On Saturday 21st March Luton Minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried accepted invitations from the London Minigolf Club (LMC) to compete in the New Malden Invitational and the Motspur Park Classic Minigolf competitions in South London.
Held at the Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf Course in London, the New Malden Invitational took place over 18-holes with seven players competing. The LMC’s Brad Shepherd won with a score of 37 (+1). Lionel Bender beat Gareth Holmes in a play-off for second place after both players scored 38 (+2). Emily Gottfried took 5th place with a score of 40 (+4) which included two holes-in-one, while Richard Gottfried had to settle for 6th place with a disappointing 44 (+8) after taking a seven on the 16th hole.
The Motspur Park Classic took place at the 18-hole Minigolf Course at Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Park, Motspur Park with eight players competing. And again it was the LMC’s Brad Shepherd who took the victory with a round of 39 (+3). Lionel Bender was second with 43 (+7) and Marc Chapman was 3rd with 45 (+9). Richard finished in fifth spot with a 48 (+12) and Emily was 6th with 53 (+17).
Emily said “I felt I played better than my scores reflected but it is good to get some practice in these invitationals ahead of some of the big tournaments.”
Richard said “I had some good rounds that were ruined by some poor play on one or two holes. The 16th at New Malden is a difficult hole and getting a seven was disappointing, but at least I know what I need to improve on for the next time I compete there.”
Richard Gottfried is currently ranked 14th of 68 in the BMGA Order of Merit Rankings while Emily Gottfried is in 46th place.