Virgin Money World Crazy Golf Championship 2006

October 28-29, Hastings, England

Tim 'Ace Man' Davies makes it four in a row

 

 

An impressive field of fine and proud minigolf fanatics, representing far-flung nations such as Tibet, the Czech Republic, Finland, India, Sealand, and Scotland, as well as a more local contingent, gathered in Hastings for this year’s competition. Now in its fourth consecutive year at the Seafront course complex, this event is becoming something of an institution, in more than one sense, judging by the sight of slow, hunched shuffling of certain players around the course.

 

Once again this was a high quality affair featuring some interesting and difficult weather conditions, and some interesting and difficult-to-believe competitor’s outfits. As Australian band The Lucksmiths sang, “It might be minus five outside but my pants are plus fours,” and so it was on Saturday. Particularly resplendent were many of the Cardiff contingent, who came to Hastings via Cardiff’s finest thrift stores. Jan Palmer’s magnificent blue and white floral print pyjama set/cleaners overalls were surely the best on show.

 

As well as the Bullins, all three of whom would go on to make the final 18, there were plenty of other family rivalries being played out over the weekend. No less than four Exall brothers were having their own private tussle; there were two Battling Bottos; Kevin Moseley, pharmacist by trade, was hoping to ‘dispense’ with the challenge offered by dad Roy, and Family Robertson was well represented with four players.

 

Much of the previous day’s practice was rendered useless, as Saturday’s play commenced with 87 competitors struggling against a fierce blustery wind, each trying to prove the extent of their ball control. Dave Harding emerged as an early leader after a first round 35, however a new leader was in place by lunch, all-round sportstar John Moore, after a solid 36 on Mini. In the afternoon, the wind took a different turn, very much for the worst, and as the temperature fell, the scores rose, with many 5s, 6s and 7s making their way onto scorecards. During this round, two young lads were overheard chatting as they walked past, and, seeing the flags and displays, one was heard to say, “Oh wow! Look, the World Crazy Golf Championships!” To which his young friend replied, “Oh no, it can’t be today. Look at the people that are playing.”

 

After some very respectable rounds themselves, Bill and Ruth Bullin were delighted to see their prodigal son Rocky, 12, sitting ahead of the field. (Was it pride on their faces, or icicles?) Rocky’s two afternoon rounds of 36 and 37 were despite the testing winds, and were deservedly rewarded with the role of Overnight Leader. However, the perennial challenge of Tim ‘Aceman’ Davies was rapidly gaining momentum after a superbly bold 32 on crazy, leaving him in 2nd place, just ahead of the always-impressive Olivia, also 12, who put the ‘pro’ into Prokopova with a professionally constructed score of 152 after four rounds.

 

Needless to say the age differential of the leading three players was relished by the considerable gaggle of photographers, cameramen and other media types as day two began, the weather much sunnier and calmer to everyone’s relief. More relief was achieved by a nameless member of the Cardiff collective who enjoyed a ‘discreet vomit’ on the beach before commencing the morning’s play after less than two hours sleep. With players visibly happier and warmer, the aces started to roll and the scoring was low. Tim hit 34 and 35 to give himself a few strokes gap out in front, with John Moore matching those scores, and Brad Shepherd, Pasi Aho and Phil Exall all under par for their morning’s efforts. Grant Cairnie was unlucky to miss out on a place in the final with his excellent 6th round 34 on mini.

 

So to the excitement of the final, played with special crazy golf rules which allows for all players to be in play simultaneously, and with deliberate cannons of opponents balls allowed, a.k.a. the Terry’s Chocolate Orange rule (“Don’t Tap It. Whack It!”) One of the interesting match-ups included Bill, playing whilst keeping one eye open for stone-throwing dogs, facing wife Ruth and Phil Exall, who all scored decent rounds to leave themselves just outside the prize positions.

 

“SuperTed!” screamed the back page of The Sun on Monday morning but apparently it referred to a Mr Sheringham rather than John ‘Big Top Ted’ McIver, who despite grinding out many, many 2s finished one place short of last year’s 10th after a neat 35 in the final. The penultimate group was on fire, with Pasi, Andy and Brad all trading aces in a hard fought battle. All three players managed aces at the short 16th, and, despite a 3 after being ‘whacked’ by Pasi at the 4th, this was one of 6 aces by Andy in an incredible round of 31 (crazy crazy course record).

 

This meant that somebody in the leading group of Tim, Olivia and John had to produce something special to prevent Andy snatching the title, and all spectators were kept on the edge of their, er, shoes as the tournament moved towards its conclusion. A nip and tuck final round left John and Olivia in the respectable positions of =4th and 6th, but neither could prevent Tim Davies from claiming his 4th straight title with another 32. As the aces rolled in, the trademark growls of satisfaction could be heard as far away as Old Roar Road as the many years of course experience paid dividends again. Tim’s 4th success appears to indicate that he treats this competition not so much as an annual event, but more as a part-time job with a salary of £1000 a year. But will the position be available next October?

 

As everybody cheered/jeered (delete as applicable) the only matter to be resolved was the 4th placed play-off between John and Pasi; John won the toss and opted to bat first, a wise decision as it led to a 1st hole win with an impressive ace under pressure.

 

The awards were presented to much applause for the prize winning top 6 finishers, plus the Top 3 female players, these being Olivia, Ruth, and a delighted Deborah Robertson. Jungney Tenzin was justifiably proud of his best performance by a Pestolozzi representative. Jan Palmer accepted his Best Dressed Player trophy with a cheeky encouragement for the Virgin Money girls to squeeze in a bit closer for the obligatory photo, and Non Williams was the recipient of the prize for last place. The tournament organisers are advised to reconsider next year’s prize for Worst Performance. Perhaps they could change it to some nice wooden salad tongs, as Non says she has got enough wooden spoons now, thanks.

 

 

Many thanks go to all the organisers, referees, scorers, sponsors, and all participants for making this event another great success.

 

Words : Kevin Moseley

 

The final 18

Pos Player Name Nat Start Course R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 F Total Average
                       
1 DAVIES, Tim GBR Crazy 39 42 32 39 34 35 32 253 36.14
2 EXALL, Andy GBR Crazy 38 40 35 40 37 35 31 256 36.57
3 SHEPHERD, Brad GBR Mini 46 36 39 33 37 34 35 260 37.14
4 MOORE, John GBR Crazy 39 36 34 46 35 34 37 261 37.29
5 AHO, Pasi FIN Mini 43 38 41 34 36 35 34 261 37.29
6 PROKOPOVA, Olivia CZE Crazy 42 36 36 38 34 38 39 263 37.57
7 EXALL, Philip GBR Mini 41 42 37 39 36 35 34 264 37.71
8 BULLIN, Ruth GBR Mini 45 37 40 36 37 34 37 266 38.00
9 BULLIN, Bill GBR Crazy 39 37 37 39 39 40 35 266 38.00
10 PARSONS, Karl GBR Crazy 38 43 40 40 40 36 32 269 38.43
11 MCIVER, Ted GBR Mini 45 35 43 37 37 37 35 269 38.43
12 MOSELEY, Kev GBR Mini 39 37 43 43 37 35 37 271 38.71
13 PALMER, Jan GBR Mini 39 40 44 36 39 37 36 271 38.71
14 EXALL, Trevor GBR Crazy 36 38 37 44 40 38 38 271 38.71
15 EMMERSON, Peter SEA Crazy 42 43 38 42 35 37 35 272 38.86
16 HOMER, Sean GBR Mini 43 37 39 41 41 35 36 272 38.86
17 GODFREY, Stuart GBR Crazy 39 51 35 38 38 35 38 274 39.14
18 BULLIN, Rocky GBR Mini 37 41 36 37 46 40 42 279 39.86
19 CAIRNIE, Grant GBR Crazy 42 47 40 38 37 34   238 39.67
20 BARTON, Russell GBR Mini 37 40 45 39 39 38   238 39.67
21 MALIES, Jeremy GBR Mini 39 40 39 41 45 36   240 40.00
22 WILKINSON, Edward GBR Crazy 41 40 44 42 40 35   242 40.33
23 POPE, Anthony SEA Mini 43 35 47 38 42 39   244 40.67
24 MOSELEY, Roy GBR Mini 39 43 45 38 41 39   245 40.83
25 JOHNSTON, Ewan GBR Crazy 38 47 37 40 48 36   246 41.00
26 JUNGNEY, Tenzin TIB Crazy 37 43 43 47 39 37   246 41.00
27 HARDING, Dave GBR Crazy 35 44 41 43 39 45   247 41.17
28 BETTS, Brian GBR Crazy 48 41 39 42 40 37   247 41.17
29 BOTTO, Kevin GBR Mini 46 41 44 39 40 38   248 41.33
30 STEVENSON, Jacob GBR Crazy 40 45 43 40 41 39   248 41.33
31 GOW, Stephen GBR Mini 44 38 47 44 42 34   249 41.50
32 RYE, Mark GBR Mini 49 37 37 42 47 37   249 41.50
33 COMER, Justyn GBR Mini 44 41 44 41 41 38   249 41.50
34 SMITH, James GBR Mini 44 38 43 42 46 38   251 41.83
35 RACK, Iain GBR Mini 43 39 39 48 45 40   254 42.33
36 TIMMS, Dan GBR Mini 44 36 52 40 45 39   256 42.67
37 PURSLOW, Dave GBR Crazy 40 46 37 45 49 39   256 42.67
38 EXALL, Denis GBR Crazy 39 51 39 48 36 44   257 42.83
39 MORRIS, Roy GBR Crazy 41 49 42 47 37 41   257 42.83
40 MARTINEZ, Carlos GBR Mini 48 40 43 42 38 46   257 42.83
41 BAMBER, James GBR Mini 51 41 44 38 41 42   257 42.83
42 DAVIES, Tom GBR Mini 39 40 49 45 43 41   257 42.83
43 KELLETT, Anthony GBR Crazy 40 47 45 39 47 40   258 43.00
44 MCALLISTER, Craig NI Mini 45 41 51 39 41 44   261 43.50
45 BOTTO, Phil GBR Crazy 42 50 41 44 40 44   261 43.50
46 MURRAY, Duncan GBR Mini 45 43 45 44 40 44   261 43.50
47 LEWIS, Ian GBR Crazy 39 53 42 40 44 44   262 43.67
48 ROBERTSON, Trevor GBR Mini 43 37 43 44 53 43   263 43.83
49 WOODLAND, Rob GBR Mini 47 41 47 39 40 50   264 44.00
50 WHITEHOUSE, Paul GBR Crazy 40 46 45 50 40 43   264 44.00
51 TRAYHORN, Ben GBR Mini 48 40 53 36 49 39   265 44.17
52 PENFOUND, Richard GBR Crazy 46 45 46 40 38 51   266 44.33
53 FORREST, Alan GBR Crazy 45 50 41 46 39 45   266 44.33
54 SMALLWOOD, Mike GBR Mini 47 40 49 42 43 45   266 44.33
55 ROBERTSON, Deborah GBR Crazy 43 44 41 46 48 44   266 44.33
56 SHORE, Helen GBR Crazy 37 53 44 44 44 45   267 44.50
57 WRIGHT, Scott GBR Crazy 42 49 45 47 39 46   268 44.67
58 HOMER, Marion GBR Crazy 39 52 42 49 41 46   269 44.83
59 LYON, Andrew GBR Crazy 43 54 41 42 48 44   272 45.33
60 BURGESS, Lyn GBR Mini 48 48 49 43 37 48   273 45.50
61 MAXWELL, Tom GBR Crazy 44 52 47 51 38 42   274 45.67
62 ROBERTSON, Martin GBR Crazy 47 47 37 50 43 51   275 45.83
63 HAYES, Paul GBR Crazy 43 49 42 50 43 48   275 45.83
64 RAYNES, Sally GBR Crazy 40 59 40 46 44 48   277 46.17
65 BEADLE, Christopher GBR Mini 51 47 48 43 41 47   277 46.17
66 PARRY, Gareth GBR Mini 47 44 54 45 41 48   279 46.50
67 DAVISON, Andy GBR Crazy 45 46 54 40 44 53   282 47.00
68 ROBERTSON, Janette GBR Crazy 43 46 50 44 52 49   284 47.33
69 BRUNNER, Tom GBR Mini 53 40 51 39 53 50   286 47.67
70 BURGESS, Ellen GBR Crazy 49 57 41 51 43 49   290 48.33
71 STURDY, Caroline GBR Crazy 41 49 55 47 53 47   292 48.67
72 HAGERTY, Emma-Jane GBR Mini 45 53 42 52 57 48   297 49.50
73 EVANS, Lisa GBR Crazy 55 52 51 51 44 45   298 49.67
74 WELLS, Oliver GBR Mini 55 46 53 46 46 53   299 49.83
75 HELLYAR, Richard GBR Crazy 50 55 46 50 49 50   300 50.00
76 LERWILL, Angela GBR Mini 64 48 49 46 41 55   303 50.50
77 PALMER, Katie GBR Crazy 52 51 54 42 51 54   304 50.67
78 DAVIES, Bethan GBR Crazy 59 57 60 51 53 51   331 55.17
79 WILLIAMS, Non GBR Mini 56 53 57 50 67 58   341 56.83
80 LLOYD, Phil GBR Mini 45 45 44 42       176 44.00
81 SESSIONS, Nick GBR Crazy 49 43 38 47       177 44.25
82 PRAKASH, Ravi IND Crazy 44 51 41 50       186 46.50
83 FIRTH, Elliott GBR Mini 49 50 45 44       188 47.00
84 AKEHURST, James GBR Crazy 46 49 40 58       193 48.25
85 HILL, Angela NI Crazy 51 44 56 52       203 50.75
86 SADHUKHAN, Annapurna IND Mini 54 49 54 56       213 53.25
87 MARSHALL, Robert GBR Mini 71 46 126 126       369 92.25

 

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