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Minigolf Report – Greenhithe’s Sean Homer wins the 2011 BMGA British Matchplay Championships
Kent’s Sean Homer becomes a two-time Champion at the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf at Bluewater Park
Sean Homer from Greenhithe, Kent won the tournament for the second year in a row following a sudden-death play-off victory against fellow Kent Minigolf Club team-mate and BMGA British Number One Michael Smith. Having been three holes down with seven to play, Homer pulled the tie all-square by hole 17 and then won the play-off at the fifth extra hole with a final ace.
London’s Brad Shepherd came third, winning a play-off against Oxford’s Chris Smith. Hither Green’s Nick Sandqvist took fifth place overall by just edging the final game against the 2009 British Matchplay Champion, Paddock Wood’s Andy Exall.
BMGA British Matchplay Champion Sean Homer said "I am absolutely delighted that I have won this year’s event and retained the BMGA British Matchplay title. There were some outstanding players taking part and it was always going to be a tough job to win the championship, let alone win it for the second year in a row. The standard of play across the day was incredibly high and as usual the event threw up giant killings and some great head-to-head matches throughout the knockout stages. Winning is always special, but to do it this weekend, beating the two players who I saw as the main challengers for the title in the process - James Rutherford, the recently crowned BMGA British Champion and Michael Smith, the current British Number One - makes retaining the title even more special. The final against Michael was a tense and tough affair and being three holes down with only seven to play meant I had to dig deep to pull the match back and take it into sudden death. Taking the match with an ace on the final hole in front of a hugely appreciative crowd was a great way to win the title. I would like to thank all of the players who took part, in particular all my friends from the Kent Minigolf Club, and also the team at the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf, for making the event such an enjoyable and exciting spectacle. And of course I look forward to defending my title again against all comers in 2012!"
The tournament saw each player playing seven matches throughout the day in a mixed round-robin and knockout match format. Of the two 18-hole courses at the 36-hole Pirate Cove Adventure Golf complex, the Smugglers course was selected as the course to host the tournament. Further details of the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf at Bluewater Park can be found at http://www.piratecove.co.uk
Photos from the event from the KMGC can be found at http://www.flickr.com/
Full results from the event can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/
BMGA British Matchplay Championships Honours Board
2011 – Sean Homer, from Greenhithe, defeated Oxford’s Michael Smith in a sudden-death play-off at Pirate Cove Adventure Golf in Bluewater Park, Kent course to retain the title
2010 – Sean Homer, from Greenhithe, defeated Luton’s Richard Gottfried 3&1 at Worthing’s Splash Point Mini Golf course to lift the title
2009 – Andy Exall, from Paddock Wood, defeated Newcastle’s John Moore 5&4 at the Hastings Seafront Crazy Golf course to lift the title
2008 – Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies, from Hastings, defeated Andy Exall 5&4 at the Hastings Seafront Crazy Golf course to lift the title
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The BMGA is the governing body for Minigolf Sport, including Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf. Formed in 1998 the BMGA organises Minigolf tournaments for its members across the UK.