British Minigolf Association

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33 Facts and Stats about the British Minigolf Association and Minigolf in the UK.

The British Minigolf Association is the governing body for Minigolf Sport, including Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf.

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The British Minigolf Association (BMGA) was founded by Peter Parr in 1998, and the first tournament played was the BMGA British Championships which took place at London’s Broomfield Park Adventure Golf
The BMGA organises and supports over 20 Minigolf tournaments per year. This includes a mixture of Opens, Invitationals and Championships
Membership to the BMGA is open to anyone and the BMGA has a good mix of members. Many players take it very seriously and others see taking part as a fun social activity where families and friends can compete together and against each other in tournaments
There are two BMGA Order of Merit Rankings – one for Strokeplay competitions and one for Matchplay tournaments – both are two-year cumulative ranking lists
In the 2011-2012 Strokeplay season 96 players qualified to be listed
In the 2011-2012 Matchplay season 60 players qualified to be listed
The BMGA also has a Season Only Rankings which is cumulative for the current season only. In the 2012 season 120 players qualified to be listed
Oxford’s Michael Smith topped the BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit and BMGA Season Only Rankings in 2012, he also won eleven tournaments during the season and since his debut in 2010 has won 20 BMGA Tour titles
Kent Minigolf Club Captain Sean Homer was the BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit number one in the 2012 season
In the last three seasons a total of 301 players have qualified for an entry into a BMGA Ranking List
Since 1998 over 1,000 players have competed in BMGA Minigolf tournaments in the UK
Michael Smith, Chris Harding, Richard Gottfried, Nick Chitty, John McIver and Seth Thomas all won BMGA Tour Ranking Titles in 2012
In the 2012 season players from twelve countries competed in a Minigolf competition in the UK. The countries represented included England, Scotland, Wales, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, New Zealand, Germany, Kosovo, the Republic of Ireland and the USA
The fourteen 2012 Season BMGA Tour Ranking Events were held at eleven Miniature Golf courses in the UK
The UK’s most decorated Minigolfer is Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies (WAL) who won 42 BMGA Tour titles, including five World Crazy Golf Championships, in his glittering eleven year career
Chris Harding (2), Michael Smith (2) and Keith Kellard are the other players to have won the World Crazy Golf Championship title
Olivia Prokopová (CZE) has won the Women’s World Crazy Golf title five times, with Ruth Burke (3) and Jo Williamson (2) the other winners of the title
There are currently nine Minigolf clubs in the UK, these are the reigning BMGA British Club Champions the Kent Minigolf Club, Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club, Midlands Minigolf Club, London Minigolf Club, Splash Point Mini Golf ClubCambridgeshire Mini Golf Club, Basingstoke Minigolf Club, Hampshire Minigolf Club and Cwmbran Minigolf Club
The BMGA has been a member of both the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and the European Minigolf Sport Federation (EMF) since 1999
The WMF is the worldwide governing body for Minigolf and has 44 member associations with a total of 36,000 registered players competing around the world
The EMF has 32 member associations
Minigolf is an internationally recognised sport, and the WMF is a member of SportAccord – the General Association of International Sports Federations
Within SportAccord the WMF is a member of the group of International Federations (IFs) known as the Alliance of Independent Members in SportAccord (AIMS)
The BMGA has a Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team that plays in International tournaments
To date 42 BMGA members have represented Great Britain, gaining a total of 115 caps in international tournaments including the WMF World Minigolf Championships, EMF European Championships
The player with the most international appearances for Great Britain is John ‘Ted’ McIver with eight caps
Great Britain is ranked at number 18 in the latest WMF World Ranking List for General Class players, number 18 in the Senior Class and number 14 in the Junior Class of players
The Great Britain Team and GB International Players have competed in WMF, EMF & AMF tournaments in the Netherlands, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Austria, Japan, Italy, Finland, Denmark, England, Sweden, China and Portugal
The best score by a UK player on an 18-hole UK Minigolf course is 25(-11). This was achieved by Chris Harding on the Hidden Cove Challenge course during the BMGA Star City Open played at Adventure Island Mini Golf in Birmingham on the 18th January 2009
The all-time best score by a UK player on an 18-hole Minigolf course was set by Adam Kelly at the EMF European Championships in Porto, Portugal when he scored a round of 20(-16) on the 29th of August 2012
The all-time best score by a female player was by Emily Gottfried at the WMF Nations Cup in Stockholm, Sweden when she scored a round of 24(-12) on the 11th of June 2011
The lowest Minigolf score on UK soil was set by Oleg Klassen (GER) who claimed the course record at the Pirate Golf course in Hastings with a score of 24(-12) at the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters on the 14th of May 2011
Since 1998 the BMGA Tour has travelled to Minigolf, Adventure Golf and Crazy Golf courses in London, Hastings, Stratford-upon-Avon, Margate, Sidcup, Taunton, Wroxham/Hoveton, Hither Green, Southend-on-Sea, New Malden, Worthing, Eastbourne, Oxford, Dawlish, Warwick, Bristol, Staines, Oswestry, Brighton, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Weymouth, Belfast, Dorridge, Birmingham, Liverpool, Blackpool, Watford, East Finchley, Hemsby, Bluewater, Manchester, Basingstoke, Sandbanks and Boscombe.

The aims of the BMGA are:
1. To promote and increase the profile of Minigolf in the UK
2. To represent the interests of its members at both national and international level, with regards to the authorities, other sport associations, the media and the public
3. To bring together those who enjoy playing Minigolf, including Adventure Golf and Crazy Golf
4. To encourage the playing of Minigolf as a competitive sport
5. To organise national tournaments, including a British Open and British Championship
6. To encourage the development of new, skill-based, Minigolf courses in the UK

Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available for all British Minigolf Association events and the BMGA invites potential partners to get in touch. Please contact the BMGA for further information.


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Note: Information correct at 23rd January 2013
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 January 2013 18:00 )
 

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