|Early Bird Membership reminder and the launch of the 2017 FA Cup of Minigolf|
2017 MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
For 2017 we have two tiers of membership. Tour Pro Membership for the 2017 season is £40 and entitles players to discounted pre-event practice rates at tournament venues on the calendar (some venues will offer these rates all season). The 2017 season will also see discounted entry for the key events on the calendar for Tour Pros (such as the British Championships, British Open and British Masters). Alternatively, you can register for free membership via the website.
Following the success of the last few years we are again offering an ‘Early Bird’ Tour Pro membership of just £25 for players who take out 2017 Tour Pro Membership up to and including Tuesday 28th February 2017. Details and a membership form can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=64
Please note that all players selected for the Great Britain teams for 2017 must ensure that they renew their Tour Pro membership before the 27th January to be eligible for selection (the selectors will be making their picks over the weekend of the 28th and 29th)
Following the success of the last two years, the FA Cup of Minigolf aka the British Matchplay Championship for 2017 will once again stay with the tried and tested original knockout format, mirroring the FA Cup with no seeding, no group stages and random draws to add extra spice to the championship.
Adam Kelly - the 2016 Champion on his way to victory in Hastings
The tournament will run all season long and will see 5 rounds of matches taking place to decide the champion - the round of 32, Round of 16, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals culminating with the Final (and third place play off).
The list of confirmed entrants can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2017BMC/result.htm
The draw for the opening round will take place once all spaces are taken and will be a random draw - always guaranteed to throw up some epic clashes as the tournament gets under way!
The players will be able to decide between them where and when the tie is to be played (this can be at any 18 hole course) and players are encouraged to take photos and video footage where possible to highlight their own matches (along with announcing the date and venue of the tie in advance to give spectators the chance to attend!).
There are cut off dates for matches in each round to be played (these will be confirmed before the first round draw) and if players have not played the match by the deadline then the tie will go to a 'pools panel' who will look at how many official BMGA events each player has attended in the timeframe. If one player has attended more then they will be awarded the tie. If however this is not decisive then both players will be disqualified from the championship and one of the losers from a completed match will progress to the next round in their place!
The primary reason for this rule is quite simply to ensure that the matches are played out to a conclusion and players are to bear this in mind before putting their names into the first round draw.
The deadlines for matches will be confirmed shortly:
Results from each match will be published on the BMGA website and full details of the rules and format for the Matchplay ties will be communicated when the draw for Round 1 takes place.