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Smith wins the Masters and the coveted tweed jacket for the third time PDF Print E-mail

On the same day that Danny Willett was on his way to winning his first green jacket at the Augusta Masters, British minigolfer Michael Smith claimed the British Masters title to win the coveted British Minigolf Association (BMGA) tweed jacket for the third time.




















The British Masters, one of the leading events on the BMGA tour, traditionally takes place over the same weekend as the better known Masters in Augusta, and over the years it has delivered its fair share of drama, passion and superb minigolf. For the last five years, the event has been held at Splash Point, in a beautiful seafront setting at Denton Gardens in Worthing. The course, owned by BMGA members Peter Emmerson and Anthony Pope, has a reputation for being one of the most challenging on the tour, and this year players also had to contend with a strong wind which made for difficult scoring conditions. 

Despite this, there were some record-breaking performances from those at the top of the leaderboard. British number one Michael Smith, the winner in 2012 and 2014, achieved a score of 122 (-22) for four rounds, including 29 aces and two rounds of 29, to destroy the previous tournament record at Splash Point of -13. He was pushed all the way by Sussex Wasps Minigolf Club captain Steve Lovell, whose score of 124 (-20) would have comfortably won the tournament in any of the previous four years. In third place was 2013 British Masters champion Adam Kelly (-10), one stroke ahead of defending champion Nuno Cunha from Portugal.

The tournament also saw prizes for players ranked outside the current top 16. The Category 2 event was won by former British Masters champion John Moore with a score of +13, ahead of Derek Bentall (+14) and Tiger Pragnell (+26). The joint Category 3 and 4 event was won by Dean Cripps-Humphrey (+22), ahead of Charlie Dart (+30) in his very first BMGA tour event and Ed Pope (+34).

As always, the event concluded with the traditional handing over of the celebrated tweed jacket, in a ceremony modelled on the Masters green jacket ceremony in the Butler Cabin. The defending champion Nuno Cunha congratulated Smith on his third victory and helped him into the jacket to generous applause.

Speaking after his victory, Smith said: "I am delighted to have won the 2016 British Masters. It was one of my best ever performances on the BMGA tour, and I had to be at my very best to see off an outstanding performance from Steve Lovell. I would like to thank Sean and Marion Homer, Mark Wood and Tony Kelly for running the tournament so superbly, and Anthony Pope and Peter Emmerson for once again hosting the tournament at Splash Point. The BMGA tour is very lucky to have such supportive course owners in those two gentlemen. A strong wind made scoring difficult but I thought the overall standard of play was high, and all the players deserve great credit for managing their frustration levels and playing in such a good spirit on what is an incredibly demanding course. It was another top event on the BMGA tour."

Full results can be found at 

Photos from the event (courtesy of the KMGC) can be found at


The weekend also saw three more players move into the second round draw for the British Matchplay Championships with Dave Donnelly, Michael Smith and Marion Homer all recording victories after the Masters. The full results can be found at  

The next event on the BMGA tour is the Club Championships at Margate on 24 April – full details of the event and format can be found at

The next individual event is the British Championships at Wroxham Barns on 7-8 May. The Friday evening (May 6) will see a pro-am take place at the course, with all proceeds going towards Macmillan Cancer Trust. To help plan the event, can any player wishing to take part let Sean know by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP (the number of pro’s playing ultimately dictates the number of local teams that will be able to enter – the more the merrier!).

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:26 )

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