Nations Cup of MiniGolf May 10-11 2008, Tampere, Finland

The British Minigolf Association sends two teams

GBR2 (Left to Right) Steve 'F1' Gow [Vice Captain], Jouni 'Coach' Valkjärvi (Finland), Emily 'M' Gottfried, Richard 'Squire' Gottfried, Andy 'Sarge' Booth

GBR1 (Left to Right) John 'Big Top Ted' McIver [Captain], Sean 'FreeBird' Homer, Marion 'Double Trouble' Homer, Jouni 'Coach' Valkjärvi (Finland), Tim 'Ace Man' Davies

The Viking Horn

Overall

GB

Total

44

1

Tim DAVIES

B

35

36

37

42

37.50

150

E

29

37

28

27

30.25

121

271

48

2

John McIVER

B

38

41

33

41

38.25

153

E

26

39

39

34

34.50

138

291

49

3

Sean HOMER

B

38

36

39

39

38.00

152

E

37

41

28

35

35.25

141

293

50

4

Stephen GOW

B

48

39

45

37

42.25

169

E

34

30

30

32

31.50

126

295

51

5

Richard GOTTFRIED

B

37

49

36

46

42.00

168

E

43

41

41

39

41.00

164

332

52

6

Andy BOOTH

B

50

46

53

45

48.50

194

E

34

36

45

40

38.75

155

349

53

7

Emily GOTTFRIED

B

40

56

42

47

46.25

185

E

45

37

47

43

43.00

172

357

54

8

Marion HOMER

B

53

54

45

51

50.75

203

E

34

44

50

38

41.50

166

369

Unofficial British Beton (NC) Championships

Beton

Total

1

Tim DAVIES

35

36

37

42

37.50

150

2

Sean HOMER

38

36

39

39

38.00

152

3

John McIVER

38

41

33

41

38.25

153

4

Richard GOTTFRIED

37

49

36

46

42.00

168

5

Stephen GOW

48

39

45

37

42.25

169

6

Emily GOTTFRIED

40

56

42

47

46.25

185

7

Andy BOOTH

50

46

53

45

48.50

194

8

Marion HOMER

53

54

45

51

50.75

203

Unofficial British Eternit (NC) Championships

Eternit

Total

1

Tim DAVIES

29

37

28

27

30.25

121

2

Stephen GOW

34

30

30

32

31.50

126

3

John McIVER

26

39

39

34

34.50

138

4

Sean HOMER

37

41

28

35

35.25

141

5

Andy BOOTH

34

36

45

40

38.75

155

6

Richard GOTTFRIED

43

41

41

39

41.00

164

7

Marion HOMER

34

44

50

38

41.50

166

8

Emily GOTTFRIED

45

37

47

43

43.00

172

The unofficial 'Ace Tournament'

1 ) Aceman 54
2 ) F1 48
3 ) Bigtop 47
4 ) Sean 42
5 ) Mation 41
6 ) Sarge 39
7 ) Emily 31
8 ) Squire 30

Rotten Shark Classic (The unofficial British Swedish Felt Run Championships)

1. Sean Homer 46 (6 Aces)
2. Steve Gow 46 (4 Aces)
3. Jouni 48 (1 Ace)
4. Rich 51 (2 Aces) (7’s 1)
5. Tim 53 (2 Aces)
6. Emily 64 (1 Ace) (7’s 1)
7. Ted 65 (2 Aces) (7’s 4)
8. Andy 75 (7’s 6)
9. Alex 78 (1 Ace) (7’s 4) (cameraman)
10. Matt 85 (7’s 7) (journo)

The inaugural (incomplete) Ex Captain's Trophy [using the ex-captain's putter and Jouni's balls]

1 Ted 34
2 Emily 37
3 Tim 41
4= Andy 48
4= Rich 48

Played on Beton. DNP 16 & 17 only allowed 2 shots most on 18. If fail to make it get a 7. Guess who was the slowest player.

Full individual hole-by-hole Nations Cup scores

Beton

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Davies Tim

1

2

2

1

3

3

1

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

3

35

Davies Tim

2

2

1

1

2

1

3

2

3

1

1

2

1

2

3

4

2

3

36

Davies Tim

1

3

1

3

3

1

4

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

3

3

1

1

37

Davies Tim

2

2

3

2

2

2

6

2

3

2

1

2

3

2

3

2

2

1

42

Homer Marion

2

3

2

5

3

3

2

7

3

2

3

1

2

3

3

4

4

1

53

Homer Marion

1

4

3

5

2

2

7

3

2

2

1

3

2

3

2

4

5

3

54

Homer Marion

3

1

1

2

3

3

2

2

5

3

1

3

2

1

2

4

3

4

45

Homer Marion

2

2

3

6

3

7

2

2

3

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

5

3

51

Homer Sean

2

1

1

2

3

3

2

3

2

2

1

3

2

2

4

2

1

2

38

Homer Sean

2

2

1

2

3

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

3

1

3

3

2

1

36

Homer Sean

3

2

1

2

2

2

3

2

2

1

1

3

2

2

3

5

2

1

39

Homer Sean

1

2

1

5

2

2

3

2

2

3

2

2

2

2

4

2

1

1

39

McIver John

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

1

4

1

2

3

4

2

2

38

McIver John

2

3

2

5

2

1

2

2

2

2

1

4

2

2

2

2

3

2

41

McIver John

2

3

2

4

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

33

McIver John

2

2

1

5

2

2

2

4

3

2

1

2

2

2

5

2

1

1

41

Booth Andy

2

4

1

7

2

2

1

4

1

2

2

3

2

3

5

3

3

3

50

Booth Andy

1

2

3

3

3

2

2

5

3

3

1

2

2

3

2

2

3

4

46

Booth Andy

2

2

2

6

3

2

3

2

5

2

3

1

2

4

7

2

2

3

53

Booth Andy

2

3

1

5

3

2

1

4

1

2

1

1

2

2

5

2

1

7

45

Gottfried Emily

2

4

1

2

1

2

4

2

2

2

1

1

3

2

4

2

2

3

40

Gottfried Emily

2

5

2

2

3

3

4

3

5

2

2

1

1

2

7

7

2

3

56

Gottfried Emily

2

1

3

6

2

1

2

2

2

2

1

4

2

2

2

2

2

4

42

Gottfried Emily

3

2

2

7

3

3

3

2

2

2

1

3

2

2

3

2

3

2

47

Gottfried Richard

2

2

1

2

2

4

3

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

37

Gottfried Richard

3

2

3

4

2

6

3

3

3

2

1

2

2

2

3

2

4

2

49

Gottfried Richard

1

1

1

3

2

2

1

2

4

2

1

3

2

2

2

3

3

1

36

Gottfried Richard

2

2

2

3

3

2

3

4

5

2

1

2

2

2

4

2

3

2

46

Gow Stephen

2

1

2

3

2

2

3

4

6

2

1

3

2

2

5

3

4

1

48

Gow Stephen

3

2

2

3

1

1

2

4

4

1

1

4

2

2

3

2

1

1

39

Gow Stephen

2

3

1

5

3

3

2

2

3

2

1

2

4

2

4

3

2

1

45

Gow Stephen

1

4

2

1

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

5

3

1

37

 

Eternit

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Davies Tim

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

2

1

2

1

1

1

3

3

2

1

1

29

Davies Tim

1

1

2

2

3

1

1

2

3

5

2

2

1

2

4

1

1

3

37

Davies Tim

1

2

2

1

1

1

2

2

1

4

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

28

Davies Tim

1

2

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

2

3

1

1

2

1

2

1

2

27

Homer Marion

1

1

1

1

3

1

1

1

1

3

2

5

1

4

3

1

2

2

34

Homer Marion

2

2

2

3

1

2

1

2

1

5

1

7

4

2

4

3

1

1

44

Homer Marion

1

2

4

3

1

1

1

2

6

5

2

3

3

2

6

5

2

1

50

Homer Marion

1

1

1

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

7

1

2

7

4

2

1

38

Homer Sean

1

1

3

2

1

2

1

3

2

5

2

1

2

2

3

2

2

2

37

Homer Sean

1

3

2

2

6

2

1

2

1

6

2

1

2

2

3

1

2

2

41

Homer Sean

1

2

2

2

3

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

1

2

28

Homer Sean

1

2

1

1

4

2

1

4

1

3

2

3

1

2

2

2

2

1

35

McIver John

2

1

2

2

3

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

26

McIver John

3

2

1

2

2

2

1

1

2

3

2

4

1

2

2

5

2

2

39

McIver John

2

2

1

4

5

3

1

2

2

3

2

1

4

2

1

1

1

2

39

McIver John

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

4

1

1

7

2

1

3

2

2

34

Booth Andy

1

3

3

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

5

2

2

3

2

2

34

Booth Andy

1

2

2

2

1

2

1

4

1

1

2

1

3

2

1

7

2

1

36

Booth Andy

2

1

3

2

3

3

2

2

2

4

2

1

7

2

5

1

1

2

45

Booth Andy

1

1

6

3

3

1

1

1

2

2

2

1

7

2

2

2

1

2

40

Gottfried Emily

2

1

2

2

1

3

2

4

1

5

2

5

2

2

4

3

2

2

45

Gottfried Emily

1

3

3

3

1

2

1

2

3

2

1

2

1

3

5

1

2

1

37

Gottfried Emily

1

1

2

3

1

2

1

7

3

7

2

2

2

2

2

5

2

2

47

Gottfried Emily

1

3

2

1

6

3

4

5

1

1

1

2

3

4

2

1

1

2

43

Gottfried Richard

1

2

3

2

2

1

1

2

2

2

2

3

5

3

5

3

2

2

43

Gottfried Richard

3

1

6

1

1

2

1

2

2

1

1

2

7

2

2

3

2

2

41

Gottfried Richard

2

2

5

1

1

3

2

3

1

2

2

2

1

1

2

7

2

2

41

Gottfried Richard

2

1

7

2

2

1

1

1

1

5

2

2

1

2

2

3

2

2

39

Gow Stephen

1

4

2

2

1

2

2

1

1

5

2

1

1

2

2

1

2

2

34

Gow Stephen

1

1

1

3

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

1

1

2

3

4

2

2

30

Gow Stephen

1

1

2

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

2

1

2

2

3

1

2

2

30

Gow Stephen

2

3

2

1

1

2

1

1

2

3

2

2

2

2

3

1

1

1

32

 

(data supplied by the Official Nations Cup website)

 

The British Team

    Andy 'Sarge' Booth

    Tim 'Ace Man' Davies

    Emily Gottfried

    Richard Gottfried

    Steve 'F1' Gow

    Marion 'Double Trouble' Homer

    Sean 'Freebird' Homer

    John 'Big Top Ted' McIver

Coach: Jouni Valkjärvi (Finland) [2 time British Open winner]

 

Some questions for the squad.

Who's been your greatest inspiration in Crazy Golf?

JV My club mates in Turku.
TD I'd have to say myself.
JM Thomas Zeineger and his encouragement in 2000
RG In no particular order Tim Davies, John McIver and Chris Harding
SH Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy
AB My late father - he would have loved to have seen me be part of this and would have played as well.
SG Andy Miller
MH Sean Homer & Bart Simpson



Who is your greatest Crazy Golf rival?

JV Not sure, but I always like to think it’s the Ace Man.
TD That would be Big Top Ted.
JM I think you know

RG No one rival, but many rivals including Emily ‘Coach’ Gottfried, Steve Gow, Alan Norman, Andy Exall, John ‘Not in the BMGA’ Oxley

SH Don't have one (unless you're talking play offs then it has to be Andy Ex!!)
AB Nobody
SG Jon Angel
MH Myself!


Who do you fear the most when playing Crazy Golf?

JV Myself.
TD I fear no one but myself.
JM I think you know

RG Myself
SH Fear is not an option
AB Nobody
SG No one.
MH My state of mind, therefore - me!


Most memorable Crazy Golf moment?

JV Can’t name a single moment. Basically every moment when I’ve played well outside Finland. As for Finland… well… the 90’s! 
TD Winning my fourth consecutive World Crazy Golf title.
JM Winning the British Championship for the third consecutive year.

RG A round of 32 on the Arnold Palmer course in Hastings at the World Crazy Golf Championships
SH Play Off win with an ace at the first at the Kent Open 2007
AB Chris Harding's putt on the 12th at Blackpool to win
SG Beating Pasi Aho in 2007 WCGC

MH The 9th hole at Clambers in the 2007 BMGA Club Championships



Have you ever been beaten by your wife/husband, at Crazy Golf? 

JV Of course not. (Mostly because I’m not married.)
TD Never, but Vicky reckons she drew with me once. I have no recollection of this.
JM Never

RG Not on the BMGA Tour (yet), but many times on the IMG Tour
SH In a KIT round, yes, in a tournament no (although came almighty close in the Masters 07!!)
AB Yes as well as many friends
MH All the time


Is this your first experience of representing your country?

JV Interesting... I don’t know.
TD No, this'll be my fourth outing in a GB shirt.
JM No

RG Yes
SH Yes.
AB Yes - although I did score the winning runs for England in 'The Ashtray' cricket match between the Australian Band Corps vs The Royal Engineers Band in Hobart in 1988

SG No

MH Yes



What does it mean to you to represent your country?

JV I enjoy coaching or playing for any team where I have good friends in. Coaching the UK team is a great honour and I’m very happy that I was granted this job.
TD I'd prefer to represent Wales.
JM Redemption

RG I am very proud to be representing Great Britain at a sport I love
SH It's an absolute honour
AB I feel very proud and a little uneasy that there are better players than me that should be doing this

SG A week off work

MH Immensely proud to be in team GB


With no surnames beginning with any letter after M, do you feel a little exposed in the latter half of the alphabet? Is this a tactical ploy?

JV Yes, tactical.
TD Yes & No.
JM We have plenty of first names in the back 9 of the alphabet
AB No - but one has to consider that my Mother's maiden name was Parr and had she not married and I was born out of wedlock and she had decided to call me Peter , I would have been Peter Parr - quite a coincidence eh?

SG Ask the captain

With two Gottfrieds and two Homers, will any of the rest of you feel lonely? Would you consider marriage to each other in order to solve this? 

JV Four nights in Finland… I bet no one will be single after that! 
TD No, I've always got myself. And No!
JM I'm married to minigolf

AB Had I been Peter Parr this would not be an issue

SG No, I'll find a bottle to keep me company

 

What is your favourite : 

Film? 

JV Mr and Mrs Smith
TD Nutters with Putters
JM It's a wonderful life
RG Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
SH Star Wars (the original 1977 version)
AB Koyaanisqatsi 

SG Fight club

MH Jaws (depends on mood though)

Song? 

JV Changes time to time. This wasn’t the name of the song.
TD Not sure. At the moment it's Rock Star, Nickelback.
JM Disco Inferno.
RG Oxygene (Part IV) by Jean-Michel Jarre
SH Freebird

AB Hurrah for the CRE - the Royal Engineers Corps Song

SG Anything by The Pogues

MH Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd) or crazy (Patsy Cline) (again, depends on the mood)


Colour? 

JV Don’t have one.
TD Black
JM Purple

RG Taupe
SH Old Gold (for the non Wolves supporters out there it's orange)
AB Red, White and Blue

SG Blue

MH Blue

Sport? 

JV Minigolf
TD Crazy Golf.
JM Football
RG Minigolf
SH To watch - Motorbike Racing: to play - minigolf
AB Cycling (Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix etc)

SG F1

MH Crazy golf and Motorbikes


Last meal before execution? 

JV A cow.
TD Spag Bog.
JM Suchi 
SH  Chinese
AB A 100 foot long Mars Bar
MH the birthday meal from the book and film 'Chocolat'


Method of execution? 

JV Bring it on!
TD Lethal interjection.
JM Being left to age and rot away in Southern France, definitely not hanging drawing or quartering.
SH Death by MSG
AB Firing Squad - no blindfold
MH Method of execution - death by chocolate!

Crazy Golf course? 

JV Captain’s challenge, Belfast
TD Planet Hastings Crazy Golf.
JM Planet Hastings Crazy Golf.

RG Hastings Seafront Crazy Golf
SH Strokes
AB Strokes

SG Belfast

MH Strokes


Crazy Golf ball? 

JV BoF GBRO 2005
TD Tim 'Ace Man' Davies Ball of Fame.
JM Big Top Ted BoF.
RG The Pirate
SH Ferret
AB
Clicker

SG A course ball, the rest are minigolf balls.

MH Ferret


Crazy Golf player? 

JV Someone from Finland.
TD Me.
JM Me /  Will Knight and Will Eagar
RG Emily Gottfried
SH Bart Simpson ("Mercy is for the weak")
AB Richard Hopkins

SG The Putting Penguin

MH Sean 'Freebird' Homer

 

Straight putt or rebound? 

JV Rebound with spin!
TD Straight.
JM Straight
RG Whatever works best
SH Always straight
AB Rebound - I always need a second chance

SG Whichever gives the most aces.

MH I'm called DT for a reason! (rebound!)



Putter type? 

JV Nifo steel
TD B-Super.
JM It's the player not the putter
RG Funsports (or a Dunlop DP-1 with modifications)
SH Call me a philistine but I don't have a favourite, use a funsports but a putters a putter (find the rubber head more important to be honest)
AB 3D

SG Nifo Steel

MH Funsports



Holiday destination? 

JV London! 
TD Normandy.
JM Eastern Europe
RG Great Yarmouth
SH Paris or New York or San Francisco (or better still, all 3)
AB Belgium

SG Australia

MH Paris or Windowsill Bay!



Yanks or Aussies? 

JV Aussies
TD Aussies.
JM Yanks - there's a crude joke lurking there.
SH  Aussies
AB Aussies

SG Aussies

MH Aussies (go Troy Bayliss!)



Lottery win or peace on earth? 

JV Lottery win has a higher probability. Even a lottery win for myself has a higher probability. I don’t do lottery. -- Miss USA wishes peace on earth. I wish the wars would end. -- I’ll make my millions some other way.
TD Lottery win. Peace on Earth'll never happen.
JM Both

SH  Peace on earth
AB Lottery win
MH Lottery - Sean has peace on earth covered!

Alcoholic drink? 

JV Red wine
TD Moulin St George 1995. But I'll happily quaff any year from this Chateau.
JM Bitter, just like me.
SH  Nice bottle of chilled Pouilly-Fuisse (it's white wine for those not in the know)
AB Red wine - especially Lachryma Christi from Naples

SG Yes please

MH Budweiser


If you were a smell what would you be? 

JV A good smell
TD Anything that upsets others.
JM Damp leaves.
SH Freshly baked bread
AB Stale fag smoke I presume

SG Roses

MH Victory


What smell do you associate with other players? 

JV bad smell
TD Defeat.
JM Body odour and bad breath.
SH Rancid cheese
AB The smell of victory (sadly theirs)

SG Bad smells

MH I don't get that close!


If you were a tree, what tree would you be?

JV Oak.
TD Sloe.
JM Cherry blossom
SH The Griswold family Christmas tree
AB Monkey Puzzle

SG Beech

MH The Magic Faraway Tree


What texture would you say you were?

JV I wouldn’t.
TD Pimply.
JM Silky smooth.

SH Gritty
AB Rough - particularly on second day of a tournament

SG Silk

MH Peachy

 

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