Luton Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried completed the 2014 minigolf season with a visit to the Dunton Hills Family Golf Centre in West Horndon for the CEMGC Invitational Tournament on Saturday 6 December.
|Luton minigolfers Richard and Emily Gottfried at the Dunton Hills miniature golf course in Essex|
In the five-player event Emily scored rounds of 50 and 49 to tie with local competitor Chris Wood on a score of 99. In the four-hole cumulative score play-off Emily won with a score of 9 to Wood’s 13. Richard had led the contest after round one, but a round of 59 saw him finish in fourth place.
|Emily putting on her way to victory in the season-ending CEMGC Invitational Tournament in Essex|
Richard completed the British Minigolf Association’s season with an 11th place finish in the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open that saw 26-players compete on the 18-hole Adventure Golf course in Hastings. Richard scored rounds of 40 and 42 for a total of 82(+10).
|Richard in action at the CEMGC Invitational in Essex|
The pair also recently participated in the Surrey Invitational Tournament played at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking and Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom. The 36-hole event was won by Woking’s Matt Dodd. Richard was the runner-up, with Emily in third-place.
|Richard at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom|
Richard said “It’s been a good minigolf season and we’ve played some fun events. Emily has had a very strong year and won some great titles. I’m happy to have finished ranked 12th in the UK and I’m looking forward to competing as part of the rejuvenated Midlands Minigolf Club in the 2015 season.”
|Richard playing the Strokes Adventure Golf course in Margate|
Emily said “It has been an interesting season. I have won some brilliant titles and taken part in some amazing tournaments. I’ve had a lot of fun along the way and hope to keep it up during 2015.”
|Emily in action at the Midlands Open at Dorridge|
Richard once again ended the year inside the top-16 in the country with a 12th place ranking of 105 places (161 players) in the BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit. Emily reached a career-high end of season ranking, finishing 29th.
|Richard at the World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings|
In the BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit Rankings Emily finished in tied 20th place of 55 players, Richard was 38th.
|Emily playing hole 17 at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate|
In the BMGA Season Only Rankings Emily finished 21st of 91 players, Richard was ranked in 25th position.
|Richard at the BMGA British Masters at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing|
The BMGA Season Only Rankings also contained a team listing. Richard is a member of the Midlands Minigolf Club that was ranked 2nd of five clubs. Emily and her Cambridgeshire & Essex Mini Golf Club team-mates finished the year in 4th place.
|Emily won The Gommery trophy for most aces at this year's World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings|
Richard and Emily are both listed in the World Minigolf Sport Federation's General Class rankings. In the women's rankings Emily is in tied 120th position of 128 places (132 players). In the men's rankings Richard is ranked in tied 397th place of 413 places (419 players).
|International Minigolfers Emily and Richard Gottfried on GB duty in Sweden in 2011|
Worldwide the WMF has 46 member nations, with over 38,000 Minigolf players, 1,000 courses approved for competitions, 900 clubs and over 1,500 Minigolf tournaments held each year.