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Greenhithe’s Sean Homer wins the 2011 BMGA British Matchplay Championship PDF Print E-mail
Kent’s Sean Homer becomes a two-time Champion at the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf at Bluewater Park

The new Pirate Cove Adventure Golf at Bluewater Park in Kent hosted its first official British Minigolf Association competition on Sunday 10th July, as 22 of the UK’s top minigolfers competed in the fourth-annual BMGA British Matchplay Championships.

Sean Homer from Greenhithe, Kent won the tournament for the second year in a row following a sudden-death play-off victory against fellow Kent Minigolf Club team-mate and BMGA British Number One Michael Smith. Having been three holes down with seven to play, Homer pulled the tie all-square by hole 17 and then won the play-off at the fifth extra hole with a final ace.

Sean Homer - 2011 British Matchplay Champion

London’s Brad Shepherd came third, winning a play-off against Oxford’s Chris Smith. Hither Green’s Nick Sandqvist took fifth place overall by just edging the final game against the 2009 British Matchplay Champion, Paddock Wood’s Andy Exall.

BMGA British Matchplay Champion Sean Homer said "I am absolutely delighted that I have won this year’s event and retained the BMGA British Matchplay title. There were some outstanding players taking part and it was always going to be a tough job to win the championship, let alone win it for the second year in a row. The standard of play across the day was incredibly high and as usual the event threw up giant killings and some great head-to-head matches throughout the knockout stages. Winning is always special, but to do it this weekend, beating the two players who I saw as the main challengers for the title in the process - James Rutherford, the recently crowned BMGA British Champion and Michael Smith, the current British Number One - makes retaining the title even more special. The final against Michael was a tense and tough affair and being three holes down with only seven to play meant I had to dig deep to pull the match back and take it into sudden death. Taking the match with an ace on the final hole in front of a hugely appreciative crowd was a great way to win the title. I would like to thank all of the players who took part, in particular all my friends from the Kent Minigolf Club, and also the team at the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf, for making the event such an enjoyable and exciting spectacle. And of course I look forward to defending my title again against all comers in 2012!" 

The tournament saw each player playing seven matches throughout the day in a mixed round-robin and knockout match format. Of the two 18-hole courses at the 36-hole Pirate Cove Adventure Golf complex, the Smugglers course was selected as the course to host the tournament. Further details of the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf at Bluewater Park can be found at

2011 British Matchplay field

Photos from the event from the KMGC can be found at

Full results from the event can be found at

BMGA British Matchplay Championships Honours Board

2011 – Sean Homer, from Greenhithe, defeated Oxford’s Michael Smith in a sudden-death play-off at Pirate Cove Adventure Golf in Bluewater Park, Kent course to retain the title
2010 – Sean Homer, from Greenhithe, defeated Luton’s Richard Gottfried 3&1 at Worthing’s Splash Point Mini Golf course to lift the title
2009 – Andy Exall, from Paddock Wood, defeated Newcastle’s John Moore 5&4 at the Hastings Seafront Crazy Golf course to lift the title
2008 – Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies, from Hastings, defeated Andy Exall 5&4 at the Hastings Seafront Crazy Golf course to lift the title

The Pirate Cove Adventure Classic 2011

David Donnelly and Sean Homer win Charity Doubles event at Bluewater Park on Saturday 9th July

On Saturday 9th July the BMGA ran a charity pairs event in association with Bluewater Park and the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course.

The six team event saw Hither Green’s David Donnelly and Greenhithe’s Sean Homer win the one-round tournament with a combined score of 76. Two teams tied for second place, with Marion Homer and Marc Chapman, and Andy Exall and Terry Exall both scoring 77.

£65 was raised on the day, and David Donnelly donated the money to the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, a family friend aged 16 who was tragically killed three years ago. The following is the Foundation's link:
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