Minigolf pro league tee­ing off

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First came the New Zealand Minigolf Open, now a na­tional pro league has been launched.

The New Zealand Minigolf Fed­er­a­tion has an­nounced that a cir­cuit-based pro league will start on April 8 at the En­chanted For­est minigolf course in One­hunga.

It will fea­ture 10 events, each at dif­fer­ent cour­ses, across 10 months - cul­mi­nat­ing in the 2018 NZ Minigolf Open.

A points sys­tem will de­ter­mine the leader­board, and a $20 buy-in at each event will cre­ate a prize pool of cash for the win­ners.

Bobby Hart, a New Zealand minigolf cham­pion and mem­ber of the New Zealand Minigolf Fed­er­a­tion, said the pro league was a way of fur­ther­ing the sports in­ter­est af­ter a suc­cess­ful first NZ Open last week­end.

‘‘We wanted it to be a suc­cess but it was def­i­nitely a lot more than we ex­pected,’’ Hart said.

‘‘But we didn’t re­ally want to lose the hype around the Open. If we did noth­ing un­til next year we sort of would have started all over again.

‘‘We want to keep grow­ing the sport and get peo­ple iden­ti­fy­ing that you can go and rep­re­sent your coun­try in minigolf.’’

Seven of the events will be held at Auck­land cour­ses, with the other three sched­uled to be played in Hamil­ton, Ro­torua, and Mount Maun­ganui. Reg­is­tra­tion for the pro league will be through the NZ Minigolf web­site.

SAM HEWAT/FAIRFAX NZ

NZ Minigolf Fed­er­a­tion mem­ber Bobby Hart is gear­ing up for New Zealand’s first ever minigolf pro league.

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