Thursday, July 06, 2006

Professional Miniature Golf...seriously

Where to begin? I am not sure what's worse: the fact that there is a "U.S. Open" and "Masters" for "Professional" Miniature Golf or that the Washington Post devoted enough space to an article on it that it required five links just to finish the story.

There are so many hilarious quotes in this story that it makes me wonder if the writer wasn't secretly making fun of these people while disguising it as a serious look at their "sport."

In Europe, mini-golf is more seriously regarded than it is in America.

Now that's shocking...

The men rehearsed the course for a solid 10 hours, until exhaustion got the better of them. They went off to their hotel, still feeling unprepared.

Ten hours.

The field consisted of five local amateurs and six pros from out of town. Turfside spectators numbered an even zero.

And I thought for sure there would be mini-golf groupies.

"I'm 115th in the world rankings," he said. "I've been to Europe. I'm even more famous over there than I am in the United States."

Seriously, there are world rankings.

At present, an uneasy truce prevails between the USPMGA (United States ProMini Golf Association) and the PPA (Professional Putters Association), which in 2005 decided to allow its players to compete in USPMGA tournaments.

And you thought the CART - IRL war was bad.

"Our tour is the PGA of miniature golf," he said. "You have to have the same skill level as a Tiger Woods or a Phil Mickelson to be successful on our tour."

Yes, someone really said that.

The tournament was going pretty smoothly, he said. "We had to penalize one man for not wearing a collared shirt, but that's been the only controversy we've had this morning, thank God."

You laugh, but there is mention of prostitutes and suspensions in this story.

You just have to read the whole story, trust me it is priceless.
It's a Jungle Out There


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