s no team buses or team travel in golf.
“In golf, you arrange their hotels, commuting to each tourney and scheduling. There’s quite a deal of flexibility. I receive calls at all hours of the night. My Blackberry never leaves me.”
Besides American golfers, Biesecker has international clients from Norway, Sweden, India and Australia.
At the head of his agenda for this week was a trip to Washington, D.C., and the Chinese embassy to obtain a visa for Stuart Appleby to compete in the World Cup in China next month.
Besides Appleby, an Australian, and Slocum, other clients include Paul Goydos, Nicholas Thompson, Indian Arjun Atwal and Matthew Goggin from Tasmania.
“It’s such a small world in the PGA Tour,” Biesecker said of obtaining clients. “Some golfers recommend you, and others, you recruit.
“We are a small firm, but have turned down some clients. We prefer those with a good fit with us. When you get a call on Friday night at 10 p.m., it better be a client you respect as a person.
“I’m practically on the road all the time,” he said. “I have a very understanding wife. And my clients and partners understand, too.”
With the PGA Tour international, there’s not much down time, which mainly comes in November and December.
He usually puts his clubs away during late fall and winter.
“I enjoy skiing and hunting,” he said. “My wife is a professor at James Madison University, so I just run from one thing to another.
“For me, this is my lifestyle, and what I want to do.”