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There’s a new Sheriff in Nottingham as Smith takes the 2016 English Open title PDF Print E-mail
The 2016 BMGA tour tees off in style as the English Open returns to Nottingham

Although the winter has been mild, the BMGA’s first tournament of the 2016 season took place at the great indoor Temple trail course of The Lost City adventure golf in the Cornerhouse complex, Nottingham. The favourites in a field of 27, were current English Open title holder Sean Homer, and 2014 runner-up Michael Smith.


After 54 holes there was no doubt who would be crowned champion as the UK No.1 Michael Smith (above), took the title in 86 shots (-22) which included a new course record of 27 in the final round. Left 5 shots behind (-17) were Kent Minigolf Club captain Sean Homer, Sussex Wasps captain Steve Lovell and Midland mini golf youth player Will Donnelly. Sean took the silver medal after a three-way play-off with Steve picking up the bronze medal.

Speaking after his victory, Michael said “"I'm delighted to have won the 2016 English Open. I played very well in rounds 1 and 3, and I particularly enjoyed the final round, where Sean, Steve and myself were all playing excellently, and the Aces were flying in! I'd like to thank the course owners at Lost City Adventure Golf, and Sean and Marion Homer for hosting and running the tournament respectively. It was a great start to what looks to be incredible year on the 2016 BMGA Tour."

At a course in which 290 holes-in-one’s were shot, there were many other great performances.

In Category 2, Andy Wilde of Sussex Wasps, took the top spot finishing 5th overall (-16), with Paul Johnson and Matt Dodd (both Kent Minigolf Club) taking Silver and Bronze.

In Category 3 & 4, Ed Pope (-7) of Sussex wasps, took the Gold medal with an Ace in the playoff at hole 1 against Geoff Farmer, and taking the bronze medal Jake Tetley, both from Midland mini golf.

The Most Improved Player award was won by Kent Minigolf Club's Owen Johnson, posting an 8 stroke improvement on his 1st round.

Full results from the English Open be found at


The BMGA and all participants would like to thank the staff of The Lost City adventure golf for hosting the 2016 English Open and look forward to returning in the future. Thanks too, to Sean & Marion Homer for running a seamless tournament.

Next up on the BMGA calendar: The Planet Hastings Open. Taking place Sunday 6th March, at the Hasting seafront. Entry is £8, with the first round due to Tee off from 9am. You can pay the organiser (Ted Mciver) on the day.







Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:13 )

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