E-mail
Password
Lost password »
Register »
      

LATEST FORUM POST

Argentina  INESfun

22 Feb 2020 at 13:37

There are about 300 recesses on one golf ball, and thanks to them, the ball flies three times farther than a smooth one. ... Balls of the same size...

Go to latest post »


LATEST COMMENT  More »

United States of America  Smitty

20 Oct 2020 at 14:46

Congrats to Rainey and Olivia. Great representation of Texas!

Go to latest comment »




LATEST BLOG POSTS

United Kingdom  Squire | 160 views | 0 comments

08 Jul 2021 at 11:38

Back in action at Aces....


United Kingdom  Squire | 276 views | 0 comments

07 Jul 2021 at 08:49

Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf....


United States of America  PatPenguin | 143 views | 0 comments

03 Jul 2021 at 12:17

Could I Beat Biggy?


All blogs »



POLL

How do you think COVID-19 will impact international minigolf tournaments in 2021?


- No Impact - All Happen as Scheduled

- Minor Impact - A Couple Change Dates

- Major Impact - Several Get Canceled


To vote, you need to log in.


You have to vote to see the results.


Total 3 votes, since 19 Jun 2020.

Recent polls »

United Kingdom Steve Lovell's blog« See all Sheila's blogs

Three Question Series number 9 - The USA
04 Jun 2020 at 21:54 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 940 | Comments: 0
Three Question Series number 9 - The USA
Clockwise from top left: Brian Johnson in the Czech Republic (WMSF), Olivia Prokopova at Hastings after her second WCGC win beating yours truly (Steve Lovell), Tom Loftus exploring another course (A Couple Of Putts)

Hi, it's Steve Lovell. I hope wherever you in the world, this finds you safe and well with those you hold dear. As we all know, minigolf has the incredible power to unite us all and during the time of Covid-19, this is heighetened. I've spoken to a few friends around the world to ask them the same three questions about the situation we face.

How badly has Covid-19 affected your country?

When do you think you could be playing minigolf again?

Have you managed to do any minigolf activities at home, like Puttathome or made any obstacles?

I’m going to tidy up all the remaining interviews in the next day or so and I want to thank all the interviewees for their experiences. We’re back in the US to meet American international Brian Johnson, Olivia Prokopova who has been unable to fly back to the Czech Republic, and Tom Loftus from A Couple Of Putts.

Brian Johnson: The effect on the U.S. has been substantial. Economically, many small businesses have closed permanently causing many lost jobs. Some companies, like Amazon and Best Buy, actually came out ahead because of the stay at home. Politically, this has been horrible for us. The way it has been handled has caused an even greater distrust between our two major parties.

My local tournaments have started back up, so I am getting out and playing again already. Which is a good thing because I was going stir crazy. I have been off work since March 16 with no sign of going back any time soon.

During the stay at home I was able to hit six foot putts in my spare room, but nothing else useful.

Olivia Prokopova: Ok, I have two homes, one in the Czech Republic and one in Houston, Texas, where I live with my boyfriend, Wade Sahmel, who is also team USA member. I am now in Houston because I am not able to fly to Prague because of Covid-19. I had plane ticket for April 23 but they cancelled all flights because situation in the Czech Republic wasn't good. We are small country and we have lots of cases and over 300 deaths and Czech government banned all traveling.

We played an unofficial mini golf tournament in Montgomery, Texas, three weeks ago and we also played three Putt Putt tournaments last weekend so we are back with playing and I am so happy!

I bought little hole and I practice when Wade is on a night shift and it's fun, because we have nine months old Great Dane puppy and he loves mini golf balls so he tries to catch them, so he is my big obstacle. Also, Wade and I practiced one night together. He is better at making obstacles so we had lots of fun.

Tom Loftus: Given that the US is number1 in the world in deaths and infections, I’d say COVID is kicking our butts. Closing in on 100,000 deaths and we’re potentially just in the first phase. Even worse, we’ve also managed to make it a political issue where people are mad about not being able to get haircuts and people are upset about wearing masks. It’s late-May and based on health data and best practices offered by professionals, I’d say we’re going to be in for a long ride and several waves which ultimately leads to more deaths, which isn’t good for businesses, including minigolf.

Robin and I have been lucky. We got to play at a course on National Miniature Golf Day in early May. Over the years, we’ve connected with a few local minigolf course owners over our shared passion for minigolf. We have been worried about these owners and small independent businesses that run on tight profit margins already. We thought a few of the owners may be keen on having us document their courses and share out that these places are still here and will be a place to find joy in the future. This led to an opportunity to film and broadcast live at Big Thrill Factory in Minnesota on May 9. We putted for charity, we talked about ways to connect with the larger minigolf world and competed against each other. One of the best / most normal feeling days of the pandemic by far. Our videos were well received and we’re hoping to play and document at these courses in advance of opening to the public. In Minnesota, many courses may not open until July or August. My wife Robin and I will share our photos and videos on our website and social media as A Couple of Putts. We’re also happy to provide the owners of these courses the files to use in the future for whatever they wish at no charge. Why? We love mini golf and are thrilled to get the opportunity to highlight our favourite places to putt. In the short nine years we’ve been documenting the game, numerous courses we love have closed. We’re sadly expecting to hear news of course closures due to the pandemic. The best minigolf courses provide magical experiences and maintain a happy place in our collective memory. Part of the reason we document these courses is to preserve them for history.

We’ve built and designed mini golf holes for the past seven plus years and have had a functional Lil Bub themed hole in our backyard. I try to play / practice regularly especially now that there is no concern of snow for four to five months. I have been enjoying my Putt18 mat and felt honoured to be in the 4 Nations Cup that Putt18 helped organize online. Early on, we shared as many of the #puttathome creations on our social media and were inspired by all of the creative ways people were approaching the game. I’m especially excited about launching a new video talk show on social media with Pat Sherdian of The Putting Penguin. It’s called “We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Windmill” and we’ll be recapping the episodes of the US minigolf obstacle competition show, Holey Moley, each week. We will also discuss topics about the minigolf world as a whole.

Thank you to all of you. I’ll finish this feature in the coming days. Stay safe, everyone.

Comments
There are no comments

Add comment
Please note that you have to login, to be able to add comments


 

UPCOMING EVENTS   More »

 07 Aug 2021 (1 day)

Red Putter Pro Tournament


 07 Aug 2021 (1 day)

Cambridgeshire and Essex Open


 08 Aug 2021 (1 day)

BMGA Matchplay Doubles


 10 Aug 2021 (5 days)

Youth World Championships


 11 Aug 2021 (4 days)

Senior World Championships


 15 Aug 2021 (1 day)

O-Street Mini Golf $1,000 Tournament


 25 Aug 2021 (4 days)

Open European Championships General Class





LATEST RESULTS   More »

 16 Jul 2021

World Deaf Minigolf Championships

 10 Jul 2021

Worthing Open

 26 Jun 2021

Cardiff Open

 05 Jun 2021

PPA Invitational

 29 May 2021

Midlands Open

 22 May 2021

Senior Nations Cup

 22 May 2021

U23 Nationals Cup




LATEST NEWS

Italy 29 Jun 2021 at 13:06 | 
Italian Federation Celebrates Peace and Sport

Minigolfnews 14 Jun 2021 at 14:15 | 
Minigolf and Bettering the Community – Part 9

Iran 01 Jun 2021 at 12:54 | 
5th round of Iran Minigolf Competition

United States of America 03 May 2021 at 13:39 | 
Kyle Labrecque Wins Tabers' Spring Fling

United States of America 11 Apr 2021 at 13:16 | 
Matt Male Wins 2021 U.S. Open in Florida

Sweden 18 Mar 2021 at 12:01 | 
Swedish Minigolf Tour Gains Title Sponsor

Iran 16 Mar 2021 at 12:31 | 
Minigolf Cup in Hamedan Province of Iran

WMF 15 Mar 2021 at 12:14 | 
WMF signs historic Memorandum of Understanding with UTS

World 08 Mar 2021 at 15:14 | 
WMF wishes all women a happy World Women

Italy 07 Feb 2021 at 13:52 | 
2nd WMF International Minigolf Speed Championships - Save the Date!

United States of America 05 Jan 2021 at 13:46 | 
Pelletier Wins Tabers Holiday Classic