BMGA English Open 2010
Chris Harding wins again
BMGA English Open, February 28 Jungle Rumble, Bristol
Birmingham’s Chris Harding picked up his 2nd consecutive minigolf win of the season with a 54-hole score of 88(-20) at the British Minigolf Association’s BMGA English Open competition held on Sunday 28th February at the Jungle Rumble Indoor Adventure Golf course at Cabot Circus, Bristol.
34 British Minigolf Association (BMGA) Tour players, along with a number of local players took part in the event, which also saw BMGA Tour rookie Michael Smith from Oxford achieve 2nd place in his 2nd tournament after winning a four-player play-off after scoring 97(-11). John Moore from Newcastle finished 3rd, with Kent’s Sean Homer in 4th and Bath’s Kevin Moseley in 5th. Defending English Open Champion Nick Chitty just missed out on the play-offs and had to settle for 6th place after scoring 99(-9).
Chris Harding’s rounds were 28(-8), 29(-7) and 31(-5). The rounds of 28 and 29 are new BMGA Course Record scores for the ‘Jungle’ and ‘Secret Swamp’ courses respectively. John Moore also hit a 29 on the ‘Secret Swamp’ to share the record.
Cambridge’s Adam Kelly took the junior English Open title, with Michael Smith picking up the Novice title. Richard Skeggs took the runner-up Novice slot in 7th place overall. The 3rd place Novice position was fought out in a play-off between Bristol players David Wright and Daryl Parsons, with David picking up the win. Cwmbran’s Seve Kukielka took the Aces Prize for most holes-in-one with 16 across the three rounds.
The next tournaments on the BMGA Tour are the BMGA British Masters in New Malden, followed by the Midlands Open and BMGA British Doubles Championships in Stratford Upon Avon in April, with the BMGA Scottish Open in Aberdeen in May.
Pic: Marion Homer
|2||105||Michael SMITH (Novice)||34||32||31||32.3||3||97|
|7||120||Richard SKEGGS (Novice)||34||33||34||33.7||1||101|
|9||104||Adam KELLY (Junior)||31||35||36||34.0||5||102|
|11||131||David WRIGHT (Novice)||34||35||35||34.7||1||104|
|13||132||Leo KUKIELKA (Junior)||36||34||34||34.7||2||104|
|15||140||Daryl PARSONS (Novice)||32||39||33||34.7||7||104|
|16||129||Mark SKINNER (Novice)||34||37||34||35.0||3||105|
|19||125||Oliver FLORENCE (Novice)||34||40||35||36.3||6||109|
|20||137||Owen JOHNSON (Junior)||38||35||37||36.7||3||110|
|21||139||Matt CAPLE (Novice)||40||36||35||37.0||5||111|
|28||127||Kelly GALLIER (Novice)||38||41||37||38.7||4||116|
|29||126||Freddie BLACKBURN SHAW (Novice Junior)||43||36||37||38.7||7||116|
|30||123||Christopher SMITH (Novice)||48||34||34||38.7||14||116|
|31||101||Will BRITTAIN (Novice)||42||37||41||40.0||5||120|
|32||108||Alexander SHAW (Novice)||43||42||40||41.7||3||125|
|33||133||Rachel DRUCE (Novice)||55||43||38||45.3||17||136|
|34||107||Jack SKINNER (Novice Junior)||54||68||64||62.0||14||186|
Result | Straight list | Hole statistics | Most aces in a row
Pre-event Press Release
The 2010 British Minigolf Association Tour continues on Sunday 28th February when the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course at Cabot Circus in Bristol hosts the BMGA English Open competition.
Over 30 British Minigolf Association (BMGA) Tour players, along with a number of local players, are expected to compete over three rounds (54-holes) on the two 18-hole indoor Adventure Minigolf courses.
The BMGA Tour consists of Minigolf ranking events that take place at Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses across the UK. Last year there were 22 BMGA Tour competitions and a total of 16 players lifted BMGA Tour titles.
The Jungle Rumble complex is home to two 18-hole Adventure Golf Courses in Cabot Circus Shopping Centre in Bristol. Competitors will be playing through a number of obstacles and settings, including a Secret Swamp, a Scary Jungle, Temple Ruins, Aztec Surroundings and a Live Volcano!
Jungle Rumble Owner Angus Wright said “We are about all age groups getting together for a laugh and a drink so it is going to be fascinating seeing people who take the game a little more seriously, but still know how to have a good time. We intend to offer a prize for the best local competitor too so we would encourage everyone to enter and see if they can beat the best. We wish all the competitors the best of luck!”
BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said “We are delighted to be making our first trip to Bristol’s Jungle Rumble as part of the 2010 tour. The venue and location are superb, and with the competition being played out across two top class courses we are guaranteed a terrific event on the 28th. The quality of the field is shaping up nicely with top players from across the country along with a strong showing of local players. 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! ”
This will be the first BMGA minigolf tournament held at the Jungle Rumble course and the 2010 BMGA English Open will be the 12th edition of the competition. Last year’s English Open was won by London’s Nick Chitty, a member of the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club, who won the title in Hoveton, Norfolk.
Heading into the 2010 season Tim ‘Ace Man’ Davies from Hastings currently sits atop the BMGA Order of Merit Rankings, while Brighton’s Peter Emmerson was ranked number one in last year’s BMGA Season-Only Ranking list.
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