The 10th annual ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship will be played over seven rounds on the 18-hole seafront Crazy Golf course. All players will compete in six qualifying rounds before a cut is made and the top 18-players play a final round under Crazy Crazy Golf Rules where all balls are in play at the same time.
The Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf on the town’s seafront contains many obstacles and hazards including the classic Windmill, a waterwheel, an obelisk, lighthouse, ramps and bunkers.
The reigning and defending champion is Michael Smith from Oxford who is Great Britain’s number one ranked player, the current BMGA British Open champion, BMGA British Champion and winner of 18 British Minigolf Association Tour titles since his debut in 2010.
‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Champion Michael Smith said "I'm really looking to returning to Hastings and trying to defend my title. There are a few changes this year in terms of a new ball being introduced and alterations to the course itself. One thing that hasn't changed is that it will be a fantastic tournament that will be brilliant to play in and to watch. Hopefully we'll get some decent weather conditions, especially for the players who are travelling long distances from overseas. But whatever happens it will be a great event, full of skill, passion, and drama. I can't wait for it to start.”
The overseas challenge will be led by reigning ‘Castle Golf’ Women’s World Crazy Golf Champion Olivia Prokopova who recently won the USPMGA Crocodile Rocks Masters National ProMiniGolf Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. US Minigolf & Putt Putt star and 2002 BMGA National Open champion Jon Drexler will also be in action, as will Finland’s Pasi Aho and Germany’s Christian Fuchs.
Amongst the home nations challengers will be the 2009 World Crazy Golf Champion Keith Kellard from Bishop’s Stortford. Also hoping to once again be amongst the top contenders are the four-time runner-up Andy Exall from Paddock Wood, Hastings’ John McIver and Brighton’s Peter Emmerson, who are both two-time runners-up, and 2011 third-placed player and former BMGA British Champion James Rutherford.
In the chasing pack hoping to claim the ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship title will be a number of players who regularly compete on the British Minigolf Association Tour, some players who compete solely in the ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship each year and a number of novices who will be competing in their first competition.
David Hartley, Hastings Adventure Golf Company Manager said “The team at Hastings Adventure Golf and Crazy Golf are once again looking forward to hosting the ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship. This is the 10th consecutive year the tournament has been hosted by Hastings and it is the highlight of our annual calendar. We love this weekend. Although this is a serious tournament with a £3,000 prize fund we have managed to keep the event light-hearted with some characters playing in quirky costumes and a general atmosphere of sportsmanship and fun.”
David added “Hastings the town benefits considerably from this annual event, with players and spectators coming into town from across the globe, it gives a little fillip of extra business to accommodation providers in the shoulder months. The local fish and chip shops usually do pretty well too!”
Sean Homer, Chairman of the British Minigolf Association said “The Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships is always one of the most eagerly awaited events in our calendar and this year’s competition once again boasts a tremendous line-up of minigolfing talent. The tournament will be played out solely on the seafront Crazy Golf course for the third year running. Recent changes made to the felt and the cups on the course, combined with all players using the same new-style course ball, really help level the playing field making it tough to call who will win this year. The returning champion and the UK number one player, Michael Smith, is the stand-out favourite and the man to beat having won all of the Major events this year but ultimately it will come down to who can best cope with the changes to the greens, the new balls and of course the late October Hastings seafront weather! Whatever happens, and whoever wins, it is guaranteed to be a great weekend and one of the highlights of the season.”
Live results will be available online as the tournament progresses. The link to view player’s scores online is http://www.bmga.co.uk/
Spectators are very welcome to attend the event and support the players as they tackle the course. The Hastings Crazy Golf course has many viewing positions from the surrounding pathways and the onsite facilities include a Café, Ice-cream Kiosk & toilets. The prize giving ceremony will take place at the course following the end of play at approximately 3pm on Sunday 28th October. The Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Alan Roberts will make the championship presentation.
World Crazy Golf Championship Roll of Honour:
• 2011 Michael Smith (ENG)
• 2010 Chris Harding (ENG)
• 2009 Keith Kellard (ENG)
• 2008 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2007 Chris Harding (ENG)
• 2006 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2005 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2004 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2003 Tim Davies (WAL)
Last year each of the top six prize-money places were decided by a play-off for the first time in the tournament’s history. Oxford’s Michael Smith defeated Andy Exall from Paddock Wood and Cambridge’s James Rutherford in a sudden-death play-off to win first-place after all three players had scored 230(-22) over the seven rounds. In the battle for fourth and fifth place Linton, Cambridgeshire’
A photo of 2011 ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Champion Michael Smith (by Keith Kellard) can be downloaded at http://www.worldcrazygolf.co.uk/
Photos from the 2011 ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship (courtesy of the Kent Minigolf Club) can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/
The British Minigolf Association (BMGA) is the governing body for Minigolf Sport, including Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf. Formed in 1998 the BMGA organises Minigolf competitions for its members 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 email@example.com or visit http://www.minigolf.org.uk
Hastings Adventure Golf on the town’s seafront is home to three 18-hole Miniature Golf courses. Hastings Adventure Golf has been the home venue for the World Crazy Golf Championship since the tournament began in 2003. Castle Golf produces quality Adventure Golf courses throughout the World. Further information can be received from David Hartley at Hastings Adventure Golf firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com and http://www.adventuregolf.co.uk