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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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Just here for the Chutneys - The story of the British Club Champs
25 Apr 2017 at 18:39 | Posted in: Personal | Views: 252 | 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: 533 | 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: 746 | 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: 733 | 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: 641 | 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: 508 | 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: 272 | 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: 984 | 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: 1459 | 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: 1483 | 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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 06 May 2017 (2 days)

British Championships


 14 May 2017 (1 day)

18th Torneo Intenazionale In Bocca Al Lupo


 14 May 2017 (1 day)

8th Memorial Alberto Bruzzone


 20 May 2017 (2 days)

9th Trofeo del Chianti


 21 May 2017 (1 day)

Mundeschäfer Pokalturnier


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Askims BGK Betong


 02 Jun 2017 (3 days)

PPA National Match Play Championship





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49th Donau-Pokal

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54th Int. Eichholzturnier

 22 Apr 2017

Western Open

 17 Apr 2017

Askims BGK MOS

 17 Apr 2017

Bodenseecup

 17 Apr 2017

Eröffnungsturnier Kufstein




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