Records broken at Finnish beton championships
29 Jun 2008 at 20:44 | Published by: JJM | Views: 4623 | News search
Minigolfers received a visit from the top of Finnish society,
as the Minister of Culture and Sports, Stefan Wallin, gave a speech
at the opening ceremony of Finnish beton championships 2008 in Vaasa.
Wallin also played a round of minigolf at the opening ceremony,
on the beton course of Botnia MGK (built in 2007,
next to the eternite and felt courses of World Championships 2001).
Rumours tell that his score was somewhere around 60 points.
» news article in Vasabladet
» official website of the Minister of Sports and Culture
The sovereign winner of the competition was Kosti Salonen, with average score
the new Finnish record for 6 rounds of beton. (His last five rounds missed the Finnish
record for 5 rounds by one point only.)
12 points behind Kosti (2.00 points per round, new Finnish record for win margin
on beton) came silver medalist Tom Ahlberg, with average score
Jussi Heino took bronze with average 29.83,
after a tied score and sudden death play-off against Tommi Lantta.
Winner in women’s competition was Mirva Juhola, with average
Nina Mustonen lost 4 points to the winner (average 33.83),
and Yvonne Bartley received bronze with a remarkably higher average score
With two gold medals in pocket (eternite and beton), Kosti and Mirva have the chance
to go for a “Hat Trick” of three gold medals, if they participate
in the felt championships of this year. (Finnish championships have been played separately on all
playing systems since 1989. No player has ever won a Hat Trick of three gold medals in men’s
The team competition for Finnish beton championship medals (and the right to
participate in European Cup 2008) was a tight but not very high-class battle
between Taivallahden RGS, Minigolf-Aces, Sibelius Park MGK and Botnia MGK.
All teams had great problems finding six reliable players to the competition.
Eventually it was Taivallahden RGS who won the team competition,
with average score
at this not very difficult beton course. Half of the team
will need to improve their game dramatically, if they want to take
anything more than the last or second-last place at European Cup in Hilzingen,
Germany. But on the other hand, it is not always the winners who are having the
greatest time in competitions...
» video: Taivallahden RGS wins the team competition
» results of the competition
» Vaskiluoto beton course in Vaasa (FI)