Kip Tingle joins golf’s greats with legendary win |

Kip Tingle joins golf’s greats with legendary win

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Preston Utley/Vail DailyClassifieds' Kip Tingle is truly a giant among men, winning the Vail Daily Golf Guide Miniature Golf Tournament last week. Nicklaus, Palmer, Tiger and now Tingle. It's an honor to be in his presence.

Lest you think we’re all work and no play at the Vail Daily, we present you with a dramatic account of last week’s Golf Guide Miniature Golf Tournament.This flight of genius came from the minds of ad rep Graham Danzol and marketing’s Jared Staber. This duo carved out nine holes from the rugged terrain of the world headquarters of the Vail Daily, befitting the fine style of Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus.

And one man rose to conquer this behemoth. His name was Kip Tingle, who works in classifieds and now is pondering Q-school.Under the watchful eye of tournament director Lance Fahrney, many tried to climb Olympus but failed. Hole No. 4 – Freud’s Folly – tantalized, yet ultimately deceived competitors only to disappear like the mirage of an oasis. Only Staber was able to slay the beast with an ace.

Mark’s Madness – the seventh hole named for marketing director Mark Bricklin – also claimed its fair share like a pirate ship plundering off the coast. Yet, Tingle was a steady hand blowing back the tide with a clutch par.Tingle would finish with the mark of a champion with birdie on the eighth. And, if you thought Tiger’s shot at No. 16 during the final round of The Masters was good, then we give a Verne Lundquist “Yes, SIR!” to Tingle’s ace on the ninth – also known as the Vail Trail.

The great Tingle finished with a six-under 21 to win and even conquered in a grudge match Tuesday against the copy desk’s Greg T. Spielberg. With the hammer of Thor, Tiger, we mean, Tingle, came from one stroke back with two to play to edge the Long Island Wonder by one stroke.For more coverage of the Vail Daily Golf Guide, please check out The Golf Channel or ESPN Classic.Vail, Colorado

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