Michael Smith wins the BMGA British Minigolf Championships in Hastings
British Number One wins the first Minigolf Major Tournament of the 2012 Season. Champions also crowned in Junior and Senior Categories.
Michael Smith, a member of the Kent Minigolf Club, won the contest with rounds of 28, 28, 29, 31, 32, 30 and 27 to finish five shots clear of runner-up and former BMGA British Minigolf Champion John ‘Big Top Ted’ McIvor from Hastings. In third place was Cambridge’s Adam Kelly who was a further 12 shots back. As well as picking up the overall bronze medal Adam retained his BMGA British Junior Title. Nick Sandqvist of London finished five shots back to claim fourth spot.
New BMGA British Champion Michael Smith said "I'm delighted to have won the British Championship. I played very well across the seven rounds and was particularly pleased to only drop one shot in the tournament. Conditions were tough with constant strong winds and this was reflected in the scoring. I'd like to congratulate John 'Ted' McIver on an outstanding performance. He pushed me really hard and I had to play my very best minigolf to beat him. It was a great weekend so thanks to all who helped run and play in the tournament."
The 35 Minigolfers played the 126-hole tournament in extremely windy weather conditions, with the first rounds on Sunday morning also being played in the rain before the weather brightened for the final round with a more pleasant outbreak of sunshine. The field consisted of a number of BMGA Tour Professionals along with ten players making their competition debuts at the event.
In the BMGA British Juniors Championship Adam Kelly won, with London’s Will Donnelly runner-up, and taking fifth place overall. Scotland’s Freddie Blackburn-Shaw was third in the Junior contest and was tenth overall.
Tournament runner-up John McIver won the BMGA British Seniors Championship, with 2011 champion Cambridge’s Tony Kelly in second place, finishing 6th overall, and London’s Chris Jones in third place, finishing in 13th place overall.
Other winners at the event were Brad Shepherd who won the competitions Aces Champion prize scoring 39 holes-in-one and finishing the tournament in 8th place.
In the Women’s Category Ruth Burke from St Leonards on Sea took first place, finishing 17th overall, with Oxford’s Brenda Smith the runner-up. Brenda Smith also won the Novice Champion prize at the event and finished in 25th place.
In the Category 2 players competition held within the overall tournament Will Donnelly was first, with Luton’s Richard Gottfried runner-up, having finished 7th overall. Chris Jones was third.
The Mayor of Hastings Councillor Alan Roberts presented the prizes to the British Championship winners. Following the prize giving presentations the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor Councillor Bruce Dowling took part in a two-hole Minigolf Challenge Contest which saw the Mayor winning by 4 shots to 7.
BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said “Thanks to the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Alan Roberts for making the Championship presentation and to all who played for making it a great weekend. Many thanks also to Tournament Director Keith Kellard and Marion Homer for their tireless efforts in making the whole event run so smoothly and to all of the team at Hastings Adventure Golf for their support and hospitality throughout the event.”
Players from five of the UK's minigolf clubs competed in the 2012 BMGA British Minigolf Championships, with representatives from the Cambridgeshire Minigolf Club, Kent Minigolf Club, London Minigolf Club, Midlands Minigolf Club and the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club taking part.
Full results of the BMGA British Minigolf Championships can be found at http://www.bmga.co.uk/
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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.
The British Minigolf Association (BMGA) always welcomes new members. Anyone living in the UK and aged at least 14 can join in the fun. For 2012 the BMGA is again offering two tiers of membership. BMGA Tour Card Membership costs £20 and entitles players to discounted pre-event practice rates at tournament venues on the calendar (some venues will offer these rates all season). Alternatively people can register for free membership via the BMGA website, ensuring they receive regular newsletters with details of forthcoming events and results from the BMGA Tour.
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During the 2012 season the highly regarded courses at the Hastings Seafront Adventure Golf complex are the venue for five Miniature Golf tournaments. The first two of these were held in May and saw the second-annual WMF World Adventure Golf Masters and BMGA British Adventure Golf Open played. On Sunday 14th October the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open will be played on all three seafront courses. On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October the tenth-annual Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships will be played on the Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course.
Further information about the Hastings Adventure Golf courses can be received from David Hartley at Hastings Adventure Golf email@example.com or visit http://www.adventuregolf.co.uk