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The build up to the World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) got underway today as the first competitors from across the globe arrived at the Hastings Pirate course in readiness for the competition that tee’s off on Friday.

WAGM week started with all of the 18 tee-off areas chalked in place and the course ready for the first of the unofficial practice days (for Monday and Tuesday the competitors are sharing the course with the general public – Wednesday and Thursday see’s the course closed to al bar the competitors).

John Mittler from Finland was the first international player to arrive, with his traditional extended club shaft, and started to map out the holes.

John Mittler - World Adventure Golf Masters
John Mittler

The 2 players from Kosovo also made their way to the course, having arrived in Hastings on Sunday evening after a stop off in London on Saturday. Lavdim Zylfiu and Arben Alija are making their first appearance in an international event and were suitably impressed with the Pirate Course.

Ladvim Zylfiu - World Adventure Golf Masters    Arben Alija - World Adventure Golf Masters
Lavdim Zylfiu                                                                             Arben Alija
Ladvim and Arben are staying at the White Rock Hotel, the base camp for a number of players this week and the venue for the official opening reception and closing ceremonies (

A few other BMGA players were also spotted on the course across the day – the boys from the Green (Seth Thomas, James Rutherford and Nick Sandqvist – who will be representing Sweden at the WAGM), along with the BMGA Chairman Sean Homer, spotted chatting to Planet Hastings’ David Gomm and Kent Minigolfs Alex Pragnell as the course started to fill up.

The other big arrival today saw the official WAGM tournament hut appear next to the course – this will be the hub of activity over the tournament days and will no doubt become a focal point for the players and public alike as they watch the scores update on the big screen (kindly donated by John Lewis Bluewater - for the duration of the event).

The official WAGM ball also went on sale today and will be available for £15 each while stocks last. Rumour has it that the ball is well suited to the Pirate course with a recent BMGA tour victor already using it for 13 of the 18 holes at the course after one days play.

More updates to follow tomorrow with the majority of the Great Britain team expected to make appearances at some point throughout the day, as well as the German contingent of 5 players, and hopes high for a trial run of the mobile scoring devices that we will be using for the scoring across the two day competition.

An updated list of entrants will also be published tomorrow.
Last Updated ( Monday, 09 May 2011 20:11 )

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