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2014 BRITISH MINIGOLF OPEN PLAYERS INFORMATION PACK PDF Print E-mail
  
 

After months of waiting, it is now less than a week to go before the British Open tees off on Saturday 20th September at the Pirate Course in Hastings. This pack contains the key information that you will need to make this weekend’s competition a tournament to remember. If you have any questions regarding the Open (or the info below) please do not hesitate to contact me, either via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or I will be at the course in the run up to the competition and am more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Play will tee off on Saturday 20th September at 9.00am (a rolling start with groups of two or three players, all starting at hole 1, going out at 5 minute intervals) with all players playing 5 rounds of 18 holes on the course.

The estimated finish time for the final group of the 5th round on Saturday is 5.30pm.

Sunday will consist of 3 further rounds for all players, with play again starting at 9.00am after which the top 18 players qualify for a fourth and final round of the day (the Super Play off!) to decide the winner. The estimated finish time (including presentations) on Sunday is 5.00pm

In the event of a play-off for either the top 18 final round or any of the competition placings this will take place across 4 holes with the lowest cumulative score winning the play-off. In the event of a tie after 4 holes, the play-off will revert to sudden death across the same holes until a winner is decided. The play off holes (in order of play) will be 1, 2, 17 and 18.

The prize fund up for grabs over the weekend is as follows;

  • 1st place: £500, gold medal and the British Open trophy
  • 2nd place: £250 and silver medal
  • 3rd place: £150 and bronze medal
  • 4th place £100
  • 5th place: £75
  • 6th place: £50


There will also be additional prizes as follows (NB: any players achieving the top 6 places overall in the Open and the prize money above will not be eligible for following  cash prizes):

  • Category 2 Winner: £25 (this is open to any category 2 player – i.e. any player ranked between 17th & 32nd in the official BMGA order of merit)
  • Category 3 Winner: £25 (this is open to any player – excluding international entrants - not ranked within the top 32 of the Order Of Merit
  • Category 4 Winner: £25 (this is open to any player – excluding international entrants - not ranked within the top 32 of the Order Of Merit playing in their first seaosn on the tour – exludes any players in their first season who have already moved to category 3 or 2)
  • Aces Champion (Category 1): £10 (the player after 8 rounds with the most hole in ones in the Category 1 class i.e. any International players and all players wihin the top 16 of the BMGA order of merit/with a tournament win in 2012 and/or 2013)
  • Aces Champion (Category 2): £10 (the player after 8 rounds with the most hole in ones in the Category 2 class)
  • Aces Champion (Category 3): £10 (the player after 8 rounds with the most hole in ones in the Category 3 class)
  • Aces Champion (Category 4): £10 (the player after 8 rounds with the most hole in ones in the Category 4 class)


There are also 4 additional trophies for the top Junior, Senior, Womens and International player along with gold, silver and bronze medals for the top 3 in each category.

The tournament is being run with a rolling start (led out on round 1 by the defending champion, Michael Smith from Great Britain) enabling players to watch other players throughout the day (there will always be people out on the course!) and offers a unique insight into the challenges that the course provides.

Players remain in their groups throughout the 5 rounds on Saturday (alternating the playing order) and the tee off times for round 1 are listed below, along with the groups for the day (Please note the groups are subject to change if there are any late entrants or withdrawls but should they change the timings will be similar):

                                              

Results from the British Open, will be live from Saturday morning at http://bmga.co.uk/2014BO/result.htm.

Players must ensure that they report to the Officials Hut at the course no later than 15 minutes before their scheduled tee-off time.

Each subsequent round will tee off approx 30-45 minutes after the end of your previous round (please note these timings are approx). The plan is that you will tee-off your next round 90 minutes after your previous round i.e. Group 1 will tee-off round 1 at 9.00am, Round 2 at 10.30am, Round 3 at 12.00pm, Round 4 at 1.30pm and their final round on Saturday at 3pm.

We are expecting the final group to finish their final round of the day around 5.15pm.


The groups will be rejigged on Sunday to reflect leaderboard order, with the leaders going out in the final group for round 6.


Sean Homer
is the Tournament Director for the weekend.


The BMGA tournament rules for the British Open can be found at the following link:
http://www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk/event%20rules%20summary.htm.

There will also be a Team tournament taking part across rounds 1-8 inclusive. Teams must consist of 3 or 4 players (with teams representing Clubs or European Nations). The best 3 scores from each round will count towards the team scores. Teams must be confirmed by Club Captains by Friday evening to participate. There will be medals for the top 3 teams.

COURSE DETAILS


The Seafront courses have excellent on site facilities including a café for all your hot and cold drinks and food requirements (as well as a top class adventure golf course!)


COURSE OPENING HOURS FOR THE COMPETITION

  • Monday 15th – 9.00am to 6pm
  • Tuesday 16th – 9.00am to 6pm
  • Wednesday 17th – 9.00am to 6pm
  • Thursday 18th - 9.00am to 6pm
  • Friday 19th – 9.00am to late
  • Friday 19th – 2pm onwards – Players Championships
  • Saturday 20th – 7.00am open (practice allowed up to 8.45am)
  • Saturday 20th - 9.00am onwards – British Open day 1
  • Sunday 21st - 7.00am open (practice allowed up to 8.45am)
  • Sunday 21st – 9.00am onwards – British Open day 2


The course is offering an excellent all day practice rate of just £3.25 a day for all British Open competitors from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th inclusive (payable directly to the course - Practice on Friday is free for all participants). Players need to ensure that they do not hold up any of the public when practicing (the course will be closed to the public for the weekend but will be open to the public in the week building up to the competition).


And if this isn’t enough the course are also offering 50% off all of their food and drinks at either end of the site for the entire week (from Monday to Sunday inclusive). To get the discount BMGA Tour Pro’s must show their current 2014 Tour Pro Card at the counter before ordering. All non Tour pros along with our International players will be presented with a unique card on arrival at the course which will ensure they also get the benfits of this superb offer (again the card will need to be shown at the counter when ordering food and drink to get the discounted rate).


THE PLAYERS & INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS


The traditional curtain raiser for the British Open, Friday 19th September will see the Players Championships and International Players Championships take place. Players pay £5 to enter (payable on the day) and half the money goes to the winner, the other half goes to a charity of the winners choosing. The format is a mixture of strokeplay and matchplay, played out over a maximum of 3 rounds and is a great warm up for the Open.


There is no need to pre-enter this event but anyone wishing to play must register with the organisers on the day by 1.40pm at the latest.
 
The competition will tee off at 2pm.
 
Players Championships Format:


* Round 1 Strokeplay all players
* Round 2 Matchplay (top 8 players from round 1)
* Round 3 Strokeplay (4 winning players from round 2)

Prize fund:

* 50% of Entry fees to winner
* 50% of Entry fees to charity of winners choice

International Players Championships Format:

* Round 1 Strokeplay all players
* Round 2 Matchplay (top 4 players from round 1)
* Round 3 Strokeplay (2 winning players from round 2)

Prize fund:

* 50% of International Entry fees to winner
* 50% of International Entry fees to charity of Players Championships winners choice


I
f you have any questions regarding the British Open please do not hesitate to contact me and I look forward to seeing you at Hastings!


Kind regards,
 
Sean.


Sean Homer

BMGA Chairman

BMGA website: www.minigolf.org.uk

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 September 2014 17:09 )
 

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