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Hastings delivers another classic competition as Smith lifts the British Open trophy once again PDF Print E-mail
  

After a thrilling final round Michael Smith won the 2016 British Open, beating Adam Kelly by 2 shots to claim the cut-glass trophy and the £500 first prize with Will Donnelly taking third place overall in the event. The final round produced some outstanding Minigolf and it took until the 16th hole for Michael to break the deadlock and edge into the lead and eventually lift the trophy on Sunday afternoon.

 Michael at the 16th Hole in the final round on his way to another British Open title.

 
The standard of play across the weekend was incredibly high with a number of players shooting personal best scores as the competition progressed. Adam Kelly and Sean Homer both set the new UK course record of 24 on day 1, equalling the all time record score previously set by German team players Oleg Klassen and Gerrit Below at the World Adventure Golf Masters at the Pirate course in 2011 and 2013 respectively.


Speaking after his victory, Michael said: "I‘m delighted to have won the 2016 British Open, and was particularly proud of my performance on day 2. The tournament was superbly run from start to finish and enormous credit for that deserves to go to Marion Homer, Sean Homer and all other members of the Executive Committee. I'd also like to thank the team at Hastings Adventure Golf for hosting the event and as always, for the warm service and generous hospitality they give us at every tournament we attend in Hastings."’


Other winners across the weekend were John McIver who won the Category 2 title with Martin Greenhead 2nd and Terry Exall 3rd. Freddie Blackburn-Shaw won the Cat 3/4 title with Ed Haynes 2nd and Cindy Kukielka 3rd. Mark Watson won the Novice title with Michael Salter 2nd and Alan Evans 3rd. In a first for the competition, the travelling International players competed for the inaugural British Open Overseas title with Daniel Vlček (Czech Republic) winning with Karsten Hein (Germany) 2nd and Joerg Mielenz (Germany) 3rd. The Kent Spitfires (featuring Adam Kelly, Sean Homer, Dave Donnelly and Tony Kelly) won the Team title with the Midlands 2nd and Sussex Wasps 3rd.

The 2016 British Open players prepare for the Tournament to start.

 

Despite missing out on the Open title, the weekend was still a success for Adam. On Friday, he retained his title at the traditional British Open curtain-raiser, the Players’ Championship, with the players raising £75 for Adams chosen charity for 2016, MIND UK.. Full results from the event can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=157&Itemid=56.. He also took the British Matchplay Championship title with the semi finals and finals played out at the end of Day One of the Open. In the Semis Adam beat Will Donnelly 3&2 and Nuno Cunha beat Tony Kelly 3&2. Tony beat Will in the Bronze Medal match 3&1 and in the final Adam beat Nuno 5&3 to become the 2016 British Matchplay Champion.

 

Reflecting on another top class event at Hastings Adventure Golf, BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said: “The British Open is always one of the highlights of our calendar and continues to produce some of the finest Minigolf we see year in year out. This year was no exception with the standard of the play overall surpassing anything we've seen at this event in the past. It is always a delight to run events at Hastings and the support and welcome we get from the team at the course is second to none. I'd like to thank Chris, Elvie, Christy and Kate in particular for their hospitality and ongoing support of the BMGA and for taking such good care of our players at the events. It was also great to see so many overseas players making the pilgrimage to Hastings for the Open this year. Their presence really helps give the event a special feel and I look forward to seeing them all again in future events on our tour. On a personal note i'd like to give a special shout out to my Kent team mate Owen Johnson who demonstrates everything that is great about minigolf - he is a real inspiration and gave us all the undeniable highlight of the weekend when he shot a 32 on day 2 and was applauded and cheered by all the players as he made his way off the 18th green back to the tournament office. A great memory from a terrific weekend,”


Full results from the weekend can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2016BO/result.htm


Photos from the British Open (courtesy of Marion Homer and the Kent Minigolf Club) can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157672925943111

 

The next event on the tour sees the Welsh Open once again take place in Cardiff on Sunday 16th October at the indoor Treetop Adventure Golf Complex. Full details of the event will be published on the website shortly.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:07 )
 

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