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United States of America Patrick Sheridan's blog« See all blogs

Been running The Putting Penguin website since 2001. Entered by first tournament in 2003 and have been hooked on those ever since, playing primarily in local tournaments and USPMGA tournaments. In 2016, I took over as Editor-in-Chief of Minigolfnews.com

Finishing the Master's on a Strong Note
30 Oct 2017 at 12:55 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 453 | Comments: 3
Finishing the Master
Once again, there was a long time between me actually finishing the tournament and getting to this post but I think the extra time was good, being able to think through a few things.
The earliest I had to get up during tournament week was Saturday, the last day of the Masters. Since I wasnít in the top 35, I was in the first wave of players to hit Hawaiian Rumble and we teed off by 7:30am. It was actually nice to play a bit in the ďdarkĒ with the lights on at Rumble but itís tough to play tournament minigolf before the sun comes up. Usually any round before 8am and a bit of coffee is a disaster for me!

Upon getting to the course I try to hit a few balls on some of the easier holes in the attempt to dial in some aces on the final day. Itís during that practice when I hear of a controversial decision that ends up compounding itself and angering quite a few players. In the next few paragraphs, I will warn you that I will be critical and a bit negative so if....

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The Heat is on...
14 Oct 2017 at 02:58 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 411 | Comments: 0
The Heat is on...
Day 1 of the USPMGA Masters starts like most tournament days and Iím up by 6:30am and at Hawaiian Rumble by 7:15am for the player check-in and opening ceremonies. Everyone will meet at Rumble first before splitting into their respective courses for the first five rounds. Instead of doing any practice, I decide to chat with various folks that I havenít seen in a while, or just met, and go about the business of talking tournament and expanding the sport. The weather is warm, but not hot, and at that point the sun has stayed behind the clouds.

The opening ceremonies are great with honor guard, national anthem, and a speech by the mayor. All of the stuff you would expect from a major tournament. The only thing I donít like about the morning meeting (and Iím not being disparaging, just telling it like it is) is that there is virtually no explanation of the rules of the tournament. While most of the players have either played in the Masters or another USPMGA event, I....

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Mastering the Masters...
12 Oct 2017 at 03:14 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 510 | Comments: 0
Mastering the Masters...
This is the first year that I will play in the USPMGA Masters after many years playing in tournaments. The October time has never seemed to be good for me to get to Myrtle Beach and this year was almost no different as I ended up having to go to Missouri for a wedding the weekend before. So instead of heading down early for a few days of practice I was up at 3am on Tuesday morning to make the 14 hour drive to South Carolina from my home in Connecticut. Lucky for me I was armed with plenty of podcasts, audio books and music which I could sing along to in order to keep myself company on the drive (Tom Petty and the Hamilton soundtrack kept me pretty occupied once I got to Virginia).

I was actually pretty happy with the trip as I only hit a bit of traffic around Washington D.C. and the rest was smooth sailing, even if it was lonely at times. By 6pm I was checked into the hotel and meeting with Mark ďThe HighlighterĒ Novicki for a quick bite of dinner and a pint (if you....

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Conquering the Matterhorn
09 Oct 2017 at 18:01 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 239 | Comments: 0
Conquering the Matterhorn
Apologies upfront for the lateness of this blog post. While I had pretty much completed it two things got in the way of me finalizing it: 1) the computer on which I wrote it crashing and me being an idiot and not backing it up and 2) life. But here I am having re-written this lengthy post for you and I think it was true to my original thoughts!

Itís over! Thatís what I was thinking about 5pm on September 23rd as we finished passing out all of the rewards and taking the final pictures of all the winners. What an exhausting day it was between the stress of playing and the stress of running the tournament but I was happy with how both turned out. The 1st Matterhorn International Pro-Am got a great reception by the players and we had some great play to kick off what will hopefully be a multi-year tournament.

The day began at 6am as I got up, grabbed a bit of coffee and headed over to pick up Mark ďThe HighlighterĒ Novicki who asked for a ride the night....

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Setting off For Switzerland (sort of)
23 Sep 2017 at 04:22 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 411 | Comments: 0
Setting off For Switzerland (sort of)
Iím barely done documenting my last tournament when itís time to turn around and get ready for the next one. I guess this is the life of a ďtouring pro!Ē This one will be a little different, though, as Mandy and I are running the tournament via The Putting Penguin. Itís the first time in 4 years weíve run a tournament so weíre excited to bring a ďtour dateĒ back on the schedule, even if itís just a ďlocalĒ at this time. This does mean a whole other set of challenges on top of preparing for the play, which Mandy and I will both be taking part in.

First, the course. Matterhorn Mini Golf is the result of a lot of hard work put in by Autumn Sutherland who determined the theme after spending many years living in Switzerland. The love affair paid off as the course is one of the best Connecticut has to offer. Itís been open for 3 years now and we were involved a bit in the beginning as a sounding board for Autumn to pitch some ideas. The result was a course where all 18....

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Defending a Title - Part 2
18 Sep 2017 at 13:45 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 314 | Comments: 0
Defending a Title - Part 2
Now itís game time! Iím up at 6:30 AM and I quietly shower and get out of the hotel room without waking the wife or son. After grabbing a bagel and coffee at the hotelís breakfast I make my way over to the course. Itís a beautiful late summer day in Boothbay with a slight chill in the air and sunny skies. Iím not the first one to the course, with John and Highlighter beating me there. I have time to sneak in two more practice rounds, shooting a 35 and a 39. I was as ready as I will ever be.

As the tournament has gotten smaller in recent years and registration a little more ďlaxĒ we donít really know who will be playing until itís time to tee off. Itís a small group this year, just 10 of us, but they are almost all contenders including Lee who has actually never won his own tournament. Iím paired with Randy Rice, one of the largest people on the USPMGA tour. You may also have seen him in commercials or on the show ďSmartest Guys in the RoomĒ that was on the History....

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Defending a Title Ė Part 1
17 Sep 2017 at 14:11 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 314 | Comments: 0
Defending a Title Ė Part 1
When tournament blogging Iíve been trying to do at least one post pre-tournament with some stuff to look forward to and then one post-tournament as a wrap up. However, with a crazy travel schedule leading up to the Maine State Dolphin Open, I didnít have the chance so Iíll be doing a two-part blog after the event. Hopefully both parts will keep you entertained as you read it on your commute, while waiting in line or while using the toilet (I know thatís where most of you are reading this). Iím going to try to sneak another post in prior to our upcoming Matterhorn International Pro-Am.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this yearís Maine State Dolphin Open is the first time I will be rolling into a semi-major tournament as the defending champion. My goal this year was not necessarily to defend the title, although that would be nice, but to have a strong showing to prove that the prior year wasnít just a fluke. The difficult thing is that I wonít be getting much....

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Getting Pummeled on the Course
25 Aug 2017 at 13:27 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 489 | Comments: 0
Getting Pummeled on the Course
It was after the first day of the Farmington Miniature Golf tournament that I realized sometimes one can have too high expectations when one takes minigolf tournaments as seriously as some of us do. Most people would have been very happy to be tied for 3rd after two rounds, yet there I sat annoyed at my play during the second round and wondering what could have been. Not that it mattered though, a beat down was in place and Iíll get to how badly we all got smacked later.

The first day started earlier than any Saturday ever should. My alarm was set for 5:45 but I ended up being woken up quite a bit earlier than that by our cat. She finally decided to catch the mouse that had been running around our house this week and woke me up at 3:30 that morning by crunching loudly on the mouseís head next to my bedside. After removing the rest of the headless mouse from her (it was my estimate that she had enough of the fresh meat) I slept off and on until the alarm went off.....

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Just a few practice rounds...
19 Aug 2017 at 04:03 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 415 | Comments: 0
Just a few practice rounds...
My plan was to hit a few practice rounds this afternoon as my last preparation for the tournament tomorrow. A ďfewĒ turned into 8 rounds over 4 hours! Luckily the heavy stuff didnít come down for a while, so all I was left with was incredibly humid air and a few sprinkles. Overall I was content with my rounds, bringing the total practice rounds for this tournament to 15. Itís sort of the same feeling I had prior to the U.S. Open rounds. I had done ok, but I knew I could do better. Iím hoping perhaps to get a repeat performance from the Open where I did just that. My average for the rounds was 39.8 which is about a stroke higher than I would have liked to seen it. Depending on the round a different hole seemed to kill my score though for the most part I was finding a decent amount of aces to offset the bogies (and in some cases double and triple bogies), even if some of them were rather lucky. I ended practice with only one hole below par and one at even Ė not exactly what Iíd....

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It's Time for Locals!
16 Aug 2017 at 14:18 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 356 | Comments: 0
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Now that the U.S. Open itís time to turn my attention to a busy couple of months of tournaments. August and September is when I do most of my tournament playing given the availability of events local to me (within a few hour drive). If I were a single man and could do crazy road trips I could play two tournaments in one weekend about 8 hours apart from each other. Alas, I am happy with my family and am not that completely insane when it comes to tournament play.

My upcoming tournament schedule features the Farmington Miniature Golf (FMG) Tournament (August 19 & 20), the Maine State Dolphin Open (September 9), the Matterhorn International Pro-Am (September 23) and hopefully the USPMGA Masters (October 12-14). Iíll save the Masters talk for another blog but want to talk briefly about the other three, including the start of my preparations for the FMG. Each of these tournaments brings a different set of challenges that set them apart from each other and a tournament....

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Welcome Cameron Couper!
31 Jul 2017 at 13:28 | Posted in: General | Views: 404 | Comments: 0
Welcome Cameron Couper!
Minigolfnews: We'd like to welcome Cameron Couper from New Zealand as our newest blogger on Minigolfnews. Cameron is a relatively new competitive minigolf player and will be providing some local perspective on the growing miniature golf scene "down under" as well as some thoughts on playing the major international tournaments. His first post is below and future posts will be under his username.

Who knew that there was a mini golf world championship, that you could play the game as a competitive sport as well as a fun activity while on holiday in the summer time with friends.

I certainly didnít, well I kind of knew vaguely that there was some sort of championship somewhere in the world, but not to the extent that Iíve now come to find out about.

Late last year I found out that the New Zealand mini golf federation were looking at hosting the first ever New Zealand open, I thought to myself that this could be something that would....

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Down the Stretch They Come...
24 Jul 2017 at 23:34 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 543 | Comments: 0
Down the Stretch They Come...
I was so exhausted from the weekend I had to take a bit of break before getting back to my last post from the U.S. Open. It's amazing what up to 12 hours of putting, in the 90 degree heat, over 5 days will do to a person. It was probably as much mental exhaustion as physical given that over 350 putts all called for concentration and mental acuity to get them made.

To kick off day 2 of the Open I was up at 6am and at the course just after 7am. I was surprised at how calm I was. Normally when I do well in a tournament, especially of this caliber, I've got the jitters and am constantly thinking about how do I keep my place. This time out, however, I was only thinking about the fact that I knew I could deuce every hole and get a few aces as well, which would be good enough for some good scores.

Practice was simple - just a short walk around the course, hitting a couple of balls and testing out the speeds. I wasn't changing any shots at this point.....

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US Open Day 1
22 Jul 2017 at 04:17 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 528 | Comments: 0
US Open Day 1
Itís finally here Ė the first day of the 2017 U.S. Open. Time to put all that practice to work. I arrived at the course around 7am and a great many of the players were already there practicing. I was surprised to see how good a condition the course was in after last nightís storm but in talking with John Forbes (who is co-running the tournament) he mentioned the grounds crew as out there cleaning up early this morning. Kudos to them on doing an amazing job. I also was pleasantly surprised to see my mug on the giant board with some of the best players of the tournament. Not sure I will ever get that level of infamy again until I get to winning a major tournament. I practiced a few holes where I wanted to try my best to get some aces but didnít overwork myself. I felt I had what I needed to get the tournament started.

At around 8:30 everyone came in for the opening ceremonies. They went all out this time. We had the National Anthem, a few speeches, a ribbon....

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US Open Eve
21 Jul 2017 at 02:48 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 663 | Comments: 0
US Open Eve
Well here we are on the eve of the tournament. Today was a very sweaty day of practice as the temperatures were in the mid-80s by 8am and settled around the low 90s the whole day with some intense humidity. Most of the rounds were brutal for the middle of the course that was in direct sunlight.

I spent the first part of the morning charting shots again with Danny Baddeley, then we turned our attention playing a few more practice rounds. The first few I was playing cleaner than yesterday but with less aces. However, that brought my overall score down a bit before sliding up the rest of the day. During the afternoon, Matt Bellner (who many of you know for his bright outfits and wonderful personality) arrived and I played a quick round with him on his first go-around for the course. Overall, including the North/South rounds below, I will have played 24 practice rounds at around an average over just over 38, which I was happy with. It's about where I ended up in 2014.....

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US Open T-Minus 2 Days
20 Jul 2017 at 04:05 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 400 | Comments: 0
US Open T-Minus 2 Days
Today at the not-too- early hour of 8am as I swung by Dunkin Donuts for a quick bite and a coffee before kicking off the putting. I was bit surprised to see the volume of people on the course at 8:30 but perhaps it was because people were trying to get in as much putting in as possible before it got too hot. By the time I took a break around 2pm, the temperatures had reached into the low 90s and as I've mentioned before there is very little shade on the course. I saw that most of the Connecticut crew had arrived and were already out working on a few shots. While most of the Europeans, including my friends in the UK, often talk about which minigolf club they belong to, we really don't have the same concept here in the States. So mostly we just align ourselves by geography when it comes to side hustles or bragging rights. Thereís already some discussion of a North vs South bit to be had and usually we played for the Connecticut cup at these tournaments where a group of us our....

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US Open T-Minus 3 Days
19 Jul 2017 at 04:12 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 384 | Comments: 0
US Open T-Minus 3 Days
Today it was time to return South for a few days of practice leading up to the two day event of the US Open. I left about mid-morning from Connecticut and made the trip to mid-New Jersey in a comfortable 3 hours and 30 minutes, listening to recaps of Game of Thrones the whole way. I checked into the hotel first before heading to the course. The past few years my wife, dog and then child have been traveling with me to the US Open and we were undecided about the plans for this year. They decided to stay home (at least for the practice days) but I still had booked a rather spacious suite just in case so I get to enjoy a multi-story room with a full kitchen. It's a Marriott and getting the upgrade to the way-too-large room is just one of the perks from all of my travels for work. While I enjoy having my family around to provide support, putting in hours of practice is a bit easier when you just have to worry about your own welfare.

It was a quick stop at the hotel....

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And So It Begins...
04 Jul 2017 at 14:26 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 512 | Comments: 0
And So It Begins...
I'm taking a bit of a break from writing articles for the site to hit up a few blog posts around the 2017 U.S. Open. Previously I had done this on The Putting Penguin site, but have moved over here to keep in line with our other blogs. A bit later I'll also be talking about the tournament we are helping to run and what goes into both sides of getting competitive minigolf off the ground.

This year the U.S. Open tournament returns to Bluegrass Minigolf in Oceanport, NJ for the 2nd time and the tournament will be held on July 21st and 22nd. It will be a 10 round tournament. The last time it was held here, Matt McCaslin took the top spot.

The U.S. Open has been the one USPMGA event I've played fairly regularly, especially over the past four years. The last time it was at Bluegrass, I finished my best to date (12th) and was actually pretty excited to move up from 20th on the last day of the competition. I'm hoping this year to do even better but I'm not....

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Taking on the Competition in Cardiff
03 Nov 2016 at 13:04 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1860 | Comments: 0
Taking on the Competition in Cardiff
Editor's Note: We welcome back Steve Lovell who is bringing us another post, this one from the Welsh Open in Cardiff.


Thursday: Part of me is delighted, almost elated, to be heading down to the second ever Welsh Open in the morning. Another chance to be shut off in my own little putting bubble, forgetting about all the worries of the world. Part of me almost questions my sanity for wanting to get to Cardiff for opening, which means waking up at 5.15 am. Also at this point, I would like to add that I have involved someone else in these plans, a tour veteran named Terry Exall. My idea of an early night is scuppered by staying up to watch TSN Top 10 plays videos on YouTube. Just one more can't hurt and then, I see the time. Blast.


Friday: I feel amazingly fresh ahead of the four hour drive to Wales, punctuated by meeting Terry around 75 miles from the venue. Bearing in mind we both have around a journey of 120 miles from differing....

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A Player's Look at the British Open
30 Sep 2016 at 16:42 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 1412 | Comments: 0
A Player
Editor's Note: We're posting this blog on behalf of Steve Lovell who was kind enough to volunteer his insight as a player at the 2016 British Open held in Hastings. It's one of several items we are posting about the British Open and hope you enjoy the coverage.

It's that time of year again, those without international commitments have to wait nearly two months to put right what went wrong last time. I'm Steve Lovell, a touring minigolfer on the British tour and this is my British Open story.

Wednesday: Coming home from work and rushing down a meal, this is my only night of the week to myself, having received a guest from out of town for a few days. I throw a number of clothes in the direction of the bag and print off my notes for the Pirate Course in Hastings. I had only previously visited the track ten days earlier but had no practice due to an accident on the way down. 'The notes. They'll be fine,' I thought. I try to get an early night. No luck.

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