Big Boy Weekly Challenge

February 24th, 2017

Beautiful weather for eight golfers on Friday. No hole in ones, but we did have a creek diver. Russ, Rob. Paul L, Paul W, Chad, Jim, Kevin and David competed for the infamous Big Boy trophy .

Chad gave up his body for a fellow golfer to retrieve a disc in the creek near basket 5. Sounds like something Jesus would do. Great job Big Boy Chad (He was still the reigning Big Boy when he made the sacrifice.)

Chad in the creek.

Kevin had a great round and took the Big Boy with a -6. Rob came in 2nd with -3 and Paul came in 3rd with a -2. Jim played a great round as well, but didn’t play the whole course. If he had, he would have had a -5 with his handicap. Congratulations Kevin.

Paul, substituting for Big Boy Chad, presents Kevin the trophy.

As great as the round was, the prayer time afterwards was even better.

February 17th, 2017

Exciting times on Friday for eleven golfers. Paul L, Paul W, Rob, Jeff, Kevin, Matt, Russ, JP, David, Chad and Ben experienced a hole in one, a horse ride and a first time Big Boy champion. We also introduced two new par fours into the competition, holes 1 and 17.

Matt a threw his Buzz in  perfect forehand form for a hole in one on hole 15. The cheers were heard throughout the neighborhood. That’s the 3rd hole in one on 15 this season. Kevin and Paul L have also aced it.

Matt retrieving his disk from the 15th basket

Ben got to ride on the white stallion during his play on the newly designed 17th hole.

Ben from the horse

The competition came down to the last hole with Chad claiming his first Big Boy trophy with a -7. Others shooting below par were Paul L -6, Paul W -5, Rob -4, Matt -3 and Russ -2. Well played everyone and great job Chad.

Kevin presenting Big Boy to Chad.

 

Chad and his daughter snuggling up with Big Boy

February 10th, 2017

Six golfers weathered the chilly Friday morning for an exciting round and awesome subsequent prayer time: Paul W, Paul L, Kenny, Kevin, David and Rob. The previous Big Boy, Matt, couldn’t join us, so we found the trophy waiting for us at the first basket.

The excitement started on hole number one when Paul L flexed his super strength and drove his Tee Bird into a tree. He gathered the pieces and laid them to rest at the feet of what he thought was  a statue of the Virgin Mary. Turns out it was a statue of a wizard, perhaps Gandalf.

Paul L’s Tee Bird laying shattered under a tree.

The exciting battle for the trophy came down to the last hole. Kevin fought of stiff competition from David and earned the Big Boy with a -6. David came in second with a -4 and Rob came in third with a -3. Congratulations Kenny. Since Matt was not around, Big Boy himself presented the trophy to Kevin.

Big Boy presenting the trophy to Kevin

February 3rd, 2017

We had two groups, the oldies and the young boys compete for the Big Boy trophy this past Friday. The weather was cool, but pleasant.

The Oldies included Paul W, David, Russ, Kenny, Rob and Barry, making his first appearance at the Forest. The Young Boys were Scott, Kevin, Matt and two first timers Adam and Jordan.

On basket three Matt buried his disc into a tree.

Matt’s disc in a tree on number three

Matt wasn’t finished with his heroics for the day. He claimed his first Big Boy trophy with a -8. Scott came in second with a -6 and Russ came in third with a -5. Congratulations Matt. Well played.

Kenny presenting the Big Boy to Matt

January 27th, 2017

Friday began the handicap age of the Big Boy Challenge. Averages were calculated and those who had an average score over even par, began the round with a handicap.  From now on, all reported scores will include handicaps. Six golfers enjoyed the chilly, but sunny round: Jim, Kenny, Kevin, Paul W., Matt and Russ.

And the winner was (drum roll) in his first time winning the Big Boy, Kenny. He finished first with a -4.  Paul W. and Kevin tied for second with a -2 and Russ came in third with a -1. Congratulations Kenny.

Kevin presenting Big Boy to Kenny

Big Boy hanging out at Kenny’s house

January 20th, 2017

Ten golfers made it out for the Big Boy Challenge this Friday. The weather was fantastic! We broke up into groups of five. Group one included Jim, Paul L. Matt, David and Chad. Group two included Russ, Rob, Kevin, Paul W. and Ben.

Rob tossing from the white horse on hole 17.

Kevin had an amazing round and took the Big Boy with a -8. Matt came in second with -5 and Paul W. came in third with a -3. Congratulations Kevin.

Paul W. presenting Big Boy to Kevin

Next game we will begin using handicaps.

January 13th, 2017

Friday was Paul day at Buck Forest. Both Paul’s had championship days. Seven  golfers played in fantastic weather: Paul W. Paul L. Jeremy,  Kevin, Kenny, David and Rob.

The first excitement came when Paul L. aced hole 15. He sent a beautiful backhand up the hill which sailed right into the basket. We all erupted into joyous celebration. So much so that a neighbor in the the back of our street heard it and guessed what we were cheering about. We were all happy for Paul L.

Paul L. after his fantastic hole in one on 15

Paul W. captured the Big Boy for the second straight week. Rob finished second with a -2 and Paul L. came in third with -1. Great job Paul W.

Paul W. presenting Big Boy to Paul W.We had a fantastic prayer time afterwards and a couple of us hung around to encourage each other with Scripture.

Brothers sharing the Words of life with each other.

January 6th, 2017

Eight  golfers made it out for the challenge on Friday, including Chad, who was supposed to be on a plane headed to Israel. His flight was cancelled because of weather and we were happy he joined us. It was a cold morning, but we all warmed up as we started playing.  There was one group including Paul W, Paul L, Chad, Rob, Jim, David, Kevin and Matt.

Paul W. threw from the white horse when his disc landed within 10 feet on basket 17.

Paul W making an approach shot from his horse

And what has become a bit of a pattern over the last few weeks, he who threw from the horse, took the Big Boy.

Paul W. finished with a -4, Kevin came in second with a -1, Paul L. and Rob came in third at even par. We had an awesome prayer time afterwards.

Kevin presenting Big Boy to Paul W

December 23rd, 2016

Fourteen  golfers made it out for the challenge on Friday, including newcomers Jack and Trey. The crew was broken up into two groups. The old guys were Paul, Rob, Jim, David, Russ,  Kenny and Jack. The young guys were Kevin, Michael H, Michael B, Chad, Trey, Grey, and Matt.

The weather was pleasant and we had some exciting moments. Jack and Chad both threw from the back of the white stead.

Jack throwing the white horse

 

Chad throwing from his horse

Michael H. captured the big boy with an awesome score of -7. Michael B and Kevin finished second with -5 and Russ came in third with a -3.

Russ presenting Big Boy to his son Michael

During the prayer time, Matt choose the worst chair. This move, though extremely sacrificial, did not end well.

 

December 16th, 2016

Nine  golfers weathered the cold this morning for the Big Boy challenge: Russ, Tim, David, Rob, Paul, Jim,  Kenny and Matt. And we were happy to welcome Chad, a first timer to Buck  Forest.

The Forest was particularly tough today yielding no scores better than +1, but it was an enjoyable round with an awesome prayer time afterwards.

To add to the fun, we were able to enforce the 10 foot pony rule twice for the same golfer. On basket six and seventeen, Tim’s disc landed within 10 feet of the white pony. So, in both cases, he threw from the back of the famous horse.

Tim on his mounted steed

Tim rounded out a stellar day by capturing the Big Boy trophy with  +1. Jim came in second with  +3. Kenny and Rob tied for third with +4.

Russ presenting the Big Boy to Tim
Big Boy accepts the offer to become CIU’s official mascot

December 9th, 2016

Six golfers made out to the Big Boy challenge on Friday: Russ, Tim, Jeff, David, Rob and JP, a first timer who did very well for his first time out. The weather was a bit chilly, but once we got moving it was very pleasant.  Several discs found there way into the creek, but thanks to JP’s ‘willingness’ to brave the cold wetness, all were retrieved.

Kevin, our previous champion was not able to join us, but dropped off the Big Boy to find a new home.

Russ had a great round and won this week’s challenge with a -3.

 

Russ displaying his trophy.
Big Boy visiting the manger scene at Columbia Crossroads. Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

November 25, 2016

Nine golfers choose a beautiful fall morning instead of crowding the streets and stores for black Friday. Great choice!  It was shorts weather and the autumn leaves were magical. Russ brought Michael and Sanchez,  his son and son-in-law, visiting from Charlotte. Kenny brought his son Grey who effortlessly leaped across the creek to retrieve discs on several occasions. Other golfers were Paul, Rob, David and Kevin.

Kevin captured an early lead by birdieing the first two holes and though Michael was on his tail the whole morning, captured the Big Boy for the second week in a row with a -8. Michael came in second  with -6,  Rob had a -2 and Russ a -1.

David earned most improved by shaving 7 stokes from last weeks score.

Russ lost a disc in the grave yard beyond hole 16.

With Grey’s help, Kenny birdied hole 8 after landing on top of the chicken pen.

We finished with some awesome prayer time on the deck by the waterfall.

Kevin presenting the Big Boy to Kevin.
Kevin presenting the Big Boy to Kevin.

November 18, 2016

It was a beautiful day for disc golf for this weeks Big Boy challenge. There were 8 golfers: Paul L., Paul W., Kevin, Kenny, David, Matt, Rob and Ben.

The highlight of the match was Kevin’s first hole-in-one at Buck Forest, curving his disc into the chains of basket 15. It was also the first hole-in-one for basket 15 in Buck Forest history.

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The match was close until the very end. Kevin birdied hole 18 to pull ahead of Matt. Ken finished with -4, Matt -3 and Paul W came in third with -2.

Congratulations to Kevin for a great day all the way around, but we all had a blast dodging trees and marching through the forest. Well, truth be told we didn’t dodge as many trees as we would have liked.

Last week's winner Paul L. presents the Big Boy to Kevin.
Last week’s winner Paul L. presents the Big Boy to Kevin.
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Big Boy hanging out with Kevin’s hole in one disc

November 11, 2016

Happy Veteran’s Day from Buck Forest. We began the Big Boy Challenge again today with 6 golfers: Paul L., Paul W., Rob, Ben, Kenny and David. Rather than skins, we are now playing for the best score.

In his first time playing at Buck Forest, Paul L.  won the Big Boy with a -5. Great job Paul! Paul W. took second place -4 and Rob came in third -3.

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Rob presenting the Big Boy to Paul.
Big Boy hanging out with new friends at Paul’s house.

May 6th, 2016

Friday’s challenge went into overtime. Paul had an itch during his putt on playoff round number two. Missing the putt, the championship went to Chris. Congratulations Chris.

Paul attempting a long putt on hole number 17
Paul attempting a long putt on hole number 17

 

Rob presenting Big Boy in Russ's absence.
Rob presenting Big Boy in Russ’s absence.
Chris putting Big Boy to work.
Chris putting Big Boy to work.

 

April 29th, 2016

Russ took home the Big Boy on Friday with a resounding victory. The weather was beautiful and once again everyone took home some “skinage”.

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Turns out the good fortune was for Russ and not Kevin

Russ finished with 9.5 skins. Paul came in second with 5 skins, James had 2 and Kevin 1.5.

Russ  began discipling  Big Boy to  use his gifts to serve the body of Christ:

Big Boy using his smile to bring joy to the body
Big Boy using his smile to bring joy to the body
Big boy using discernment to double check Russ' work
Big boy using discernment to double check Russ’ work

 

 

April 22nd, 2016

Friday’s match was laid back and enjoyable. We had a smaller crowd but great camaraderie  and a fantastic prayer time afterwards.

Everyone took home some “skinage”.

Kevin won again with 10 and a third skins, but it was close until the 17th hole when he pulled away. Rob finished with 6 and a third skins. Matt earned a skin and Chris nabbed a third of a skin.

Big boy predicting good fortune for Friday. Whose good fortune is to be determined. Is he talking to you?
Big boy predicting good fortune for Friday. Whose good fortune is to be determined. Is he talking to you?

April 15th, 2016

Though the skin count does not reflect it, Friday’s game was quite exciting. Chris nailed a fifty foot putt through the trees and off Paul’s foot and into the basket on 14 .  Paul sank an equally long putt on 16.

Through the front nine only 1 skin was pocketed. However, Kevin nabbed 9 skins on hole 10 to give him the victory. Great job.

Kevin came away with 10 skins. Chris had 4, Paul had 2, Rob had 1 1/2 and Russ had a half. James and Matt also participated.

Paul in tears as he says goodbye to the Big Boy
Paul in tears as he says goodbye to the Big Boy
Big Boy picking the first strawberry from the Smith's garden with April and Ethan
Big Boy picking the first strawberry from the Smith’s garden with April and Ethan

April 8th, 2016

Paul made it two in a row, after last week’s rain out. He made some fantastic putts.

Final skin count Paul had 11, Russ 4, Kevin 1, Rob 1 and James 1.

 

Paul presenting Big Boy to Paul.
Paul presenting Big Boy to Paul.

March 25th, 2016

No excitement on skins this week. Paul Wallace dominated the challenge finishing with 9 skins.  Kevin came in second with 3 skins, followed by Russ with 2 and 2/3, Matt and James both came away with 1 and 2/3 skins. We left it up to the 3 partial skin holders to divide the skins. I suggested a Buck knife, but I’m not sure what they used. Oh yeah, Rob and Chris also participated, so they get a participation mention.

But the day was not without excitement. Matt took an involuntary dip into the creek rescuing his dad’s disc on hole 7. Then voluntarily dove in on 16 to rescue another disc. He gets the ‘Most like Jesus’ award for this week.

Russ awarding Paul the Big boy.
Russ awarding Paul the Big boy.

 

Big boy hanging out with his friends.
Big boy hanging out with his friends.

March 18th, 2016

Another exciting finish during the weekly Big Boy Challenge. Heading onto the 18th tee pad, it was still anyone’s game. Matt, Kevin and James each had three skins and Paul had one. The 18th basket held eight skins and instant victory to whoever could win the hole out right.

And that’s exactly what Russ did. He flicked a driver a few feet from the basket and got the only birdie landing  him the Big Boy trophy for the week. Jim and Chris also participated.

 

Russ takes home his first Big Boy trophy

Russ takes home his first Big Boy trophy

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March 11th, 2016

Today’s challenge will go down in history as the most exciting Big Boy Challenge ever. I doubt it will ever be topped.

Here’s how it went down: Going into Hole 16, Paul was leading with 5 skins, Russ had 2 and Rob had 1. Kevin’s drive was within a few feet of the basket and with 8 skins riding on it, it looked like he would claim the Big Boy. Paul was the last to possibly save the skins. However, his disc was clinging to the edge of the creek, 30 or 40 feet from the basket. Kevin was probably already thinking of where to display Big Boy. But amazingly Paul sank the putt pushing the skins to hole 17.

Several folks birdied hole 17, so that meant hole 18 was worth 10 skins. 18 is typically a push, so we were all thinking we were in for another “over time” playoff round.

Several golfers shot before James stepped up. He decided to backhand his Valkrie between the trees towards the basket, which is placed just beyond the front on the barn. We all watched it sail straight for the the basket, but just a tad left. Incredibly, it bounced of the side of the barn, just below the window and right in – A HOLE IN ONE!

We all yelled and James feel to the ground in ecstasy. Russ pretended to pump his heart to shock him back to reality. It was a moment you write sport’s novels about, a comeback for the ages.

James retrieving his disc from his Hole in One on 18.
James retrieving his disc from his Hole in One on 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob giving James the Big Boy

Rob giving James the Big Boy

Afterwards we all (Matt, Chris, Kevin, Russ, Paul, James and Rob)  had a great season of prayer.

Big Boy being congratulated for returning to the Gould household.
Big Boy being congratulated for returning to the Gould household.
Jim says we need to send a G.I. Joe crew into rescue him.
Jim says we need to send a G.I. Joe crew into rescue him.

March 4th, 2016

Today’s challenge was the closest yet. We played the three extra holes and 3 participants could still claim the trophy. We decided to play hole two with a tie breaker being the drive closer to the basket. Both Kevin and Rob birdied the hole, but Rob’s drive was about a foot closer.  Kevin finished with 6 skins. Other participants were Matt (4), Paul (2) and Chris.

Rob presenting Big Boy to Rob

 

Big Boy hanging out with new newly hatched chicks.
Big Boy hanging out with new newly hatched chicks.

 

February 26th, 2016

The weather was perfect, but a bit windy. Rob brought the Big Boy home to Buck Forest with 9 skins. Kevin captured 7 skins and Paul 2.

Kevin handing Big Boy to Rob
Kevin handing Big Boy to Rob
Big Boy sitting on the basket at 18
Big Boy sitting on the basket at 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 19th, 2016

It was two in a row for Kevin in the Weekly Big Boy Challenge.  It took overtime to settle the contest.

Kevin finished with 9 skins. Other participants were Paul (6), Russ(4) and James.

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Kevin passing the Big Boy to Kevin
Big Boy was served a rent invoice for his 2 week stay at the Smiths
Big Boy was served a rent invoice for his 2 week stay at the Smiths

February 12th, 2016

Quote from the winner Kevin, “I think my disc hole purchase helped on my short game… thanks all”.

Kevin took the Big Boy trophy with 7 and a half skins.

Last week's winner James awarding the trophy.
Last week’s winner James awarding the trophy.
The victory stance.
The victory stance.

James came in second place with 3 and a half skins. Other participants were Paul (3), Matt (3), Rob (1), Russ and Chris. Great job everyone.

 

February 5th, 2016

It was a spirited Big Boy Skins tournament today at Buck Forest.  Participants were James, Jim, Kevin, Matt, Chris, Russ and Rob.  Everyone brought home some skinage, though some of us had to settle for a partial skin.

James was awarded the Big Boy trophy for this week.

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Big Boy showing off his Bling!

 

 

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