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C'est un biiiiirdie! Mini-putt on TV

By Jim Withers

You have to have lived at least three decades in Québec to fully appreciate the cultural significance of Le Défi mini-putt on RDS.

French Canada’s TV sports network wasn’t financially able in 1990s to broadcast a lot of big-time sports, so it unabashedly included miniature golf in its programming.

The fact that such a cheap-date activity could be turned into a wildly popular – albeit obviously low-budget – show is a testament to one man, announcer Serge Vleminckx and his orgastic cry, “C’est un Biiiiirdie!” Shouting that every time a player scored a hole-in-one, Serge could make ANYTHING sound exciting.

And while it’s a shame he’ll probably never get the chance to be a colour commentator at the Masters or British Open, the good news is – after a 20-year absence – Serge and De Défi mini-putt are back on RDS. (It’s been rebranded La Coupe mini-putt.) And so is Pepsi-guzzling Carl Carmoni, the Tiger Woods of Québec mini-putt in the old days.

Hey, if ABBA can make a comeback, why not Serge, Carl and televised miniature golf?

And while I have no intention of catching every putt on every show – I like to think I have a life – I fully expect I’ll at least get my weekly fix of “C’est un Biiiiirdie!”

Bon retour, Serge, Carl et mini-putt.

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I swear, Jim, once again you have almost made a congenital sports-ignorer enjoy every word


EarlM Fowler
EarlM Fowler
Sep 07, 2021

It looks like a mirac ... osti, it's in the hole!

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