World MiniGolf Championships 2003

August 20-23. Venue: Bad Münder, Germany

 

What follows is a peculiarly British perspective of the World Championships which will be updated as and when, for full details of the competition see the excellent official site.  The World Championships also doubled as the English Open for the British team.

A rabble purporting to be a team arrived in dribs and drabs in the beautiful little town of Bad Münder (a German spa resort with an over abundance of bars and restaurants given its population of 10,000) to represent Great Britain.  This year we were coachless - no Thomas.  What were we to do?  Fortunately Achim one of the German national team coaches had promised to help if he had the time and as always we had plenty of advice from old friends such as Heinz Weber and Christian Freilach.  However there was a massive void, particularly for the late arrivals, which proved difficult to overcome.

Our first competitive rounds took place on the Eternit and Swedish Felt runs to decide who would be the the reserve.  This was done whilst weaving in and out of various countries practising. 2.61 recurring happily accepted the result.  

The opening ceremony was started by gathering outside in the rain and listening to a short speech from the mayoress of the town.  We then paraded through the town swapping the Union Jack between players as the rain intensified and arrived at the big hall like a bunch of drowned rats, significant only in so far as we chatted with the pied piper of Hamelin most of the way, incidentally he was playing a clarinet.  Another point that should be highlighted was the insistence of the team that I should carry the flag once the thunder and lightning started.  In the big hall, the opening ceremony dragged on and I slipped out.  I returned when the food queue had disappeared, had some lovely nosh and then danced a waltz with Will who had slipped into something less comfortable.  Yes, Will for a brief moment was dressed in the Bad Münder mascots garb and very fetching he looked too.  Mr Michael Webb eat your heart out!

The most welcome help received was from Margus, the Estonian basketball referee who we met in the European Championships in Prague.  He came out with us every night and introduced us to the 'small beer', a stein I think is conceptually different.  He also improved ball selection on a number of holes; too much of the help received previously had been based on a somewhat higher skill base.  He treated us to a wonderful barbecue on our last night (Will's birthday) insisting on preparing everything himself.  'We win' was his printable catchphrase.

British players who excelled themselves - Mr Michael Webb, another stunning performance and equalling the British Eternit record (24).  Jon Angel first sight of competition Eternit scoring 25, first sight of Swedish Felt Run 40 (a British record) - Awesome!  Peter Parr for not getting worse than a 2 on 54 holes of Eternit.  Will Knight for a commendable 28 on Eternit on his birthday and for surviving the evening with the Russians and making the train next morning!

And the team goal was achieved - we were not the last team - We Won!  My own performance I summarised to the Danes as; recovering from a dislocated hip, vertabrae and brain.

E2.02 (aka F3.2 or just simply 2.61 recurring) came in for the final round to replace the out of sorts British Champion.

The bad boys - Jon Angel for time wasting and myself (two championships two warnings) for playing before my Russian opponent Boris had finished the last hole.  I thought he'd holed his first shot and moved smartly on to the labyrinth where I was just about to hit the ball when the referee shouted, needless to say I missed.  My fault entirely and humblest apologies to Boris, however the shot counted.  A note for the authorities, if you are going to stop a player playing a shot before a playing partner has finished the previous hole make sure you do otherwise let them get on with it and then book them.  Another note for those on high, on Swedish Felt Run we were encouraged to play before our partners had even started the previous hole albeit with the referee keeping score.   Incidentally Krisztián Koleszár (Hungary) and Boris Jakovlev (Russia) were my playing partners throughout the competition.  Boris has written an introduction to mini golf in Russian and was kind enough to give me a copy.  Krisztián actually swapped shirts with me! 

The best naming of a hole goes to Mr Michael Webb for the 11th on Swedish Felt Run - Örkelljunga - Awful Jumper.

British team photo (minus Ted who was still on his way).  Other photos from the Bad Münder official site: Jon scoring. Tim having lagged. Ted no doubt about to miss again.  Will Eagar with one of the many grips he tried.

A clip from the forthcoming movie by Recurring.

Next stop the 2004 European Minigolf Championships in Timişoara, Romania.

If anyone sees my Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Club black sweatshirt - the only one of two of its kind - please nab it and keep it safe for me.

The interesting part of the results table.

Individual Standings

101 68 Webb Mr. Michael GRB 27 52 24 46 47 25 - - - - 221
102 126 Savescu Aurel ROU 26 41 31 43 56 27 - - - - 224
103 130 Kargavin Kirill RUS 31 46 29 48 45 26 - - - - 225
104 70 Parr Peter GRB 27 50 27 45 50 26 - - - - 225
105 132 Chernitzin Sergey RUS 28 48 28 52 40 30 - - - - 226
106 69 Angel Jon GRB 31 54 27 40 51 25 - - - - 228
107 122 Yu Ching-Shen TWN 30 49 34 37 48 32 - - - - 230
108 128 Miza Adrian ROU 28 51 27 49 47 28 - - - - 230
109 124 Shih Chou-Hao TWN 32 49 27 52 48 28 - - - - 236
110 133 Jakovlev Boris RUS 34 45 27 61 52 26 - - - - 245
111 123 Chen Ming-Dar TWN 38 42 36 47 61 29 - - - - 253
112 71 Davies Tim GRB 34 54 36 48 56 30 - - - - 258
113 72 Knight Will GRB 32 54 38 52 54 28 - - - - 258
114 135 Korolkov Alexei RUS 38 61 34 57 48 38 - - - - 276
115 125 Chen Yao TWN 39 61 35 54 61 31 - - - - 281
116 74 Eagar William GRB 38 65 34 62 46 37 - - - - 282
117 73 McIver John GRB 35 62 45 57 50 42 - - - - 291
118 134 Kouptzov Alexander RUS 46 67 36 73 65 50 - - - - 337
119 142 Pavsic Danilo SVN 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32
120 106 Chirilenco Vladimir MOL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
121 105 Vrabii Victor MOL 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41
122 88 Pirovano Matteo ITA 39 23 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 101

 

Team Standings

Pos

Team

1

2

3

4

5

6

Shots

1

Sweden

167

125

161

129

171

126

879

2

Germany

158

123

177

127

175

122

882

3

Switzerland

190

123

174

121

184

126

918

4

Austria

184

128

178

122

182

127

921

5

Czech Republic

206

126

190

124

195

127

968

6

Netherlands

203

132

210

134

197

134

1010

7

Denmark

204

133

208

133

204

132

1014

8

Finland

214

140

203

130

196

135

1018

9

Italy

213

134

207

146

223

129

1052

10

Slovakia

220

133

212

140

216

132

1053

11

Belgium

222

137

205

144

214

144

1066

12

France

226

143

218

153

228

140

1108

13

Hungary

152

216

161

247

235

150

1161

14

Great Britain

186

326

197

288

308

171

1476

15

Russia

207

310

182

330

287

202

1518

 

2003 English Open

 

  E F E F F E Total

1

Mr. Michael Webb

27

52

24*

46

47

25

221

2

Peter Parr

27

50

27

45

50

26

225

3

Jon Angel

31

54

27

40**

51

25

228

4

Tim Davies

34

54

36

48

56

30

258

5

Will Knight

32

54

38

52

54

28

258

6

William Eagar

38

65

34

62

46

37

282

7

John McIver

35

62

45

57

50

42

291

Unofficial British Eternit Championship

 

  E E E Total

1

Mr. Michael Webb

27

24*

25

76

2

Peter Parr

27

27

26

80

3

Jon Angel

31

27

25

83

4

Will Knight

32

38

28

98

5

Tim Davies

34

36

30

100

6

William Eagar

38

34

37

109

7

John McIver

35

45

42

122

Unofficial British Swedish Felt Run Championship

 

  F F F Total

1

Mr. Michael Webb

52

46

47

145

2

Peter Parr

50

45

50

145

3

Jon Angel

54

40**

51

145

4

Tim Davies

54

48

56

158

5

Will Knight

54

52

54

160

6

John McIver

62

57

50

169

7

William Eagar

65

62

46

173

* Equals BMGA record

** New BMGA record

E - Eternit   F - Swedish Felt Run

British Player hole by hole scores

No. Name E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
68 Webb, Mr. Michael E 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 27
    F 3 3 2 7 1 2 2 2 1 3 2 4 4 4 2 2 7 1 52
    E 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 24
    F 2 3 3 1 2 2 3 4 1 2 1 2 2 1 3 2 5 7 46
    F 3 3 2 1 5 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 3 47
    E 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 25
                                           
69 Angel, Jon E 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 5 2 1 1 4 1 1 2 2 2 31
    F 1 2 3 7 7 3 2 1 4 3 1 1 3 6 2 2 5 1 54
    E 1 1 3 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 27
    F 3 3 2 2 1 3 2 1 2 1 5 3 2 1 2 2 4 1 40
    F 2 4 2 5 4 2 3 1 4 3 1 1 1 6 2 2 4 4 51
    E 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 25
                                           
70 Parr, Peter E 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 27
    F 3 2 2 3 1 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 6 3 50
    E 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 27
    F 2 2 3 3 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 2 3 7 3 3 2 1 45
    F 3 3 2 3 6 3 4 2 2 3 3 3 1 2 3 2 2 3 50
    E 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 26
                                           
71 Davies, Tim E 1 2 2 1 1 3 2 2 4 2 1 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 34
    F 3 3 3 2 3 4 4 2 1 3 4 2 1 5 3 3 1 7 54
    E 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 7 2 1 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 36
    F 2 4 2 6 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 6 2 1 3 2 3 1 48
    F 3 3 2 6 3 3 3 6 2 1 3 3 2 5 2 2 2 5 56
    E 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 4 1 30
                                           
72 Knight, Will E 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 7 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 32
    F 3 2 3 1 4 3 2 1 7 3 3 2 1 1 3 3 5 7 54
    E 1 2 4 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 4 1 5 3 3 2 3 38
    F 3 2 2 6 4 2 5 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 4 3 2 7 52
    F 2 2 4 1 2 3 4 2 7 3 7 2 1 5 2 2 2 3 54
    E 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 28
                                           
73 McIver, John E 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 2 1 2 5 5 1 2 1 2 35
    F 3 2 2 7 7 3 4 1 7 2 6 2 3 2 2 2 2 5 62
    E 1 1 3 1 2 2 7 1 6 2 1 5 3 1 2 4 1 2 45
    F 2 2 2 6 7 3 2 1 1 3 4 2 3 7 3 3 1 5 57
    F 3 3 3 7 4 2 3 3 3 3 1 2 1 2 3 3 3 1 50
    E 3 1 3 1 2 1 5 2 4 2 1 3 1 6 1 2 3 1 42
                                           
74 Eagar, William E 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 7 2 1 6 2 2 1 3 1 1 38
    F 3 4 3 7 7 3 3 1 7 3 1 2 2 7 2 2 4 4 65
    E 1 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 1 6 2 2 1 1 34
    F 3 2 3 5 2 2 2 7 7 3 7 2 1 3 3 2 2 6 62
    F 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 1 2 2 3 3 2 7 2 2 2 2 46
    E 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 2 7 1 3 2 1 37

From left to right: Will 'Recurring' Eagar, Peter Parr, Tim 'Ace Man' Davies, Mr. Michael Webb

Jon 'The Stance' Angel, Will 'TC' Knight, 'Big Top' Ted McIver

Jon with flag Will Knight waits

  

Probably the best ball used in the tournament

Size GL, Bounce 2cm, Hardness (Shore) 57, Weight 66g

Tournament over for the Brits, the Danes grimace in the background (Cor! and Kim, the man with the bladder) - well, they weren't allowed to drink!  Thanks to our Russian friends for the piccy.