14th July 2008
For Immediate Release
Minigolf Report – BMGA British Championships 2008
Luton Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried travelled to Hastings, East Sussex on the 12th and 13th July to compete in the first Minigolf Major of the 2008 Season, the BMGA British Championships. Over two days 33 competitors played 126 holes, in seven 18-hole rounds at the Planet Hastings Minigolf Course at White Rock Gardens.
The tournament was won by Hastings own Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies who carded a new course record score of 26 (-10) to finish with a total score of 226 (-26). The 26 scored was also the best ever round of Minigolf recorded on British Soil. In second place was Andy Exall of Tunbridge Wells, who had led the tournament from round one but carded a 35 (-1) in the final round for a total of 230 (-22). Third was John McIver of Hastings with a score of 243 (-9).
Emily finished in 26th place with scores of 41, 56, 42, 46, 46, 41, 48 for a total of 320 (+68). Emily also achieved a new personal best score on the Planet Hastings course, with her pair of 41’s besting the score of 48 she recorded in March 2008.
In the BMGA Women’s Championships Emily achieved her best result to date and a spot on the podium after finishing in third place, behind five-times Women’s champion Ruth Bullin of St Leonards-on-Sea and Jo Williamson of the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club.
Emily said “I am really thrilled to be Britain’s number three Female Minigolfer. It was a really tough tournament and on a difficult course, and the competition was close right up to the final round, so it is really satisfying to achieve third place.”
In the main BMGA British Championship tournament Richard finished in 18th place with a seven round total of 284 (+32) carding scores of 37, 46, 40, 39, 42, 41, 39. His score of 37 (+1) is a new personal best on the Planet Hastings course (having previously achieved a best score of 51 (+15) in March 2008).
Richard said “I am fairly pleased with my scores, and I was happy to have set myself a new personal best. I’ll be looking to go under par when I return to this course again in March for the Hastings Open.”
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