The prestigious World Crazy Golf Championships took place last weekend on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October at Hastings Adventure Golf, home to three 18 hole miniature golf courses which is also known as the national centre for Miniature Golf in the UK.
In the midst of the storm St Jude, 18 year old Czechoslovakian schoolgirl Olivia Prokopova, won the World Crazy Golf Championships on a windswept Hastings seafront by a margin of 21 shots.
The event with its 78 strong field saw its first ever female winner, and Olivia was just one of three women placed in the top 50, with her best round of 30 on the 18 hole course.
Olivia has been playing mini golf since the age of 3 and at the age of 8, she came third in the World Crazy Golf Championships. The competition is now in its 10th year attracts a field from all over Europe, with participants from Czechoslovakia, Finland, Germany, Portugal and Great Britain. Olivia puts her success down to the fact she practises 12 hours a day and has been for the last 15 years. She said that “If there is any way way I can play minigolf professionally in the future, I will”
The most aces in a row was achieved by Tony Kelly from Great Britain, with an impressive 4 consecutive aces.
Sean Homer, Chairman of the British Minigolf Association said:
It was a brilliant event and the spirit among the players during what were some of the harshest weather conditions I’ve seen in 8 years on the tour was incredible. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the players, organisers, scorers, referees, helpers and supporters who took part in the weekend, along with all the team at Hastings Adventure Golf – it’s all of you that make the event such a special part of the BMGA tour and such a great competition every year. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year – hopefully without the particularly ‘crazy’ weather we had this time!
World Crazy Golf Championship First Female Winner from the Guardian