Last year’s international championship saw 30 players from six countries vie for the inaugural title in the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) sanctioned event. Martin Stöckle from Germany won the individual tournament and Germany were team champions, with the two Great Britain teams in second and third places.
All WMF member nations have been invited to enter the two-day seven-round tournament and players from Great Britain, Germany, Kosovo and the USA are set to take part.
The course record on the Pirate Adventure Golf course in Hastings was set at the 2011 WMF World Adventure Golf Masters when Germany’s Oleg Klassen shot the lowest scoring round of minigolf ever played in a tournament in the UK and recorded a 24(-12) – a round of six twos and twelve holes-in-one.
The tournament opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the White Rock Hotel in Hastings at 6.30pm on Thursday 17th May and 6pm on Saturday 19th May respectively.
WMF Sport Director Pasi Aho said "The WMF is happy to be coming to Hastings once again for the second edition of the World Adventure Golf Masters after last year's successful premiere. Slowly but surely Minigolf Open Standard (MOS) tournaments are taking their place in the WMF championships and tournament calendars, offering an even larger variety of tournaments all over the world for minigolf enthusiasts on all levels and helping to spread the minigolf movement to new countries such as our new members Kosovo, Israel and Croatia, just to mention few. We are also again grateful to the BMGA for taking the task to organise the 2012 World Adventure Golf Masters and are looking forward to a great competition in Hastings."
Sean Homer, BMGA chairman, said “The BMGA is delighted to be hosting the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters for the second year running in the UK. Adventure Golf is hugely popular in Great Britain and it is fitting that once again the event takes place in Hastings, one of the great venues for minigolf in the UK. The Pirate course proved to be an excellent location for the 2011 event and I am sure it will once again provide us with a terrific competition once we tee off on Friday morning. Last year’s event was a fantastic advert for the game and the quality and professionalism on show by all players was great to see and this year’s event promises more of the same."
Sean added “The 2011 champion, Martin Stöckle from Germany returns to defend his title along with another strong team from the reigning team champions Germany. Great Britain once again have a very strong squad playing this year including the UK number one player, Michael Smith, and the current British Champion James Rutherford lining up alongside some of the best minigolfing talent currently in the UK. It will be a tight contest throughout the weekend and of course I am hoping that Great Britain will take both titles this year. I am also really pleased to welcome one of the legends of the US minigolf circuit, John Drexler, who will be playing in the event for the first time. As well as the World Adventure Golf Masters, it is hugely exciting that we are also for the first time running the BMGA British Adventure Golf Open in tandem with the main event. This one day competition is open to all comers and, taking place on Saturday 19th May alongside the final day of the WAGM, will enable more players to experience the thrills and excitement of the weekend, as well as having the chance to lift the British Adventure Golf Open trophy on Saturday evening. Above all I am sure everyone will enjoy playing in such a great competition and I am looking forward to a feast of quality minigolf over the two days we are in Hastings.”
David Hartley of Hastings Adventure Golf said “Hastings Adventure Golf is delighted to once again be selected as hosts for the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters. The Pirate Adventure Golf course will be the focus for this particular tournament and all eyes will be on the top players to see if anybody can get close to the course record of 24 shots to complete the 18-hole course which was set in last year's tournament. It demonstrates the amazingly high standard of these top international players.”
In the latest World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Rankings 31 countries are listed, with the top three places held by Germany, Sweden and Austria. Great Britain is ranked in 20th position. Kosovo is 27th and the USA is 28th.
The BMGA British Adventure Golf Open competition will be taking place on Saturday 19th May and will tee-off at 9.30am. The one-day three-round tournament is open to all with a £20 entry fee for adults and £10 for BMGA Junior players.
The WMF is the umbrella organisation of minigolf sports association's worldwide and continental associations in Asia, Europe and America. The WMF is a member of the SportAccord, the General Association of International Sports Federations. The WMF organises biannual world championships for youth and elite players, as well as biannual Continental Championships in Europe, Asia and the USA. There are four minigolf systems recognised by the WMF; Concrete, Miniaturegolf, Feltgolf and Minigolf Open Standard (MOS). Adventure Golf courses are part of the MOS system.
The BMGA Tour consists of Minigolf ranking events that take place at Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses across the UK. In 2011 there were 22 Ranking BMGA Tour competitions and a total of 12 players lifted BMGA Tour titles in Open, Invitational, Club and Doubles events.
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Round by round results will be available online throughout the competition at http://www.bmga.co.uk/