Whistle Pig torney hits hole-in-one

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The ninth hole at the Little Bear Miniature Golf Course, known as Bull Canyon, can shake even the steadiest of putters, and is consider the hardest of the course's holes by all players.

"It's a hard shot, since the hole has so many turns," mini-linkster Nick Glispy said. "You just can't make a hole-in-one."

Glispy and his partner, Craig Toovey, were the first to finish the inaugural Whistle-Pig Miniature Tournament, held Monday and Tuesday.

The two-person teams shot the best combined score at the Whistle-Pig.

The whistle pig is a regional nomenclature for the mightiest creature in the animal kingdom the marmot. Like the mighty marmot players from the ages of six-to-18 let out their war-whistles as they hit the links.

"We called it the tournament the Whistle Pig since there's so many whistle pigs that live on the hill behind the course," said Joan Snyder, owner and operator of the Little Bear course. "I don't know why, but there aren't any out today."

The hill behind the course was whistle-pig free the inspiration of the tournaments spirit lived on in the enthusiasm of the players.

The marmot spirit lived on in the 6- to 9-year old group with Nate Chapman and Jake Tatum shooting a combined score of 81 for the title. The 6- to 9-year-old group only shot nine holes, while the older age groups played a full 18.

Kaleb McKey and Corey Pike whistled their way to first place with a score of 125, in the 10- to 13-year old age group.

Finally, Ely White and Lane Behrman, and Mitch and Mike Miesner couldn't pig out for first place, since the two teams tied at 129 apiece.

"I don't know, but I think I would have had a better chance of winning if I'd had a different partner," Toovey said.

The victors of the Whistle Pig walked away with an engraved medal, commemorating the marmot and the tournament.

The Little Bear Golf Course is unique in many ways, aside from the number of whistle pigs which live on the hill behind the course.

The hole themselves are the unique, being difficult, but fun, and all named after areas in Browns' Park.

"We just hope the kids didn't get to frustrated, and had a good time," Snyder said.

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