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United States of America  PatPenguin

27 May 2016 at 02:10

That would be excellent. I've been leveraging the BMGA site for information about individual tournament but would love a season long wrap-up!

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24 Apr 2017 at 13:05

Welcome to the blogging club! Will be great to get a perspective on the Swedish leagues to go along with our BMGA experience. I hope to throw in...

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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

Down the Stretch They Come...
24 Jul 2017 at 23:34 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 33 | 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: 231 | 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: 330 | 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: 165 | 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: 170 | 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: 210 | 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: 1539 | 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: 1083 | 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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