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Doubles success for Will Donnelly and Michael Smith PDF Print E-mail
Congratulations to DD27, Will Donnelly (MMGC) and Michael Smith (MMGC) for becoming the 2018 British Doubles Champions at Dunton Hills on Sunday 15th July. This was the third year running that the competition took place in Essex, the culmination of a fantastic weekend of minigolf. This was the second time both had won the tournament with Michael previously having won in 2014 (with Chris Harding) and Will was defending his title having won in 2017 (with Dave Donnelly).

The duo won the 2018 British Doubles Championship after beating Team Sharp and Lard, Scott Lancley (KMGC) and John Sharp (KMGC), by 3 holes in the final.


The 2018 British Doubles Champions- DD27 (Michael Smith and Will Donnelly)


Mattel, consisting of the Uncle and Nephew duo of Terry Exall and Matty Exall finished in third place following victory over The Ancient Mariners, consisting of Marion Hartley (PHCGC) and David Hartley (PHCGC), in the bronze medal match. 

Speaking following winning the British Doubles, Michael Smith said "It is a great feeling to have won the British Doubles Championship on Sunday. Will and I have very different opinions about who the best player in world football is but he he's been a close friend for a number of years and I was delighted he asked me to be his partner for this event earlier this year. He never kept it a secret how badly he wanted to defend his title. I'd like to thank him for putting me up in London to help prepare thoroughly. That preparation did pay off as we steadily improved throughout the day and played two excellent matches in the semi-final and final. 12 hole foursomes matches often produce unexpected results but we coped well after a challenging start. I'd also like to thank the Executive Committee for running the tournament and for getting through the tournament more quickly than in previous years. The excitement of the tournament has always been the team spirit and camaraderie between the pairs and watching pairings play better as a team than they do as individuals. Considering the extreme heat and the incredibly difficult challenge that Dunton Hills presents, there was a lot of high quality minigolf on display. I congratulate the other twelve teams on that and the sportsmanlike manner that everyone competed in."

Will Donnelly also said "I am delighted to have won the 2018 British Doubles Championship, and retain my title having won it for the first time last year. I am really pleased with my performance over the course of the day and am pleased that I stepped up my level of performance in the semi final and final, under the highest level of pressure. Managing to make good putts on lanes 13 and 17 along with an ace on lane 15, when the match was level, were critical in the victory in the final. Given that both my dad and Freddie were unavailable to play, I was delighted to be teaming up with Michael Smith in the Doubles this year. We worked very well throughout the day and made some very good putts at crucial times to win all of our games. We were fortunate to have the best team kit with Delaney27 Crystal Palace shirts and also the best celebration of Mamadou Sakho! I'd like to thank everyone who organised the event and came along for a tournament that will live long in the memory for being a fantastic day which was played in tremendous spirit at the toughest course in the country."

The British Doubles top three. Left to right: 2nd Team Sharp and Lard, 1st DD27, 3rd Mattel

In the Pool B competition, for positions 9-13, Home and Away (Dave Gomm and John McIver) picked up the gold medal with a ninth-place finish. The Little Giant (James Hollinrake and Shelley Cooper) finished in tenth. Doctor Sheila Achilles Healer (Steve Lovell and Derek Bentall) took eleventh spot overall.

The full final placings were as follows:

1st – DD27 (Will Donnelly/Michael Smith)
2nd – Team Sharp and Lard (Scott Lancley/John Sharp)
3rd – Mattel (Terry Exall/Matty Exall)
4th – The Ancient Mariners (David Hartley/Marion Hartley)
5th – Putterz Wit Attitudes (Mark Wood/Martin Greenhead)
6th – 
Smooooth Rocket (Adrian Amey/James Rutherford)
7th – East Sussex Hammers (Andy Exall/Shelly Rider)
8th – Triple Threat (Stephen Skinner/Laura Skinner)
9th – Home and Away (Dave Gomm/John McIver)
10th – The Whippin Boys (Andy Exall/Matty Exall)
11th – The Little Giant (James Hollinrake/Shelley Cooper)
12th – The Ace Masters (Tiger Pragnell/Ruth Burke)
13th – Like Father Like Son (David Williams/Ben Williams)

A photo galley of all the 2018 British Doubles Championship competitors can be found on the BMGA Facebook Page.

BMGA British Doubles Championship Roll of Honour-

2006- Jon Angel and Keith Kellard

2007- John McIver and Tim Davies 
2008- Andy Exall and Trevor Exall 
2009- Jam Trubridge and John McIver 
2010- Chris Harding and Marc Chapman 
2011- Chris Harding and Marc Chapman 
2012- John McIver and Nick Chitty 
2014- Chris Harding and Michael Smith 
2016- Nuno Cunha and Steve Lovell

2017- Will Donnelly and Dave Donnelly
2018- Will Donnelly and Michael Smith

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:22 )

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