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China Open a breakthrough for MOS minigolf in Asia

China 11 May 2009 at 09:21 | Published by: JJM | Views: 10341 | News search

China Open a breakthrough for MOS minigolf in Asia
Olivia at the Kunming minigolf course.  (Photo by Martin Bousek 2009)

Olivia Prokopová of Czech Republic took an easy victory at China Open 2009, with a margin of 23 points after 8 rounds (2.88 points per round). The battle for places 2 – 4 was more thrilling, as only 1 point separated Chinese players Mr. Bird in second place and Mr. Effley in third place. William Rhatz of Great Britain was left 4th, one point behind Effley.

Top 10 of the competition:
1.   279   34.88   Olivia PROKOPOVÁ (Czech Republic)
2.   302   37.75   Mr. BIRD (China)
3.   303   37.88   Mr. EFFLEY (China)
4.   304   38.00   William RHATZ (Great Britain)
5.   316   39.50   Samuel BERRY (USA)
6.   317   39.63   He Mai YU (China)
7.   318   39.75   MARISSA (China)
7.   318   39.75   LILY (China)
9.   324   40.50   JOY (China)
9.   324   40.50   Chen Qun JIA (China)

Aerial photo of Kunming minigolf courses. (Photo by Hello Minigolf 2009)

Winners of the competition. (Photo by Martin Bousek 2009)

Even if the competition lacked players of international top level (with the notable exception of Olivia Prokopová), the first ever China Open was a breakthrough for minigolf in China. The tournament had 95 participants from 14 countries and 3 continents (Belgium, Czech, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam). In comparison, WMF Asian Championships 2008 had 50 players from 8 countries, and WMF World Championships have sometimes had players from 1 continent only (most recently in Budapest 2008).

China now has a strong organizer of minigolf events. Time will bring the skill and talent to the game. But this was not exactly the European form of minigolf, neither was the organization fostered by WMF. The competition was organized in cooperation with American USPMGA federation, with USPMGA minigolf rules, which allow playing with a golf ball only.

China Open 2009 was a victory for Olivia, but also for USPMGA. When the next negotiation rounds begin between WMF and American minigolfers, WMF will probably find Americans as confident as ever about the strong marketing potential of their version of minigolf, compared to the more symmetric and less golf-like WMF version of minigolf.

Robert Detwiler of USPMGA opening the competition. (Photo by Martin Bousek 2009)

» photo gallery of the competition
» website of Kunming adventure golf courses
» results of top 56 players (qualified for day 2)



Comments (9)

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

12 May 2009 at 19:00
I updated the results file with colour codes.

(The result file includes top 56 players only, who qualified for the final day of the competition.)

Czech Republic Olivia (Olivia Prokopova)

12 May 2009 at 18:43
Thank you very much for all the congratulations.

United States of America Blondie (Astra Miglane Stanwyck)

12 May 2009 at 18:24
Congratulations Olivia on new title!

Sweden Viking (Pierre Geerhold)

12 May 2009 at 15:25
Congratulations Olivia too the victory!

Portugal AS (André Silva)

11 May 2009 at 19:38
No need to apologize John. Even if I feel the lack of some of the technical details of eternite and beton at MOS/adventure golf I also feel that minigolf in general has full advantages in sticking together. I don't think it will be wise for the WMF to ignore the wide potential of MOS/adventure golf to spread the visibility of the minigolfsport.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

11 May 2009 at 18:51
I apologize for any emotional or cultural shock, which are known symptoms among Central European minigolfers, when they see MOS adventure golf discussed in a positive light.

Portugal AS (André Silva)

11 May 2009 at 17:14
John, you don't need to sign your posts any longer. Once we read them we know who wrote them. Gosh! You love MOS don't you?

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

11 May 2009 at 15:12
OK I updated the average scores for 8 rounds.

Hope to see the full results of all players later, if they will publish them.

Czech Republic Olivia (Olivia Prokopova)

11 May 2009 at 14:49
Hi, Jo. I only got a minute at the airport in Honk - Kong. States that the play only eight rounds. Olivia

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Nick Chitty wins English Open

United Kingdom 10 May 2009 at 22:14 | views: 4813 | Comments: 1

A newcomer to the top of British minigolf, Nick Chitty, won English Open 2009 at Wroxham Barns adventure golf course in Norfolk. Nick played average score 31.67, winning by 2 points in the tight battle against Chris Harding, who scored average 32.33. Brad ...
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Nick Chitty wins English Open

Hardenberg-Pötter is German champion 2009

Hardenberg-Pötter is German champion 2009

Germany 10 May 2009 at 21:35 | views: 4720 | Comments: 1

BGS Hardenberg-Pötter ensured its 10th Bundesliga victory in last 11 years, already after the 5th competition of the season that includes 6 competitions. Hardenberg totally dominates the league with 48 points out of theoretical maximum 50 points. MGC Mainz is ...
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Massive Felt weekend in Sweden

Sweden 10 May 2009 at 21:29 | views: 4841 | Comments: 0

This Sunday 5 felt competitions were played around Sweden with about 370 players in total. Several of the best players in Sweden where playing at the difficult felt course in Örebro this Sunday. The main reason for that is that it's where the first round of ...
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Massive Felt weekend in Sweden

36 juniors at MGC Sopot amateur tournament

36 juniors at MGC Sopot amateur tournament

Poland 10 May 2009 at 12:54 | views: 4954 | Comments: 0

MGC Sopot attracted 36 juniors to their amateur tournament on 25 April 2009, at the beton course of Sopot, Poland. Also 5 adult women and 9 adult men played in the tournament, which was aimed for the general public. The competition included one round only. Best ...
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