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France  Jeeb

13 Dec 2018 at 04:13

Hi Pat! Thanks for your answer. Yes, I saw both websites already, and I also already contacted Urban Crazy. Maybe I'm wrong but their products...

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02 Aug 2019 at 16:18

Great stuff. Been wonderful to see minigolf used in various different ways to help under-represented sections of the community.

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If miniature golf was to be in the Olympics, which style of course would you like to see played?


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Gary Shiff Wins Balmy Ice Breaker Open


United States of America 31 Jan 2018 at 13:44 | Published by: PatPenguin | Views: 3269 | News search

Gary Shiff Wins Balmy Ice Breaker Open
Gary Shiff  (Photo by Elmer Lawson/Randy Bloch)

Having a tournament outside in the Northeast United States in January is always a crap shoot when it comes to the weather. With the name "Ice Breaker" in the title, one would expect below freezing temperatures and a lot of snow and ice on the ground, but this weekend proved a bit different. Temperatures soared into the 40s and 50s(F) and provided an excellent stage for the 20 players to take their shot at the top of the leaderboard.

The Ice Breaker Tournament has it roots back in the 2009 inaugural tournament organized by Gary Shiff at the Knoles'N'Holes course in Bozrah, CT. That course customarily held a fall tournament and the winter edition did see some ice on the holes as well as variety in styles of play, including being able to use hockey sticks as putters. The tournament has been on hiatus for a few years and came back strong this year under organizer Elmer Lawson. The 2018 edition was played on the Putt U course in Center Valley, PA, which is a difficult and long course, and home of the 2016 U.S. Open. It was a two round tournament, one round played on each the red and blue courses.

The tournament saw a mix of local and USPMGA players and it was no surprise that the podium scores were close, separated by one stroke each. In a fun bit of the universe smiling, Gary Shiff would win the reincarnation of the tournament, shooting a 92 for the two rounds. Despite the difference in the courses, he shot a 46 on both with the same number of 2s, 3s and a five. He would be closely followed by fellow USPMGA minigolfer Elmer Lawson with a 93 and Ken Bowley, former winner of the annual course tournament, would take 3rd with a 94. Elmer would charge back from a 50 and give Gary a run with a 43 during the second round but fell just short of taking the top spot. That score would also prove to be the low round of the day.

Tournament organizer Elmer Lawson had this to say about the event, "It was a great turnout. Everyone had fun. I do believe we can make it an annual event."

We also caught up with Gary Shiff after the event. "I haven't played much these last 12 years as I had from 1995-2005, so I was just hoping to be competitive enough and whatever happens, happens. It was also great playing with Elmer Lawson again. I have so many fond memories of our tournaments throughout the Northeast, as well as playing on a few Team USA's. Since each course is very long, I was a bit concerned that only 1 hour of practice would not be enough, but the course played pretty much the same as I remembered it from the last time I played there (2016 US Open) and I was able to dig up my old course notes and make a PDF to look at on my cellphone. The courses were both in great shape and we lucked out with the weather as the temps nearly reached 50 degrees (10 Celsius)."

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A Swedish Tradition Attracts the Very Best in the World

Sweden 28 Jan 2018 at 15:15 | views: 3890 | Comments: 0

The 16th edition of the indoor miniature marathon was held in Eskilstuna on January 20-21, 2018. This marathon is a tradition for most of the Swedish minigolfers. The 54 pairs that have the chance to attend the 30 hours long battle on the miniature course in the ...
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Elmer Lawson Slays Monsters in First Leg of Winter Tour

Elmer Lawson Slays Monsters in First Leg of Winter Tour

United States of America 16 Jan 2018 at 02:43 | views: 3137 | Comments: 0

The Greater Baltimore Mini Golf Tour kicked off its Winter Tour on January 13, 2018 with an event at the Columbia, Maryland Monster Mini Golf. The tour will have four events, one each month through April, all played at one of two locations of the indoor ...
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Minigolf Tour 2017 Wraps Up in Portugal

Portugal 12 Jan 2018 at 13:40 | views: 2846 | Comments: 0

The Minigolf Tour 2017 in Portugal wrapped up play the weekend of January 6, 2018. The Tour consisted of 3 events starting in October at “União Desportiva Praiense” in the Azores, moving to Family Golf Park, Vilamoura in November for the second leg and finishing ...
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Miniature Golf and Bettering the Community - Part 6

Miniature Golf and Bettering the Community - Part 6

World 09 Jan 2018 at 13:45 | views: 2791 | Comments: 0

We're going to start 2018 off right by taking a moment to look at more ways that miniature golf is helping many communities execute on the theme of helping others. You can visit Part 5 of this series to take a look at the last events we highlighted. In our ...
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