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WMF board meeting 8-10 October 2010


World 19 Nov 2010 at 19:16 | Published by: JJM | Views: 4879 | News search

WMF board meeting 8-10 October 2010 WMF has published a memorandum of its board meeting on 8-10 October 2010 in Bern, Switzerland.

WMF board decided to support the idea of having two minigolf champions each year (strokeplay and matchplay). WMF board recommends that the Technical Committee will modify the tournament modus of international championships with this change in mind.

Brazil and South Africa are deleted from the list of WMF interested nations, because there has been no minigolf competition activity in these countries.

WMF Americas Championships 2010 has to be cancelled, because the negotiations with USPMGA (the traditional organizer of WMF Americas Championships, with the US Masters holding this status every second year) is unwilling to use the full official competition rules of WMF. WMF has tolerated this in the past years, but now wants to find an organizer that would use the full official WMF competition rules.

WMF is trying to get minigolf included in some international multi-sport event. Minigolf was included in World Games 1989 (Karlsruhe, Germany), but since then the World Games Association, nowadays known as SportAccord, has not approved minigolf as a sport sufficiently international and global. The problem is that minigolf is heavily concentrated in Europe, with little activity on other continents.

WMF wishes to organize World Adventure Golf Masters 2011 in Great Britain. In 2012 WMF plans to organize a global series of adventure golf tournaments, which seems to be the form of minigolf that can attract new countries more easily than other forms of minigolf.

» memorandum of WMF board meeting 8-10 October 2010

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United States of America Smitty (Jeffrey Smith)

04 Dec 2010 at 15:28
JJM is so correct! It will be a cold day in hell before north americans accept a MOS event using minigolf balls.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

04 Dec 2010 at 12:22
Americans have for 50+ years played a game with basic golf rules and a golf ball only, with close ideological and emotional ties to the golf community. Expecting them to change their golf-centered world view into a WMF-centered world view is a lot asked.

Besides, playing with one ball is fun and cool. I'm starting to enjoy it ;->

Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

03 Dec 2010 at 20:58
This must be commented from WMF's point of view, because some of the things are not correct. The plan was to organize Americas Championships separately from US Masters, which is completely sanctioned by USPMGA and shall remain so.

Americas Championships is a continental championship like European or Asian Championships. WMF wanted it to be played with WMF rules (including use of golf or minigolf balls as one part of the rules). As far as I know - and as a member of WMF TC I know a bit about this - these were the main issues why the parties didn't find a common way, at least these were the issues from our side we couldn't accept.

WMF continental championships don't have prize money and WMF would never require an organizer to guarantee USD 10.000 prize money (or any other amount). Dennis writes that he doesn't know if this story is true. I don't know what was talked at Masters, but this issue with the prize money is not true.

Wishing further a lively discussion - based on facts.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

03 Dec 2010 at 19:12
Thanks for the background rumours, Dennis. Would be nice to hear what USPMGA has to comment about the situation, what were their major points of disagreement in negotiations with WMF.

If World Putting Tour refers to World Putters Association, that was founded years ago, I don't know when exactly, but I guess at least 5 years ago. Its members have been USPMGA, Czech MOS Association and Hello Minigolf / Kunming.

http://prominigolf.com/worldputters.html

United States of America Putts4Bux (Dennis Biesma)

03 Dec 2010 at 16:52
It's a shame that something couldn't have been worked out between WMF and USPMGA. I don't know the whole story, but what we heard at the Masters this year is that WMF wanted USPMGA to host tournament, using WMF rules, pay for costs of holding tournament, including officials. Then, supposedly, WMF wanted USPMGA to guarantee US$10,000 in prize money. What this sounds like is that the WMF wanted was (american idiom to follow) it's cake and to eat it too. Basically, for USPMGA to take on all risks, but WMF to get all benefits. It seems heavy-handed tactics by WMF to require a large prize money guarantee, when they don't do so for the European mini-golf events that take place under its control.

Whether this is true or not, I do not know. The truth is probably somewhere in between what I've heard from one side, and what WMF would say on the other. From what I've heard, I really don't blame USPMGA for taking the stance of telling the WMF to take a hike (another american idiom). Now USPMGA people have started a new organization, the World Putting Tour, WPT, appearantly to be in direct competition with WMF.

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United Kingdom 18 Nov 2010 at 15:21 | views: 4944 | Comments: 1

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China 07 Nov 2010 at 16:27 | views: 6683 | Comments: 4

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