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Kellard defends British honour at Hastings WCGC


United Kingdom 27 Oct 2009 at 20:51 | Published by: JJM | Views: 5327 | News search

Kellard defends British honour at Hastings WCGC
World Crazy Golf Champion 2009 Keith Kellard.  (Photo by Richard Gottfried 2009)

British Champion 2009 Keith Kellard added another trophy to his successful year, as he won World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings, United Kingdom. Kellard scored 5 under par in 7 rounds at the Hastings Seafront courses, where "par" really means what it is supposed to mean, top-class game.

Another British player Peter Emmerson was second, with total score equal to par. John Mittler of Finland was third, one over par, ahead of the defending champion Tim Davies in 4th place (2 over par) and Sean Homer in 5th place, after tied score and play-off against Davies.

Jo Williamson took the women’s champion title with an excellent score 4 over par. Ruth Bullin was second best woman at 13 over par (in 6 rounds, missing the cut for the final round), and Olivia Prokopová of Czech Republic was third in women, at 15 over par after 6 rounds.

The funny and entertaining WCGC tournament received remarkable attention from big media around the world. Major international satellite channels such as Sky Sports, CNN and BBC showed highlights from the tournament in their sport news of 26 October 2009. Also many large British newspapers wrote about the competition, and news agencies around the world from India to China and New Zealand reported the event. WCGC seems to be one of the most widely reported (if not indeed the most widely reported) minigolf tournaments of the year 2009.

WMF has expressed wishes that Brits would rename the tournament into something else than a "World" championship, but at the height of such media success, the British organizers have no plans to change their tournament in any way. The competition is sponsored and arranged by Castle Golf minigolf manufacturing company, with a sum 10 times more than what typical gold sponsors pay to WMF. BMGA has a warm relationship with the organizers, and BMGA gives WCGC a major status in the national minigolf ranking, but the tournament is a fully independent event, without any official ties to BMGA or WMF.

WCGC has grown to be the biggest annual minigolf competition in Britain, with 83 participants in 2009, 68 participants in 2008, 77 participants in 2007, 87 participants in 2006, 102 participants in 2005, 49 participants in 2004, and 25 participants in the first year 2003.

» results of the competition
» John Mittler’s blog: How to win WCGC
» discussion about media reporting of WCGC competition

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United Kingdom MrX (Andy Exall)

27 Nov 2009 at 11:30
Calm down Pierre for God's sake! The WCGC is a fun event as it is covered by the media WORLDWIDE as such. I suspect that if everyone was as boring as you would wish them to be then media coverage would be nil.

Sweden Viking (Pierre Geerhold)

27 Nov 2009 at 01:12
That video clip is bullshit as it finest! We cannot expect that media and ppl in general should take us serious when ppl plays in hockey gear and with the handles of garden tools. This was pure BULLSHIT!!!!

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

26 Nov 2009 at 06:28
Video clip of Hastings WCGC, from the sport news of Bloomberg global Satellite television channel, broadcast on 26 October 2009:

http://www.mefeedia.com/video/24944689

Yes my ice hockey suit is there too...

United Kingdom doctork (Keith Kellard)

01 Nov 2009 at 00:34
Who knows about the Mini. It's due to go, but local authority planning regulations &c being as they are in England, it may still be there at the beginning of next season. But, yes, JJM is right - the new course will not be ready for next years comp, so the format will be different.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

31 Oct 2009 at 12:36
Rumours said that the Mini course will be destroyed soon, but the new adventure golf course replacing Mini will not be ready for next autumn, so the competition must use some other, currently existing courses.

United Kingdom MrX (Andy Exall)

31 Oct 2009 at 08:26
I agree with Keith Smitty, come & try it & see! To be good on the Mini course in particular it takes great skill & a lot of nerve, especially in high winds that always seem to be prevailant!
Keith was untouchable this year, great stuff! ;)

United Kingdom doctork (Keith Kellard)

30 Oct 2009 at 13:43
:)
@Smitty. The invite is for anyone to travel over and play; why not do so next year?
It suspect you might not find it as easy as you think!

United States of America Smitty (Jeffrey Smith)

30 Oct 2009 at 12:26
Congratulations go to Keith. It's too bad no yanks have been able to travel to the UK to participate. I suspect an American would win.

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Vincent Huus closes season with a victory

Denmark 27 Oct 2009 at 12:29 | views: 5194 | Comments: 3

At his home course, the indoor course at Putter Team Odense, Vincent Huus closed the Danish minigolf season with a victory. He completed the 4 rounds with a score of 85 strokes, 1 stroke ahead of Peter Sřrensen of Odense Minigolf Club and Lars Rosenquist of ...
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Andy Exall is British Matchplay champion 2009

United Kingdom 27 Oct 2009 at 12:14 | views: 4429 | Comments: 7

Andy Exall won the final match against John Moore in British Matchplay Championships 2009. Terry Exall was third, after winning the bronze match against John McIver. The first matches of this all-season tournament were played on 13 February 2009, and the final ...
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Belgium wins 43rd Belgium-Netherlands

Europe 27 Oct 2009 at 09:26 | views: 3777 | Comments: 0

The mens team of Belgium won the 43rd tournament between the Netherlands and Belgium. The final was played last weekend in Esneux (Belgium) on the local eternite course. Before the weekend there was a 20 shots difference between both teams. Already after the ...
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Portugal 26 Oct 2009 at 12:39 | views: 4314 | Comments: 0

During the weekend of 18th and 19th of October the Portugese Cup was played on a brand new course. This competition is one of the most important tournments played in Portugal and is played with the matchplay system. On the first day, after 3 rounds of eternit ...
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