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Still plenty of openings for golfers at International Pro-Am at Matterhorn

Harwinton’s Mark Fallon makes a putt recently as his daughter Brooke watches at Matterhorn Mini Golf. Fallon plans to play in the International Pro-Am.

CANTON, Sept 2 – There are still openings for the International Pro-Am mininature golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Matterhorn Miniature Golf in Canton.

Autumn Sutherland, owner of Matterhorn, said 12 pros and three amateurs have signed up to play.

The professional golfers will play five rounds on the 18-hole course with the amateurs playing three rounds.

Golfers from Long Island, Westchester, N.Y., Middletown, East Hartford, Winsted, Bloomfield and New Britain have registered to play. Some of the professionals have been practicing on the course already.

“We’re still waiting for our first participant from the Farmington Valley,” Sutherland said.

Golfing will begin at 9 a.m. with the amateurs expected to be complete shortly after noon. The professionals will play into the afternoon with the award ceremony expected around 4 p.m.

Manchester’s Patrick Sheridan, who was 11th at the recent U.S. Open miniature golf championship at Bluegrass Mini Golf in Oceanport, New Jersey in July, has signed up to play in Canton at Matterhorn. Golfers played 10 rounds at the U.S. Open and Sheridan posted a 37.0 average.

Sheridan was third with an 82 at the 36th annual Farmington Mini Golf Tournament on August 20.

Cost is $65 for professional to participate in the International Pro-Am. The fee for the amateur division is $25. The winner of the tournament wins $500 and there is $1,000 available in prize money for the professionals. The tournament, which begins at 9 a.m., will be held rain or shine. The professionals and amateurs will be paired together for the first three rounds.

Torrington’s Richard McKenna recently makes a putt at Matterhorn in Canton.

Matterhorn is in their third season. The course record is currently 36 set by Chase Alexander, 12, from West Granby in 2016. He had two hole-in-one in his record-setting performance.

For more information about the tournament, go to or email the course at

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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