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22 Feb 2020 at 13:37

There are about 300 recesses on one golf ball, and thanks to them, the ball flies three times farther than a smooth one. ... Balls of the same size...

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25 Feb 2020 at 12:55

Really wish I lived closer to Putt Putt action to join the fun. Will have to make drive one of these days to get to a couple of events.

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Making it Annual
22 Sep 2018 at 04:11 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1397 | Comments: 0
Making it Annual
Hole 13 and 14 today

One of the most difficult things about success is following it up with more success. Thatís true when both playing in miniature golf tournaments and running them. Last year we had the opportunity to run the 1st Matterhorn International Pro-Am, over at Matterhorn Mini Golf in Canton, CT and we had a beautiful day of weather and over 30 people play between the two divisions. This is a fair amount for a local tournament, running for the first time. The question on our mind this year was if we could replicate those types of numbers or even exceed them.

As of the time of this writing, it looks like weíll have a slightly smaller field than last year (we had a lot of sign-ups the day of last year so who knows what Saturday will bring) but the pro division looks like itís going to be super competitive. This year we expanded the paying places to 8th and it looks like we got a couple of people to jump from amateur to pro as a result. This is awesome, and the same exact path I took way back in the day. I felt I had reached as far as I could go on the amateur side, looked at the pro payouts and thought them attainable and I made the jump, never looking back. I hope the same holds true for these folks. The even better part is that weíre getting a lot of interest in the amateur side and I hope that continues a pipeline of people wanting to take a chance at the next level of miniature golf.

Since this is the second year, I feel like weíve almost hit our stride in terms of what we need to do to make the tournament a success. We know the format and the best way to make sure we keep things on time. Weíve added bits and pieces to our rules listing and players meeting to try to give people as much information as possible to understand what they are doing and enjoy the tournament. We also seem to have all the staff lined up that we need (including picture takers). The weather even looks like it going to cooperate with it being on the cooler side and overcast, perfect putting weather.

Given that Iím actually feeling pretty good about running the tournament, although Iíll always be a little nervous/stressed until its over. This means I can try to turn my attention to my play. This summer, Autumn over at Matterhorn ran a drop-in league on Monday nights. Itís served as a good way to drum up someone business on a slower night plus try to get people to try it and maybe come back for the tournament. For those of us already in the tournament, itís just another way to get some cheaper practice, which was needed as Autumn adjusted hole 18 this year, moving the pin placement. I played in three weeks, winning all three weeks, and I shot ok overall, averaging just around a 40 for the rounds. It was around where I shot for the tournament last year but I know itís not going to be good enough for the win.

My main problem seemed to be that while I was doing well on some of the tougher holes and holding steady, or even picking up a stroke, I was dropping strokes on some of the easier holes when I was trying to be more aggressive on the ace shots. This year I decided to go straight Chromax ball for all of the holes this year, versus using some of the European balls. I just donít have enough time to practice using the other balls even though I know there is an advantage to be to had on a couple of the holes.

Today at practice was a bit more of the same, though I did bring my average down for the five rounds I played to under 40. Overall that makes me feel pretty good going into the tournament tomorrow, which is good because I know I have a lot of other things to take care of this evening to get ready to administer the tournament.

So what are my predictions for this year?
- Iím going to crack the top 4 again
- I think winner of the pro tier will again shoot under 40 and be better than the 39.6 average from last year, but not by much
- The hole-in-one winner will have at least 8 aces
- Thereís going to be at least one playoff for a paying spot.

Now itís time for my bookmaker side to come out, so hereís my Vegas odds for winning the pro division:
- Highlighter Ė 2 to 1 (past winner, coming off a win and 3rd place last two tournaments)
- Randy Rice Ė 4 to 1 (Maine State Open champion and played well here last year)
- Justin Seymour Ė 7 to 1 (2nd last year and always competitive for the top spot in a local)
- Me Ė 7 to 1 (for more or less the same reasons as Justin)
- Dylan Koerner Ė 12 to 1 (good showing at Farmington, might be a dark horse)
- Field Ė 20 to 1 (will be tough to crack past the top guys but no one is really out of the running with only 5 rounds at this course).

Iíll be back post tournament with a review of how everything goes!

***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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