And now for something completely different......mini-golf!
...indeed, it is time for something completely different. The goal of this series is to put my USCF tournament history online, but I did a lot more than just play chess. Through the late 80's and part of the 90's, I also competed in martial arts tournaments and, believe it or not, mini golf. I never got serious about joining the APA (Amateaur Putters Association), but I did play in a league in Goldsboro, NC. I was, much like I am in chess now, one of those players that was good enough to be respected by the top flight players, but not good enough to be a consistent threat to them. There was; however, one day, where I played completely over my head. I present that to you now. At the time of this writing, BTW, I was in the process of moving and found this scoresheet mixed in with some old papers.
Normally, we would have a 3 round stroke play tournament on Wed nights alternating between the 2 courses. Then, at the end of the season, there would be a 2 day City Championship. Saturday would be an 8 round stroke play (4 rounds on each course) tournament followed by a double elimination 36 hole match play tournament on Sunday. Normally, I would finish behind all the pro players and ahead of all the amateaur players, but as I said before, there was that one year...it was September 1993. A little out of sequence with these tournament posts, but not to far off.
Course 1, Rounds 1-4 (Par on every hole is 2, 18 for the half and 36 for the round). And yes, I DID shoot 11 on the front 9 in round 3!
At the half, I was actually tied for first at 21 under par and got to play Course 2 in the final group. Unfortunately though, while I would shoot every round under par (a first for me for 8 rounds), I would fall off the "professional" pace and slide back into 5th. Still though, a very respectable showing....
Course 2, Rounds 5-8
Here were the final standings. "(a)" indicates non-APA/PPA players and all ties were broken for seeding into the next day's match play tournament.
|5||Evan W (a)||256||-32|
|10||Sandra T (a)||277||-11|
|12||Matt P (a)||279||-9|
|12||Mike P (a)||279||-9|
|14||Mildred W (a)||297||9|
|15||Eulala H (a)||300||12|
In the 36 hole match play section, I would lose round 1 to Matt, but come back through the loser's bracket and eventually lose to Freddy one round before qualifying for the top 4. Unfortunately, I don't have the brackets for the tournament.