The BMGA Great Britain Minigolf Team for the 2012 EMF European Championships is as follows:
• Marc Chapman, England, Kent Minigolf Club
• Freddie Blackburn-Shaw, Scotland
• Adam Kelly, England, Kent Minigolf Club
• Tony Kelly, England, Kent Minigolf Club
• James Rutherford, England, Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club
• Seth Thomas, England, Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club
Great Britain Team Manager Marc Chapman said "I'm delighted with this year's team for the European Championships in Porto. It provides an excellent opportunity to blood some of the top junior players on the continental course types and against world-class nations. Three juniors will make their International debuts at this event. The focus will be on learning how to play these unfamiliar types of playing surface and to help improve their mental game. Having said that, I am sure that each individual will set their own personal goals in terms of playing performance and will push themselves hard over the duration of the event. The skills they learn at this stage of their playing careers should create a strong foundation for the future, which can only be a good thing for the development of Minigolf in the UK and for the standard of our National Team."
The Great Britain Minigolf Team will again be sponsored by UrbanCrazy. Based in London, UrbanCrazy is an innovative and exciting company, designing and building permanent and portable Crazy Golf, Mini Golf and Adventure Golf courses and supplying a wide range of Miniature Golf accessories.
UrbanCrazy’s Jon Angel said “It is an honour and a privilege to once again be supporting our team at a major international competition. The European Championships in Porto will provide a fantastic opportunity for our players to test themselves against the best in Europe - and is the next step towards our advancement on the world minigolf sport scene. We wish our six lions every success.”
British Minigolf Association Chairman Sean Homer said “I am delighted that Great Britain will be represented by a full Men’s team in Porto. The group has a nice mix of experienced players along with those making their debuts on the International stage such as our top juniors Adam, Freddie and Seth. All of them have a tremendous amount of skill and passion for Minigolf and I know they will put on a great show when the tournament tees-off at the end of the month. Everyone involved in the BMGA wish them well and I have no doubt that they will do us proud. Above all I hope they thoroughly enjoy the opportunity and experience of playing in such a big event as the European Championships and look forward to following their progress once the competition gets underway.”
In the latest World Minigolf Sport Federation Rankings List Great Britain is ranked 19th of 31 countries. The top three places are taken by Germany, Sweden and Austria. At the EMF European Minigolf Championships the Great Britain Team will be competing against Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.
In 2012 the British Minigolf Association has sent teams to the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters in Hastings, England; players to the EMF Nations Cup and a full team to the EMF European Minigolf Championships in Portugal.
In May this year GB team members James Rutherford and Marc Chapman competed in the Minigolf Nations Cup also held at the Clube de Minigolfe do Porto. 43 players from eight countries took part in the two-day tournament and James Rutherford finished 28th in the men’s individual rankings, with Marc Chapman in 31st place.
To date 41 BMGA Tour Players have made a total of 109 appearances representing Great Britain in adult and youth World and European Championships, Nations Cup competitions, the Asia Open, the World Adventure Golf Masters and the Czech Open since 1999. Peter Parr was the first Great Britain International and made his debut at the 1999 WMF World Minigolf Championships in Papendal, The Netherlands.
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. For further details about the BMGA and UK Minigolf please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.minigolf.org.uk
UrbanCrazy has sponsored the Great Britain team in a number of International tournaments since 2007. For further details about UrbanCrazy please visit http://www.urbancrazy.com
Further details about the European Minigolf Sport Federation can be found at http://www.minigolf-
The official website of the 2012 EMF European Championships is http://www.minigolfporto2012.com
Further details about the World Minigolf Sport Federation can be found at http://www.minigolfsport.com