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Michael Smith takes the honours in the 2018 Midlands Open PDF Print E-mail

The 2018 Midlands Open took place on the ‘new’ 18 hole Adventure Golf Course at Four Ashes Golf Centre, Dorridge on Saturday 28 July. A field of 29 competitors from far and wide tackled not only the challenge of playing a new venue for a BMGA supported event for the first time, but also the rain, which was considerable.


Despite the far-from-ideal conditions, there were many highlights from the tournament, including:

● The tournament welcomed 3 players from London attending their first BMGA event ● The scores were tightly packed with lots of players in contention

● There was an epic finish for positions 2 to 5: the players needed a thrilling 6 hole playoff to decide the order.  


The prize winners were as follows:


Overall Top 5

1   Michael Smith

2   Steve Lovell

3   Andy Wilde       

4   Rocky Bullin      

5   Seve Kukielka    


Category 2

1   Ted McIver

2   Paul Johnson

3   John Sharp


Categories 3 and 4

1   Henri Myers

2   Stephen Skinner

3   Simon Brown


Top Debutant

Peter Granfors


A full list of results is attached.


Speaking after the competition, MMGC Captain Michael Smith said: “The 2018 Midlands Open will live long in the memories of those attended, albeit not for the best reasons. The weather was certainly the real winner on the day. The thunderstorm and heavy rain in the opening two rounds tested both the players and tournament organisers to the limit. It was a close call as to whether the tournament should start and then whether it should have been abandoned. I’m sorry if people felt that the wrong decisions were taken, but given the long distances that a lot of players had travelled to attend the tournament, I think we owed it to those players to try to complete the tournament. Additionally, the performances of several players including Steve (36 in round 1) and Rocky (35 in round 2) showed that it was possible, albeit extremely difficult, to score well in the heavy rain. I would again like to thank the competitors for their stoicism and determination to finish the tournament and for making a very difficult tournament to run much easier than it could otherwise have been. I’d additionally like to thank Steve Lovell for his hard work on the day to make the tournament run so smoothly, and to all my colleagues on the MMGC Management Committee for their efforts either on the day or arranging the tournament at the start of the year.


“Most importantly, the Midlands Minigolf Club would like to officially thank the management and staff of Four Ashes for making us so welcome, the use of their popular course and clubhouse on the day, their continued support over the years, and their contribution to the cash prize fund.”


The updated roll of honour is as follows:


2006  Rocky Bullin                      (Dorridge)

2007  James Trubridge                 (Warwick)

2009  John Moore                         (Stratford-upon-Avon)

2010  Chris Harding                     (Stratford-upon-Avon)

2011  Chris Harding                     (Dorridge)

2012  Michael Smith                    (Dorridge)

2014  Michael Smith                    (Dorridge)

2015  Michael Smith                    (Dorridge)

2016  Michael Smith                    (Dorridge)

2017  Rocky Bullin                      (Nottingham)

2018  Michael Smith                    (Dorridge)


On the very next day, many players returned to Dorridge to compete in the BMGA 2018 British Singles Matchplay Championship, played on the ‘old’ 11 hole course.

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