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Germany make it five in a row

The German minigolf team made it five wins out of five at the World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) tournament which took place in Hastings over the weekend of 6-7 June.


The WAGM made its debut at Hastings Adventure Golf in 2011 and has since become an established part of the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) calendar. This year, it returned to Hastings for a fourth time after an interlude in Gothenburg, Sweden last year. The tournament featured 47 of the finest minigolfers from Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, China and India, battling it out in both team and individual competitions over eight rounds of adventure golf on the popular seafront course.

The tournament was played in perfect conditions, watched by a large crowd of onlookers attracted by the colourful flags of the eight countries taking part. The highlight of the first morning was a round of 24 (-12) by British number one Michael Smith, setting a new British record at the Pirate course and equalling the all-time course record with 12 aces (holes in one) across the 18 holes.

As the day went on, the German team started to dominate and they ended the first day with a healthy lead over Sweden in second place and Great Britain in third after four rounds.

On the second morning, the Great Britain team of Michael Smith, Chris Harding, Will Donnelly and Adam Kelly started to fight back, winning all three team rounds to set up a thrilling finish.

In the team final, Great Britain achieved the lowest team round of the weekend with a combined score of 114 (-30) including three rounds of 27. The tension mounted throughout the round, with each ace for Great Britain cheered on by the spectators. The battle for the medals went down to the very last hole, but Germany held on to remain victorious for the fifth year in succession.

The German team of Oleg Klassen, Jan-Peter Lichtenberg, Melanie Hammerschmidt and Martin Stöckle achieved a final total of 825 (-183) with an average score of 29.5 over 28 rounds. Sweden took the silver medal with a total of 835, just two strokes ahead of Great Britain in third.

Sunday afternoon saw another titanic battle in the final round of the individual competition. Martin Stöckle of Germany had led for most of the weekend, but was almost caught by another stunning round of 26 (-10) by Michael Smith which left the title in the balance until the very last hole.

Stöckle held on to complete his third WAGM victory following his success at Hastings in 2011 and 2012, picking up the trophy and £500 first prize with a score of 200 (-52) in seven rounds. Smith was just one stroke behind with a score of 201 (-51), while Oliver Rathjens from Germany beat Filiph Svensson from Sweden in a play-off for third place after both finished tied on 203 (-49). Chris Harding of Great Britain won the senior title, and Will Donnelly of Great Britain was junior champion.

Sean Homer, captain of the Great Britain team, and Pasi Aho, sport director of the WMF, both spoke warmly afterwards about the success of the competition. They praised the quality of the course, the high standard of play and the attitude of all the players, which produced intense rivalry and fierce competition but in a spirit of sportsmanship, friendship and fair play.

The BMGA would like to thank all the competitors for making the event such a success, Marion Homer (Tournament Director) for running a seamless and excellent competition, Simon Tompkins and the team at Hastings Adventure Golf for providing us with a top class venue and hospitality for the event and all at the White Rock Hotel for their ongoing support of the WAGM in Hastings.

Full results from the individual event can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2015WAGM/result.htm

Full results from the team event can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2015WAGTM/result.htm

Photos from the event can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/sets/72157651905856724

The Great Britain team now moves on to its next challenge, the World Minigolf Championships in Lahti, Finland in August.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:12 )
 

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