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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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New Zealand  camcouper

04 Sep 2017 at 22:18

thanks Pat, i'm hoping to be grouped with them at some point, maybe chat some American sports haha

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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

Setting off For Switzerland (sort of)
23 Sep 2017 at 04:22 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 54 | 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: 170 | 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: 172 | 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: 333 | 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: 282 | 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: 247 | 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: 287 | 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: 439 | 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: 399 | 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: 529 | 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: 301 | 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: 294 | 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: 387 | 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: 1684 | 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: 1215 | 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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