JUST PUTTIN’ All-around: Robin Schwartzman (left) and Tom Loftus (proper) approve of the program alternative, Monthly bill Burr’s Flamingo Golf, for ‘Can You Conquer Biggy?’ 7 days 10 on Aug. 18. (Pictures by David Biggy)
As shortly as Tom Loftus and I verified the date he and his wife, Robin Schwartzman, ended up likely to perform from me, I had to settle on which study course we would enjoy “Can You Defeat Biggy?” 7 days 10.
Did I acquire them to one particular of the more recent courses at the north conclusion of Very long Seaside Island? Did I permit them to problem me on a rough-and-tumble style system at the south stop? Did I go with far more terrain for the fairways and greens, or go with obstacle-laden programs? Of system, the possibilities are a lot of on LBI.
But I needed to adhere the duo acknowledged as “A Pair of Putts” on a study course they would love immensely. They were being coming all the way from Minneapolis, Minn., soon after all. And recognizing their eccentric personalities – I’ve watched a large amount of their movies – and the mini-golfing freaks they are, I preferred not only for “The Pink Putter” and “Mr. Tee” to feel at dwelling, but to give them a wonderful mini golfing expertise with gap-in-one particular possibilities galore.
Invoice Burr’s Flamingo Golf in Ship Bottom was the correct place for them.
“I do not know what it is about programs like this – entertaining and kitschy and colourful – but I just participate in improved,” Tom stated immediately after our contest on Aug. 18. “Maybe it is the semi-gimme holes-in-a person or all the transferring issues, but I just come to feel more comfortable. I’m in a content spot on a system like this, so it was fantastic for me.”
STRIKE BALL: Robin Schwartzman can take her tee shot on the seventh gap at Monthly bill Burr’s Flamingo Golf in Ship Base.
Robin, whose eclectic taste in enjoy outfits in good shape perfectly with that pleasurable, colourful style of Flamingo, was nearly as giddy as her “putter 50 percent.”
“I’m a significant background buff and like to archive things about mini golfing programs, to variety of take the past and merge it to the current,” she explained. “So this training course, with its 61-yr history and most of the holes being unique, was a excellent location for us to participate in.”
And they played like they belonged there. Each individual experienced a pair of aces by the sixth gap, as only a stroke or two separated us. Robin struggled a bit much more through the entrance 9, stroking a 20 heading towards the back, but Tom and I were being locked in a battle – he up by a stroke, 15-16, as the backstretch approached.
Aces via the first three holes nonetheless experienced us a stroke aside with six to go. Deuces for each of us on the 13th, followed by holes-in-one on the 14th, held the margin at one particular. And then we arrived at No. 15, with the windmill. Cue the violin audio.
As we waited for the group in advance of us to complete the hole, one certain gentleman from it retained putting his ball into the divider that separates the path to the hole-in-one particular and the just one that merely qualified prospects to the inexperienced. Just about every time following the first shot, I exclaimed my disbelief that the partition was struck however once more.
Phone it a jinx, if you will – at the very least, Tom did, simply because, just after he aced the gap, my initially putt was straight into the partition. Thankfully, my second putt was specifically where it needed to be, and I finished up with a deuce. Still, with a few holes to go, I was down by a pair.
Preserving IT Regular: Tom Loftus sends his tee shot to the right place on the 14th gap.
Tom, Robin and I each and every aced the 16th gap, followed by their deuces on No. 17. Now, the “Can You Defeat Biggy?” procedures for Flamingo’s 18th are not the exact same as the house principles – ordinarily, a participant can rating possibly a 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on which hole the ball rolls into. But for my functions it is both a 1 for a ball into any gap or a 2 if it falls through to the base of the board, so I required a gap-in-one to have a shot at a doable tie.
My very first putt lipped off the right edge of the hole and I just botched my 2nd putt, ending up with my only 3 for the sport. The moment the 18th was full, Tom carded a stellar rating of 27, while I managed a 29 and Robin concluded with a 34.
“My putter protect is a crocheted or knitted Bob Ross,” he explained. “It fits how I sense about enjoying mini golfing. It would make me really feel good when I can play nicely on a program that’s entertaining and fascinating, and this program definitely suits me. This system brought me a good deal of pleasure to enjoy, and that is why I did so perfectly.”
Developing up in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and investing time on LBI through the summers, Robin – whose 1st day with Tom took location throughout the summer of 2012 at Big Stone Mini Golfing in Minnetrista, Minn. – was happy to be back again, even nevertheless she could not recall participating in at Flamingo as a youngster.
“We were supposed to occur below last summer time, but COVID bought in the way,” she claimed. “And when I located out about this, of study course I wished to beat Biggy. I despise getting rid of. But the point it was you, dropping was not as well negative. You gave strategies on what the photographs were and informed us about some of the record and all the exciting specifics about the course, so it was actually fun.”
A Few of Putts are all about that!
“We’ve played hundreds of programs, and it’s often good to meet new individuals and play where they participate in,” Tom said. “We like to play mini golf with people today who like mini golfing. It’s always fun, no matter what we do or what the scores conclude up being.”
— David Biggy
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