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The final Major of the year - the British Open - tees off this weekend in Hastings PDF Print E-mail

With just under a week to go until the British Open tees off in Hastings, players are starting to arrive from all over Europe for the premier event in the British minigolf calendar.

The tournament, to be held at the Hastings Pirate course for the second time, has attracted one of the strongest fields for years, with 53 players from 6 countries including Germany, Sweden, Austria, the Czech Republic and Portugal.



 The defending champion Adam Kelly of Great Britain will lead out the field on Saturday morning, together with Terry Exall and Lutz Brune from Germany. Adam will be looking to retain the title he won in Margate last year and add to his tally of three majors including the 2016 British Championship. With an outstanding record in the major championships Adam starts as one of the favourites for the title.

Three-time British Open champion Michael Smith seems certain to end the season as British number one and he will be looking to repeat his victories in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by adding a historic tenth major to his CV and claiming the £500 first prize.

After a busy summer of international action in Kosovo, Finland and Portugal, the entire GB minigolf squad is also taking part in the event and members of the teams for the Senior European Championships in Lahti and European Championships in Vizela will be looking to build on their performances as they return to domestic competition.

As well as the magnificent cut-glass trophy for the champion, the tournament also features trophies for the top novice and the leading overseas player, with former British Open champion Karsten Hein of Germany among the favourites.

The weekend begins with the traditional curtain-raiser, the Players and International Players Championships on Friday, an intriguing format combining strokeplay and matchplay, with the winner of the Players Championships donating 50% of the prize fund to their chosen charity.

There will also be a new name on the British Matchplay Championship this weekend, with the final due to be played after the first day’s play on Saturday. The semi-final line-up features four players who have never won the trophy before – Adam Kelly v Will Donnelly and Nuno Cunha v Tony Kelly.

‘This promises to be another exciting weekend of top-class minigolf by the seaside and we look forward to returning to Hastings. As always, we are grateful to Hastings Adventure Golf for hosting the event and I am sure it will live up to expectations,’ said Sean Homer, chairman of the British Minigolf Association.

Full details of the event along with the link to the online results and the day 1 groups can be found here in the British Open player pack.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 September 2016 22:21 )

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