|Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team compete in the 2011 WMF Nations Cup|
Great Britain Teams finish ninth and tenth in Stockholm, Sweden
The Great Britain Minigolf Sport team competed in the World Minigolf Sport Federation Nations Cup in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2011. Ten teams from six countries contested the team tournament; with a total of 46 players from nine countries taking part overall.
The Great Britain Team at the event was split into two four-player teams for the ten team contest and the players took on competitors from Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Russia and Sweden in the individual tournament. The tournament was played at the Tantogårdens BGK course at the Tantolunden Park in Stockholm.
The overall winners of the tournament were Sweden 1, with Sweden 2 runners-up. Austria defeated Germany in the 3rd/4th place play-off match. The best individual players in their category were Fredrik Persson, Sweden and Nicole Warnecke, Germany.
Great Britain 1 consisted of Michael Smith, Marc Chapman (Captain), Sean Homer and Marion Homer. The team was drawn in Group A and played against Germany, Sweden 2, Finland and Russia.
Great Britain 2 consisted of Tony Kelly, Richard Gottfried (Captain), Scott Lancley (Vice Captain) and Emily Gottfried. The team was drawn in Group B and played against Austria, Sweden 1, Sweden 3 and Switzerland.
The Great Britain team was coached at the tournament by Swedish players Björn Dinau and Eirik Seljelid, who have both previously competed on the BMGA Tour. In just two days of available training time, the Coaches were able to train the players to a level that they achieved tremendous personal bests, the British Beton record score was equalled, and two British players achieved scores of 24(-12) on Eternite. Six of the eight players achieved sub-30 rounds, with a total of 16 rounds in the twenties scored. Four members of the Nations Cup side will also be lining up for the GB Team at the WMF World Minigolf Championships in Stockholm in August.
Full results of the WMF Nations Cup can be found at:
- GBR Beton Championship http://www.bmga.co.uk/results/2011/beton11/result.htm
- GBR Eternite Championship http://www.bmga.co.uk/results/2011/eternite11/result.htm
- Overall combined from the 8 rounds across Eternite and Beton - http://www.bmga.co.uk/results/2011/nc11/result.htm
Photos of the Great Britain Team at the WMF Nations Cup can be found at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/sets/72157626834563437/?page=2
In the latest World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Rankings Great Britain has moved up from 24th position (of 30 Nations), to be ranked 20th of 31 Countries in the WMF World Rankings. The top three places are taken by Sweden, Germany and Switzerland.
The Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team will also be competing at the WMF World Minigolf Championships in Stockholm, Sweden in August.
Following the 2011 WMF Nations Cup a total of 40 BMGA Tour Players have made a total of 87 appearances representing Great Britain in World and European Championships (both Youth and Adult), Nations Cup competitions, the World Adventure Golf Masters, the Asia Open and the Czech Open since 1999. Peter Parr was the first GB International and made his debut in a WMF Minigolf Tournament at the 1999 World Minigolf Championships, in Papendal, The Netherlands.
The Great Britain team kit for the 2011 season is sponsored by UrbanCrazy http://www.urbancrazy.com/. Based in London, UrbanCrazy is an innovative and exciting company, designing and building permanent and portable crazy golf, mini golf and adventure golf courses. Their permanent courses are ideal for parks, leisure centres and back gardens - and their portable courses are available to rent for corporate events, parties and so on. They also supply a wide range of high grade miniature golf equipment and accessories. UrbanCrazy have sponsored the Great Britain team in a number of International tournaments since 2007.
The BMGA Tour consists of Minigolf ranking events that take place at Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses across the UK. Last year there were 22 BMGA Tour competitions and a total of 15 players lifted BMGA Tour titles.
For further information about the Tantogårdens Minigolf Club and Course – the host for the 2011 WMF Nations Cup and WMF World Minigolf Championships – and the tournaments themselves, please visit http://www.tbgk.se/vm2011/ and http://www.tbgk.se/2010/