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Championship report: Mother Nature blows through Strokes, but Kelly’s class still shines through PDF Print E-mail

As the photos of the title winners were taken (see below), you’d be forgiven for questioning why only 6 of the 32 participants finished under par? But, it was the blue skies and sun drenched smiles that hid the greatest lie of all. For the real challenge of the 2017 British Minigolf Championship lay within the 4 rounds Saturday, and 3 rounds of Sunday, under the gloomy clouds of a weather front that only cracked within last 3 holes, of the final round.

The Prize winners at the 2017 British Championships

Participants arrived on the Saturday at Strokes Adventure Golf Course in Margate, with a chilly East South Easterly wind welcoming them to morning practice.  

As Round 1 began, it was clear that each player was going to have brought their ‘A-game’, as it didn’t matter if you arrived as a novice or a Tour Pro, you were going to be tested right from your 1st tee shot! In hindsight, it was the round in which Men’s and Overall winner, Adam Kelly (of Kent Minigolf club), created the 6 stroke gap which later clinched the title with an incredible 28 (8 under par 36.) Only 6 other players shot under par that round which left many a seasoned Pro praying that they’d finish the round at least in or around 40. 

As round 2,3 & 4 came to pass it was clear Andy Exall, Sean Homer and Mark Wood would exchange the lead, putt for putt, for the Senior title. Meanwhile, Nuno Cunha and James Rutherford would attempt to challenge Adam for the Men’s title.

In the women’s, Ruth Burke produced a great first round 34, 2 under par, in which Marion Homer and Marion Hartley would then need to chase down for the rest of the competition.

In the Junior’s, although Will Donnelly (of Midland Minigolf) ended the day with a healthy lead over Owen Johnson and the two BC debuting player’s, Chloe Allart-Bennett and Anthony Clarkson (all three from the Kent Minigolf Club). Will, had found the course and conditions challenging, and on this occasion would not be in a position to challenge for the Overall title.

Sunday, and the wind had turned Southerly, a little lighter, and at least one of the participants had learned from making the mistake of wearing shorts the day before!

During rounds 5, 6 and 7, Andy Exall and Nuno Cunha found the Ace lines and became the clear title challengers to Adam as they both posted a sub 30 round of 29. Now on any other course in the UK you’d shrug your shoulders and say “And?!” But on this course, Nuno and Andy both joined a rather small and select group of players that have gone under 30, with the two new 'inductees' sharing the honour now with Adam Kelly, Sean Homer, Michael Smith, John McIver and Jan Hedstrom.

As the seventh and final round drew to close here are the final top 3 positions, Winners and prizes;

Junior title:

  1. Will Donnelly (Midland Minigolf club) £30 + Trophy

  2. Owen Johnson (Kent Minigolf club) £20

  3. Chloe Allart-Bennett (Kent Minigolf club) £15

Seniors title:

  1. Andy Exall (Kent Minigolf club) £50 + Trophy

  2. Sean Homer (Kent Minigolf club) £30

  3. Mark Wood (Cambridge & Essex Minigolf club) £20

Women’s title:

  1. Ruth Burke (Midland Minigolf club) £50 + Trophy

  2. Marion Homer (Kent Minigolf club) £30

  3. Marion Hartley (Planet Hastings Crazy Golf club) £20

Men’s Title:

  1. Adam Kelly (Kent Minigolf club) £50

  2. Nuno Cunha (Viszela Minigolf club) £30

  3. James Rutherford (Cambridge & Essex Minigolf club) £20

Overall title:

  1. Adam Kelly (-28) £50 + Trophy

  2. Andy Exall (-22)

  3. Nuno Cunha (-18)

Other prizes:

Most improved on day 1: David Hartley (Planet Hastings Crazy Golf club), from round 1 to round 4 improved by 12 strokes. 

Most improved on day 2: Mark Wood (Cambridge & Essex Minigolf club), round 5 to round 7 improved by 7 strokes.

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

The BMGA and the participants would like to thank the friendly Wood’s family (owners of Strokes Adventure course), for once again letting us play at your forever challenging course, as well as supplying endless hot drinks, burgers and bacon throughout the weekend. The participants would also like to thank Sean Homer and the rest of the EC, for preparation and organisation of this event.

Next event on the BMGA calendar is the World Crazy Golf Championship, in Hastings, on the 10th and 11th June. Full Details can be found at http://www.minigolf.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=164&Itemid=56

You can watch the events closing ceremony at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/BMGAMinigolf/videos/1431857360171163/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

We also caught up with Adam just after the event and you can watch the interview video through this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRYLmwznD0U

 

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