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The Great Britain Minigolf Team return home after a record breaking World Championships in Germany PDF Print E-mail
  
The British Minigolf Lions reflect on a strong performance at the World Championships for Great Britain

The Great Britain minigolf team returned home following the 2013 World Championships in Bad Münder, reflecting on a great performance, the strongest showing to date for the British Lions International Minigolf team. Some of the records beaten over the 3 days of competition included:

  • Best team eternite round ever of 160 strokes, beating the previous best (in Porto) by 4 shots
  • British Felt course record (31) beaten with a 28 in round 3 by Michael Smith, then equalled in round 6 by James Rutherford only to be beaten again by James in Round 7 with a 26 and then equalled again in Round 7 by Adam Kelly
  • Best team felt round ever - a combined score of 205 shots
  • Personal Bests on felt for all 7 players
  • Securing 12th place in the team event thanks to a storming second days play from all the team. Having trailed Poland by 8 shots after day one, Great Britain finished the event with an 84 shot lead over the Polish team
All in all a tremendous performance from the team.

Great Britain minigolf team
Great Britain Team (from l-r): Scott Lancley, Sean Homer, Tony Kelly, Adam Kelly, Keith Kellard, James Rutherford, Michael Smith, Seth Thomas

The final individual placings for the team saw Adam Kelly in 55th place overall - the best individual performance at the World Championships by a British Player and just 3 shots away from a top 50 place - James Rutherford in 69th place, Michael Smith 77th, Sean Homer 87th, Tony Kelly 93rd, Scott Lancley 95th and Seth Thomas 99th. 

Full results from the team and individual strokeplay events can be found at
http://ba.minigolfsport.de/turnier1036s/result.htm

An extensive Great Britain team photo gallery from the 10 days in Bad Münder can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/sets/72157635252676961/ (thanks to Scott, Sean, Keith, Tony and the official photostream of the WC's for the photos).

Some thoughts and reflections from the team and sponsor from the World Championships:

Sean Homer, Team Manager “Great Britain minigolf really made a breakthrough this week. I would like to give huge thanks to all who supported the team before and during the event, notably our great German friend Martin Stöckle for his coaching and guidance before the WC's. Special thanks also go to Keith Kellard, our magnificent coach who spent 3 days virtually non stop out on the courses enabling all the players to focus on playing. We salute you Keith!! And of course final congratulations to my fellow players and team mates - Seth, Tony, Adam, James. Michael and Scott - who along with Keith, really did put the gr-eight in Great Britain!!” 

James Rutherford, Team Captain "It was such a pleasure to be part of the team that went to Bad Münder this August. I felt there was a fantastic team spirit, everyone really got behind each other and we managed to get the best out of ourselves. From a personal point of view, I was left ruing a slow start to the tournament, but by the end I managed to come through and was delighted to first equal and then set the British Felt record. Special mention should go to some of the players who played outstandingly well. Scott Lancely with his best ever round on Eternite (23) and of course Adam Kelly, who bar a bit of a blip in the middle, played some fantastic minigolf and it is plain to see that he has a really exciting future ahead in international minigolf. I cannot wait for the next international event and I know that with the support of our sponsors Urban Crazy and the British Mini Golf Association we can continue to make significant progress on the international stage."

Keith Kellard, Head Coach “It was a great pleasure to be part of the most successful GB Minigolf Team to take part in overseas international competition. As both a team and as individual players, we have displayed how much the quality of British minigolf has improved in the past few years, and shown that we do have the quality and ability to compete at a very high level. Special mention must go to Adam for his individual performance, but that should not detract from all players; Scott's 23 on miniature; James' 26 on felt; Michael 24 in practice on felt, and the all so nearly perfect miniature round, to name just a few. I know GB can now build on this, and be ready for Lahti Finland 2015. Viva Team GB” 

Jon Angel, UrbanCrazy (official sponsors of the Great Britain team), “For us it’s an honour to be supporting the team and we hope to continue doing so long into the future. We were all glued to the live results here during the competition. There were some incredible individual performances, notably the two 26’s on felt from Adam and James and the “nearly 18” on Eternite from Michael. Those scores are right up there with the best players in the world. And to finish so far ahead of Poland was a real team achievement – a tangible improvement on previous years with PBs from all players. Well played to the team and coach Keith.” 

Tony Kelly “'I really enjoyed taking part in Bad Münder. The tournament was well organised in a superb location, the weather was glorious and there was a tremendous spirit in the Great Britain team. We made huge progress both as a team and individually, not only beating Poland but taking some notable individual scalps. Between us we shot some fantastic rounds and set numerous personal bests. The major minigolf nations are starting to take notice of Great Britain and we will come back even stronger for the next World Championships in Finland in 2015.” 

Scott Lancley “After the commitment and sacrifices we had all made as individuals to make it to the World Championships in Bad Münder, it was an honour to be nominated and perform the the duties of flag bearer at the opening ceremony. But without doubt, the proudest moment was finishing the final hole in our final round of the tournament knowing I was currently part of the best prepared, coached and performing GB team to of ever played in an international tournament. What a priceless experience!”  

Seth Thomas “I very much enjoyed my time in the minigolf city of Bad Münder. It's a very beautiful place and was a perfect venue for the World Championships. I enjoyed watching and playing alongside many highly skilled amateurs competing ferociously just for the honour and satisfaction of winning. Despite this competitive edge, the atmosphere was very relaxed and all the nations and players comported themselves with dignity for the most part” 

Michael Smith "I am proud to have represented Great Britain at the 2013 World Minigolf Championship and to have been a part of arguably the strongest ever Great Britain performance abroad. I'd like to thank my team-mates, Coach Keith Kellard, BMGA Chairman Sean Homer, team captain James Rutherford, our team sponsors Urban Crazy, and our German friend Martin Stockle. All of those people played a huge part in our successful performance and deserve all the plaudits they have received."

You can find player profiles and individual head shots of the team at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=522:2013-great-britain-world-championship-team-player-profiles&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=60
Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 22:11 )
 

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