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Michael Smith takes his third British Matchplay title PDF Print E-mail
Congratulations to Michael Smith for winning the 2018 British Matchplay Championship at Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge on Sunday 29th July. Michael won after beating John McIver 2up in the final. Ruth Burke finished third, taking the bronze medal, after beating Paul Johnson 3&2 in the bronze medal match.

This was the third time that Michael Smith has won the British Matchplay Championship having previously won the event in 2012 (at Sidcup) and in 2013 (at Boscombe Chime) and topped off a very successful weekend for him. Michael won the 2018 Midlands Open, in conjunction with organising it, on the previous day. Michael finished second in his group after wins against Owen Johnson and Simon Brown and a defeat to Andy Exall.
Michael beat his British Doubles Championship winning partner, Will Donnelly, by one hole in the last 16 round before defeating Matty Exall in the last eight. Michael then beat Paul Johnson in the semi final and then John McIver in the final.

The top three- John McIver (second), Michael Smith (winner), Ruth Burke (third).

Speaking after his victory, Michael said "I'm delighted to have won the 2018 British Matchplay Championship. It was great to be back playing on one of my favourite courses, albeit in tricky conditions. Considering the weather, I thought the overall standard of play across the event was excellent. After losing to Andy Exall in the group stage, I played very well in the knockout stage. The final against Ted was an excellent match. I also thought Ted's opening speech was the best opening speech I have witnessed in my nine years on tour. Finally, full credit to the EC for getting through the tournament quickly and for running it so well in spite of the awkward number of entrants an the difficult weather conditions. After all the rain at Dorridge, I wish all BMGA members a happy 'summer' break."

The tournament consisted of five groups of four players and one group of three players this year. All the group winners and runners up went through to the last 16 in addition to the best three third places. 
The six group winners and two best runners up were put into one pot to then face off against the runners up and third places.
Due to there being 15 players, the best group winner, John Sharp, was given a bye to the last eight. 

The group losers and remaining third placed players were entered into the Pool B competition.
Matty Exall beat Steve Lovell and Terry Exall in a playoff to progress to the top 16 section of the tournament, meaning the other two were in the Pool B section.

Eight players were in the Pool B section which was separated into two groups. The winners, second, third and fourth places in each group played off against each other to determine final positions.
Steve Lovell won the Pool B section after beating Martyn Williams in the gold medal match. Terry Exall finished third in the Pool B and claimed the bronze medal after beating Simon Brown.

The 2018 British Matchplay Championship field.

The final finishing positions were as follows (full results attached below):

1 - Michael Smith
2 - John McIver
3 - Ruth Burke
4 - Paul Johnson
5 - Chris Harding
6 - Chris Smith
7 - John Sharp
8 - Matty Exall
9 - Will Donnelly
10- Andy Exall
11- Andy Wilde
12- Dave Donnelly
13- Rocky Bullin
14- Henri Myers
15- Stephen Skinner
16- Steve Lovell
17- Martyn Williams
18- Terry Exall
19- Simon Brown
20- Dave Gomm
21- Owen Johnon
22- David Hartley
23- Marion Hartley

Roll of Honour:

2008 - Tim DAVIES 
2009 - Andy EXALL 
2010 - Sean HOMER 
2011 - Sean HOMER 
2012 - Michael SMITH 
2013 - Michael SMITH 
2014 - Sean HOMER 
2015 - Chris HARDING 
2016 - Adam KELLY 
2017 - Nuno CUNHA
2018 - Michael SMITH

The BMGA would like to thank Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge for their fantastic hospitality throughout the weekend. They accommodated us all fantastically and allowed us to use their indoor area throughout despite the weather! We look forward to returning to Dorridge soon and would like to place on record our thanks to Andy and all of his team.
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