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United States of America  PatPenguin

27 May 2016 at 02:10

That would be excellent. I've been leveraging the BMGA site for information about individual tournament but would love a season long wrap-up!

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United States of America  PatPenguin

24 Apr 2017 at 13:05

Welcome to the blogging club! Will be great to get a perspective on the Swedish leagues to go along with our BMGA experience. I hope to throw in...

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Dropped My Sausage: The story of the Czech Masters.
20 Jun 2017 at 23:13 | Posted in: General | Views: 157 | Comments: 0
Dropped My Sausage: The story of the Czech Masters.
Thursday: Still living in the glorious shadow from last weekend, part two of my minigolf odyssey for 2017 was about to begin. Today, I’m on an early morning flight to Prague for the Czech Masters. My bag has been where I left it on Sunday night, just the clothes were laundered now and the balls packed. With some juggling around, I am just a fraction under the weight limit if I wear the heavier items. The sun is up as I get in the car at 4.30 am, my excitement is overcoming tiredness. Around about ten minutes from the airport, I discover that I haven’t packed my glasses. I’m too far from home to turn around and get them. Furious with myself.


The flight is on time and I am met at arrivals by the Vlcek’s, Daniel and Jitka, who have volunteered to pick up all overseas travellers to the event. An exceptional gesture which massively helps. Daniel taps me on my shoulder and we greet each other warmly. I first met Daniel and Jitka back in 2014, when they invited everyone to....

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Tales and ales at the seaside: Green beer
13 Jun 2017 at 22:48 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 221 | Comments: 0
Tales and ales at the seaside: Green beer
Saturday: I immediately put the television on at 6.30 am. Despite barely being able to open our eyes, the sports news appears and we’re about to witness Mike Bushell’s piece from Thursday morning. Through the football, rugby union, tennis, motor racing, we wait. And wait. And… it never happens. We’ve been shelved because the British public voted for a hung parliament and the BBC have put us on the back burner to sit outside 10 Downing Street all day. Tinpot. Well, I suppose we better play a World Championships.


The weather has changed for the better. Today, we have a cloudless sky and no wind, completely different to what we have trained in. I concentrate on getting the pace right on the front nine as they are ones which are exposed to the elements. It all goes well so I spend the last fifteen minutes or so going around my team mates to check if they have any issues. Ed helpfully gets me the line on the short 16th. It had been troubling me all week and I finally....

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Tales and ales at the seaside: The story of the WCGC.
12 Jun 2017 at 19:10 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 299 | Comments: 0
Tales and ales at the seaside: The story of the WCGC.
Tuesday: It’s here again. The build up for the World Crazy Golf Championships is like no other minigolf tournament in the British Isles. As soon as the last tournament in Margate was over five weeks ago, I get my mind set for this. It isn’t just the event, it’s everything on and off the course. It is my favourite weekend of the year, bar none.



I finish work and throw my clothes in the general direction of the washing machine, thinking that the woodland animals will deal with it like in Mary Poppins. My bags are already in the car and have been for a couple of days. I’m heading south towards Crowborough, the home of one of my best friends on the tour Andy Exall. For a night’s board, Andy simply asks for a packet of bacon and I oblige. He has made a bacon pasta tonight, containing no less than FOURTEEN rashers of pig. We settle down to watch ‘The Great Wall’, which wasn’t exactly the historical re-enactment that I hoped for. And with that, it’s bed, dreaming of....

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Ales Of The Unexpected: The story of the British Championships
08 May 2017 at 19:23 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1103 | Comments: 0
Ales Of The Unexpected: The story of the British Championships
Friday: Here we are, the first major of the British calendar, the first rush to make it to a course through the roadways of the south east. It's a little before 6 am and I'm packed for the jolly boys outing to Margate, home to the Turner Contemporary Arts Centre, Kiss Me Quick hats and one of Chas and Dave's more famous hits. It is also the birthplace of the micropub and the biggest challenge on the BMGA tour, Strokes Adventure Golf. My plan to avoid rush hour seems to have been everyone else's idea too as I hit the M25 north east of London, facing a wall of brake lights. I have my laptop for company as my new car stereo is being fitted on Monday. As well as the training day, it is also pay day too so I decide to treat myself to another pair of trainers which are uneasy on the eye.


I'm the first to arrive at the course, greeted by Matt Wood, owner of Strokes and designer of some of the beasts that await. It is beautiful here, despite the overcast atmosphere.....

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Just here for the Chutneys - The story of the British Club Champs
25 Apr 2017 at 18:39 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1006 | Comments: 0
Just here for the Chutneys - The story of the British Club Champs
Sunday: Urgh! It’s 5 AM and I am wishing for a lot of things. A few more hours in bed. A shorter journey time. Breakfast in bed. I know none of this is going to happen as I run down the stairs to put the kettle on. “Do you want a cuppa, mate”, I say in a raised voice to my house guest and team mate, Ed Pope, who has spent the night in the spare room. Luckily, he’s awake and everything is on track for my third assault on the British Club Championships at the beautiful setting of Wroxham Barns, in Nelson’s county. My club is the Sussex Wasps, which I formed at a restaurant in Birmingham back in 2014.


The SatNav says it will be just over two hours to Wroxham but I know the winding roads of the Broads and we arrive just 7 AM, having knocked around half an hour off that time. As we pull into the car park, we see one solitary vehicle containing an equally keen Wasp, Charlie Dart. Over the past year, we have lost a few members to other clubs and as a result, can only muster....

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Are we there yet? The story of the British Masters
11 Apr 2017 at 22:50 | Posted in: General | Views: 986 | Comments: 0
Are we there yet? The story of the British Masters
Friday: “Is there a service stop nearby, I really need to go?” My passenger, to protect his identity, let’s call him ‘Saddam’, is busting, after downing three pints in Huntingdon, waiting for me to finish work. “About twenty miles, mate,” I reply. “OK, don’t make me laugh and get there quick.” We reach Birchanger Services and ‘Saddam’ makes a quick march, complaining about the toilets being situated at the other end of the building. From there, we continue on our way to Worthing, familiar territory for me as it was once my hometown, and for the British Minigolf Association as the course at Splash Point has become the regular home of the Masters, one of the biggest challenges on the tour.

We reach Worthing around 8.30 pm and I deposit ‘Saddam’ safely at his hotel on the seafront. Next stop is the neighbouring village of Lancing for my base for the weekend. My parents. I’m greeted lovingly by the dog, by my mum with food and my dad with a beer. I rush to get my laptop out....

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Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Open: Tombola
14 Mar 2017 at 22:44 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 991 | Comments: 0
Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Open: Tombola
Sunday: Is this all worth it? The alarm launching into a tirade on the ears at 5 am and with the threat of rain throughout the day on the south coast, do I really need this today? I am lacking sleep and still trying to get the problems of the now 'old' laptop sorted. I wash and get dressed in my traditional colours of yellow and black. Two slices of toast and half a cup of tea and I am on the road, the first of 342 miles. I have a diversion to make today, picking up my vice captain Derek from West Sussex. We have an hour driving down to Hastings, talking about the four months since we last met up at the Kent Open and explaining why I have so much eighties music in the car (because Adrian Amey's breaks into a sweat if I don't).

Today's competition is the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Open played over the three courses on the seafornt. It is Britain's longest running club event, which was first held in 2001. Mark Spry, John McIver, Tim Davies, Trevor Exall, Andy Exall, Marc....

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English Open: Too much drama for me today
09 Mar 2017 at 07:11 | Posted in: Competition | Views: 1022 | Comments: 0
Saturday: The last 48 hours have been dreadful for me. My laptop and external hard drive both managed to crash on the same day, I'm down just over £300 shelling out for a new laptop and it's rained for most of it. I attempted an early night but found myself still very awake at 2 am chatting to Jon in the US about the last two days. My alarm is due to go off around 5.15 am to head for practice in Nottingham, travelling via Leicester to pick up Ed. Bad things always happen before going to Nottingham. Last year, my car blew up on me on the way. Now, the computer. What will happen next year?

The plan is to have a full on day of sport, something to take my mind off of my problems. I pick Ed up around 7.15 am, we're both surprisingly sprightly, especially when I produce the Top Of The Pops '90-'94 triple CD set. The drive up is spent catching up on the last three months since we last saw each other in Birmingham for the Star City Open. We arrive at the course to be greeted by....

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Dublin Part Two - The Edible Doctor
25 Feb 2017 at 00:07 | Posted in: General | Views: 907 | Comments: 0
Dublin Part Two - The Edible Doctor
Saturday: Competition time has arrived. We’re gradually getting up earlier as the week goes on. Once again, despite a large number of people being on the same floor, we have absolutely no problem in bagging the three shower cubicles. We manage to grab some breakfast and wolf it down as we want to get there as early as possible and we have at least thirty minutes of travelling time before reaching Dundrum. It’s surprisingly mild for the middle of February, I almost feel a bit overdressed for the occasion. The talk of the build up to the event was about one person. Dr Edible Rice. Someone has entered the competition under this name and we’re assured that they are taking part. Dr Rice was due to be in Adrian Amey’s group and the jokes had been relentless since we arrived. As 10 am approached, Dr Edible Rice failed to materialise and we were as a collective, disappointed. We so wanted to believe.

I practice very well, scoring a 24 and striking the ball beautifully, before....

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Sheila's Take On Dublin - Part One
22 Feb 2017 at 21:38 | Posted in: General | Views: 714 | Comments: 0
Sheila
Thursday: This tale goes back a few months, to the dark days of the finishing of the minigolf season. The not knowing when the next event will be. It feels like an emotional disorder to have your social calendar empty. Hell, I might even have to meet other people that don’t wield putters. However, at the back end of the 2016, we were given an early gift. Dublin and the very first Irish Minigolf Open. Just take my money, I’m up for this. Immediately, I start looking into making the trip as affordable as possible and give people a deadline of a week to see if they are as frugal as me. And from this, my road trip buddies will be father and son duo, Tony and Adam Kelly.

It’s 5.45 am, I have been awake since 3 am. I abandon my car on an estate in Stansted Mountfitchet, a sleepy backdrop to din of the local airport. The Kelly’s arrive shortly after 6 am and within two minutes, we already have one of the moments of the holiday. Tony pulls the car up wondering why the seatbelt....

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Sheila's Take On Dublin - Part One
22 Feb 2017 at 21:35 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 464 | Comments: 0
Thursday: This tale goes back a few months, to the dark days of the finishing of the minigolf season. The not knowing when the next event will be. It feels like an emotional disorder to have your social calendar empty. Hell, I might even have to meet other people that don’t wield putters. However, at the back end of the 2016, we were given an early gift. Dublin and the very first Irish Minigolf Open. Just take my money, I’m up for this. Immediately, I start looking into making the trip as affordable as possible and give people a deadline of a week to see if they are as frugal as me. And from this, my road trip buddies will be father and son duo, Tony and Adam Kelly.

It’s 5.45 am, I have been awake since 3 am. I abandon my car on an estate in Stansted Mountfitchet, a sleepy backdrop to din of the local airport. The Kelly’s arrive shortly after 6 am and within two minutes, we already have one of the moments of the holiday. Tony pulls the car up wondering why the seatbelt....

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The Cup Cake Classic
11 Jan 2017 at 20:55 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1211 | Comments: 0
The Cup Cake Classic
Sunday 8th January: *BEEP BEEP BEEP* These are the first noises I should have heard at 5.45 am as the alarm went off for the start of the 2017 minigolf season, my fifth as a tour pro. However, my head had other ideas and I was wide awake at 3.10 am, probably from the anticipation of a 285 mile round trip to Hastings for the Cup Cake Classic. I feel ready. I have picked up the putter just once in the last five weeks and I feel energised, despite the lack of sleep.

I make a minor detour on the way down to pick up serial minigolf tourist and fan of everything from the 1980's, Adrian Amey. Chatter extends about as far as Mike Reid's Pop Quiz and hasn't Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet weathered well. At that time in the morning, the traffic is behaving itself and we hit minigolf mecca shortly after 9 am. As we walk along the seafront, I see a familiar face in Martin Relf, my playing partner from day one of the 2016 World Crazy Golf Championships. He greets us with a smile....

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Sundown on 2016 in Star City
06 Dec 2016 at 21:37 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 1704 | Comments: 0
Sundown on 2016 in Star City
Tuesday 22nd November - Due to a rare spot of inclement weather with one of these named storm things, I'm given the day off along with the rest of my colleagues. Rather than have a duvet day, I decide to get a few hours under my belt at Star City in Birmingham. There have been several rumours doing the rounds that the course is radically different from last December. I'm keen to get a head start on my opponents so I don't tell anyone I'm going, why waste a good getting to know you session by talking to people!

Conditions are ideal, the course is empty and will be for several hours. A quick glimpse around shows almost all of the 'sheep hides' (the rough) have gone and around half of the orbs on hole eight, which had previously looked like an accident on a Newton's Cradle. Yes, there are differences, mainly in the felt on about half a dozen holes being relaid and playing slow but overall, the lines are similar. After five hours, I call it a day, posting a few reasonable....

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The Kent Open - a players guide
16 Nov 2016 at 22:21 | Posted in: General | Views: 1746 | Comments: 0
The Kent Open - a players guide
Throughout the tour, British pro Steve Lovell gives an inside look on the wonderfully colourful events that make up the British Minigolf Association.

Friday: After arriving home from work and performing my usual routine stripping of my clothes on the way up to the bathroom, I feel I've earned a night out before another enthralling weekend of minigolf in Sidcup, at the newly named Mr Mulligan's Dino Golf. After all, they famously dug up skeletal remains of the Stegosaurus clutching a putter and a Nifo 2... I jest. The plan is to cook but I pick up a curry and a pint instead. This makes me sleepy but I find the stamina to watch England defeat the Scottish at football, which means tour journeyman Freddie Blackburn-Shaw will go into hiding. I become very tired by 10 pm and so, it being a Friday night where I should be out having ale and getting turned down by women, a shot of sensibility strikes and I go to bed.

Saturday: Up early and I fling the curtains....

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 24 Jun 2017 (1 day)

Semestermaran Trollhättan


 24 Jun 2017 (2 days)

Krynica Morska Minigolf Open


 25 Jun 2017 (1 day)

21st Mühliturnier


 25 Jun 2017 (1 day)

36th Montfortpokal


 25 Jun 2017 (1 day)

Thermenturnier


 01 Jul 2017 (2 days)

International Combined Marathon


 01 Jul 2017 (2 days)

AMK Staevne





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 18 Jun 2017

16th Wendelstein-Pokalturnier/13th Anton-Obermüller-Gedächtn

 18 Jun 2017

Trofeo 63° di Fondazione

 17 Jun 2017

Czech Adventure Golf Masters

 11 Jun 2017

31st Burgstock-Turnier

 10 Jun 2017

World Crazy Golf Championship

 05 Jun 2017

Reinhard-Glatz-Gedenkturnier

 04 Jun 2017

33rd Sieben-Keltern-Turnier




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