Aussie minigolf de­but

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A CLARK­SON cou­ple are pre­par­ing to putt against the world’s best minigolf play­ers next month.

David Maiolo and Belinda Au­gust will be on the first Aus­tralian team to take part in the Minigolf World Cham­pi­onships in Croa­tia.

Mr Maiolo will team up with four other male play­ers from the eastern states to com­pete against about 200 oth­ers in the Septem­ber 20-23 cham­pi­onships.

He also plans to com­pete in the Minigolf World Ad­ven­ture Golf Masters at the same venue from Septem­ber 11-12, which is ex­pected to have about 90 com­peti­tors.

“This is the first time Aus­tralia is rep­re­sented – we are all go­ing to be kit­ted out in green and gold,” Miss Au­gust said.

Fund­ing their own way, Miss Au­gust said the Wanneroo Botanic Gar­den were their main sup­port­ers, giv­ing them free ac­cess to its minigolf course to prac­tice.

She said the com­pet­i­tive sport was pop­u­lar in Europe and the US, where play­ers had hun­dreds of balls in dif­fer­ent weights, sizes and colours to suit dif­fer­ent holes.

In­spired by the cham­pi­onships, Mr Maiolo also hopes to set up a WA league for play­ers to qual­ify for the next com­pe­ti­tion in two years’ time.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471881

Belinda Au­gust and David Maiolo.

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