Welcome to the First Annual MBIP Invitational Wee Tee Miniature Golf Tournament. The tournament today features two local Peoria golfers at Peoria’s longest-running and best known miniature golf course: Wee Tee Golf Center. Let’s meet these golfers and check out the course right now.
Adam Duvall (left) just started golfing regularly this summer, but he’s already logged golfing time in at these local golf courses: Kellogg, Quail Meadows, Arrowhead Country Club and Coyote Creek He’s played miniature golf at Wee Tee last summer with his family and his golf handicap is a “bogey handicap” in the 20’s. Marty Wombacher (right) has never golfed in his life, but he once drank beer at Kellogg Golf Course near the 15th hole sometime after midnight in the ‘70’s. He’s played miniature golf here at Wee Tee a few times and his golf handicap is a sore hip that acts up right before a thunderstorm.
The Golf Course
Wee Tee has been a miniature golf destination for Peorians of all ages since 1949. Kelly and Bruce Mehl have owned and operated this local business since 1985, which also has driving ranges and baseball batting cages in addition to the state of the art, 18 hole miniature golf course, which is called, Rocky Top Miniature Golf Course.
Whoops, not that kind of tea, what am I thinking? Sheesh, let’s try this again...
Okay, that’s more like it! Here we are at Wee Tee Golf Center for the First Annual MBIP Invitational Golf Tournament. Let’s just step inside and get ready to golf!
We stepped up to the pro-shop desk and we were greeted by Noah, who set us up with our choice of a colored ball for the game.
Here we are with our balls, (insert your own joke here!) We picked out our clubs and Adam got the score card ready, he’s going to be the official scorekeeper for this maiden MBIP golf tournament!
The Front Nine
We started off here and we quickly realized this is a challenging miniature golf course! There’s little hills on the greens that can cause your ball to slide back and there’s some water traps too.
We were both surprised at how humid it was yesterday! The Rocky Top course is really scenic and pretty to look at while you play, it’s definitely an upscale miniature golf course!
Alright, we’ve played through the first nine holes and here’s Adam tallying up the scores. Uh, oh, looks like I’m trailing behind here, it's 41 to 29 in Adam's favor. Oh well, they don’t call me the “Comeback Kid” for nothing! Well, actually nobody has ever really called me that, but I thought it sounded good. Let’s just keep moving along here!
The Back Nine
Here we are taking shots on the back nine portion of the golf course. There’s a cave back here and I thought that was pretty cool! If only there was a Batphone in it, it would be perfect!
We walked over this bridge towards the final holes of the course. On the 17th hole, Adam hit his ball into a ball washer (once again, insert your own joke here, this is just too easy for me!) and made a spectacular shot out of it!
Alright, here we are at the final and 18th Hole of the tournament, moment of truth time! There’s two holes here, one in the middle of the green and one up top. I hit mine into the middle hole which is a “hole in two,” but Adam knocked his right into the top hole for a hole in one on the last shot! Very impressive, nice shot, Adam!
The Final Scores and The First MBIP Miniature Golf Tournament Champion!
Well, my lack of golf skills is showing here as Adam totals up the scores, it ended up being 82 to 56 in Adam's favor. Adam is the first ever MBIP Invitational Wee Tee Miniature Golf Tournament Champion! But hey, I came in second place, that’s not too shabby! Oh, wait, there was just two of us playing...never mind!
Congratulations, Adam! You get to hold the MBIP Tournament Champion crown till next year’s tournament. Now all I have to do is get you a championship crown! Oh well, till then, it’s time for your victory dinner!
The 19th Hole Victory Dinner @ Good Tequila’s
Good Tequila’s is located right around the corner from Wee Tee, so we figured this would be the perfect place for a couple of drinks and a 19th Hole dinner! There’s an outdoor beer garden here, but I’ve been outside way longer than usual, so we went inside. There’s a nice bar in here, but since there’s two of us, we got a booth and Jose, our friendly waiter, came over and took our order!
We started off with chips and the house salsa and we also got an appetizer of the melted cheese and ground beef bowl. The cheese and beef mixture was so tasty! It’s a couple different blends of cheeses mixed in with spicy ground beef and it was delicious! Rich and creamy and I could’ve made a meal out of that!
But I didn’t and here’s the meals we ordered for our post-tournament dinner. Adam got the chicken enchiladas which arrived in a steaming pan, still sizzling and overflowing with spicy chicken and vegetables. I got two street tacos with a combination chicken and chorizo filling. There was a nice trio of hot sauces and the dinner was so good! This is authentic Mexican food here and it’s fresh, spicy and really delicious! A perfect victory dinner for Adam, our newly crowned MBIP Golf Champion of 2016! Now I’ve got to run and try and find him a crown before next year! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
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