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British Minigolfers head to the Nations Cup in Porto, Portugal PDF Print E-mail

Marc Chapman and James Rutherford to Represent Great Britain at International Championship

British Minigolf Association members Marc Chapman and James Rutherford will be representing Great Britain in the upcoming EMF Nations Cup international championship taking place in Porto, Portugal on the 26th and 27th May. Players from eight countries will be competing in the tournament held on the two 18-hole Minigolf courses at the Clube de Minigolfe do Porto.

Marc Chapman will be making his fifth appearance for the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team and is the reigning BMGA British International Open champion. He made his minigolf debut in 2009. Marc is currently ranked 5th in the Official BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit Rankings List.

James Rutherford will be making his debut international appearance for the Great Britain Team and is the current BMGA British Champion. James made his BMGA Tour debut in 2010 and is ranked 2nd in the Official BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit Rankings List.

In 2012 the British Minigolf Association will be sending teams to the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters in Hastings, England and players to the EMF Nations Cup and EMF European Minigolf Championships in Portugal.

Marc Chapman, a member of the Kent Minigolf Club said “I'm looking forward to playing in Portugal for the first time this year as part of our preparations for the European Championships at the same venue this August. Although we are not entering any teams into the Nations Cup it will still provide an excellent opportunity to develop my own skills as well as introducing James to the Miniaturegolf and Concrete styles of minigolf course for the first time. I'm sure that our Portuguese friends will be the perfect hosts and I'm looking forward to discovering more about the city of Porto in our downtime.”

James Rutherford, captain of the Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club said “I am delighted to be representing my country for the first time. I hope that I will be able to do myself proud out in Portugal. The European Game is different from the British-style and I am looking forward to learning as much as possible in preparation for the European Championships in August. There have been some great individual British performances in Europe recently and if I can come even close to matching those I will be delighted. Thanks to all of my teammates at the Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club for their support in the build-up to the Nations Cup.”

In the latest World Minigolf Sport Federation Rankings List Great Britain is ranked 19th of 31 countries. The top three places are taken by Germany, Sweden and Austria.

To date 40 BMGA Tour Players have made a total of 94 appearances representing Great Britain in adult and youth World and European Championships, Nations Cup competitions, the Asia Open, the World Adventure Golf Masters and the Czech Open since 1999. Peter Parr was the first Great Britain International and made his debut at the 1999 WMF World Minigolf Championships in Papendal, The Netherlands.

The BMGA Tour consists of Minigolf ranking events that take place at Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses across the UK. In 2011 there were 22 Ranking BMGA Tour competitions and a total of 12 players lifted BMGA Tour titles in Open, Invitational, Club and Doubles events. For further details about the BMGA and UK Minigolf please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

The Great Britain kit for the Nations Cup will be supplied by UrbanCrazy. Based in London, UrbanCrazy is an innovative and exciting company, designing and building permanent and portable crazy golf, mini golf and adventure golf courses. Its permanent courses are ideal for parks, leisure centres and back gardens - and the portable courses are available to rent for corporate events, parties and so on. UrbanCrazy also supplies a wide-range of high grade miniature golf equipment and accessories. UrbanCrazy has sponsored the Great Britain team in a number of International tournaments since 2007. For further details about UrbanCrazy please visit

Further details about the European Minigolf Sport Federation can be found at 

The official website of the 2012 EMF European Championships and Nations Cup is

Further details about the World Minigolf Sport Federation can be found at  


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