Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Minigolf Report - Adventure Island Minigolf League – Final Result

30th September 2008
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Minigolf Report - Adventure Island Minigolf League – Final Result

Luton Minigolfer Richard Gottfried finished in 2nd place in the Adventure Island Minigolf League held at Star City in Birmingham after being beaten to the title by one point. After nine weeks of play the final rankings in the League were decided on Monday 29th September with reigning World Crazy Golf Champion Chris Harding taking the league title with 31 points, with Richard on 30 points.

Richard had faced a week long wait to confirm his final ranking position having finished his matches with a total of 30 points from 14 matches. He was guaranteed a place in the top two and had been the league leader for four of the league’s nine weeks.

Only Chris Harding posed a threat to the number one spot having three games in hand. Chris needed to gain six points in his three final matches to overhaul Richard. In his matches on Monday Harding achieved two wins and a loss in order to lift the trophy. Jam Trubridge finished in third place.

Gottfried said “Congratulations to Chris who managed to hold it together just enough to beat me in his penultimate game. It was very close at the top of the table and to be beaten by just one point is a bit disappointing, but I’m proud of my win/loss record in the league and I’m looking forward to the challenge of the Winter League starting soon.”

Adventure Island Minigolf League – Richard Gottfried’s final win/loss record
Played 14*, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 2nd
(Overall results Weeks 1-9, Played 16, Won 12, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 36)
* Due to two players dropping out of the league the results of matches against them do not count in the final rankings (this is adjusted for all remaining players).

Ends


Photo: The Adventure Island Mini Golf League Trophy and final leaderboard

AIMG League 2008 - Final Results of Richard Gottfried

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008

Week 1
Beat Sabine Boze (40-43), HC
Beat Matthew Harding (36-38), HC
Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 1st (Tied)

Extra Match Played in Advance
Lost to Chris Harding (35-34) HC
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 2nd (Tied)

Week 2
DNP
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 3rd (Tied)

Week 3
Beat Matt Smith (36-39) HC
Lost to Jam Trubridge (39-34) LH
Lost to Fraser Cameron (39-37) LH
Beat Mystery Player (39-46) LH
Played 7, Won 4, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Points 12, Rank – 3rd

Week 4
Void week – Bank Holiday

Week 5
Beat John Whitehead (35-41) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (38-50) LH
Beat Jam Trubridge (33-37) HC
Played 10, Won 7, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Points 21, Rank – 1st (Tied)

Week 6
Beat Matt Smith (38-41) LH
Beat Fraser Cameron (33-36) HC
Lost to Chris Harding (41-38) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (33-41) HC
Played 14, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 1st

Week 7
DNP

Week 8
Beat John Whitehead (35-41) HC
Beat Matthew Harding (38-41), LH
Played 16, Won 12, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 36, Rank – 1st

Adventure Island Minigolf League – Richard Gottfried’s final win/loss record
Played 14*, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30
(Overall results Weeks 1-8, Played 16, Won 12, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 36)
* Due to two players dropping out of the league the results of matches against them do not count in the final rankings (this is adjusted for all remaining players).

Week 9
Final Adventure Island Mini Golf League Table decided (see below)

Name Played Pts Rank
Chris Harding 14 31 1
Richard Gottfried 14 30 2
Jam Trubridge 13 21 3
Matthew Harding 14 18 4
Fraser Cameron 14 18 4
Andy Gonsalves 14 17 6
John Whitehead 13 16 7
Matthew Smith 14 12 7

Key:
HC = Hidden Cove Challenge Course
LH = Lost Hut Trail Course

More information on Adventure Island Mini Golf can be found here: www.adventureislandminigolf.co.uk

The Thrilla Near the Villa

A three team, 36-hole Strokeplay Doubles tournament dubbed 'The Thrilla Near the Villa' took place at Adventure Island Minigolf in Birmingham on the 29th September.

The team of Richard Gottfried & Andy Gonsalves took on Fraser Cameron & Matthew Harding and Matt Smith & Chris Harding. After two 18-hole rounds Richard & Andy finished in second spot with a total of 78(+6)

Results:
Rank/Team/Round 1 (HC)/Round 2 (LH)/Total
1. Matt Smith & Chris Harding - 35 - 39 = 74(+2)
2. Richard Gottfried & Andy Gonsalves - 38 - 40 = 78(+6)
3. Fraser Cameron & Matthew Harding - 38 - 53 = 91(+19)


From left to right - Chris H, Matthew H, Matt S, Richard G, Fraser C, Andy G.


Matt Smith & Chris Harding receive the SP* Trophy from Emily Gottfried.


Richard Gottfried Putts while his team-mate Andy Gonsalves looks on.


Richard Gottfried Putts on the 7th Hole of the Hidden Cove Challenge course.

*SP - Smuggler's Point or Slush Puppie!

The Dorridge Classic - Results

Results of the Irregular Mini Golf Tour Dorridge Classic on the 29th September 2008.

'Squire' Richard Gottfried vs. Emily 'Coach' Gottfried

Rank/Player/Round 1/Round 2/Total
1. Richard Gottfried - 29(+5) - 23(-1) = 52(+4)
2. Emily Gottfried - 33(+9) - 25(+1) = 58(+10)

Richard wins the Dorridge Classic.
Emily wins the Wenlock Cup with two Aces.

Richard Gottfried playing Minigolf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull
Minigolf in Dorridge
Minigolf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Trailer for 2008 BMGA British Open: The Movie

Las Vegas Invitational

Top GB Minigolfer and fellow Ham & Egger Emily Gottfried played in, and won, the Irregular Mini Golf Tour Las Vegas Invitational tournament this week - results and photos below.

24/09/2008 Irregular Mini Golf Tour Las Vegas Invitational
Pike's Pass Miniature Golf Course
Circus Circus Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Rank/Player/Score/Aces
1. Emily Gottfried = 38 (+2), 2 Aces
2. John Peace = 41 (+5), 3 Aces
3. Janie Peace = 51 (+15), 0 Aces

Miniature golf at Pike's Pass at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Miniature golf at Pike's Pass at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Miniature golf at Pike's Pass at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008 – Weeks 1 - 8 Summary

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008 – Weeks 1 - 8 Summary

Week 1
Beat Sabine Boze (40-43), HC
Beat Matthew Harding (36-38), HC
Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 1st (Tied)

Extra Match Played in Advance
Lost to Chris Harding (35-34) HC
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 2nd (Tied)

Week 2
DNP
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 3rd (Tied)

Week 3
Beat Matt Smith (36-39) HC
Lost to Jam Trubridge (39-34) LH
Lost to Fraser Cameron (39-37) LH
Beat Mystery Player (39-46) LH
Played 7, Won 4, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Points 12, Rank – 3rd

Week 4
Void week – Bank Holiday

Week 5
Beat John Whitehead (35-41) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (38-50) LH
Beat Jam Trubridge (33-37) HC
Played 10, Won 7, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Points 21, Rank – 1st (Tied)

Week 6
Beat Matt Smith (38-41) LH
Beat Fraser Cameron (33-36) HC
Lost to Chris Harding (41-38) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (33-41) HC
Played 14, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 1st

Week 7
DNP

Week 8
Beat John Whitehead (35-41) HC
Beat Matthew Harding (38-41), LH
Played 16, Won 12, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 36, Rank – 1st

Adventure Island Minigolf League – Richard Gottfried’s final win/loss record
Played 14*, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 1st
(Overall results Weeks 1-8, Played 16, Won 12, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 36)
* Due to two players dropping out of the league the results of matches against them do not count in the final rankings (this is adjusted for all remaining players).

Notes:
HC = Hidden Cove Challenge Course
LH = Lost Hut Trail Course

Career Results of Minigolf Doubles Matchplay

Played – 9*
Won – 5
Drawn – 1
Lost – 3

* Seven matches at the 2008 BMGA British Doubles Championship, Warwick (with Emily Gottfried) and two matches at Star City, Birmingham (with Andy Gonsalves & Matt Smith).

Results of Minigolf Doubles Matchplay Matches 22.09.08

Star City, Birmingham – 22.09.08 – Results of Minigolf Doubles Matchplay Matches

1.
Richard Gottfried & Andy Gonsalves defeated Matt Smith & Fraser Cameron in a 36-hole Doubles Matchplay match, with Gottfried sinking an Ace at the 33rd hole to seal the victory 5 & 3.

2.
Richard Gottfried & Matt Smith bested Andy Gonsalves & Fraser Cameron One-Up in an 18-hole Doubles Matchplay match.


Pictured (from left to right): Andy Gonsalves, Fraser Cameron, Richard Gottfried & Matt Smith.

Dorridge Minigolf Practice Rounds – 22.09.08

Round 1 – 27 (+3)
Round 2 – 30 (+6)
Round 3 – 26 (+2)

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008 – Week 8 League Table

With only one week to go the league standings look like this:

Name Played Pts Rank
Richard Gottfried 14 30 1
Chris Harding 11 25 2
Jam Trubridge 13 21 3
Andy Gonsalves 13 16 4
Matthew Harding 11 15 5
Fraser Cameron 13 15 5
John Whitehead 10 12 7
Matthew Smith 13 12 7
-------------------------------
Mystery Player 5 3 9
Alistair Knight 1 1 10
James Smith 1 1 10
Sabine Boze 2 0 12
Kevin Holloway 0 0 13
Sunny Sembuy 0 0 13
Jon Boorman 0 0 13
Adam Goje 0 0 13

Minigolf Report, Adventure Island Minigolf League – Week 8

23rd September 2008
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Minigolf Report
Adventure Island Minigolf League – Week 8
Luton Minigolfer Richard Gottfried finished play in the Adventure Island Minigolf League at Star City in Birmingham with two wins on Monday 22nd September. Gottfried defeated John Whitehead 35 to 41 on the Hidden Cove Challenge Course and beat Matthew Harding 38 to 41 on the Lost Hut Trail Course.

Richard now faces a one-week wait to confirm his final ranking position. He is guaranteed a place in the top two and is currently sitting in first place with 30 points from his 10 wins. Only reigning World Crazy Golf Champion Chris Harding poses a threat to the number one spot having three games in hand which he will play next week. Chris must gain six points in his three final matches to overhaul Richard – a win and 2 draws would result in a playoff match over 36 holes.

Gottfried said “I’ve done all I can and played my best Minigolf. I just need to sit tight and let the other matches happen, Chris is the World Champion and is an awesome player, but there are a lot of other good players in the league so I’ll be hoping a bit of luck goes their way when they face him next week.”

Adventure Island Minigolf League – Richard Gottfried’s final win/loss record
Played 14*, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 1st
(Overall results Weeks 1-8, Played 16, Won 12, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 36)
* Due to two players dropping out of the league the results of matches against them do not count in the final rankings (this is adjusted for all remaining players).

In other results from Star City Richard teamed up with new Minigolf Doubles partner Andy Gonsalves to defeat Matt Smith & Fraser Cameron in a 36-hole Doubles Matchplay match, with Gottfried sinking an Ace at the 33rd hole to seal the victory 5 &3.

In addition to the final table being decided next Monday Richard will also be competing in a Cup Tournament at Star City.

Ends

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Swedish Felt - A-run in Finland & B-run in Guildford

Prior to playing on the Swedish Felt Run course in Stoke Park, Guildford I had only played on this type of course once before - at the Manse RG in Tampere, Finland following play in the Nations Cup 2008.

On the Tampere course (18-holes, full-size 'A-run' course) I had scored a 51(+15) (with 2 Aces & 1 Seven) in the Rotten Shark Classic (The unofficial British Swedish Felt Run Championships) on 11th May 2008 where I finished 4th of 10 players.





Playing on the 12-hole (B-run) course in Guildford I carded the following four scores:
Round 1 - 29(+5) - 2 Aces, 0 Sevens
Round 2 - 33(+9) - 3 Aces, 1 Seven
Round 3 - 31(+7) - 4 Aces, 1 Seven
Round 4 - 37(+13) - 1 Ace, 1 Seven









Actual Minigolf Course 75 - Guildford

A cracking 12-hole Swedish Felt Run Course in Stoke Park, Guildford.

The 75th course played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was a very rare type of course to find in the UK.





Not course number 75! Guildford Lido

Another unplayed course on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

On the long and ever winding road as a touring 'Pro' Minigolfer tracking down new and exciting courses to play it is inevitable that some courses you plan to play at are locked-up because it is 'out of season'.

A case in point, Guildford Lido.

A shame as it was such a lovely sunny day.







Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Crawley Ham & Eggs

After my defeat in the Irregular Mini Golf Tour Jurassic Encounter I had to dine on what else but...Ham & Eggs!

Minigolf Course Number 74...

...The Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf Course in New Malden!

The Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf course in New Malden
A very nicely themed new course and an enjoyable visit on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf course in New Malden
The scores on the day:
Emily 'Coach' Gottfried 42(+6) - win
'Squire' Richard Gottfried 45(+9)

Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf course in New Malden
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Spotted in Luton:


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Margate Prize...

...Ham & Eggs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Minigolf Rankings & 2008 BMGA Results To Date (Update)

BMGA Order of Merit Ranking 2007-2008
Ranked 15th (18/06/08-Present)

BMGA Season-Only Ranking 2008
Ranked 10th (15/09/2008–Present)

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008
Ranked 1st (01/09/08-Present)

2008 BMGA Tour Tournament Results (To 14/09/08)
Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open
25th
BMGA British Masters
22nd
Pleasure Beach Open
6th
Midland Invitational Tournament
3rd
Nations Cup
51st
Viking Horn
5th
BMGA British Doubles Championship
11th
BMGA English Open
4th
BMGA British Club Championship
1st
Brighton Open
19th
BMGA British Championships
18th
BMGA Players Championship
16th
BMGA British Open
28th

Other Minigolf Tournament Result 2008
Adventure Island/Heart FM Open
1st

Monday, September 15, 2008

BMGA Players Championship & BMGA British Open

15th September 2008
Press Information
For Immediate Release

BMGA Players Championship
In the traditional warm-up to the British Open Richard & Emily Gottfried competed in the BMGA Players Championship at the Strokes Adventure Golf Course in Margate, Kent on Friday 12th September.

After a round of 43 (+7) Richard finished in 16th place of 31 players, while Emily’s 48 (+12) meant she finished in 23rd place. Neither player made the cut to the second Matchplay round.

Andy Exall from Tunbridge Wells took the title with a play-off win over Kent’s Sean Homer.

BMGA British Open
In the two-day BMGA British Open also held at Strokes Adventure Golf Course Emily just missed the cut for the second day after first day rounds of 50, 44, 46 and 42 for an average of 45.5 per round and a 182 (+38) total score. In total Emily scored 4 holes in one and finished in 44th place of the 64 strong field.

Emily said “It was a great competition, with a great atmosphere, and I was really pleased to be only six strokes off the qualifying score in my British Open debut.”

Richard fared better in the tournament and made the cut with rounds of 42, 43, 42 and 42 for a first day total of 169. In the 5th round Richard scored another 42, but ended the tournament with a personal best on the course of 38 (+2) to card a total of 249 (+33) and finish in 28th place. In total Richard achieve 12 holes in one.

Richard said “I was nothing if not consistent over most of my rounds and I was hitting plenty of Aces, but I hit too many threes as well and that just killed my game in the end. I am happy to have finished better than I did last year and the field was 20 players bigger this year.

He added “I’ll do better in the Kent Open here in November though as I know I can hit a hole in one on every hole and also where I now need to work on my game on this course.

Mattias Stahl of Sweden was the eventual winner with a 7 round total of 238 (-14).

Ends


Not Course Number 74


The Course in Cliftonville was closed, so it was unable to be course number 74 played.

Thanet Ladies Auxiliary Quiz Night 2008

Results from the Thanet Ladies Auxiliary Quiz Night in Margate, Kent.

Thanet Ladies Auxiliary Quiz Night in Margate, Kent

13.09.08
Nayland Hotel, Margate

1st of 13 teams - Ursa Major (BMGA Team 1)
Brad
Alan
Gareth
Chris
Lionel
Ted/John

10th of 13 teams - Just made the cut except Emily (BMGA Team 2)
Richard
Steve
Jam
Rob
Mark
Emily

Other results:
Irish (Latvian) Bingo - Gareth Holmes 4th Place (5 non-sanctioned Ranking Points)
The Raffle - Ted/John McIver - £10 (handed back)
The Raffle - Mark Swain - The Horse Painting (swapped with Richard for a bottle of Wine)
The Raffle - Richard Gottfried - Bottle of Wine (swapped with Mark for the Horse Painting)
The Raffle - Gareth Holmes - Photo Albums
The Raffle - Ted/John McIver - Bottle of Wine

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Minigolf Rankings & 2008 BMGA Results To Date

BMGA Order of Merit Ranking 2007-2008
Ranked 15th (18/06/08-Present)

BMGA Season-Only Ranking 2008
Ranked 13th (14/07/2008–Present)

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008
Ranked 1st (01/09/08-Present)

2008 BMGA Tour Tournament Results (To 13/07/08)
Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open
25th
BMGA British Masters
22nd
Pleasure Beach Open
6th
Midland Invitational Tournament
3rd
Nations Cup
51st
Viking Horn
5th
BMGA British Doubles Championship
11th
BMGA English Open
4th
BMGA British Club Championship
1st
Brighton Open
19th
BMGA British Championships
18th

Other Minigolf Tournament Result 2008
Adventure Island/Heart FM Open
1st

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008 – Week 6 League Table

For the second consecutive week I remain in first place in the Adventure Island Mini Golf League.

Name Played Pts Rank
Richard Gottfried 14 30 1
Chris Harding 12 28 2
Jam Trubridge 14 24 3
Matthew Harding 8 15 4
Matthew Smith 11 15 4
John Whitehead 8 12 6
Fraser Cameron 12 12 6
Andy Gonsalves 12 10 8
Mystery Player 5 3 9
Alistair Knight 1 1 10
James Smith 1 1 10
Sabine Boze 2 0 12
Kevin Holloway 0 0 13
Sunny Sembuy 0 0 13
Jon Boorman 0 0 13
Adam Goje 0 0 13

The Road to Margate - Dorridge

In a pre-british Open warm-up a second visit was made to the 12-hole Minigolf Course at Dorridge.
Miniature Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull

With the weather a lot better (and drier) than the previous visit my scores improved with rounds of 28 (+4), 26 (+2) & 26 (+2).
Crazy Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull

All good practice ahead of the BMGA British Open in Margate.
Mini Golf at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull

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Minigolf at Allesley Park in Coventry

A visit to minigolf course number 73 at Allesley Park in Coventry.
Minigolf at Allesley Park in Coventry

I scored rounds of 24, 24 and 25.
Miniature Golf at Allesley Park in Coventry

This hole proved particularly difficult to play.
Crazy Golf at Allesley Park in Coventry

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Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008 – Weeks 1 - 6 Summary

Week 1
Beat Sabine Boze (40-43), HC
Beat Matthew Harding (36-38), HC
Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 1st (Tied)

Extra Match Played in Advance
Lost to Chris Harding (35-34), HC
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 2nd (Tied)

Week 2
DNP
Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Points 6, Rank – 3rd (Tied)

Week 3
Beat Matt Smith (36-39) HC
Lost to Jam Trubridge (39-34) LH
Lost to Fraser Cameron (39-37) LH
Beat Mystery Player (39-46) LH
Played 7, Won 4, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Points 12, Rank – 3rd

Week 4
Void week – Bank Holiday

Week 5
Beat John Whitehead (35-41) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (38-50) LH
Beat Jam Trubridge (33-37) HC
Played 10, Won 7, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Points 21, Rank – 1st (Tied)

Week 6
Beat Matt Smith (38-41) LH
Beat Fraser Cameron (33-36) HC
Lost to Chris Harding (41-38) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (33-41) HC
Played 14, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 1st

HC = Hidden Cove Challenge Course
LH = Lost Hut Trail Course

Adventure Island Mini Golf League 2008 – Week 6 Results

Week 6
Beat Matt Smith (38-41) LH
Beat Fraser Cameron (33-36) HC*
Lost to Chris Harding (41-38) LH
Beat Andy Gonsalves (33-41) HC*
Played 14, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Points 30, Rank – 1st

* Equal personal best scores of 33 on the Hidden Cove Challenge Course.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Guide To Strokes Adventure Golf Course - The Back 9

A Guide To Strokes Adventure Golf Course - The Front 9

Some tips on how to master the Strokes Adventure Golf course in Margate ahead of the BMGA British Open 2008 (courtesy of the Kent Minigolf Club)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Minigolf Course Number 72 - Dorridge

Playing the Minigolf course at Dorridge's Four Ashes Golf Centre.

The 12-hole Minigolf course at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

The 72nd Minigolf course played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the 12-hole Minigolf course at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge on the 1st September 2008.

Despite it being a very rainy day the course played well and was quite a challenge. My scores were:
- Round 1 - 31
- Round 2 - 30



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Links:
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