|Michael Smith triumphs, while VESPAS strike gold at the Dunton Hills double header|
On Saturday, Michael Smith picked up his sixth title of the season so far, in successfully defending his Cambridgeshire and Essex Open crown with an emphatic 9 shot victory on the notoriously challenging course. Steve Lovell (SWMGC), continued his fine season long form with his fourth podium of the year and 2nd runners up spot, after defeating home player Mark Wood (CEMGC) at the 1st hole in a sudden death play off.
Reflecting on the weekend Michael had this to say: “The past weekend showed exactly what makes the BMGA Tour so special. We had two excellent, well-organised tournaments, albeit two tournaments that were extremely different to each other. On behalf of MMGC I’d like to congratulate all of our players on a great weekend of minigolf, especially Ruth and Steve to getting to the final of the British Doubles Championship on Sunday. I’d also like to thank Cambridgeshire and Essex Minigolf Club, all the staff at Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre and the BMGA, for all their hard work in running two outstanding tournaments.”
Dunton Hills proved to be a great weekend all round for the Midlands Minigolf Club, who achieved a clean sweep of the category gold medals.
Ruth Burke won the Cat 2 Gold Medal as well as the Top female player trophy, Matt Dodd and Martin Greenhead both of KMGC picked up silver and bronze, Martin having defeated Derek Bentall (SWMGC) in a sudden death playoff.
In cat 3/4 Rocky Bullin (MMGC) picked up the Gold Medal with team mate Seve Kukielka winning silver, and international newcomer and ‘Black Cat’ Scott Walker taking bronze.
In the pairs competition Chris Smith (MMGC) and Dave Hartley (PHCGC) reigned supreme, and in doing so are now the proud owners of CEMGC Open 2016 special edition mugs.
Fellow ‘Black Cat’ Adam Dustin took the Aceman trophy with 4 aces, including an impressive hat-trick at hole 14.
The club and individual aces winners will be updated on the CEMGC facebook page.
Full Results can be found at http://www.bmga.co.uk/CEMGCO2016/result.htm
Photos from the event (courtesy of the KMGC) can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157671049145286
Sunday saw the return of the popular BMGA doubles event, with 16 pairs taking part.
Congratulations to the pre-tournament favourites, who apart from a defeat in the group stage which they avenged in the final, TEAM VESPAS, Nuno Cunha (Vizelgolf) and Steve Lovell (SWMGC), proved too strong for the rest of the field, culminating in a 5&4 defeat of GEMINIGOLF, Ruth Burke and Steve Sturdy both (MMGC) In the GOLD MEDAL match. Congratulations also to GEMINGOLF on an excellent silver medal performance. MMGC pair, Michael Smith and Rocky Bullin took the Bronze medal by defeating the Ballet Dancers, Dave and Marion Hartley (SWMGC) in the 3rd place playoff. This was an excellent performance by the Dancers.
Other honourable mentions in the top half of the competition go to The Wombles, Matt and Helen Dodd (KMGC) in securing 6th place and newcomers Team Skusty, Adam Dustin and Scott Walker (Team NZ)
The full Final Placings can be seen on the BMGA facebook page.
After the event winning captain Steve Lovell had a little to say “Naturally, I am delighted to have got the win with Nuno, who played in my very first event back in 2013. I have always looked up to him for guidance and experience at minigolf. We worked well as a team, I know how Nuno wants to putt so we played to our strengths. We had some tough matches, especially in the knockout phase an were surprised by the margins we won by. We had a great semi final against Rocky and Michael that just came at the right time. I want to add that the event was the real winner. It was my first time in the doubles event, which was played in a brilliant spirit, showing just what it is like to be a part of the BMGA. Some pairs played outstandingly well, such as Ruth and Steve, the Hartley's and the Dodd's, which was really pleasing. The new guys (Adam, Scott, Jack and Liam) settled in really well and I hope that this is the start of their minigolf journey.”
I would like to thank Sean and Marion for one of the best run tournaments there has ever been, along with the EC for their assistance. Without them and without the wonderful participants, there is no minigolf in this country and I am thankful for that. Dunton Hills were great hosts once again and I look forward to another event there. The CEMGC for their running of their Open on the Saturday. My club the Sussex Wasps for the friendship and support they gave me. And finally, Nuno, who saw all my instructions were in Portuguese, although Google translate didn't do a great job, for being a great person to play alongside.”
Photos from the event, including the full match by match results can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157670117997400 (courtesy of the KMGC)
The tour moves on to Worthing for the SplashPoint Open on Saturday 30th July (details here) and then it’s the traditional summer break until the British Open restarts the tour in September. But fear not, the Great Britain teams will be in action in August (watch out for updates over the coming weeks) so your minigolfing needs can still be satisfied until we tee off in hastings for the British Open.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 July 2016 19:04 )|