Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Richard playing the Minigolf course.
Richard sitting in second place after three rounds of play - one shot off the lead.
A shot of Richard through the crowds during the final - Ace'ing the first.
Ranked 17th in the world.
For Immediate Release
Minigolf Report - Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships
Luton Minigolfers Richard & Emily Gottfried competed in the sixth annual Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships at the Sea Front Adventure Golf Complex in Hastings on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October.
Both Richard & Emily made significant improvements to their world rankings with Richard qualifying for the final and eventually finishing in 17th place (up from 39th in 2007). Emily finished in 43rd place (up from 54th in 2007), and was also the third ranked player (of nine) in the Women’s World Crazy Golf Championships that was played in parallel with the main tournament.
All 68 competitors played six qualifying rounds (three on Saturday, two on Sunday) on two 18-hole courses, with the top ranked 18 players making the cut to take part in the final round.
The overall winner was Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies from Hastings who lifted his fifth title, last year’s winner Chris Harding was second and Andy Exall was third. Finland’s Pasi Aho just missed out on a podium place after finishing in fourth place. Davies won with a seven round total of 250 (-2), an average of 1.98 shots per hole.
Richard’s seven round total was 268 (+16), an average of 2.12 shots per hole, after rounds of 35, 37, 35, 40, 50, 34 and 37. He said “I am incredibly happy with being ranked 17th in the world, but I can’t help but think what could have been if it wasn’t for my dreadful fifth round where I shot a 50. Three of my other rounds were under par and I dropped 14 shots in that one round. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, if it wasn’t for that I could have won the title.”
Emily finished with a six round total of 265 (+49), an average of 2.45 shots per hole, after rounds of 42, 37, 49, 46, 47 and 44. She said “I was pleased with my performance, as I started off the tournament strongly and improved on last years’ position. The tournament was tougher than usual, with a strong local contingent and some extreme weather conditions, but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back again next year.”
The calm before the storm.
The 18 finalists line up before the 7th round.
Richard & Emily Gottfried at the end of the tournament.
This time out Steve Gow won 9-6.
Monday, October 13, 2008
For Immediate Release
Gottfried wins Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open
Luton Minigolfer Richard Gottfried won the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open, held at the Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth on Sunday 12th October.
On the 18-hole course and with 18 players competing Gottfried won the title by five shots with a three round total of 131 (44, 43 and 44).
Gottfried said “I had a great weekend and am proud to be the first-ever Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Weymouth Open Champion. The course and competition was tough so I’m very happy to have won it and I'm looking forward to defending my title in 2009.”
The tournament was the first to be held at the Sea Life Centre and the Course Manager David Picksley said “Congratulations to Richard on his victory. It was a thrilling competition and I would like to thank Richard and the other competitors for supporting the event.”
Richard Gottfried with his Weymouth Open Prizes.
Course Manager David Picksley presents Richard with his winnings.
Photos of the course are below:
I also spotted an interesting 'obstacle' on this hole!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Jam Trubridge & Fraser Cameron beat Richard Gottfried & Andy Gonsalves 2&1 in a 36-Hole Doubles Matchplay Match at Star City, Birmingham.
Richard Gottfried's Career Doubles Matchplay Stats:
Played – 10*
Won – 5
Drawn – 1
Lost – 4
* Seven matches at the 2008 BMGA British Doubles Championship, Warwick (with Emily Gottfried) and three matches at Star City, Birmingham (with Andy Gonsalves x 2 & Matt Smith).
Beat Jam Trubridge (35-37) HC*
Drew with Fraser Cameron (34-34) LH
Beat Owen Johnson (37-49) LH
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 0, Drawn 1, Points 7, Rank – 1st
* Richard wins the Nayland HP Singles Title
HC = Hidden Cove Challenge Course
LH = Lost Hut Trail Course
Monday, October 06, 2008
On a wet and windy weekend of Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2006, four hardy souls played 18 holes of Crazy Golf on the Victory and Warrior Trails of Southsea's Treasure Island course (Scorecard outer below).
As you will see from the Scorecard below our scores were quite below-par.
And from reviewing the video of us playing on the 4th Hole (Hangman's Rope) of the Warrior Trail (below) you can also see we were not playing to Official BMGA Minigolf Rules (which we did not know about at the time). In fact we had:
- No six shot limit
- A form of 'seaside' Crazy Golf rules in play, each of us playing our first shots and subsequent shots in order of player (rather than Minigolf rules of each player holing out first, or even 'proper' Crazy Golf rules where the player furthest from the hole plays their second shot first)
- No movement of the ball to allow for backswing when up against an obstacle
These two rounds constituted the first ever Irregular Mini Golf Tour event - The Southsea Invitational Tournament. Before the advent of play-offs the competition had joint winners, tied on 69 (+27)* were myself and Christopher Gottfried, with Emily Gottfried in third place and Zoe Bates in fourth.
* The course Par for each 9 Holes was given as 21 shots, whereas in a BMGA tournament each hole has a Par of 2 shots, regardless of the course scorecard/local rules. Therefore an 18 Hole Course would have a Par of 36. So for example, re-scoring my rounds to BMGA Standards I would have scored 63 (changing my scores of 10, to Sevens) but would still have been 27 over the Par of 36.
In an interesting note, despite my many Minigolfing travels around the country and all of the 'Lucky' 19th holes played, I have only managed to win one Free Game Pass/Token, and that was on the 30th September 2006 when I managed to 'Fire the Cannon' on the 19th Hole in Southsea - a prize I still treasure (below).
So the visit to Southsea was the beginning of my travels to Minigolf courses around the UK, playing in BMGA tournaments, winning the BMGA British Club Championship and representing Great Britain in the Nations Cup in Finland.
And there's still lots more of the adventures in the world of Minigolf (and other obscure and minority sports) to follow.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
During the second season of the Irregular Mini Golf Tour, held between 6th October 2007 and 29th September 2008, 92 Tour events took place with 10 players competing for Ranking Points. The final table is below.
Irregular Mini Golf Tour Rankings 2007/2008
Rank Player Wins 2nd 3rd Points Move
1 Richard Gottfried 68 21 1 8425 NM
2 Emily Gottfried 22 55 7 6675 NM
3 Christopher Gottfried 4 6 6 1150 NM
4 Daniel Marsh 1 3 2 425 NE
5 John Oxley 0 2 2 250 Down 1
6 Dave Ronchetti 1 0 0 100 NM
7 John Moore 1 0 0 100 NE
8 Richard Hopkins 0 1 0 75 NE
9 John Peace 0 1 0 75 NE
10 Janie Peace 0 0 1 50 NE
NE New Entry
Irregular Mini Golf Tour Ranking Points Calculations 2007/2008:
1st place = 100 points
2nd place = 75 points
3rd place = 50 points
Thursday, October 02, 2008
2007-2008 BMGA Order of Merit Rankings
Richard Gottfried - 15th of 68
Emily Gottfried - 49th of 68
Christopher Gottfried - Unranked
2008 BMGA Season-Only Rankings
Richard Gottfried - 10th of 98
Emily Gottfried - 49th of 98
Christopher Gottfried - 85th of 98
For more information about the BMGA please visit www.minigolf.org.uk
Ranked 15th (18/06/08-Present)
BMGA Season-Only Ranking 2008
Ranked 10th (15/09/2008–Present)
Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008
2008 BMGA Tour Tournament Results (To 14/09/08)
Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open
BMGA British Masters
Pleasure Beach Open
Midland Invitational Tournament
BMGA British Doubles Championship
BMGA English Open
BMGA British Club Championship
BMGA British Championships
BMGA Players Championship
BMGA British Open
Other Minigolf Tournament Result 2008
Adventure Island/Heart FM Open