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Smith wins his seventh BMGA Tour Major – but how many more? PDF Print E-mail
  

Michael Smith won his second British Minigolf Championship at Hastings on Sunday – then stunned his fellow players in his victory speech by hinting that he may soon be retiring from the sport.

                            Michael (centre with trophy) surrounded by other prize winners from the weekend

Michael, the UK number 1, completed his seventh Major victory to move within one of the all-time record holder Tim Davies. He has now won three British Opens, two British Championships and two World Crazy Golf Championships, with two more ‘majors’ to come this year.

Michael led the field of 34 players from start to finish to record a nine-round total of 253 (-71), including a total of 76 aces across the weekend, to finish ahead of 2014 champion Adam Kelly (-63) and the leading British junior Will Donnelly (-55) in third.

Speaking after his victory, Michael said: "I'm delighted to have won the 2015 British Championship. I'd like to say a huge thank you to BMGA Chairman Sean Homer and all of the Executive Committee for running the event so superbly all weekend. I'd also like to thank Marc Chapman, Steve Lovell, Steve Sturdy and the scorers for the final round who all made a big contribution towards the success of the tournament. Finally, I'd like to congratulate all the players for their excellent sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the weekend, and the fantastic standard of play across the tournament. Between the players, organisers and the exceptional team of staff at Hastings Adventure Golf, who host so many of our biggest events, we put on an excellent sporting display that showed all the qualities that make the BMGA tour and minigolf in Great Britain so special." 

Michael, the captain of Midlands Minigolf Club, led his club to a clean sweep of trophies in the overall, senior and women’s categories. The former British champion Chris Harding was crowned British Senior Champion for the first time with a score of 277 (-47), holding off a late challenge from former senior champions Tony Kelly (-45) and Sean Homer (-44). Ruth Burke made it a Midlands hat-trick by claiming the British Women’s Championship with a score of 313 (-11), ahead of Marion Homer (-7) and Helen Dodd (-3).

Scott Lancley of Kent Minigolf Club won the Category 2 prize for players currently outside the top 16, and Andy Wilde of Sussex Wasps Minigolf Club picked up the Category 3/4 prize. 

The tournament was held for the second time on the seafront Pirate Course at Hastings Adventure Golf, the home of several major championships. The warm spring weather attracted a large crowd of spectators, drawn by the special tournament cabin which made its first appearance at the course. The same venue will host the next event on the British Minigolf Association tour, the World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) on 6-7 June, when Hastings will welcome some of the world’s top minigolfers and the leading British players will take on teams from Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain and India over eight rounds.

Sean Homer, chairman of the BMGA, said: “The standard of the play in the UK keeps going from strength to strength and the timing of this competition is ideal preparation in our bid to take the team title at the World Adventure Golf Masters in three weeks time. I would like to thank all the players for taking part in the competition, our referees for the weekend - Scott Lancley, Martin Greenhead, Mark Wood, Steve Lovell and Marc Chapman – everyone behind the scenes who helped to ensure the tournament ran smoothly all weekend, as well as Simon Tompkins and everyone at Hastings Adventure Golf for their hospitality and providing us with one of the best courses in the country for our National Championships. The welcome we receive is hugely appreciated by all of the players and their ongoing support of our tour is instrumental in giving us a platform to help develop our game in the UK.” 

Photos from the event can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/sets/72157650716085194

Full results from the 2015 British Championships can be found at http://www.bmga.co.uk/2015BC/result.htm

There are still a few spaces for players interested in taking part in the WAGM – entry costs £45 which includes the opening and closing ceremonies at the White Rock Hotel in Hastings and details of the event and how to enter can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=130&Itemid=56


The weekend also saw the culmination of round 1 of the British Matchplay Championship and the draw for Round 2. Full details of the draw can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=635:2015-british-matchplay-championship-round-two-draw-confirmed&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=105&Itemid=60
Last Updated ( Monday, 18 May 2015 17:12 )
 

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