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Michael Smith conquers Crazy Golf Championships 2011

United Kingdom 01 Nov 2011 at 20:55 | Published by: JJM | Views: 9813 | News search

Michael Smith conquers Crazy Golf Championships 2011
Winner Michael Smith (left) in group photo with some other participants.  (Photo by KMGC 2011)

Britain’s top ranked player of this season, Michael Smith, won the Hastings World Crazy Golf Championships 2011, after a tied score and sudden death play-off against two other British players Andy Exall (2nd in final results) and James Rutherford (3rd in final results).

The score differences became historically small in this event: the 7th ranked player lost only 2 points to the winner. All top seven places were decided with sudden death play-offs, as two or more players shared the same total score. A statistical oddity, as the round scores of players varied as much as in any minigolf competition: only one player in top 10 had a round score difference smaller than 5 points (worst round vs. best round).

This tournament has traditionally attracted two or three foreign players to defy the stormy October weather of Hastings. This year the international names in the tournament were Pasi Aho of Finland (a resident of Germany), ranked 8th with total score 3 points behind the winner, and Olivia Prokopová of Czech Republic (ranked 11th, 7 points behind the winner).

World Crazy Golf Championships has been organized every year since 2003, now for the 9th time, at the Seafront minigolf courses in Hastings. The competition is played with local Hastings course balls only (plastic balls which have small spots everywhere, imitating the look of golf balls), and without any rules limiting the choice of putter to use. Players have been seen at the event with ”putters” such as a hammer, a bush saw, or banjo.

The final round is played with multi-ball rules: players of each group hit their own ball once, and leave it on the lane if it doesn’t go into the hole. It is allowed to intentionally hit your ball at the other balls and move them, in the final round.

The organizers usually have boosted media attention of the event, often very successfully, with publicity stunts such as celebrities visiting the event. Also fantasy clothes give a flavour to the event, but not so much among the top players, who tend to play the event with all the seriousness as they would play any other minigolf tournament.

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United Kingdom MrX (Andy Exall)

02 Nov 2011 at 14:21
Well done Michael, UK's No1 player and a worthy Champion! :)

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Alex Geist dominates on the new Algund course

Italy 31 Oct 2011 at 14:42 | views: 10236 | Comments: 0

The Südtirol minigolf autumn close the 2011 edition with the international tournament "Raiffaisen Trophae" in Algund. This is a very old tournament, being the 41st edition, played on a very new course. The new combi course (miniaturegolf+filzgolf) in Algund ...
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Alex Geist dominates on the new Algund course

120 reasons to remember Stockholm

120 reasons to remember Stockholm

Sweden 30 Oct 2011 at 20:44 | views: 7688 | Comments: 0

With kind permission of the Swedish Minigolf federation, Minigolfnews can now publish 120 of the best photos taken on the 2011 World Championships in Stockholm. All of the photos have already been published by the WC organization but if you of any reason have ...
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Brown wins in Munktell

Sweden 30 Oct 2011 at 18:37 | views: 8342 | Comments: 1

The first qualification in the popular Munktell Top-12 on eternite was played on Sunday. As allways on this course an really low result was to be expected. The undoubted master of this courses are Lars Brown of Uppsala. In the four rounds he played ...
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Brown wins in Munktell

Jay Klapper wins US Masters in sudden death against Olivia

Jay Klapper wins US Masters in sudden death against Olivia

United States of America 27 Oct 2011 at 15:08 | views: 13030 | Comments: 1

Jay Klapper won the 4000 USD first prize of Minigolf US Masters 2011, after tied score and sudden death play-off against Olivia Prokopová of Czech Republic. With his victory of this USPMGA title, Jay Klapper became the third player in history who holds a ...
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