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Time for Lobstah Ė Part 2
17 Sep 2018 at 13:24 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1107 | Comments: 0
Time for Lobstah Ė Part 2
Me and Randy

This is Part 2 of my trip to Maine for the 25th Maine State Dolphin Open. You can see part 1 in my blog archives.

Day of the tournament is finally here and Highlighter gives me a ride to the course. The pairings are drawn that morning and Iím playing with Terri Lawson from Pennsylvania, who I know from many years at this tournament. Iím feeling good but immediately shank my first putt. Luckily itís not too bad as I watch it hit off the brick and careen towards the hole Ė and gods be praised I get a lucky double bounce and itís in for an unconventional ace! I hope thatís a good sign of things to come. It would be on that hole at least as I would ace it four times in a row (the last three being more ďtraditionalĒ in style).

Iím feeling good about my round, especially when I ace the double-decker 13 (which is all about speed to the small center hole up top) to go one under. Then disaster strikes on the loop at 14. I swear Iím good for this once a tournament, and I didnít do it during practice, but I miss the loop one my first stroke. This is what happens when you try to outsmart the hole and put a little angle on the shot. Sometimes the best way to play a hole is just like you would if playing with friends, just whack it through the loop. I was trying to avoid the risk of a long second putt, which on this hole can have one of the most severe breaks youíll see on the course, and instead left myself with a longer and way more difficult second putt. After getting it through the loop, I was still left with the putt I feared and I choked on it, taking a 4 and going to one over.

This leads to one of the hardest things in our sport Ė shaking off one bad hole and realizing that one hole doesnít impact the next. This is especially hard in a situation like this where the next hole is the often bogied hole 15 (I bogied it every time in practice) and nowís not the time to drop another stroke. However, Iím able to compose myself and get down on 15 for the two. Iíd end the round one-over, which was a decent start even though I heard of a first round 34 by John OíLeary. Iíd come back in the second round with a vengeance though, carding 4 aces and no drops for a 32. Not only would this tie for the low round of the tournament but I also aced 15 and being the first person to do so, I earned $100. This has been a tournament tradition and I actually think itís the first time Iíve aced 15 in a tournament round. I finish the first two rounds in second place, one off the lead (John).

Iím paired with John for the afternoon rounds and they are good, not great, with a 36 and 35, leaving me 4 under through four rounds (even after my second four of the day, this time on hole 18). While itís not stellar Iím sitting in first place by a stroke!

For the fifth round, Iím once again paired with John and I take yet another 4 (this time on 13 where I left my first shot well short) and after carding a 37 Iím down by two strokes to Randy Rice who has charged to the front with a 34 and 33 the last couple of rounds. If youíve never seen Randy, heís hard to miss, standing well over six feet and with the size of a linebacker. Heís also been on TV from time to time, in commercials, on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and most notably a season of his own show on the History Channel called The Smartest Guy in the Room where he did take some time to display his minigolf prowess. He comes to the tournament with some friends from NY and itís always great to see these group of guys. Iím always happy to see him do well as I edged him out for first back in 2016. Iím between feelings at this point Ė on the one hand I know I can overcome two strokes on this course with a hot run of putts, but on the other hand Randy is on fire and looks like heíd have the wherewithal to stay with him. I also need to consider that Highlighter is only two strokes behind me and I know heís gunning for a big finish. Rounding out the final foursome will be Steve hill from Maine, whoís a longtime player of this tournament and is on one of his best runs during a tournament Ė so itís great to see him up here with us ďyoungĒ guys.

The whole situation gets put to the test on the second hole after our foursome surprisingly all deuces the first hole. After a rough hole by Steve, Highlighter aces, cutting into my lead by one. Iím up next and I follow with an ace, keeping my two stroke lead and then cutting into Randyís by one. Randy isnít fazed though and he follows with another ace and weíre back to where we started. Things get tight over the front nine as I canít cut into the lead and in fact give up two more strokes so heís sitting at four to the good by the turn. Highlighter also has caught up to me as I only shot par and he came put up a 16.

Randy didnít slow down at all on the back nine either, carding another 16 without a flaw. It was impossible to catch him in those final rounds and my hats off to him on getting his first win in a tournament heís played and loved so much. I managed a very clean back nine, netting one ace on 16 to finish with a 35 and retain my second place finish. Overall I was happy with the finish. My rounds were pretty consistent and I was very happy that I had no ďblow upĒ round this tournament, with my wort score being a 37. There was a couple of cracks in the day that Iíd like to fill but thereís always room for improvement in any tournament.

My attention now has to turn to our own tournament, the 2nd Matterhorn International Pro-Am. It will be a busy week starting with the league night tonight, practice on Friday and the tournament on Saturday. Itís double duty for me making sure I both am ready to play in the tournament and am ready to run the tournament. If you want to get some early betting in the favorites are going to be Highlighter (last yearís winner and winner of the Farmington tournament this year) and Randy (coming off the Maine win and who finished 7th last year). Iíll have some blogs from that tournament as well so look forward to more minigolf discussion!

***The views expressed in this blog are solely the views of the writer and do not represent the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF), Minigolfnews.com or any other organization that the writer may be associated with unless expressly stated in the blog***

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