|The 2015 BMGA British Club Champions, the Midlands Minigolf Club team of Seth Thomas, John Moore, Michael Smith (C) and Richard Gottfried|
Eight teams from five of the UK’s miniature golf clubs competed in the national championship played on the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Golf course on Hastings seafront. The Midlands Minigolf Club won the title after achieving an undefeated run in the day’s five matches.
|Minigolfer Richard Gottfried playing the 15th hole in the final of the BMGA British Club Championships in Hastings|
In the group stage the Midlands team, consisting of Richard, Seth Thomas, John Moore and captained by Michael Smith, defeated the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club, the Kent Minigolf Club Hurricanes and the Cambridgeshire & Essex Mini Golf Club. In the semi-final the team beat defending and four-time champions the Kent Minigolf Club.
They then faced the Sussex Wasps Mini Golf Club in the final, and emerged champions with a 5&3 win.
Richard said “It’s brilliant to win the BMGA British Club Championships. We played well all-day and were focussed, so to get the result is great. The British Club title was the first I won on the BMGA Tour back in 2008, so to become a two-time national champion with the MMGC is extra special. Well done to Emily and the CEMGC in winning the bronze medal too.”
The Cambridgeshire & Essex Mini Golf Club was captained by Mark Wood, with Emily lining-up alongside Chris Wood and Adrian Amey for the event. In the group stage the team beat the Kent Hurricanes, drew with Planet Hastings and lost to the Midlands. In the semi-finals it took a sudden-death play-off to separate the CEMGC and the Sussex Wasps, but at the seventh extra-hole the CEMGC were defeated.
|Emily Gottfried playing the 6th hole of the Pirate Golf course in Hastings during the sudden-death play-off against the Sussex Wasps|
In the third/fourth place play-off match the CEMGC upset the Kent Minigolf Club Spitfires with a 3&2 victory to claim the bronze.
|The bronze medal winning Cambridgeshire & Essex Mini Golf Club team of Chris Wood, Adrian Amey, Emily Gottfried and Mark Wood (C)|
Emily said “I’m really pleased to achieve the bronze medal with my team-mates from the CEMGC. We were determined to do well and played strongly all day, even going to a seventh-extra hole in the play-off with the Wasps, which we unfortunately lost. However we re-grouped for the third-fourth place play-off to sprint to the podium over the defending champions. ”
Later this month Richard and Emily will be competing in the Midlands Open competition at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull.
- Midlands Minigolf Club on Facebook
- Cambridgeshire and Essex Mini Golf Club on Facebook
- British Minigolf Association
- Hastings Adventure Golf
- Tournament report from the British Minigolf Association - Midlands Minigolf Club take the honours as they win the 2015 Club Championship in Hastings
- Round by round results from the tournament on the BMGA website
Still one of the highlights of my year given how close I had got in the past.
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