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Smith defends his title in World Crazy Golf Championships


United Kingdom 29 Oct 2012 at 17:09 | Published by: Hans | Views: 6563 | News search

Smith defends his title in World Crazy Golf Championships
Michael Smith is given the WCGC 2012 winning trophy  (Photo by KMGC 2012)

BMGA News Report
Supplied by Richard Gottfried

Oxford’s Michael Smith is successful in the defence of his World Crazy Golf title and becomes a two-time ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Champion.

The tenth-annual ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championships took place at the Hastings seafront Adventure Golf Complex in Hastings, East Sussex on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October. 53 players from six countries competed in the two-day event that was won by England’s Michael Smith.

The tenth edition of the tournament saw the players compete over six qualifying rounds on the 18-hole Hastings Crazy Golf course before a cut was made and the top 18 players went on to contest the final round. Michael Smith, a member of the Kent Minigolf Club, won the tournament finishing six-shots clear of runner-up James Rutherford. Rutherford, Captain of the Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club, was last year’s bronze medallist. In third-place was the Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova. Michael Smith’s 126-hole, seven-round total of 245 (-7) came after rounds of 35, 34, 38, 34, 35, 34 and 35.

Two-time ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Champion Michael Smith said "I'm delighted to have won the 2012 World Crazy Golf Championship. I played very well throughout the tournament and it is a wonderful feeling to have beaten so many great players on such a challenging course. The cold and windy weather made things very difficult, especially when combined with the changes to the course. The fact that only two players went under par shows just how tricky it was. Nevertheless it was a wonderful weekend and I hope that all the players enjoyed it and will come back for the 2013 World Crazy Golf Championship."

Other winners at the tournament were the Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova who retained her title as the ‘Castle Golf’ Ladies World Crazy Golf Champion. Former Women's World Crazy Golf Champion Ruth Burke from St Leonards was the runner-up with Oxford’s Brenda Smith in third-place. Caroline Benfield was fourth in the Ladies event in her tournament debut.

Olivia Prokopova also won the World Crazy Golf Junior Championship. England's Adam Kelly was the runner-up with Scotland's Freddie Blackburn-Shaw third. Will Donnelly came in fourth-place in the junior category and was also a finalist finishing in 16th place overall. Owen Johnson was fifth.

Stephen Langford won the World Crazy Golf Championship Novice Category prize and finished in 31st place overall. Craig Patterson was runner-up with Simon Hone and Oli Paxton tied in third-place in a hotly contested player category. A total of 16 players were eligible for the prize.

England’s Ruth Burke won the Aces Championship for scoring the most holes-in-one at the event for the second year in a row with a total of 16 during rounds one to six.

The World Championship Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf on the town’s seafront contains many obstacles and hazards over its 18-holes including the classic Windmill, a waterwheel, an obelisk, lighthouse, ramps and bunkers. This year’s event also saw the introduction of new course balls for players to use, smaller cup sizes and new felt introduced to some of the holes. This along with the late October weather in Hastings added extra difficulty to the tournament. The tough conditions were very telling with only three players able to score three holes-in-one in a row during the event. Veteran player Pasi Aho from Finland and novice players Rupert Coney and Caroline Benfield were the only players to achieve the feat.

David Hartley, Hastings Adventure Golf Company Manager said “Hastings Adventure & Crazy Golf has now resumed normal service after the weekend that was the 10th World Crazy Golf Championships. The players have flown, driven, walked or taken the train to whatever part of the world is home, some clutching trophies and prize money, some just their putters. All though with fond memories of a fun, competitive and sportsmanlike weekend. The weather stayed dry, if a bit on the nippy side. The final was played on Sunday afternoon, in front of fellow players, an enthusiastic audience, the TV cameras and the Mayor of Hastings, who watched the entire final and then presented the prizes and trophies to the top players. For Hastings and the Crazy Golf management team, this is always the highlight and finale to the summer season. Months of preparation and organisation have once again culminated in a superb weekend for all concerned. We now start again and look forward to the 11th World Crazy Golf Championships in October 2013.”

Sean Homer, Chairman of the British Minigolf Association said “Thank you to all of the players from home and overseas who took part in the competition and made it such a great event. Many thanks also to all of the spectators and members of the media who came to Hastings for the tournament. Special thanks to Marion and David Hartley and all at the Hastings Crazy Golf course for their hospitality during the weekend, and thanks to Marion Homer, the Tournament Director for running the event. Our thanks also go out to Councillor Alan Roberts, the Mayor of Hastings for presenting the prizes to the winners at the course.”

The field of players in the ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship included competitors from England, Scotland, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic and the USA. Among them were a number of players who regularly compete on the British Minigolf Association Tour, as well as some players making their debuts in the competition.

Michael Smith is now a two-time World Crazy Golf Champion and is Great Britain’s number one ranked player. He is the only player in Minigolf history to win the World Crazy Golf Championship, BMGA British International Open and BMGA British Championship, with victories in each of the three majors in the 2012 season. Since his British Minigolf Association Tour debut in 2010 Michael has won 19 BMGA Tour Titles and made four appearances for the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team.

World Crazy Golf Championship Roll of Honour:
• 2012 Michael Smith (ENG)
• 2011 Michael Smith (ENG)
• 2010 Chris Harding (ENG)
• 2009 Keith Kellard (ENG)
• 2008 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2007 Chris Harding (ENG)
• 2006 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2005 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2004 Tim Davies (WAL)
• 2003 Tim Davies (WAL)

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United Kingdom Squire (Richard Gottfried)

20 Nov 2012 at 19:02
Excellent :-)

Czech Republic Olivia (Olivia Prokopova)

20 Nov 2012 at 13:02
Broadcast was also in the Czech Republic

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

17 Nov 2012 at 15:46
If you are interested, you could as well ask Sky Sports where they broadcast the Trans World Sports program, and in which languages.

United Kingdom Squire (Richard Gottfried)

17 Nov 2012 at 14:34
Has anyone else seen the show in their part of the world?

United Kingdom Squire (Richard Gottfried)

17 Nov 2012 at 14:34
Well spotted JJM. Thank you for the information.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

10 Nov 2012 at 20:47
Today I saw this Trans World Sport report of WCGC 2012, on Russian Sport 2 channel, dubbed into Russian language. The WCGC report is 7 minutes long, and fills half of the 15-minute show, while BATE Borisov takes the first half.

United Kingdom Squire (Richard Gottfried)

05 Nov 2012 at 11:01
The 2012 ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship was filmed for a feature that will be airing on Trans World Sport this week.

From the Trans World Sport programme listing:
"This week, time with Belarusian football team BATE Borisov. Plus, meet the stars of the Professional Bull Riding Tour in Texas, and the Crazy Golf World Championships in England."

In the UK Trans World Sport will be shown on Sky Sports on the following days and times:
07/11/2012 - Sky Sports 1 at 10pm
08/11/2012 - Sky Sports 2 at 12pm
08/11/2012 - Sky Sports 2 at 4pm
09/11/2012 - Sky Sports 4 at 2pm
10/11/2012 - Sky Sports 4 at 9am
10/11/2012 - Sky Sports 4 at 1pm

You can 'like' the Trans World Sport Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/transworldsport87

You can also follow Trans World Sport on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TransWorldSport

United States of America Drex (Jon Drexler)

02 Nov 2012 at 09:51
It was quite a feat at times to just get three aces in a round on a very, very challenging course.
It was also fun watching Pasi string that round together. I thought I might catch you and Christian in the last round, but it wasn't meant to be.
Great amount of fun and a great way to close out a minigolf season. I look forward to sharing the lanes with all of you in future tournaments.
Congrats to Michael and Olivia; Michael may have gotten this one but both of you have had fantastic seasons.

United Kingdom Squire (Richard Gottfried)

31 Oct 2012 at 00:08
It was quite a feat to string together three Aces in a row over the weekend! Crazy indeed.

Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

30 Oct 2012 at 15:25
"Veteran player Pasi Aho", thank you Richard... It was a good feeling to ace three in-a-row there, but if those 5 minutes make 50 % of your aces on the day...

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A weekend of emotions in Portel

Portugal 23 Oct 2012 at 09:35 | views: 5961 | Comments: 0

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Michael Smith wins the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open

United Kingdom 16 Oct 2012 at 10:52 | views: 8922 | Comments: 0

BMGA News Report Supplied by Richard Gottfried Oxford’s Michael Smith retained his title in the twelfth edition of the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open competition played on all three seafront Miniature Golf Courses in Hastings. Michael Smith won the ...
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Russian Federation 15 Oct 2012 at 21:35 | views: 5239 | Comments: 0

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