Unique two-ball ‘almost worth a blog’

Richard Gottfried (left) relaxes between rounds

THE pairing in the English Open of two of the foremost minigolf writers of their generation has been declared as ‘almost worth a blog’.

For the first time in their careers, Oliver Florence was drawn to play alongside fellow blogger ‘Squire’ Richard Gottfried during the tournament at Wroxham Barns in Norfolk.

Florence, who has become somewhat of a reluctant scribe in recent months, was moved to remark that the unique occasion could possibly be worthy of a posting.

The Stoke-on-Trent born, Walton-on-Thames based player said: “I was quietly pleased to be paired up with Richard.

“He was one of my minigolf heroes when I was starting out in the game so it was an honour to be playing in the same group as him.

“It’s almost worth a blog.”

Gottfried, founder and author of the popular online tome The Ham and Egger Files, was equally complimentary about his playing partner, as both inspired each other to promising opening rounds.

Florence struck a 34, with Gottfried carding a highly impressive 31 – the duo sinking 11 holes-in-one between then.

“It was great to be drawn to play the first two rounds with fellow blogger Ollie,” said Luton’s Gottfried, who has written 104 blog posts since the start of last month compared with Florence’s two.

“The Machine is a great minigolfer and he and I put on somewhat of an ‘Aces Masterclass’ in round one.

“It was just a shame no-one else was watching.”

Despite their successes it was not all plain sailing for Florence and Gottfried.

Oliver Florence sails a boat on the Norfolk Broads

Just months after experiencing a delay in the arrival of their kit for The Green doubles tournament, they encountered further hold-ups playing behind the trio of Nick Sandqvist, Nick Chitty and Emily Gottfried.

“There was plenty of time to discuss possible blog topics as our two-ball group was drawn behind the slowest group in minigolf history,” Squire added.

Florence eventually went on to win £20 by securing third place in the category 2 competition, behind Richard Skeggs and Marion Homer, while a disappointing final round from Gottfried pushed him down to 7th.

Overall, Florence was pleased with his 14th place finish on one of the toughest courses on the circuit and celebrated by hiring a boat on the Norfolk Broads with Skeggs.

“Compared with last year’s British Championships my round average improved by five shots so I’m making progress,” The Machine said. “I might write a blog about it.”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Best blog post ever… Possibly??? Was definately worth it!

    Reply

    • Posted by minigolfollie on June 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you Lemony. That means a lot coming from the new pin-up of British minigolf. I may well retire now.

      Reply

  2. Glad you did blog it! Was well worth a blog 😉

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