LONDON OPEN MINIGOLF TOURNAMENT 2010

Nick Sandqvist wins the 2010 London Open at The Green Indoor Mini Golf, Hither Green

Nick Sandqvist of the Green Mini Golf Club won the 2010 London Open Minigolf Tournament at his home course at The Green Indoor Mini Golf, Hither Green on Sunday 1st August. The competition was the first full British Minigolf Association Tour event to take place at the course, and the victory for Nick came in his debut appearance.

A total of 25 players competed for the title, with the winner decided by a play-off after course owner Nick and Oxford’s Michael Smith tied with a score of 138(-6) after four rounds. Nick won, with Michael taking second. Canterbury’s Marc Chapman finished in third with a score of 139(-5). 2009 London Open champion Adam Kelly from Cambridge put up a fight in defending his title, but eventually finished just off the podium in fourth place.

New London Open Minigolf Champion Nick Sandqvist said “I'm of course thrilled to have won the very first tournament I've taken part in, in the UK, although of course I recognise that my intimate knowledge of the course made all the difference. Of greater importance to me was the constant stream of nice comments about the course and the whole set-up that I received from almost everyone attending. I would love for The Green to become a major part of the competition scene in the UK and help the sport of minigolf to be brought to the public at large.”

London Minigolf Club Captain Steve Gow said "Swedish Felt was a new format of minigolf for most players and certainly provided a challenging surface. A number of players adapted well to shoot some very good rounds. Ultimately Nick won on the first hole of a play-off. A deserved win for the course owner, whose hospitality and superb course are amongst the best in the country."

Also at the event Seth Thomas was the London Open Novice Champion, with the junior finishing in a creditable 17th spot in his BMGA Tour debut. Marc Chapman set a new BMGA Course record with a score of 29(-7), while Kent’s Sean Homer took the Aces Champion prize with 22 holes-in-one across the four rounds.

Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 Ave Diff Tot
1 Nick SANDQVIST 35 40 32 31 34.5 9 138
2 Michael SMITH 34 30 32 42 34.5 12 138
3 Marc CHAPMAN 34 29 41 35 34.8 12 139
4 Adam KELLY (junior) 36 38 39 35 37.0 4 148
5 Sean HOMER 40 42 48 34 41.0 14 164
6 Scott LANCLEY 37 44 39 44 41.0 7 164
7 Tony KELLY 39 42 38 47 41.5 9 166
8 Paul JOHNSON 54 38 37 39 42.0 17 168
9 Brad SHEPHERD 46 44 40 44 43.5 6 174
10 Gareth HOLMES 51 40 45 44 45.0 11 180
11 Chris JONES 40 39 54 47 45.0 15 180
12 Leo KUKIELKA (junior) 48 46 40 48 45.5 8 182
13 Alan NORMAN 49 43 46 47 46.3 6 185
14 Oliver FLORENCE 44 52 38 52 46.5 14 186
15 Russ DENT 51 46 51 44 48.0 7 192
16 Steve GOW 43 54 52 58 51.8 15 207
17 Seth THOMAS (novice / junior) 45 61 62 42 52.5 20 210
18 William COMPTON (novice) 50 52 58 53 53.3 8 213
19 Cindy KUKIELKA 62 48 57 60 56.8 14 227
20 Julio KENT (novice / junior) 54 55 68 60 59.3 14 237
21 James FROST (novice) 62 55 69 58 61.0 14 244
22 Giuseppe RUGGIERO (novice / junior) 68 58 63 61 62.5 10 250
23 Owen JOHNSON (junior) 77 71 61 64 68.3 16 273
24 Matt KELLY (novice) 77 63 81 57 69.5 24 278
25 Andrew MUCKLE (novice) 76 73 76 77 75.5 4 302

Result | Straight list | Hole statistics | Most aces in a row

 

Pre event Press release - 2010 London Open at The Green Indoor Mini Golf, Hither Green, Sunday 1st August

The reigning BMGA British Club Champions, the London Minigolf Club, will be holding their Club Open competition on Sunday 1st August with the London Open minigolf tournament taking place at the 18-hole Swedish Felt minigolf course at The Green Indoor Mini Golf, in Hither Green. The event is open to anyone to enter and spectators are also welcome.

The tournament will tee-off at 9.30am on Sunday 1st August and will consist of four rounds of strokeplay competition. Entry to the event is £15 for adults and £10 for juniors (under 18’s). A practice rate will be available for BMGA members of Saturday 31st July.

London Minigolf Club Captain Steve Gow said "This will be the first time a full BMGA Tour Minigolf tournament has been played on a European ‘Swedish Felt’ standard course, so it should really be a great test of putting skill."

Sean Homer, BMGA Chairman said "It's great that we are going to The Green at Hither Green for the London Open. Nick Sandqvist, the course owner, has built a challenging yet very playable indoor Swedish Felt course and the whole set up at the venue is terrific. A large number of our regular tour players have already visited the course since it opened earlier in the year and the tournament on the 1st August promises to be a cracking event. It's also the final BMGA tour event before a small summer break, we start up again with the Planet Hastings Open at the beginning of September, so we are expecting a large field, with a strong local presence, something that has epitomised the London Open since its inception."

Cambridge’s Adam Kelly won the 2009 London Open in October last year when he won by five clear shots in defeating 21 other players at the Adventure Golf course at Lammas Park, Staines.

Details of the 2010 London Open minigolf event can be found on the BMGA website

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