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History made in Margate as the Kent Minigolf Club win a record breaking fifth Club Championship PDF Print E-mail
  

Kent Minigolf Club wins the British Club Championship at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate.


The fourteenth annual BMGA British Club Championship saw the Kent Minigolf Club win the title for a record 5th time, becoming the most successful club in the tournaments history. A total of eight teams from five of the British Minigolf Association’s Clubs entered the event. In a fitting climax to a tremendous event, the two unbeaten teams on the day - the Kent Spitfires and Cambridgeshire & Essex - battled it out for the title, having drawn their group match at the start of the tournament. In a closely fought match, the winning putt was sunk by the Kent Captain to seal the match and ensure the club picked up their fifth title in 6 championships.


                                                                 The winning Kent Minigolf Club squad celebrate their historic victory at Strokes


The Kent Hurricanes defeated the Sussex Wasps to take the bronze medal and see two Kent teams on the podium at the end of the event.

 

Commenting on the historic fifth title, Club Captain Sean Homer said "It was an awesome day for the club. I feel so proud to be part of this historic moment for the club and am honoured to be able to line up alongside the Hellcats, Hurricanes and the Spitfires in our fantastic club. Every one of our 12 players did themselves and the club proud today and it was great for all of us to share the moment on the podium. I have to give a special mention for our mighty Hellcats - Matty, Owen, Kate and Marion demonstrated everything that makes this club great. A truly epic display of team spirit, fight, determination and class. We salute all four of you! It was also brilliant to see the Hurricanes on the podium and of course a big shout out the my fellow Spitfires for bringing the title home. VTK!"


The BMGA British Club Championship saw all teams drawn into 2 groups with the top 2 teams in each group progressing to play the semi finals for positions 1-4 and the bottom two teams playing for positions 5-8. Then the day rounded off with the the last matches of the day deciding the positions from 8th place up to the Champions.


Matt Wood, course owner of Strokes said "Having never been to or hosted the Club Championships before, I didn't really know what to expect. What a fantastic tournament, a great format with the team match-play which really brings out the camaraderie and team spirit amongst the entire field of competitors. From watching Owen 'jackpot' Johnson needing to sink a 5 foot 2nd putt on the 17th and doing so after being given some advice from the opposition team member Steve 'Shiela' Lovell. To seeing Cambridge captain James Rutherford blow up on hole 11 in the final, (probably his only blip in a fantastic tournament for him) feeling disappointed with himself, can then stand back and watch his team mates Mark, Chris and Adrian bang in 3 aces in row!! From what I saw there were cracking duels in virtually every match up, back and forth and quite a few tied. In the end though there can only be one victorious team and these 4 players just had far too many 'aces' in their locker for the opposition teams, take a bow Sean Homer, Marc Chapman, Adam Kelly and Andy Exall, 5 time winners Kent Spitfires. On a personal note, we would like to thank Marion and Sean for yet another flawlessly organised tournament. Enjoy the rest of the 2016 tour everyone."


Sean, who is also the Chairman of the British Minigolf Association said “Strokes proved to be a great setting for the Club Championship., the first time the event has ever been held in Kent. The British Minigolf Association would like to thank all of the teams and players for competing and Matt, Frankie and Brian Wood for hosting the event."


Final Championship Standings were as follows:


1) KENT SPITFIRES - Sean Homer (C), Marc Chapman, Adam Kelly, Andy Exall
2) CAMBRIDGESHIRE & ESSEX - James Rutherford (C), Mark Wood, Chris Wood, Adrian Amey
3) KENT HURRICANES - Scott Lancley (C), Tony Kelly, Paul Johnson, Ed Haynes
4) SUSSEX WASPS- Steve Lovell (C), Andy Wilde, Derek Bentall, Paul Preston
5) MIDLANDS WULPHERE- Michael Smith (C), Seth Thomas, Chris Smith, John Moore
6) MIDLANDS BEOWOLF- Brenda Smith (C), Ruth Burke, Steve Sturdy, Tiger Pragnell
7) PLANET HASTINGS - Dave Gomm (C), Terry Exall, Nick Chitty
8) KENT HELLCATS - Marion Homer (C), Owen Johnson, Kathryn Haynes, Matty Exall


Full match-by-match results from the 2016 BMGA British Minigolf Club Championship can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?view=details&id=147&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=56

 

You can find all the official team photos from the event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157667506731786 courtesy of the KMGC

 

BMGA British Club Championships Honours Board:

Kent Minigolf Club – Five time champions
Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club – Four time champions
• London Minigolf Club – Three time champions
• Midlands Minigolf Club – Two time champions

The next event on the Tour is the British Championships in Wroxham Barns over the weekend of 7th and 8th May - details can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=148&Itemid=56

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 April 2016 17:28 )
 

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