Hickory, NC – February 12, 2024: The Putt-Putt Fun Center in Hickory, NC, witnessed a historic moment on January 14, 2024, as Bryan Deal of Valdese, NC, and his 11-year-old great-nephew, Kaiden Whaling of Hickory, NC, stole the spotlight in a thrilling two-round, 36-hole tournament. The dynamic duo showcased extraordinary skill and teamwork, achieving a groundbreaking score of 19 in the best ball format—a first in the venue’s over fifty-year history.
Known for hosting prestigious PPA and APA tournaments, course one at the Putt-Putt Fun Center has now etched its name in history with the lowest score ever recorded. Deal and Whaling’s exceptional performance surpassed the previous record set by Deal and Whaling’s grandfather, Richard Miller of Hudson, NC, in June 2023.
The excitement unfolded as the duo aced an impressive 27 out of the first 28 holes, narrowly missing a perfect 18 in the first round. Despite a setback on hole ten, where they missed the elusive hole-in-one, Deal and Whaling quickly regained momentum, hitting a remarkable 18 consecutive hole-in-ones and concluding the event with a total score of 40 or -32 under par. This outstanding feat secured them a first-place finish, making them the top performers among their competitors.
Best ball tournaments have been a staple at the Putt-Putt Fun Center over the years, allowing any two individuals to team up and compete together. The format records the lowest scores for each team, fostering friendly competition among participants. These putting tournaments are open to the public, inviting players of all skill levels to join in the excitement. For more information and details about upcoming tournaments, interested individuals can visit the company’s website at https://puttputt.com/hickory-nc.
Witnessing history at the Putt-Putt Fun Center, Bryan Deal and Kaiden Whaling have not only left an indelible mark on the venue’s record books but have also showcased the spirit of camaraderie and competition that defines best ball tournaments at this iconic location.