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Minigolf Tournament – BMGA British Open 2009, Margate, Kent 19th & 20th September PDF Print E-mail
  

The British Minigolf Association Tour returns to Margate, Kent on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September as Strokes Adventure Golf course has the honour of hosting the 12th Annual BMGA British Open minigolf tournament.

Teeing-off at 9.30am on the Saturday, fifty BMGA Tour members and top players from Sweden, Germany and Finland will be descending on Margate for the BMGA British Open and the event will also feature a number of junior and novice players competing too.

The two-day tournament will comprise of four rounds of competitive Minigolf on the Saturday for all players, before a ‘cut’ is made to decide the group of 36 players who will play two more rounds on the Sunday. The top 18 players will then take part in the seventh and final ‘Super Round’ to decide the final rankings and the winner will be crowned the 2009 BMGA British Open champion.

Sweden’s Mattias Ståhl was the champion in the 2008 British Open, with his fellow countryman Bjorn Dinau second, and former British Open champion Jouni Valkjarvi from Finland third.  Andy Exall from Paddock Wood, Kent was the top UK player in fifth place. Dinau also set a new all-time course record of 30(-6), with Ted McIver from Hastings setting a new British record of 31(-5), a score which has since been equalled by both Exall and Kent Minigolf Club Captain Sean Homer.

The British Open will be played with a rolling start, teeing-off at 9.30am on Saturday. This will enable spectators and players to watch competitors throughout the day as there will always be people out on the course, and will offer a great insight into the challenges that the course provides.

Matt Wood from Strokes Adventure Golf course said “We look forwarding to hosting the biggest minigolf event of the year at our course in Margate. Having some of the top European and UK minigolf players practising the week before the event is a real pleasure to watch. It’s a credit to the team at Strokes and to Margate holding such a big tournament in the sport of minigolf right here. Minigolf is a bigger sport in the European countries, than in the UK, but it’s really starting to catch up over here.”
 
BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said “I am delighted that our premier event of the year, the British Open, is once again taking place at Strokes in Margate. This will be the third consecutive year that the course has hosted the competition and we are expecting one of the strongest line-ups of players ever. All the top UK players will be present along with a quality field of international players, including the winners of the British Open for the past four years, along with the President of the World Minigolfsport Federation.”

On the matter of whether the 2009 competition will provide a British winner for the first time, Sean said “Hastings and Kent players are looking in good form and will no doubt be pushing for the honour of being the top UK player. No-one can predict how the weekend will go, but I do know that we have some incredibly consistent and quality players now on the BMGA tour, and I know that all of the players will be gunning to beat the internationals to upset the form guide and produce a UK winner at long last.”

On Friday 18th September the traditional curtain raiser for the BMGA British Open, the Players Championship and International Players Championship will take place. The format of this charity competition is a mixture of strokeplay and matchplay, played out over a maximum of three rounds and is a great warm up for the Open itself. The Players Championships competition will tee-off at 2pm on Friday.

 

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