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2015 British Championships preview: Hastings prepares to welcome the cream of British minigolfers PDF Print E-mail
  

At least 30 of Britain’s top minigolfers will contest the British Championship at Hastings over the weekend of 16-17 May.

   
The tournament takes place over 9 rounds of minigolf at the seafront Pirate Golf course, with a total prize fund in excess of £500. As well as the overall British champion, the competition will also decide the Women’s, Senior and Junior champions*.   


Adam Kelly
, the defending British champion and five times British junior champion, faces a tough challenge from UK number 1 Michael Smith, who won the championship the last time it was held at Hastings in 2012. Another strong contender is Nuno Cunha, the newly crowned British Masters champion from Portugal, who is aiming to be the first overseas player to lift the coveted British Championship trophy.


                                        2014 British Champion Adam Kelly (centre) with runner up Michael Smith (left) and 3rd Place Sean Homer        


Adam, a student at Lincoln University and a member of Kent Minigolf Club, said: "Winning the 2014 British Championship signified a breakthrough in my minigolf career and put my name amongst the list of BMGA major winners, and it is the prestige that goes with victory which makes this such a special event. It feels strange that a whole year has passed since I won, but I am more than ready for a fight to defend my title and I know there will be tremendous competition at a very high standard from many of the competitors. Playing the tournament on such a low scoring course means that there is no room for error and it would not surprise me to see the course record broken during the weekend of the competition. Best of luck to all players playing in the British Championships."


The defending British women’s champion Brenda Smith, of Midlands Minigolf Club, leads a strong field of five contenders for the women’s trophy. Brenda said “I am looking forward to the Championship weekend at Hastings. The women's event is an opportunity to promote the sport to a wider female audience. Last year was fun, friendly and very close. Good weather would be an added bonus."


The Senior category throws up a fascinating contest between defending British senior champion Sean Homer, former senior champion Tony Kelly, former British Champion John Moore, and the current World Crazy Golf champion Chris Harding.


Sean, captain of Kent Minigolf Club, said: “Having won the title for the past two years I am looking forward to taking on the cream of British Senior minigolfers at the Pirate course. Given the depth of quality that we now have in the senior category, I am sure we will see a titanic battle for the title and who knows, perhaps we will see the Senior Champion take the overall title as well.”


The British Championship will provide a strong test of Britain’s minigolfing talent three weeks before the World Adventure Golf Masters(WAGM), which takes place on the same course over the weekend of 6-7 June, when the cream of British minigolf will take on teams from Germany, Sweden, Spain, the Czech Republic and India.


Sean Homer, Chairman of the British Minigolf Association, said: “With the top players in the UK all taking part in this year’s British Championships, coupled with the event taking place on one of the best courses in the country, I am sure we will see an absolute classic competition when we tee off in Hastings. The 2 day event will also give our Great Britain team players a great opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming WAGM. Above all, I am sure we will witness some of the best ever minigolf to be played out in the UK over the next few weeks and look forward to welcoming all the players competing in Hastings, the spiritual home of UK minigolf.”


Entries for the British Championship close at 9am on Saturday 9 May and further details can be found at
http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=129&Itemid=56.

IMPORTANT British Championship rules information: At the 2015 WAGM, players who wish to use a golf ball on any lane will only be able to use an official WMF branded Golf Ball (these will be on sale at the course in the run in to the competition). With this in mind, the British Championships will look to mirror this ruling. However due to the limited availablilty of the WMF branded balls, for the British Championships players who want to play a golf ball, will be able to use either a WMF Golf Ball or a recognised branded golf ball (such as Titleist, Nike, etc). Additionally, only WMF approved minigolf balls will be able to be used for both events. Referees will be available to check any balls at the event if you have any doubts as to whether or not a ball is legal.


* Minimum of 3 players in each class required for Champion to be decided

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 May 2015 15:47 )
 

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