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Adam Kelly claims victory in inaugural Irish Open in Dundrum, Dublin PDF Print E-mail
  

 

 

Thirteen British players made the short journey to Ireland at the weekend to take part in the first ever Irish Open, organised by the newly formed Irish Minigolf Association with the support of the BMGA.


The event, held at the indoor Rainforest Adventure Golf complex in Dundrum, Dublin, attracted a field of 34 players from the Republic of Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden and Great Britain.


After two days and eight rounds of high quality minigolf, Adam Kelly of Kent Minigolf Club was crowned Irish Open champion with a score of 219 (69 under par), four strokes ahead of his club captain Sean Homer, with Karl Lakos of Austria in third place. Adam picked up the inaugural Irish Open trophy along with the first prize of 1,500 euros after a remarkable second day performance which saw him overturn Sean’s overnight lead with rounds of 27, 26 and 25.


In addition to the Irish Open, the 14 Irish players were competing for the first Irish National Championship and the battle went down to the wire, with three players in contention after qualifying for the final round. In the end it was won by Jamie Campbell with a score of 262 (-26), ahead of Seán Kelly (-20) and Shane Reilly (-17). Jamie picked up the first prize of 350 euros from a dedicated prize fund for local players.

 

 The winners from the weekend take the plaudits at the end of the tournament

 

Full results from the event can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2017IO/result.htm


The scoring was low throughout the weekend, with 20 of the 34 players finishing under par. The highlight came on the opening morning, when Paulli Kuikka of Sweden set a new world record for MOS (Minigolf Open Standard) courses with a score of 23 for 18 holes including 13 holes in one.


The overseas players who took part were full of praise for the course and the legendary Irish hospitality shown by Rainforest Adventure Golf. In addition to a generous 3,500 euro prize fund, the course provided free practice throughout the week and an opening night party with Thai food, wine and Irish beer.


We hope that this will be the start of big things for Irish minigolf. The course is offering free practice sessions every Tuesday for the Irish players who took part, with the aim of developing the sport of minigolf in Ireland and competing in international events. Christian Adler has helped out by donating a set of minigolf balls. Hopefully we will see more players taking up the sport in Ireland and competing for the Irish Open next year. There are plans to hold the tournament again in February 2018.


Sean Homer, Chairman of the BMGA and the tournament director said "Ross and the team at Rainforest Adventure Golf really pulled out the stops to make the event one to remember for all the players. The hospitality over the weekend and throughout the build up to the competition was superb and I know that all the players were delighted to be part of the first Irish Open on the WMF calendar. It's great to see the Irish Federation launch with such a great event and I look forward to a return to Dundrum in 2018."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:25 )
 

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