Minigolf Report from the 2012 Oswestry Games Multi-Sport Event
Players from the British Minigolf Association hold training & coaching sessions and tournaments at the Oslympics multi-sport event in Shropshire.
The Oswestry Games, also known as the Oslympics, consisted of over 50 events and more than 30 sports and allowed people in the local area to have-a-go at a number of different sports and compete for Oswestry Games medals.
On Saturday 14th July the BMGA Coaches held training sessions on an Eternit-style Miniature Golf course at Cae Glas Park. Twelve novices joined the training sessions and players were given an introduction to Minigolf, competition rules, playing styles, specialist Minigolf balls and etiquette, along with other ‘essentials’
Following the coaching in the morning a team Pro-Am competition was held on the course to put the hints and tips into practice. The winning team in the BMGA Oswestry Games Pro-Am Minigolf Classic consisted of ‘Amateur’ player Chris Powell and BMGA Tour Pro’s Marc Chapman & Steve Sturdy, who scored a total of 87. The win was also the first minigolf tournament victory for St Leonards-on-
The silver medallists were Christian Urbano (Amateur), Ruth Burke & Emily Gottfried with a score of 95. The team of Ed Odametey (Amateur), John Moore & Richard Gottfried were third on 101. The medal ceremony at Cae Glas Park was conducted by Jon Hancock from the Oswestry Games Organising Committee.
On Sunday 15th July the BMGA players and Shelley Barrett from Putterfingers.co.uk set-up a 9-hole Mini Golf course as part of the Oswestry Games Fun Day at Oswestry Leisure Centre. Players and clubs from 20 different sports were on-hand at the event. The Minigolf course was laid out in the centre of the venue with the course layout featuring a number of obstacles including bridges, loop-di-loops & labyrinths and was available for people to play as part of the event’s ‘have-a-go’
Throughout the day an ‘Open’ competition was run to find the best scores in the Adult and Junior Categories. A total of 47 people submitted their scores and the Gold Medallists in each category were two of the returning medallists who had caught the ‘Minigolf bug’ at the Cae Glas Park training session on Saturday! Chris Powell won his second Minigolf Oslympics gold medal, while Christian Urbano added gold to his silver medal from the previous day’s Pro-Am. Twelve adults submitted their scores to the competition, with 35 also children taking part.
The BMGA players who had acted as coaches to novice players and ambassadors for the sport of Minigolf also competed in the Oswestry Games and held an elite player BMGA Tour competition. The tournament took place over 36-holes on the Putterfingers.co.uk course. Seven players competed in the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Minigolf Championship which saw Luton’s Richard Gottfried win Oslympic Gold. The silver medallist was Newcastle’s John Moore, with Marc Chapman from Canterbury winning the bronze medal.
BMGA Tournament winner Richard Gottfried said “We had a wonderful three days in Oswestry and two great days of coaching events and competitions. I’m incredibly happy to have won an Oslympics gold medal in the BMGA and Putterfingers elite player contest. John Moore and Marc Chapman had a good lead over me heading into the second round but I was able to score nice and consistently on the tricky layout to set the course record and pick up a BMGA Tour victory.”
Richard scored rounds of 40 and a course record 33 to finish on 73(+1) and take the BMGA Tour victory by four shots over John Moore who had scored rounds of 34 and 43 for a 77(+5). Marc Chapman scored 36 and 42 to finish one shot further back on 78(+6). St Leonards-on-
Oswestry Games organiser Jon Hancock said “We were knocked out by the quiet efficiency and boundless enthusiasm of the BMGA squad, you brought the Oswestry Games to life with your marvellous Putterfingers course and I was so pleased to see the BMGA team with a podium finish in the Oslympics quiz! Well done to you all.”
Richard Gottfried from the BMGA also organised the Minigolf events at the Oswestry Games and said “I would like to thank the Organising Committee of the Oswestry Games for giving the British Minigolf Association the opportunity to bring our sport to the Games. The very warm welcome the BMGA, me and my fellow coaches and Putterfingers received from everyone in the town really was magnificent. The weekend was a milestone in UK Minigolf history as it was the very first time Minigolf has been included in a multi-sport event setting. I was happy to see so many people taking part in the Minigolf events and thank them all for giving the game a go.”
Sean Homer, BMGA Chairman commented “Being a part of the Oswestry Games has been a great experience for the British Minigolf Association. This is the first time we have been involved in a multi-sport event such as this and it provided us with a really good opportunity to showcase Minigolf to a wider audience, many of which were encountering competitive minigolf in particular for the first time. I am sure that everyone taking part in the coaching sessions or the competitions over the weekend with the BMGA Great Britain players and coaches had a great time and as well as appreciating the skill and technique involved in playing, perhaps more importantly realised how much fun can be had on a Minigolf course.”
Shelley Barrett from Minigolf Course suppliers Putterfingers.co.uk said “Putterfingers.co.uk was pleased to support the British Minigolf Association in a fun filled day of sporting activities to celebrate the Oswestry Games. The minigolf coaching and demonstrations led to over 100 players varying in age and ability having a go on our portable minigolf course on a nice sunny afternoon. A top Pro score of 15 across our 9-hole modular layout was closely met by a 20 by one novice player on the day. A warm thanks to the BMGA for inviting us to participate in a fun and thoroughly enjoyable day!”
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