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Wroxham Barns in Norfolk to host the British Minigolf Championships over the weekend of 11-12 May PDF Print E-mail
  
Britain’s leading minigolfers will be in action over the weekend of 11-12 May as the British Minigolf Championships take place at Wroxham Barns in Norfolk.

A strong field will contest the first major of the British minigolf season, including the top 4 players in the current rankings and 8 of the top 16. They will be competing for a prize fund of £250, the trophy and the honour of being named British minigolf champion 2013.

2012 Champion Michael Smith
2012 British Champion Michael Smith receives the trophy from the Mayor Of Hastings

The tournament will take place over 7 rounds (126 holes), with the first 4 rounds being played on Saturday and the final 3 rounds on Sunday. The first groups will tee off at 10.00am on Saturday morning and the final round, played in reverse leaderboard order, will start at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

Michael Smith, the defending champion and British number 1, is the favourite for the title after winning all three majors last year. However, he is expected to face a strong challenge from Adam Kelly, the British number 2, British junior champion and winner of the recent British Masters at Splash Point in Worthing. There are also two former British champions taking part in addition to Smith – John Moore, winner at Taunton in 2006, and James Rutherford, who won at Hither Green in 2011.

The British Minigolf Championships also incorporates the British senior (over 45), junior (under 18) and women’s championships.

In the senior event, Tony Kelly will be hoping to regain the title he won in 2011 at Hither Green but his opponents include the British number 3 and BMGA chairman Sean Homer, who is making his début in a senior championship.

Adam Kelly is the hot favourite to win his fourth British junior title in succession. However, he faces a strong challenge from Will Donnelly, who has risen to number 6 in the rankings, and Owen Johnson, the top Midlands junior player on tour in 2013.

Wroxham Barns, with its family playground, farm and craft shops, is one of Norfolk’s most popular tourist attractions, situated in a beautiful location on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. This is the second time that it has hosted the British Minigolf Championships. ‘We are delighted to be returning to Wroxham Barns for one of our flagship events of the season,’ said Sean Homer. ‘It is always a popular venue and the course provides a suitable challenge for a major championship.’

Full round by round results will be streamed live from Saturday morning at http://www.bmga.co.uk/2013BC/result.htm 

The weekend will begin on Friday evening from 6pm with a charity pro-am tournament in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, with teams made up of BMGA tour professionals and local players competing over 18 holes. Details of the pro-am can be found at the Facebook site for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/297233307078290/ 

Sunday afternoon will see the Hole-in-One Charity Challenge, which is open to anyone to wants to take part and not just those playing in the British Championships. It will take place before the start of the final round. This new event has proved to be a popular addition to the tour this season, with all players having a single attempt at making a hole-in-one. Players pay £1 to enter (£2 for players in the top 16) with 50% of the proceeds going to charity and 50% to the prize fund which is divided between all players who succeed in ‘acing’ the hole.

For further information about the British Minigolf Championships follow this link http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=97&Itemid=56 or minigolf in the UK, contact BMGA chairman Sean Homer via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see the BMGA website at www.minigolf.org.uk.
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 May 2013 18:00 )
 

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