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Crazy Golf Report – Michael Smith wins Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships PDF Print E-mail
The ninth-annual Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships took place at the Hastings Seafront Adventure Golf Complex in Hastings, East Sussex on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.

The overall winner was Oxford’s Michael Smith, who won the title for the first time, defeating Andy Exall from Paddock Wood and Cambridge’s James Rutherford in a sudden-death play-off for first-place after all three players had scored 230(-22) over the seven rounds.

mith’s seven round total of 230(-22) came after rounds of 30, 34, 35, 31, 34, 32 and 34. In the sudden-death play-off Smith scored a hole-in-one at the second hole to seal victory. Andy Exall claimed the runner-up spot after an Ace at the fourth hole, with James Rutherford finishing third. Defending champion Chris Harding finished in 21st place.

New Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Champion Michael Smith said "I am delighted to have won the 2011 World Crazy Golf Championship. It was particularly pleasing to recover from a bad start in round seven when I went three shots behind after just two holes. The standard of play in this tournament was phenomenal, especially bearing in mind that most of the event was played in fairly strong winds. Seven players finished within two shots of the lead which is very unusual but the closeness of the field made for some great drama and excitement. Commiserations to both James Rutherford and Andy Exall for losing out in the play-off but I have no doubt they will both win the World Crazy Golf Championship in the years ahead. Also a big thank you to David and Marion Hartley for their hospitality throughout the event, all the referees and scorers plus the three unsung heroes, Sean Homer, Marion Homer and Anna Green for their impeccable organisation throughout the tournament."

Players from all over the world were invited to compete in the Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships which had a prize fund of £3000. 74 competitors played six qualifying rounds (four on Saturday, two on Sunday) on the 18-hole Hastings Crazy Golf course, with the top ranked 18 players making the cut to take part in the final round, played using unique Crazy Crazy Golf Rules. Michael Smith took the Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championship title, prestigious trophy and £1000 in prize money. Among the nations represented in the event were players from England, Wales, Scotland, Sealand, Finland and the Czech Republic.

For the first time in the tournament’s history each of the top six prize money places were decided by a play-off. In the play-off for sixth place Margate’s Scott Lancley defeated John ‘Big Top Ted’ McIver at the first hole. In the battle for fourth and fifth place Linton, Cambridgeshire’s Adam Kelly defeated his father Tony Kelly at the first extra hole.

Other winners at the tournament were the Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova who became the Castle Golf Women’s World Crazy Golf Champion, with last year’s Champion England’s Ruth Burke in second place and former Champion England’s Jo Williamson in third. Ruth Burke also won the Aces Championship at the competition for scoring the most holes-in-one at the event.

Full results of the 2011 Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships can be found here

Photos from the 2011 Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships from the Kent Minigolf Club can be found at

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Last Updated ( Friday, 25 November 2011 19:05 )

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