Branson U.S. Open!
Pointe Royale Properties, Inc.Wow! The U.S. Open is coming to Branson this July.
Yes, I said the U.S. Open!
This U.S. Open is the U.S. Open Miniature Golf Tournament. Really!
On May 13, 14, and 15th Branson will host the 14th Annual U.S. Mininature Golf Open Tournament. This is a sanctioned event by the United States ProMin Golf Association.
This years event will be held at the Greatest Adventures Mini Golf Course, www.minigolfinbranson.com; this is one of the newer courses in Branson located on Gretna Rd at the Meadows Shopping Center. I remember watching this event on ESPN some years ago. At the time, I didn't realize how serious an event this is; it carries a sizable cash purse, $8000.00. ESPN, again will be here to provide national TV coverage.
As I understand, there are several events held in different locations around the country annually creating a professional circuit. There will be a quite a number pros coming to Branson to compete in this year U.S. Open tournament. The pros take this very seriously, as you would expect. Some travel from extreme distances, such as Europe, to compete. Others travel with an entourage that might include a personal trainer, a sports psychologist and a coach. In addition to the pros we expect to have at least 2 well known celebrities from Hollywood competing in this event.
There are certain requirements that the course must meet before qualifying as a certified course. The course must be designed for putting skills, without striking a 90 degree angle and without trick holes where the golf bounces by chance and drops in the hole. It must be a controlled shot making course. Many miniature golf courses are automatically eliminated from contention because of all the fun things that are done to the course to make your ball go in crazy places. When competing for a cash prize all tricks and accidents must be eliminated. It comes down to reading the grain of the green, speed, and, of course, accuracy.
Several divisions of competition are open for this event: Pro, Team, Amateur, Junior, Senior and Ladies. Each has an entry fee, cash prizes, and trophies. Test your skills against the best, and enter. Entry forms are available on-line and at Greatest Adventures Miniature Golf. Make this a must see stop in May! See you there.
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