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Justin Seymour Wins 2nd Matterhorn International Pro-Am


United States of America 26 Sep 2018 at 13:13 | Published by: PatPenguin | Views: 4934 | News search

Justin Seymour Wins 2nd Matterhorn International Pro-Am
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The second running of the Matterhorn International Pro-Am was held on September 22, 2018 at Matterhorn Mini Golf in Canton, CT. This year saw 13 players enter the five round pro division and an additional 18 play in the three round amateur division, with a third of the pro field being made up of USPMGA players. It was a beautiful day with partly cloudy skies and a nice cool temperature – a quintessential New England fall day and perfect for putting.

The course provides a variety of different putting challenges with a score of sub-40 considered good on most days. This day the course would not give out many of those scores as the pros would find out. In the first two rounds, the only sub-40 scores were shot by Anna Wallace who held the lead after two rounds but slipped to second with a 43 in the third round. Justin Seymour would take over the top spot by two strokes after hitting his first sub-40 round of the tournament, carding a 118 for the morning session. Behind these top two was a logjam as third through tenth were only separated by three strokes, a testament to how difficult it is to pick up aces on the course to pull away from the pack.

With the morning out of the way and lunch in everyone’s stomachs, the pros took to the course for the 4th round, and similar to last year we saw the scores start to drop. Round 4 (average of 41.3) and round 5 (average of 41.1) would have the lowest average scores for the pro field, showing that the competition stepped up as players looked to make the money. The charge was lead by Danny Olejnik who shot three aces and carded a 37 in the fourth round (tied the tournament record) and then a 38 in the final round to seal a second place finish. Steven Langlois, the amateur winner from 2017, would make a similar move carding two 39s to finish in third place. Pat Sheridan would also shoot a 39 in round 4, with a 40 in round 5, to secure fourth place for the second year in a row. The average of the top eight paying places over the final two rounds was only 40.1, showing how close everyone played.

At the end of the fourth round, the backup was even greater than after round 3, with only three strokes separating second from tenth place, meaning anyone could move around over the last 18 holes. The only constant was Seymour, who had a four stroke lead going into the final round and with two aces on the front nine, carded a 39 and kept his hold on first place, winning $500 and the coveted “goat” trophy.

It was excitement in the rest of the pack. Olejnik and Langlois were tied for second heading into the final round and Olejnik’s solid 38 just squeaked out the second place spot by one stroke. His ace on 17 to Langlois’ three swung the score in his favor headed into the last hole. Sheridan, who held a one-shot lead over five people behind him, carded the 40 to keep fourth place by one stroke over Wallace and recent Maine Open winner Randy Rice, who tied for 5th. There was a three-way tie for the last two playing places between Brian Coscina, 2017 champion Mark “The Highlighter” Novicki and Robert Boisvert. This lead to a playoff on the 15th hole where Coscina and Novicki aced the hole to Boisvert’s deuce, leaving him the odd man out. Wallace would close out the awards with a tournament record ten aces over the five rounds to win the hole-in-one plaque.

Pro Division Winners
Pro Division Winners

On the amateur side, things were just as close at the top of the leaderboard. After three rounds and some scores that would have given the pros a run for their money, Dan Hurley and David Hudon were tied at the top with a 125. This forced a playoff from hole one which went to hole three until an unfavorable bounce left Hudon with a long second shot, which just missed the hole and Dan carded the deuce. Andrew Thurston came in third, one stroke behind the leaders and Rand Cooper rounded out the top four one stroke behind Thurston. The amateur winners all walked away with various prize packs.

Amateur Division Winners
Amateur Division Winners

“It was a great day for a tournament and I’m glad we had so many people come out for both divisions,” said Sheridan, whose Putting Penguin team organized the tournament. “I was excited to see how close the pro division was as we entered the final rounds and you could feel the tension and excitement among the players. It made for a great atmosphere and I’m happy to see Justin grab the win. I also want to thank Autumn and the staff at Matterhorn for hosting the event and having the course in great condition for the tournament. It looks like it will be an event people will come back to every year.”

Pro Division Top 8

1st – Justin Seymour – 198 ($500)
2nd – Danny Olejnik – 201 ($250)
3rd – Steven Langlois – 202 ($150)
4th – Pat Sheridan – 204 ($100)
T-5th- Anna Wallace & Randy Rice – 205 ($50)
T-7th – Brian Coscina & Highlighter Novicki – 207 ($50)

Final scores pro division and amateur division.



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Ricard Lockner Overall Winner At Swedish Adventure Golf Masters

Sweden 14 Sep 2018 at 13:49 | views: 4862 | Comments: 1

The Swedish Adventure Golf Masters (SAGM) was played at Sundbybergs BGK on September 1-2, 2018. This was the first ever Swedish Championships that was played on an MOS-course, marking a historical event for miniature golf in Sweden and it wasn’t all Swedes who ...
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Ricard Lockner Overall Winner At Swedish Adventure Golf Masters

Randy Rice Wins 25th Maine State Dolphin Open

Randy Rice Wins 25th Maine State Dolphin Open

United States of America 12 Sep 2018 at 20:02 | views: 5238 | Comments: 0

Boothbay, Maine - The Maine State Dolphin Open is one of the longest running miniature golf tournaments in the United States and has been held on the weekend after Labor Day at Dolphin Mini Golf for 25 years. Until recently this tournament was a ten round, two day ...
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Interview with Olivia Prokopova

Czech Republic 30 Aug 2018 at 14:37 | views: 4912 | Comments: 0

Over the past couple of years reporting for Minigolfnews, Steve Lovell has caught up with some of the great characters from our sport. Olivia Prokopova is next in the firing line, taking time to talk about her early beginnings, what it’s like to see competitive ...
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Interview with Olivia Prokopova

37th Farmington Tournament Highlighted by New Winner

37th Farmington Tournament Highlighted by New Winner

United States of America 22 Aug 2018 at 14:03 | views: 4953 | Comments: 0

Farmington, Connecticut, USA – The 37th running of this local tournament looked like it was going to be a blow out after day one, but turned into a tough nail biter at the end of the second day. Three rounds were played, two on Saturday August 18th and one on ...
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