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Time for Lobstah Part 2
17 Sep 2018 at 13:24 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 479 | Comments: 0
Time for Lobstah  Part 2
Me and Randy

This is Part 2 of my trip to Maine for the 25th Maine State Dolphin Open. You can see part 1 in my blog archives.

Day of the tournament is finally here and Highlighter gives me a ride to the course. The pairings are drawn that morning and Im playing with Terri Lawson from Pennsylvania, who I know from many years at this tournament. Im feeling good but immediately shank my first putt. Luckily its not too bad as I watch it hit off the brick and careen towards the hole and gods be praised I get a lucky double bounce and its in for an unconventional ace! I hope thats a good sign of things to come. It would be on that hole at least as I would ace it four times in a row (the last three being more traditional in style).

Im feeling good about my round, especially when I ace the double-decker 13 (which is all about speed to the small center hole up top) to go one under. Then disaster strikes on the loop at 14. I swear Im good for this once a tournament, and I didnt do it during practice, but I miss the loop one my first stroke. This is what happens when you try to outsmart the hole and put a little angle on the shot. Sometimes the best way to play a hole is just like you would if playing with friends, just whack it through the loop. I was trying to avoid the risk of a long second putt, which on this hole can have one of the most severe breaks youll see on the course, and instead left myself with a longer and way more difficult second putt. After getting it through the loop, I was still left with the putt I feared and I choked on it, taking a 4 and going to one over.

This leads to one of the hardest things in our sport shaking off one bad hole and realizing that one hole doesnt impact the next. This is especially hard in a situation like this where the next hole is the often bogied hole 15 (I bogied it every time in practice) and nows not the time to drop another stroke. However, Im able to compose myself and get down on 15 for the two. Id end the round one-over, which was a decent start even though I heard of a first round 34 by John OLeary. Id come back in the second round with a vengeance though, carding 4 aces and no drops for a 32. Not only would this tie for the low round of the tournament but I also aced 15 and being the first person to do so, I earned $100. This has been a tournament tradition and I actually think its the first time Ive aced 15 in a tournament round. I finish the first two rounds in second place, one off the lead (John).

Im paired with John for the afternoon rounds and they are good, not great, with a 36 and 35, leaving me 4 under through four rounds (even after my second four of the day, this time on hole 18). While its not stellar Im sitting in first place by a stroke!

For the fifth round, Im once again paired with John and I take yet another 4 (this time on 13 where I left my first shot well short) and after carding a 37 Im down by two strokes to Randy Rice who has charged to the front with a 34 and 33 the last couple of rounds. If youve never seen Randy, hes hard to miss, standing well over six feet and with the size of a linebacker. Hes also been on TV from time to time, in commercials, on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and most notably a season of his own show on the History Channel called The Smartest Guy in the Room where he did take some time to display his minigolf prowess. He comes to the tournament with some friends from NY and its always great to see these group of guys. Im always happy to see him do well as I edged him out for first back in 2016. Im between feelings at this point on the one hand I know I can overcome two strokes on this course with a hot run of putts, but on the other hand Randy is on fire and looks like hed have the wherewithal to stay with him. I also need to consider that Highlighter is only two strokes behind me and I know hes gunning for a big finish. Rounding out the final foursome will be Steve hill from Maine, whos a longtime player of this tournament and is on one of his best runs during a tournament so its great to see him up here with us young guys.

The whole situation gets put to the test on the second hole after our foursome surprisingly all deuces the first hole. After a rough hole by Steve, Highlighter aces, cutting into my lead by one. Im up next and I follow with an ace, keeping my two stroke lead and then cutting into Randys by one. Randy isnt fazed though and he follows with another ace and were back to where we started. Things get tight over the front nine as I cant cut into the lead and in fact give up two more strokes so hes sitting at four to the good by the turn. Highlighter also has caught up to me as I only shot par and he came put up a 16.

Randy didnt slow down at all on the back nine either, carding another 16 without a flaw. It was impossible to catch him in those final rounds and my hats off to him on getting his first win in a tournament hes played and loved so much. I managed a very clean back nine, netting one ace on 16 to finish with a 35 and retain my second place finish. Overall I was happy with the finish. My rounds were pretty consistent and I was very happy that I had no blow up round this tournament, with my wort score being a 37. There was a couple of cracks in the day that Id like to fill but theres always room for improvement in any tournament.

My attention now has to turn to our own tournament, the 2nd Matterhorn International Pro-Am. It will be a busy week starting with the league night tonight, practice on Friday and the tournament on Saturday. Its double duty for me making sure I both am ready to play in the tournament and am ready to run the tournament. If you want to get some early betting in the favorites are going to be Highlighter (last years winner and winner of the Farmington tournament this year) and Randy (coming off the Maine win and who finished 7th last year). Ill have some blogs from that tournament as well so look forward to more minigolf discussion!

***The views expressed in this blog are solely the views of the writer and do not represent the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF), Minigolfnews.com or any other organization that the writer may be associated with unless expressly stated in the blog***

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