WMF wishes that Brits rename World Crazy Golf Championships
07 Feb 2009 at 20:24 | Published by: JJM | Views: 5289 | News search
WMF board has offered a grant of 2,000 euros to British Minigolf Federation, for the purpose of arranging a training camp in Austria during this winter, and a training visit of Austrian coaches to Great Britain. The purpose of this grant is to help British minigolfers to learn also other playing systems than MOS, which is the only playing system in British competition calendar.
However, it seems likely that British Minigolf Federation will refuse this offer, if WMF board will require all the conditions that it set for this grant:
Removing the word “world” from the name of World Crazy Golf Championships, which is played annually in Hastings, Great Britain.
WMF approval of minigolf courses used in official competitions.
Full WADA compliance.
At least 8 British players must participate in WMF World Championships 2009.
Most notably the renaming of World Crazy Golf Championships is a sensitive issue to many British minigolfers. The rulebook of WMF states that arranging competitions with a “world champion” status is allowed only with the permission of WMF.
In the earlier years WMF has overlooked this British tournament, because the competition has quite unusual rules, and it could theoretically be regarded as a different game than standard minigolf, which could have its own championships. But now the WMF board has decided to open discussions with BMGA about the naming of this annual competition.
Great Britain has been a member of WMF since 1999, and competition activities are thriving in the country. But BMGA plays all national competitions on MOS minigolf courses, which WMF never uses in international major tournaments. This situation is evidently the prime motivating factor for WMF board to offer a special grant for training British minigolfers to play also other playing systems than MOS.
World Crazy Golf Championships is an annual British competition with sizeable money prizes, tongue-in-cheek carnival atmosphere, and special rules in the last round of the tournament: all players of the playing group hit their ball once, and leave the ball where it stops on the lane, before anyone plays his second shot on the lane.» memorandum of WMF board meeting 29-30 Nov 2008
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