Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Factsheet from the British Minigolf Association

The BMGA has a new Factsheet available with information, stats and facts about the BMGA since its formation in 1998. It also contains links to useful websites and associations in the sport of Minigolf.

The British Minigolf Association is the governing body for Minigolf Sport, including Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf. Free and BMGA Tour Pro Membership options are available. For more information please visit the BMGA website.

Crazy Golf to feature on "Rory and Will - Champions of The World"

Channel 5 TV show to feature Crazy Golf on new show "Rory and Will - Champions of The World".

The new Channel 5 TV Show "Rory and Will - Champions of The World" will feature Crazy Golf on the next episode. Filmed at the Hastings seafront Crazy Golf course last year Rory McGrath and Will Mellor received some coaching from two of the world's best Crazy Golfers and then challenged each other to find out which of them is the best player in their ongoing challenge match.

You can catch a glimpse of Will Mellor playing Crazy Golf on the trailer for episode 2 at the end of the first show.

Episode 1 saw the pair take on Reliant Robin Racing, Nurdling, Thumb Wrestling, Fishing and Pea Shooting!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Minigolf Report – Gottfried’s begin new Miniature Golf Season at the BMGA Star City Open in Birmingham

13th and 18th place finishes for Luton-based Minigolfers Richard & Emily Gottfried at the first-event of the BMGA season.

Luton Minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried were back in Minigolf action on Sunday 27th January as they teed-off in the first competition of the British Minigolf Association’s 2013 Tour season at the BMGA Star City Open at Adventure Island Mini Golf, Star City, Birmingham.

Richard finished in 13th place for the second year in a row, with Emily in 18th place in the 24-player field.

Richard scored a three-round total of 104(-4), having scored 35, 37 and 32Richard still jointly holds the official BMGA course record of 28(-8) on the Lost Hut Trail which he equalled in 2010 at the BMGA National OpenEmily scored a total 109(+1) after rounds of 36, 32 and 41.
Richard Gottfried playing the 8th hole at Adventure Island Mini Golf
The tournament was played over three 18-hole rounds on the Lost Hut Trail course at the Star City venue and was won by Michael Smith. Adam Kelly was runner-up, with Paul Johnson third.

Richard said "I’m happy with my round of 32, but my 35 and 37 weren't good. I didn't drop many shots, but missed too many hole-in-one opportunities. Emily played some really good Minigolf and it was disappointing to see her drop so many shots on one bad hole. I’m really looking forward to playing at the new BMGA British Crazy Golf Open in Hastings in March and the BMGA British Masters at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing."
Emily Gottfried on the 9th hole at Adventure Island Mini Golf
Emily said “Adventure Island Mini Golf at Star City remains as a fantastic location for a winter tournament, as well as a great start to the new season. My first two rounds were great and I played well, but unfortunately one bad hole on the third round was enough to put me out of prize contention. Still, I enjoyed the tournament and the weekend, and can’t wait for the next competition in March.”


Links and Further Information:
- The British Minigolf Association is the governing body for Minigolf Sport, including Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf. Free and BMGA Tour Pro Membership options are available. For more information please visit the BMGA website
- A British Minigolf Association Factsheet with 33 Facts and Stats about the BMGA and Minigolf in the UK can also be found on the BMGA website

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Miniature Golf Days in 2013

Special days to celebrate Minigolf!

If, like me, you're a fan of Miniature Golf (and it's many varieties) you'll be pleased to know that there are a number of special days to celebrate the great game!

The first will be on Saturday 11th of May 2013 which marks 'National Miniature Golf Day'.

The second is 'Miniature Golf Day' which always falls on the 21st of September and this year will be a Saturday.

Playing the 18th hole in front of the crowd at Wroxham Barns in the 2011 BMGA English Open

Interestingly two British Minigolf Association Tour competitions will be taking place on each of the above 'days', with the BMGA British Championships taking place at Wroxham Barns in Hoveton, Norfolk on the weekend of the 11th & 12th of May. Saturday 21st September will see the first day's play of the BMGA British International Open contested at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate, Kent.

Playing hole 2 at the 2012 BMGA British Open at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate, Kent

Last year on the 6th of May the Austrian Minigolf Federation (Österreichischer Bahnengolf-Verband - OBGV) organised the third-annual 'Minigolf Tag' ('Minigolf Day').

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" Minigolf Videos by Allan 'The Putter King' Cox

New Minigolf Videos by Australia's Allan 'The Putter King' Cox.

The 2011 / 2012 Putter King Allan Cox has put together some Minigolf videos in a new series called "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". The Putt Putt star has based some of his trick shots on some of those I made as part of my entry into The Putter King Miniature Golf Scavenger Hunts. Check them out 

- Putter King Miniature Golf Scavenger Hunt related blog posts - 1st Edition - 2nd Edition

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Join the British Minigolf Association for the 2013 Minigolf Season

Membership available to join the British Minigolf Association for the 2013 Minigolf Season.

The British Minigolf Association (BMGA) is the Governing Body for Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf sport in the UK and offers two membership options - 'Free' & 'BMGA Tour Pro'.

Full details of what is available to members under the two tiers of membership can be found at the BMGA Membership Page. To register for Free BMGA Membership please visit the BMGA website registration page.

The BMGA organises and promotes Miniature Golf and Crazy Golf competitions each year. Last season there were 28 competitions, with fourteen full BMGA Tour Ranking events held on eleven courses. You can find more details on the Roll of Honour for the 2012 season.

Last season I competed in twelve full British Minigolf Association Tour events and won a BMGA Tour title with victory at the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Championship in July. Emily and I also represented Great Britain at the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters in Hastings and I ended the year with a career-best ranking of 5th in the BMGA Season Only Rankings for 2012.

You can download an information sheet with details of the BMGA and 'The (Abridged) Rules of BMGA Minigolf' here.

If you have any questions about BMGA Tour membership please contact the BMGA via its website.

Yours in sport,

BMGA Tour Pro
Great Britain International
Member of the Midlands Minigolf Club

Monday, January 07, 2013

Nominations Open for the Luton Sports Awards!

Please nominate us for the Luton Sports Awards!

Entries have opened for the annual Luton Sports Awards, organised by Luton Sports Network and Emily & I would both really appreciate your nomination to help us be shortlisted (and hopefully win) a prestigious Luton Sports Award. Details on 'Criteria' and 'How to Nominate' is below. The nomination form can be downloaded from here.

International Minigolfers Emily & Richard Gottfried

Emily is entering the ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ category and I am entering the ‘Sports Man of the Year’ category. A summary of the highlights of our 2012 Minigolf Season can also be found below.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 18th of February 2013 and the Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 21st of March 2013. further details about the Luton Sports Awards and Luton Sports Network can be found on the Luton Sports Network website.

British Minigolf Association (BMGA) Tour Competition Highlights 2012
- I won a BMGA Tour title with victory at the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Championship in July
- Emily was the runner-up in the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open in October and in the second placed team at the BMGA Oswestry Games Pro-Am Minigolf Classic
- I was the runner-up in the Category 2 BMGA British Minigolf Championships and 7th place overall in the Major championship
- Emily captained a Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club team at the BMGA British Club Championships leading them to fourth place

British Minigolf Association (BMGA) Tour Rankings for 2012
- I finished the 2012 Miniature Golf season ranked in a career-high of 5th place in the 2012 BMGA Season Only Rankings. Emily was ranked 37th in the 120 player strong rankings and the third-best female player in the list
- In the BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit Rankings I finished in 15th place of 96 players, with Emily in 41st place and second amongst the female players
- In the BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit I was ranked 15th of 60 players, with Emily in 41st place and in fifth place of the female players
- In the BMGA 2012 Season Rankings for Clubs Emily and the Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club finished in second place. Me and the Midlands Minigolf Club finished in third place of six teams

International Minigolf Tournament Highlights 2012
- Both Emily and I gained our fourth Great Britain caps when we competed in the second WMF World Adventure Golf Masters tournament in Hastings in May. I finished the event in 14th place overall and in 11th place in the men’s competition. Emily was runner-up in the women’s event and 17th overall. As part of the Great Britain B team (with Brad Shepherd & Ruth Burke) we finished the international championship in fourth place
- At October’s ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship in Hastings I was once again a finalist and finished the tournament in 17th place of 53 players in my sixth appearance for England

Independent Minigolf Competition Highlights 2012
- I won the Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr Championship June Play-off at Selfridges London and went on to win the Grand Final in August
- I also won the Chrizy Golf Masters Championship in Manchester in December
- Emily was tied third in the Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr Championship Grand Final

Other Highlights from 2012
- I was the organiser of the Minigolf activities in the 2012 Oswestry Games festival of sport held in Oswestry, Shropshire. The Oswestry Games were the first multi-sport event that Minigolf had been a part of in the UK and along with fellow coaches from the British Minigolf Association we organised a series of training & coaching activities and competitions for local novice players, a Pro-Am and a tournament for BMGA Tour Pro players
- As a member of the BMGA's Executive Committee I helped to organise and promote 28 British Minigolf Association Tour Events and as part of the WMF's Marketing & Media Committee I worked on eight WMF & EMF International Minigolf Championship Events
- These voluntary sports organisation activities were also logged as part of my Sport Makers logged hours and as a Sport Maker I was a Paralympic Flame Assistant at the Paralympic Flame Celebration Event in Luton in August
- Emily was a Tournament Director at the BMGA British Open tournament held at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate in September and also helped run and marshal other BMGA competitions during the season including the 'Castle Golf' World Crazy Golf Championship in October

Photo Links:
- Richard teeing-off in the 'Castle Golf' World Crazy Golf Championship in Hastings
- Richard playing hole 16 in the 'Castle Golf' World Crazy Golf Championship
- Richard playing hole 1 at the BMGA British Club Championship in Basingstoke
- Richard playing during the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Championship
- Richard with his gold medal on the podium following his win at the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Championship 
- Richard with the trophy from the Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr Championship June Play-off at Selfridges London
- Emily playing the final hole at the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open
- Emily with her silver medal at the Oswestry Games Pro-Am Tournament

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Caption the Photo...

...a long time ago in Minigolf.

Me and Christopher Gottfried at TopGolf Watford's Adventure Golf course in April 2007!

The 18-hole Adventure Golf course at TopGolf Watford was the eighth (of the 523 courses) we've visited to-date and we first played there in December 2006!

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Winning some Pirates Adventure Golf 'Treasure'

Winning a Pirates Adventure Golf Facebook Competition!

The team at Pirates Adventure Golf in Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland have recently been running a number of online competitions to win Pirates Adventure Golf Goodies and I won the competition on Tuesday 11th December :-)

My prizes from the 'Guess the Number of Golf Balls Captain Jack Frost Fired at the Fort' Contest were three pin badges and a t-shirt. Some more great Minigolf items for my collection!

Pirates Adventure Golf Belfast Pin Badge #1

Pirates Adventure Golf Belfast Pin Badge #2

Back in August 2010 Emily and I visited and played at Pirates Adventure Golf. There are two 18-hole Adventure Golf courses there - Blackbeard's Adventure and The Captain's Challenge - and they became the 188th and 189th courses we played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Very good fun and testing courses they are too. While in Northern Ireland we played a Minigolf Challenge Tournament (the NIBBAL-IT) against Northern Ireland's top Minigolfers - Mark 'The Horse Whisperer' Swain and Craig 'Kamikaze' McCallister, with the Bangor Minigolf Club members winning the contest.

The courses have played host to two British Minigolf Association tournaments when Pirates Adventure Golf was the venue for the BMGA Irish Open in 2006 and 2007.


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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Crazy Golf sessions at Fairwater Leisure Centre with the Cwmbran Minigolf Club

"Crazy Family Fridays at Fairwater Leisure Centre in January!"

The team at Portaputt Crazy Golf are beginning the New Year with fun Crazy Golf sessions on Friday evenings starting from the 4th of January 2013.

Portaputt Mini Golf course, Cwmbran
The Portaputt Crazy Golf layout at the World Alternative Games 2014

The Portaputt Crazy Golf course will be set-up at Fairwater Leisure Centre from 7pm and players can play multiple rounds between 7 and 8pm. From 8pm there will be a weekly Crazy Golf Challenge competition in adult and junior categories, with prizes up for grabs! 

Portaputt has also started-up the Cwmbran Minigolf Club and players can become members of the latest Miniature Golf Club in the UK, and the first in Wales, when they attend the Crazy Golf fun nights. 

Check out the Portaputt Crazy Golf website for more information.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2013 Luton Invitational Minigolf Tournament - New Year's Day Crazy Golf at Woodside Animal Farm

Results and photos from the 2013 Luton Invitational New Year's Day Minigolf Competition at Woodside Animal Farm, Slip End Village near Luton.

A double thumbs (and putters!) up from the 2013 champ

On New Year's Day Emily and I headed to Woodside Animal Farm near Luton for a round of Crazy Golf on the 18-hole course and a look at the animals. In our Crazy Golf match Emily was looking to make it three wins in a row in the 'Luton Invitational Tournament', but was unable to achieve the feat, losing to me by two shots in a match that saw us score 48(+12) and 50(+14) on the stony course!

Some rock steady play led Richard to victory

Since 2010 the Luton Invitational Minigolf Tournament has been the traditional opening Miniature Golf event of the year on the 'Irregular Mini Golf Tour'. In 2010 the players faced-off in arctic cold weather conditions, while 2011 was played in heavy drizzle and last year's weather was mild, but drizzly.

Emily 'Lemony Lemster' Gottfried tired towards the end of the round and was unable to retain her title for a threepeat

New Luton Invitational Tournament minigolf champion 'Squire' Richard Gottfried with the 2012 LIT prize of a Fudge bar

The fifth staging of the event saw only two players compete as Simon 'Practice' Hall was otherwise engaged.

The animals at Woodside were in high spirits once again this year, with a couple of goats squaring off in a head-butt fight!

Two of the fighty goats fighting, while another one looks on

Luton Invitational Tournament Honours Board:
2013 - Richard Gottfried
2012 - Emily Gottfried
2011 - Emily Gottfried
2010 - Richard Gottfried
2006 - Joanne Tubby

On the 1st of January each year Woodside Animal Farm opens for a New Year's Day Party to raise money for the Keech Cottage Children's Hospice.

Luton Invitational Tournament Minigolf Results 2006-2013:

2013 Luton Invitational Tournament Results:
1. Richard Gottfried - 48 (+12)
2. Emily Gottfried - 50 (+14)

1. Emily Gottfried - 47 (+11)
2. Richard Gottfried - 49 (+13)

1. Emily Gottfried - 43 (+7)
2. Richard Gottfried - 51 (+15)
3. Simon Hall - 54 (+18)
4. Mystery Player - 57 (+21)

1. Richard Gottfried - 46 (+10)
2T. Emily Gottfried - 54 (+18)
2T. Mystery Player - 54 (+18)
4. Simon Hall - 57 (+21)

2007-2009 - Luton Invitational Tournament:
Not Played

1. Jo Tubby - 54 (par)
2. Emily Gottfried - 56 (+2)
3. Richard Gottfried - 62 (+8)
* Note: Par used was 'Course Par' of 3 shots per hole, rather than 'BMGA Par' of 2 shots per hole.

The Crazy Golf course at Woodside Animal Farm course was the fourth course ever to be played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back on the 27th October 2006. As of January 1st 2013 we have visited 523 Miniature Golf courses on the Tour.

A new sport or game for 2013?

What sport or game that we haven't tried already should we give a go in 2013?

As well as playing lots of Minigolf on our travels around on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Emily and I also regularly compete in British Minigolf Association competitions at Crazy Golf, Miniature Golf and Adventure Golf courses. We also enjoy participating in 'side-tournaments' and trying out new sports and games.

2012 was the year of Bar Billiards and 2011 saw us play a fair bit of Laser Tag, but what sport or game shall we take-up in 2013?

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

All the very best and have a great 2013.


Richard & Emily