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Ten Years and Eleven Opens - the KMGC look forward to welcoming all to Sidcup this weekend PDF Print E-mail
  

Ten Years and Eleven Opens - the KMGC look forward to welcoming all to Sidcup this weekend.


On Sunday 13 November the Kent Minigolf Club host the 11th Kent Open, celebrating ten years of the club with over 30 players from across the UK descending on the newly re-laid and renamed Dino golf course at the Sidcup Family Golf complex. The competition will tee off from 9.45am and entry fee will once again be just £10 for players that already have the official Kent Open ball - and just £20 for entry and the ball – yours to keep for ever!

2013 Kent Open players
The 2015 Kent Open Players get ready to start the competition


All players will use the official ball of the Kent Open and the latest entry list can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2016KO/result.htm and this will revert to the live scores from Sunday morning.


If you fancy taking part in this unique event and joining the KMGC in celebrating ten years of this fantastic competition contact the club either via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via the KMGC's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/47590459630/) or forum (http://kmgc.forumotion.net/).


THE KENT OPEN: a 'brief' look back at the history of the event by KMGC Captain Sean Homer

Where it all began – 2006 (Strokes)


After the formation of the Kent Minigolf Club in the summer of 2006 we were proud to host our very first club Open at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate. As a late addition to that season’s tour, we were able to squeeze the event in right at the end of the season in November (the now traditional Kent Open slot in the BMGA calendar) and 23 players graced the greens for the two round event. With the weather proving to be kind (as it has for all bar one of our Opens) it saw Steve Vallory take the victory by 1 shot beating the Kent Captain to lift the trophy and secure his place in KMGC history.


The KMGC take their first tour victory – 2007 (Strokes)


A strong field of over 30 players including all the big names on the BMGA tour battled out the 2007 title which moved to a three round event (the format that has been in place for all our Opens since). I went into the final round trailing Tim ‘Aceman’ Davies – the legend of UK minigolf – by 1 shot and after a thrilling third round, I had pulled level with Tim and the Kent Open saw its first play off to decide the title (with 4 players – Tim, Andy Exall, Ted McIver and myself involved). An ace by me at the first hole saw the KMGC win their first UK title and start a sequence of tournament wins by the club that continues to this day.


Kent dominate proceedings – 2008 (Strokes)


The third Kent Open saw Strokes hosting the event again and saw the KMGC really start to make an impact on the tour with 4 of the club finishing in the top 5 including a career best result from runner up Dave ‘Four Strings’ Forrest – one of the club founders along with Andy ‘Sarge’ Booth, Marion ‘Double Trouble’ Homer and myself – with Andy ‘Mr X’ Exall, runner up in 2007, taking the title by 2 strokes and joining the Kent Open hall of fame.


The wet Kent Open – 2009 (Strokes)


For the first time in Kent Open history, the event was blighted by dreadful weather that saw a couple of players actually fail to finish as the rain did its best to wash out the final event on the calendar in 2009. Against all odds, the event did actually reach a conclusion and for the second time in three years, the title was decided in a play off between future British Open Champion Marc ‘Chappers / aka The Force’ Chapman and Planet Hastings player Nick ‘Top Hole’ Chitty. After 4 holes, the competition was settled with Nick coming out on top and joining the growing list of Kent Open winners.


A new venue and the first double winner – 2010 (Lost Island Encounter)


After four years at Strokes, the Kent Open moved to its current home at the Lost Island adventure golf course in Sidcup. After yet another close competition, the fifth Kent Open was decided again by a play off, this time between Tony ‘T Max’ Kelly and myself. With Tony taking a two at the first play off hole, I stepped up and aced the hole to take the title and become the first (but not the last) two time Kent Open Champion.


A new ball and a new victor – 2011 (Lost Island Encounter)


2011 saw the introduction of the first official ball of the Kent Open (a KMGC branded golf ball) as the event moved to a single ball competition – a great way to help level the playing field and also give players a memento of taking part. After a close fought battle, Seth ‘Clockwork Orange’ Thomas took the spoils for the Green Minigolf Club by one shot from the future British Open winner, Adam ‘AK47’ Kelly.http://www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk/KOball.htmhttp://www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk/KOball.htmYou can read more about the history of the Kent Open balls at http://www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk/KOball.htmYou can read more about the history of the Kent Open balls at http://www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk/KOball.htm...


Another new ball and the second double winner – 2012 (Lost Island Encounter)


Six years of play offs and tight finishes were distant memories as the introduction of the now fabled white VTK Kent Open ball saw the Kent Open hall of fame welcome its second two time winner as Seth blew away all the competition in the biggest Kent Open to date to finish with a record breaking 9 under par, 6 shots clear of the field. A truly memorable win and the only player in the events history to successfully defend their title.


The arrival of the final Kent Open ball – 2013 (Lost Island Encounter)


2013 saw the arrival of the final version of the Kent Open ball into the competition and another strong field battle it out for the title. Once again the Kent Open proved to be an epic battle between two time winner Sean and team mate Michael ‘Hole In One Kenobi’ Smith who made history by winning the Kent Invitational Tournament and the Kent Open in the same weekend (a feat yet to be matched). The new ball had proved to be a great addition and continues to be the only ball used in the Kent Open going forward.


The youngest Kent Open winner – 2014 (Lost Island Encounter)


The KMGC did it again as the 9th Open, with record breaking numbers, finished with yet another play off. This time Michael was to lose out to a new name on the trophy, Will ‘Delaney’ Donnelly, winning his first tour event and becoming the youngest ever winner of the Kent Open in the process.


The 10th Kent Open and the first triple winner – 2015 (Lost Island Encounter)

 
The biggest field to date and a fitting way to celebrate the milestone of our 10th Open. Another glorious November day saw the Club Captain Sean 'Freebird' Homer take the victory and with it became the first (and currently only) three time winner of the competition with a record equalling 3 round score. A terrific day for the club and a great way to mark a special day for the KMGC.

 

The 11th Kent Open – 2016 (Mr Mulligans Dino Golf)

 
And so we arrive at the upcoming Kent Open this weekend. The course has undergone a complete relay with new felt, new hazards and a few tweaks to the course providing us with virtually a new course to contest the Open, our 7th year running at the complex. Who will take the spoils - we have a number of previous Champions in the field along with a few first timers and it promises to be a cracking event when we tee off on Sunday.


You can find all the results, tons of photos and some entertaining reports in the KMGC website archives (www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk) and we look forward to welcoming all the players this weekend for what will be a great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a club.


Sean.


VTK!


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:26 )
 

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