WILDWOOD, N.J. (PRWEB) November 03, 2016
For the fourth time in three years, a miniature golf course designed and built by Harris Miniature Golf Courses Inc. will host a major mini golf championship.
The Thornleigh Golf Centre, which was designed and built by Harris in 2012, will host the Australian Open Mini Golf Championship on Nov. 6. The tournament, which will draw some of the top players from around the world, boasts up to $20,000 in prize money.
In May, the 2016 U.S. Open miniature golf tournament was played at Putt U, a course designed and built by Harris in Center Valley, Pa. Last year, the U.S. Open was played at Champions Golf Learning Center, a Harris course in Hendersonville, N.C. And in 2014, the tournament was played at Bluegrass Miniature Golf Course, a Harris course in Oceanport, N.J.
“We are thrilled that yet another major mini golf tournament will be played on a Harris course,” said Rich Lahey, president of Harris Miniature Golf Courses Inc. “We believe it’s a testament to the beauty and challenges that are built into every one of our course designs.”
The Australian Open, sponsored by Coca-Cola Amatil, will take place at Thornleigh’s 36-hole course. It is open to all golfers - amateurs, professionals, male, female, young and old. Registration has been limited to the first 400 entries and the event will feature a seeded draw for the 30 most acclaimed entrants, such as Australian Open winners Rodger Davis, Peter Lonard and Peter Fowler. Another 120 players will qualify for the final after 72 holes of stroke play. The final field will be cut after 36 holes, with the top 50 players plus tied players, going on to the final 36 holes.
Top contenders include Australia’s mini golf hole-in-one world record holder Allan Cox, a long-marker amateur club golfer. Cox, a former Australian champion several times, has played the U.S. Mini Golf Tour and has aced every hole at Thornleigh during practice rounds. Also expected to be in contention is Olivia Prokopova, an 18-year-old mini golf phenom from the Czech Republic. In 2013, while still in school, she won the U.S. Open, Masters and World Championships for an unprecedented triple crown in mini golf. In mini golf tournaments, men and women compete in the same field.
The Thornleigh Golf Centre is widely regarded as the best mini golf facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with two 18-hole courses, Palms and Billabong, providing a variety of sophisticated challenges.
Harris, the world leader in miniature golf design and construction for more than 50 years, has built more than 800 courses around the globe.
For more information, visit http://www.harrisminigolf.com.