SCOTTISH OPEN MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT 2010
Pirate Island Adventure Golf in Aberdeen, in association with STV, Sunday 16th May
Chris Harding wins the 2010 BMGA Scottish Open at Pirate Island Adventure Golf in Aberdeen
Birmingham’s Chris Harding became the first-ever Scottish Minigolf Open Champion as he beat 28 competitors to take the title at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Codonas Beach Aberdeen on Sunday 16th May.
Harding made it five wins from six BMGA Tour events this season with his four-round score of 125(-19), following rounds of 30, 30, 31 and 34.
Finland’s Jouni Valkjärvi was runner-up after defeating Oxford’s Michael Smith in a play-off after both players had finished on scores of 127(-17). Smith, a member of the Kent Minigolf Club, also set the BMGA Tour Course Record for the course with his scores of 29(-7), which he achieved in rounds two and three.
In the top local/novice player competition it was Brechin’s Alastair Shaw who took the honours, with Richard Skeggs second and Aberdeen’s David Ross third.
The tournament Aces Champion was John McIver from Hastings, who scored 16 holes-in-one across the four rounds.
BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said “The BMGA would like to thank Marion Homer for running the competition on the day, and also to John Codonas, Ian Littlewood, Karen McDonald and all of the team at the course for their great hospitality over the weekend.”
Karen McDonald from Codonas Aberdeen said “We are very proud to have hosted the Scottish Open and we look forward to the BMGA’s return to Aberdeen.”
Photos of the competition, courtesy of the KMGC
The next tournament on the BMGA Tour is the BMGA British Championship at Wroxham Barns on the 5th and 6th June 2010.
|11||110||Leo KUKIELKA (junior)||38||35||36||38||36.8||3||147|
|12||134||Richard SKEGGS (novice)||37||38||37||36||37.0||2||148|
|14||115||Alastair SHAW (novice)||36||37||39||36||37.0||3||148|
|17||129||David ROSS (novice)||37||41||37||34||37.3||7||149|
|18||116||Murray BOWMAN (novice)||37||40||38||35||37.5||5||150|
|23||114||Freddie BLACKBURN-SHAW (junior novice)||40||35||36||45||39.0||10||156|
|25||120||Ryan STRACHAN (novice)||38||38||40||42||39.5||4||158|
|26||132||Damian MARTIN (novice)||43||36||44||38||40.3||8||161|
|27||102||Sam BLEWITT (junior novice)||41||40||37||44||40.5||7||162|
|29||101||Owen JOHNSON (junior)||44||52||38||36||42.5||16||170|
Result | Straight list | Hole statistics | Most aces in a row
Michael Smith and Freddie Blackburn-Shaw win the Codonas Classic Doubles Competition in Aberdeen
On Saturday 15th May the BMGA organised a pre-Scottish Open warm-up doubles event at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Codonas Beach Aberdeen.
Nine teams took part in the Codonas Classic Doubles Competition and the event was won by the team of Oxford’s Michael Smith and Brechin’s Freddie Blackburn-Shaw. Luton’s Richard Gottfried and Cwmbran’s Leo Kukielka were runners-up, with Kent’s Sean Homer and Flintshire’s Peter Jones third.
Codonas Classic Doubles Competition - Results
1st - Michael Smith & Freddie Blackburn-Shaw (66)
2nd - Richard Gottfried & Leo Kukielka (70)
3rd - Sean Homer & Peter Jones (72) took the position on aces count back
4th - Chris Harding & Alastair Shaw (72)
5th - Alan Norman & Richard Skeggs (75)
6th - Gareth Holmes & Jas Kukielka (78)
7th - Marc Chapman & Cindy Kukielka (79)
8th - Brad Shepherd & Oliver Florence (83) took the position on aces count back
9th - Paul Johnson & Owen Johnson (83)
The format of the event saw the 18 players split into two pools by current BMGA rankings – the nine top players in one hat, everyone else in another. A draw was then made to see who would be paired with each other, before competing in a one-round competition with both players scores combined to make up the team score.
Photos of the competition, courtesy of the KMGC
Pre-event Press release
Minigolf Event – 2010 BMGA Scottish Open in association with STV at Pirate Island Adventure Golf in Aberdeen
First ever Scottish Minigolf Open Champion to be crowned in May.
The British Minigolf Association makes its debut in Scotland as Pirate Island Adventure Golf in Aberdeen, in association with STV, hosts the first ever Scottish Open minigolf championship on Sunday 16th May.
Over 40 British Minigolf Association (BMGA) Tour players, along with a number of local and international players are expected to compete over four rounds (72-holes) on the 18-hole Pirate-themed Adventure Golf course at Codona’s Aberdeen Beach. The tee-off time is 9am on May 16th.
Among the competitors vying to become the first-ever Scottish Open Minigolf Champion are reigning Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Champion Keith Kellard, Chris Harding, the former World Crazy Golf Champion, and two-time BMGA British Open Champion Jouni Valkjärvi from Finland.
The competition has one of the biggest purses available this year on the BMGA tour with a guaranteed prize fund of £1500. The overall winner will take away £500, with cash prizes on offer for the top six places. The top novices and local players will also be competing for prizes with the winner picking up £100, £75 for the runner-up, and £50 for the third placed novice/local player.
An Aces Champion will also be crowned at the tournament, with £50 going to the player who scores the most holes-in-one across the event, excluding players who pick up any of the other prize money.
The venue for the tournament is the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course, one of Aberdeen's ‘must do’ attractions. The course includes a 25ft high volcano and an exploding pirate ship. It is also fully floodlit so games can be played day or night, and the course in wheelchair accessible.
BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said “We are delighted to be making our first trip into Scotland for the Scottish Open at Pirate Island Adventure Golf in Aberdeen as part of the 2010 tour. The venue and location are superb, and with the competition being played out across a top class course we are guaranteed a terrific event on the 16th of May. The quality of the field is also shaping up to be one of the strongest fields for any competition on the BMGA tour this year. Some of the players to look out for include Chris Harding, the winner of the first two events of the year, Keith Kellard the current British Champion and World Crazy Golf Champion along with the two time British Open winner, Jouni Valkjärvi from Finland.”
Sean added “Most of our top ranked players are making the trip up to Scotland and we are also hoping to see a strong turnout of local players to add further spice into the event. It’s our first time at the course so it will be a real leveller and impossible to call regarding who will triumph. Whatever happens, it is bound to be a great event and myself and all the players are looking forward to what will hopefully be the first of many trips up to Scotland as part of the BMGA tour!”
Ian Littlewood, Operations Director of John Codona's Pleasure Fairs said “We are really looking forward to staging the debut of the Scottish Open for the British Minigolf Association. We are looking to have around 40 competitors coming to the event, with some coming from as far afield as Sweden and Finland as well as some local faces taking part. Let’s hope for good weather on the day!”
Ian added “Our Pirate Island Adventure Golf course is very popular during all the Easter, Summer and October holidays and all the family can play. The course can be used for any occasion whether it is a child’s birthday party, corporate outing or hen and stag party. It’ll also be great to see the BMGA competitors giving the course a try too.”
To enter the BMGA Scottish Open in association with STV, or for further details about the BMGA and UK Minigolf and Crazy Golf please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.minigolf.org.uk. For more information on the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course please visit http://www.codonas.com, call 01224 595910, or email email@example.com.