Weymouth Open 2011

Michael Smith wins it again!

Oxford’s Michael Smith wins the Fourth Annual Weymouth Open at Lodmoor Country Park.

Smith becomes a two-time Weymouth Open champion by retaining title

The fourth-annual Weymouth Open minigolf competition was won by Oxford’s Michael Smith, with a three shot margin over Luton’s Richard Gottfried. Smith scored rounds of 40 and 38 retain the title he won last October with a 36-hole total of 78(+6). Chris Smith was third in the tournament with a score of 83.

The competition took place at the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Golf course at the Sea Life Centre in Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth, Dorset on Sunday 10thOctober, and saw 13-players competing for the prestigious trophy and the £100 winner’s cheque.

Two-Time Weymouth Open Champion Michael Smith said "I'm delighted to win the 2011 Weymouth Open. I played very well, especially in the second round on what is an extremely difficult test of skill, concentration and patience. I had to be at my best to come through and win. The standard was even higher than the 2010 Weymouth Open and I would like to congratulate Richard Gottfried in particular for pushing me very hard. It was a fantastic day all-round with good weather and a great standard team competition to end the day. Thank you to Ed and the staff at the Pirate Adventure Minigolf course and to all the competitors for travelling so far to take part. I very much look forward to the last few events of the 2011 BMGA tour season."

Birmingham’s Matthew Harding was the Top Junior Player for a second year in a row and received an Annual Merlin Entertainments Pass.

Weymouth’s Ed Evans won the top local player prize and £60 of Argos Vouchers after finishing one shot ahead of Allun Wakefield who finished on a score of 100.

Luton’s Emily Gottfried was the tournament Aces Champion with three holes-in-one over the two rounds. This year a total of nine holes-in-one were scored, compared to four last year.

Full results list:

Position

Player

Round 1

Round 2

Total

1

Michael Smith

40

38

78

2

Richard Gottfried

42

39

81

3

Chris Smith

42

41

83

4

Peter Jones

42

44

86

5

Richard Skeggs

42

46

88

6

Chris Harding

45

44

89

7

Oliver Florence

46

46

92

8

Emily Gottfried

48

47

95

8

Matthew Harding

51

44

95

10

Ed Evans

51

48

99

11

Paul Jones

53

47

100

11

Allun Wakefield

49

51

100

13

Jack Matthews

52

52

104

The tournament was organised by Pirate Adventure Golf Course Manager Ed Evans and the staff at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre, and supported by the British Minigolf Association. Ed Evans said "Thank you very much to the BMGA players for coming down to the play in the Weymouth Open Minigolf tournament. The event was great fun and having played in the tournament Allun Wakefield, Jack Matthews and I find it great that we are now also ranked in the BMGA Rankings as some of the best mini-golfers in the country."

The next tournaments on the BMGA Tour calendar are the Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club Open and the Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings in October.

Richard Gottfried & Chris Harding win the Weymouth Open Team Tournament at Lodmoor Country Park

Luton and Birmingham players take the honours in first-ever Weymouth Open Team Contest

Luton’s Richard Gottfried and Birmingham’s Chris Harding won the first Weymouth Open Team Tournament scoring a combined total of 80(+8) having shot rounds of 40 apiece, to take a two-shot victory over runners-up Chris Smith, from Oxford and Emily Gottfried, from Luton, who had scored 40 and 42 respectively.

Five teams contested the Weymouth Open Team Tournament which followed the Weymouth Open individual competition. There was a tie for third-place with the team of Wales’ Peter Jones and Birmingham’s Matthew Harding scoring 85, along with the combination of Oxford’s Michael Smith and Walton-on-Thames player Oliver Florence. The London team of Richard Skeggs and Paul Jones were fifth.

As winners Richard Gottfried, the 2008 Weymouth Open Champion, and Chris Harding, the reigning World Crazy Golf Champion, won a Team Cup and a meal and round of drinks at the William Henry in Weymouth.

The format of the team event saw a draw made to pair the top five players following the Weymouth Open individual tournament with those that had been ranked in the bottom half of the results list.

Words and Pics: Richard Gottfried

Previous results: 2010  2009  2008

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