Andrea Ucini / Miniature golf goes big

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For most of us, miniature golf is an activity played on circus- or dinosaur-themed courses on summer afternoons while on vacation. Any hole-in-ones, sunk with fluorescently-colored balls, are happy accidents of fate to be marveled at over ice cream at an arcade after the game.

But for pros like Matt McCaslin, who played his first round of miniature golf in kindergarten with his older brothers in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, it’s much more. Miniature golf a competitive sport, complete with practice sessions, tournaments and cash prizes worth thousands.

Andrea Ucini illustrates miniature golf, a summer vacation game for kids, that has become a competitive sport for some.

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