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2015 British 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 19th September at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate. 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.


Play will tee off on Saturday 19th September at 9.00am (a rolling start with groups of two or three players, all starting at hole 1, going out at 6 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 4.30pm.

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 4.30pm

In the event of a play-off for either the top 18 final round or any of the competition placings this will take place as sudden death across the following holes (in order of play):  1, 2, 11 and 12.

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 / 4 Winner: £25 (this is open to any player – excluding international entrants - not ranked within the top 32 of the Order Of Merit

There are also additional medals for the top Juniors (the British Junior Champion will be crowned at the British Open), top Seniors, top women 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):


Tee off


Player 1

Player 2

Player 3



Michael Smith

Zviad Tomaradze (S)

Adrian Amey (S)



Adam Kelly

Jan Hedström (S)

Matt Dodd



Will Donelly (J)

Marc Chapman

Helen Dodd (W)



Karsten Hein (S)

Chris Smith (S)




Sean Homer (S)

Tiger Pragnell

Paul Johnson



John McIver (S)

Dave Donnelly (S)

Ruth Burke (W)



Chris Harding (S)

Martin Greenhead (S)

Owen Johnson (J)



Tony Kelly (S)

Steve Lovell

Dave Gomm (S)



Scott Lancley

Terry Exall (S)

Louise Ellis (W)



Mark Wood (S)

Paul Preston

Frank Ellis (S)



Daniel Vlček

Andy Exall (S)

Rocky Bullin



Nuno Cunha

Freddie Blackburn-Shaw

Václav Švarc 



Chris Wood

Veronika Vlčková (W)


Results from the British Open, will be live on the World Wide Web from Saturday morning at

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 30-35 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 80/90 minutes after your previous round tee off time i.e. Group 1 will tee-off round 1 at 9.00am, Round 2 at 10.20am, Round 3 at 11.40am, Round 4 at 1.10pm (giving a slightly longer break between rounds 3 & 4) and their final round on Saturday at 2.30pm.

We are expecting the final group to finish their final round of the day around 4.30pm.

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


Only WMF approved minigolf balls are allowed for this tournament - therefore the only golf ball allowed will be WMF branded balls (these will again be on sale on Friday at the Players Championship). No course balls allowed.

Marion Homer
is the Tournament Director for the weekend.



The course has excellent on site facilities with refreshments available at the kiosk throughout the day for hot and cold drinks and food.


  • Monday 14h – 10.00am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 15th – 10.00am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 16th – 10.00am to 5pm
  • Thursday 17th - 10.00am to 5pm
  • Friday 18th – 10.00am to 6pm
  • Friday 18th – 2pm onwards – Players Championships
  • Saturday 19th – 8.00am open (practice allowed up to 8.45am)
  • Saturday 19th - 9.00am onwards – British Open day 1
  • Sunday 20th - 8.00am open (practice allowed up to 8.45am)
  • Sunday 20th – 9.00am onwards – British Open day 2

The course is offering an all day practice rate of £10 a day for all British Open competitors (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).


The traditional curtain raiser for the British Open, Friday 18th 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 Strokeplay (top 2 players from round 1) 
Prize fund:

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

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

Kind regards,


Sean Homer

BMGA Chairman

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2015 16:42 )

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