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2023 World Championships General Class Held in Sweden


Sweden 11 Oct 2023 at 12:54 | Published by: PatPenguin | Views: 19958 | News search

2023 World Championships General Class Held in Sweden
Mixed Pairs Podium  (Photo by WMF)

Uppsala, Sweden - The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) together with Svenska Bangolfförbundet (SBGF) and Uppsala Bangolfklubb (UBGK) held the Minigolf World Championships 2023 General Class from August 22 through August 26, 2023. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first time the World Championships was played since 2019 when they were held in Zhouzhuang, China. The World Championships are the premier international miniature golf tournament, normally held every two years.

The competition was held on the miniaturegolf and feltgolf courses at the UBGK. The miniaturegolf was expected to see high levels of play from all the countries but the popular discussion was that the felt would favor the home Swedes. The UBGK was founded in 1934 and is one of Sweden’s oldest bangolf clubs, with approximately 250 members. Svenska Bangolfförbundet was founded in 1937 to support the sport. For the most part the weather both leading up to the tournament and during the tournament days was excellent and what rain did appear was weathered well by the players. Eighty-eight men and thirty-two women represented seventeen countries across the fours divisions of competition: team stroke play, individual stroke play, match play and mixed pairs.

After several days of practice the tournament festivities started in what would be the worst weather of the week on August 20th as the rain came down for the celebrity pro-am event. Several Swedish champions in other sports were paired with some of the best players in the world championships to play a rain-shortened event of seven holes with unique scoring for aces and closest to the pin. Despite being soaked, everyone had fun and it was a great lead-in to the Opening Ceremony where SBGF president Mats Söderkvist provided an opening speech talking about the special place the World Championships hold and urging participants to push the sport of minigolf forward together.

The tournament proper started two days later with the first three rounds of strokeplay, which made up half of the teams competition. This portion was wrapped up on the 23rd with the final three rounds. It was expected that the Swedish putters and teams would do well in this tournament given the home track advantage and that did start to take hold with the team results. The Swedish men had a dominating performance, winning golf by over twenty strokes. It would set up other medals for the team of Ulf Kristiansson, Rikard Lindqvist, Eirik Seljelid, Alexander Princis, Fredrik Persson, Carl-Johan Ryner and Amir El Quachani. The German men similarly dominated the silver position on the podium, capturing that by nearly thirty strokes over Switzerland. The women’s division saw a flip of gold and silver with the German women cruising into the top spot by nearly 40 combined strokes. It would not be the last medals the team of Jasmin Bothmann, Stefanie Blendermann, Melanie Hammerschmidt and Michaela Krane would win either. Sweden kept strong on a much closer battle for the silver with the Austrian women.

The third day had the last two rounds for all players which set up the cut for the final two rounds in both divisions. The top 15 men and top 9 women made these final rounds and it set up some exciting action. In the women’s division it went mostly as expected with Stefanie Blendermann and Melanie Hammerschmidt, battling for the top spot. Despite a slight comeback by Hammerschmidt in the final round, Blendermann would hold on for the gold by four strokes. Karin Olsson also made a charge with the only 19 in the final two rounds but would settle for bronze as she outlasted Lara Jehle of Austria.

For the men it was a nailbiter down to the last few holes across all of the medals. Going into the rounds Yannick Müller was a strong frontrunner but it was Ulf Kristiansson who made the first move with a 20 on miniaturegolf and then has a blazing 22, a course record, on the felt to pull into the lead and take the gold by three strokes. Müller had to be careful of the charging Carl-Johan Ryner as rounds of 20 and 23 vaulted him up the leaderboard, nearly catching Müller but falling one stroke short to capture third over Eirik Seljelid.

Friday brought the mixed pairs competition and some familiar names battled it out over the early rounds. It was tight between the team of Karin Olsson and Carl-Johan Ryner (Sweden) and Jasmin Bothmann and Yannick Müller (Germany) going into the final of four rounds but then the Swedes showed their dominance on felt again. With their second combined 26 of the mixed tournament, Olsson and Ryner pulled away from the pack and went into the final hole without the chance of being beaten. They would take gold by a margin of 6 strokes while Bothmann and Müller would grab silver with a final lane ace to win by one over Lara Jehle and Mario Dangl from Austria.

Friday brought the mixed pairs competition and some familiar names battled it out over the early rounds. It was tight between the team of Karin Olsson and Carl-Johan Ryner (Sweden) and Jasmin Bothmann and Yannick Müller (Germany) going into the final of four rounds but then the Swedes showed their dominance on felt again. With their second combined 26 of the mixed tournament, Olsson and Ryner pulled away from the pack and went into the final hole without the chance of being beaten. They would take gold by a margin of 6 strokes while Bothmann and Müller would grab silver with a final lane ace to win by one over Lara Jehle and Mario Dangl from Austria.

Final Medal Count:
Germany: 10 - 4G, 5S, 1B
Sweden: 7 - 3G, 2S, 2B
Austria: 3 - 3B
Switzerland: 1 - 1B

The next Minigolf World Championships General Class will be held in 2025 in Arnsberg-Neheim, Germany.

NOTE: this article originally appeared on the WMF website. See the link below for full article which contains more podium pictures and links to the final detailed results.

» Original Article on WMF Site

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