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WMF defends sovereignty of minigolf, as Golf Federation joins GAISF

World 10 Mar 2009 at 16:58 | Published by: JJM | Views: 4856 | News search

WMF defends sovereignty of minigolf, as Golf Federation joins GAISF To boost the hopes of getting golf played at Olympic Games 2016, International Golf Federation (IGF) plans to join the Olympic GAISF federation in its annual meeting on 27 March 2009 in Denver, Colorado (USA). Golf has been played in Olympic Games two times: in Paris 1900 and in Saint Louis 1904.

The rules of GAISF do not allow two similar games to be members of GAISF. To ensure the sovereignty of minigolf, World Minigolfsport Federation has sent a notification to the board of GAISF, to get clear assurances from International Golf Federation that it will interpret minigolf as an independent game, not a part of golf (in which case minigolf might be governed by IGF instead of WMF).

In mainland Europe, minigolf is generally considered an independent game, as it is played with special minigolf balls and special putters with a rubber. In Great Britain the state authorities regard minigolf as a part of golf. In United States the national minigolf federations have campaigned for decades to be understood as a part of golf, played with the same ball and mostly with the same rules.

A strategic question for minigolf is: Would minigolf have better chances to be recognized as a serious sport, if it is understood as a part of golf (which has been played at Olympic Games, and probably will be played again in future), or if minigolf is understood as an independent sport completely unrelated to golf?

» letter from WMF board to GAISF board
» website of GAISF
» website of International Golf Federation



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Finland JJM (John Mittler)

10 Mar 2009 at 19:19
Golf federations are generally not much interested in minigolf. The expected result of GAISF meeting on 27 March is that International Golf Federation will say that minigolf is not a part of golf, and both games should have their own independent federations.

Austria bub74 (Markus Berger)

10 Mar 2009 at 17:53
Is it really a question? I donīt know if there is an opportunity to get minigolf to olympic games, but to be part of golf would kill even the smallest opportunity. I also donīt see a strategic advantage to be together with golf. Also table tennis would not be as strong as it is today, if it would be together with tennis. Right?

Even I donīt see the advantage for golf federations to have minigolf included? So if there is no advantage, why they should help developing our sport?

Several countries achieved that minigolf is seperated from golf. This also helps to collect money from public organisations such as states or communities. Beeing together with golf also means sharing money ... (this might end-up in a catastrophy)

Any opposite opinions? Maybe I just donīt see the possibilities that would rise, if we pair up with golf. (Even donīt knowing if the would like it!!)

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Gaby Rahmlow wins Danish Matchplay

Denmark 09 Mar 2009 at 20:26 | views: 4854 | Comments: 0

The legendary Gaby Rahmlow, BGC Uerdingen, was the winner at this years Danish Matchplay played in Odense at the indoor eternit course of Putter Team Odense played on March 7th-8th. The cup final against Erling Jensen of Putter Team Odense, was a tight game with ...
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Bertel one more time got the "blues" in Bad-Vöslau

Bertel one more time got the "blues" in Bad-Vöslau

Austria 09 Mar 2009 at 16:53 | views: 4802 | Comments: 0

Jürgen Bertel achieved another "blue" total result in Bad-Vöslau. He scored 99 in five rounds on this 2-day competition to win just ahead of this nationalteam collegues Herbert Ziegler (101) and Manfred Lindmayr (102). Best female player was Jaqueline ...
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Double for Paolo Porta and MGC Novi Ligure in Follonica

Italy 09 Mar 2009 at 12:00 | views: 4166 | Comments: 0

The first national tournament included in the Italian national ranking 2009 has been played in Follonica. 55 players started in this tournament which was played with very nice weather conditions and 15-20°C. It turned out to be a very nice day for Paolo ...
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Double for Paolo Porta and MGC Novi Ligure in Follonica

First Portuguese National Head Coach

First Portuguese National Head Coach

Portugal 08 Mar 2009 at 19:04 | views: 4013 | Comments: 5

After years and years of disagreement about the existence of a National Head Coach, the Portuguese Minigolf Federation decided to nominee André Silva as the first head-coach ever. In the past, coaches were invited for a specific championship and the work was ...
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