Nowadays golf is not something new for Russia. But mini-golf is just taking the first steps in this country, and these steps are quite successful. The rapidly growing interest in this game can be explained in the first place by its exciting character, accessibility to all sections of the population, its democratic nature, the possibility to play it at practically all ages, and the relative simplicity of the facilities required (golf courses).
The recently set up Mini-Golf Federation of Russia with Alexander Kuptsov as its head united enthusiasts from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Perm, Omsk, Togliatti, Izhevsk, Kaliningrad, Moscow Region and other regions of the country. It is a full corporate member of the World Mini-Golf Federation. A series of competitions, including the Cup of Russia, has already been held. Our golfers took part in a number of international friendly tournaments, scoring appreciable successes.
The official presentation of the new federation took place in Moscow – on a mini-golf course of the Grant Club situated on the roof of a five-storey building. The ceremony culminated in a tournament in which the guests crossed their putters, i.e. clubs. The victory was gained by Nikolai Akayomov, director of the “Golf Academy” Children’s Health-Building Centre located outside Moscow. Web-designer Anna Kirillova, who played for Moscow Life, became one of the ten strongest golfers.
Earlier the “running in” by competitions was passed by the Chaika and Spartak mini-golf clubs of Moscow.