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  PatPenguin

25 Feb 2020 at 12:55

Really wish I lived closer to Putt Putt action to join the fun. Will have to make drive one of these days to get to a couple of events.

Go to latest comment »




LATEST BLOG POSTS

United Kingdom  Squire | 19 views | 0 comments

24 Feb 2020 at 15:50

New miniature golf courses in....


United Kingdom  Sheila | 243 views | 0 comments

15 Feb 2020 at 12:49

Hippos Can't Outrun Usain....


United Kingdom  Sheila | 454 views | 0 comments

22 Jan 2020 at 21:22

Race Track Is Over The Wall -....


All blogs »



POLL

If miniature golf was to be in the Olympics, which style of course would you like to see played?


- Miniaturegolf

- Concrete

- Swedish Felt

- MOS (Adventure Golf)

- Combination of 2 Styles

- Combination of 3 Styles

- Why not all 4?


To vote, you need to log in.


You have to vote to see the results.


Total 21 votes, since 31 Jan 2018.

Recent polls »

United States of America Patrick Sheridan's blog« See all PatPenguin's blogs

Another Trip Down South – Looking ahead to the U.S. Open 2019
13 May 2019 at 21:24 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 679 | Comments: 0
Another Trip Down South – Looking ahead to the U.S. Open 2019
Putt at the 2018 U.S. Open

This year marks the 6th consecutive year I’ve had the opportunity to compete in the USPMGA U.S. Open and my 8th appearance overall in the event’s 22-year history. In this post I’m going to set the stage a little for the tournament, with it coming up in a little more than a week. My plan, as it has been the past few years, is to provide at least a couple “real time” posts from the tournament week, which kicks off for me May 20th, with the actual tournament running May 24th and 25th. There’s still time to join the fun if you are interested!

I’m happy I’ve had such a good run in U.S. Open attendance and am thankful more flexibility in my work schedule and wallet have allowed for the travel, whereas in the past it hasn’t been as easy. (Not to mention a big thanks to Liz and my family for allowing me to travel for the tournament and/or traveling with me when possible). Of the two major USPMGA events, it’s the one that moves around to different courses (a change starting 2008) and some of them have been a bit far to travel to for this New Englander back in the day. Being able to play in the tournament has its benefits, aside from being one of my favorite to play in. Attendance, and good scores, are one of the reasons I find myself able to go to Sweden this year with Team USA. It’s also sees its fair share of very good players from around the country so that makes it always a good chance to network.

This year the tournament goes to its first new course in three years and based on the schedule it looks to be the first new course for the next three years as well. It’s called
Mr. Putty’s and is in Tega Cay, SC, just south of Charlotte, NC. Not only is it a new course for the tournament but it’s personally a new course to play as well. Given the location far away from me and closer to many of the other tournament players, this is going to be one of disadvantages us “Notherners” are going to have to overcome, seeing the course in person for the first time only a few days before the tournament. However, from the pictures it looks like an interesting course with a bit more on the “miniature golf” side in places than traditional adventure golf (i.e. more use of obstacles). Another one of the Northern challenges is the fact that this tournament is early in the year and around our parts courses haven’t been opened for very long, so practice time gets limited for us who are accustomed to snow all winter.

One of the things I like about the Open is that the rotation of courses evens the odds a bit for players as each course highlights different skills. For example, Putt U in 2016 was a very long course with little ace opportunities so your ability to not only hit deuce puts was key but how you set them up was almost as important as you weren’t always trying for the ace. Bluegrass in NJ is one of the “easier” Open courses with much more emphasis on the ace whereas Champions Learning Center in NC was a mix between the two. The average winning scores over the past five years have ranged from 34.8 to 41.6, showing the variety of course styles. That fits my current personal style of minigolf well because I’m still working on my “hit a lot of aces consistently” game (which is going to be rough in Sweden, but that will be another blog) but my deuce game is pretty solid. This would explain why I’ve done the best in the Open when it comes to major events, with my personal best being a top-10. Handicapping the event will be interesting as we’ve had 5 different winners the past five years.

The biggest challenge for me in this tournament, outside of conquering a new course, will be that I’m using a new putter/putter style for this tournament. As I will be heading to WAGM 2019 a few weeks after the U.S. Open, and we’re planning to use the European style minigolf balls on several holes this year, I’m switching over to a rubber-faced putter for the U.S. Open to get in some reps with that style. Instead of converting my normal putt, I went out and bought another
Mattie5-special (selecting an appropriately red-white-blue themed one for the occasional) and converted that to the rubber face. It’s a little shorter than my normal putter as well, so there’s a combination of items I will be working through. I’ve played with it some while practicing this past month but haven't really had a chance to use it thoroughly on the course. I'll be very interested to see if I like the putter and end up deciding to use it in other tournaments going forward or if I’ll go back to my more familiar putter. It’s too bad we can’t also use the European style balls in the U.S. Open as well because I’m also lacking in experience with them, only having messed around with them a little on an actual minigolf course.

With that it will be a few days before I fly down to Charlotte along with my minigolf buddy Mark “The Highlighter” Novicki. It’s rare for me to have a traveling partner who isn’t my family so will be nice to have someone to pass the trip with, though the flying part cuts down on travel significantly.

One last thing before I end this blog, and probably something I’ll mention often since it’s a big deal (to me). I can finally formally announce that I will be a contestant on the ABC show
Holey Moley which will air starting June 20th in the US (my episode date has not been finalized yet). It was by far the most unique miniature golf experience I’ve had, and one of the most unique life experiences I’ve had. It’s crazy that it also comes in the same year that I’ll be a member of Team USA, making two experiences I never thought I would have happening within a couple of months of each other. I really think the show will spark more love of miniature golf than there already is and I’m interested to see how much some of the tournament discussion comes through on the show and what interest that might spark. Can’t wait to see it and hope everyone continues to stay along with me for my minigolf ride this summer.

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.

Comments
There are no comments

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


 

UPCOMING EVENTS   More »

 29 Feb 2020 (2 days)

Southwest Putting Tour Events


 01 Mar 2020 (1 day)

Planet Hastings Open


 03 Mar 2020 (3 days)

Oceania Minigolf Open 2020


 06 Mar 2020 (2 days)

New Zealand Mini Golf Open


 21 Mar 2020 (1 day)

5. Teamgolf Open - BGSC Klaus


 22 Mar 2020 (1 day)

Prague Open 2020


 22 Mar 2020 (1 day)

2. Leondinger Hallenturnier - Halle Eferding





LATEST RESULTS   More »

 23 Feb 2020

Churfirsten Club Turnier

 23 Feb 2020

Trofeo Città di Varazze

 23 Feb 2020

4th O-Street Winter Classic

 22 Feb 2020

30. Internationale PSV-Hallentrophy

 22 Feb 2020

Liepaja Open 2020

 20 Feb 2020

28. Int. offene PSV-Hallenvereinsmeisterschaft

 15 Feb 2020

Finnish Miniaturegolf Marathon 2020




LATEST NEWS

Sweden 24 Feb 2020 at 13:55 | 
SAGM 2020 Interview with Hans Olofsson

Italy 06 Feb 2020 at 14:13 | 
Interview with Alberto Pirovano

Switzerland 30 Jan 2020 at 13:05 | 
23rd Internationales Hallenteamgolf Wraps Up

WMF 13 Jan 2020 at 12:55 | 
The IOC Recognizes AIMS With A Unanimous Decision

Ghana 04 Jan 2020 at 14:04 | 
GAWMA Announces Association Committees

Minigolfnews 30 Dec 2019 at 13:51 | 
2019 Minigolf Year in Review

Minigolfnews 23 Dec 2019 at 14:25 | 
Season's Greetings from Minigolfnews!

Ghana 20 Dec 2019 at 14:40 | 
First Year of the Ghana Wheelchair Minigolf League a Success

Germany 22 Nov 2019 at 14:12 | 
Girls Camp Held in Germany

United States of America 21 Nov 2019 at 13:35 | 
Education Through Miniature Golf - Part 6

United Kingdom 29 Oct 2019 at 12:58 | 
Michael Smith Takes Fourth British Championship