Rutherford wins British Championship on felt
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James Rutherford with the winners trophy. (Photo by KMGC 2011)
News Release by Richard Gottfried, BMGA
Lewishams James The Rocket Rutherford won the British Minigolf Associations 2011 British Championships minigolf tournament at the 18-hole Green Indoor Mini Golf in Hither Green, London on Sunday 26th June.
Competing in a 16-player field Rutherford, won the seven-round, two-day event with a score of
226 (avg 32.29)
after rounds of 32,
34, and 31.
Oxfords Michael Smith was the runner-up, seven shots back on
233 (avg 33.29).
Canterburys Marc Chapman was third on
238 (avg 34.00).
New BMGA British Champion James Rutherford said It was a tense and exciting weekend of minigolf action,
and it was really close right until the end. This is my first full season in minigolf and I am delighted
that I have been able to win a major so soon. Saying that, it is the culmination of a lot of hard work.
Being my home course I knew I had a chance but to realise that is just a dream come true! I hope this is
the first of many.
The BMGA British Championships was the first Minigolf Major of the 2011 BMGA Tour Season and also saw the BMGA
British Seniors and BMGA British Juniors Titles contested.
Cambridgeshires Tony Kelly won the BMGA British Senior Championships, with a score of
256 (avg 36.57)
and seventh place overall. Londons Alan Norman was runner-up, with
264 (avg 37.71), and Hither Greens
David Donnelly was third with
287 (avg 41.00)
in the five player field.
In the junior competition, Cambridgeshires Adam Kelly retained his BMGA British Juniors title with a score of
238 (avg 34.00)
and fourth place overall. Wandsworths Seth Thomas was runner-up, with
254 (avg 36.29), and Hither Greens
William Donnelly was third with a score of
294 (avg 42.00)
in the four player field.
In other results from the two-day tournament, Seth Thomas won the Category Two competition, with Alan Norman second
and Oxfords Chris Smith third. David Donnelly won the top novice prize and Greenhithes Sean Homer won the Aces
BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said Thanks to all who took part and to Nick Sandqvist, the course owner, for his
ongoing support of the BMGA and for providing a top class venue for the British Championship.
Since opening in January 2010 The Green Indoor Mini Golf course has also hosted the BMGA British Club Championships,
London Open, Green Open, and the Green Doubles minigolf competitions.
website of the indoor felt course in Hither Green, London