Tournament number 3 for Putterfingers.com team

The Putterfingers mini golf team are feeling inspired for our next tournament, the BMGA British Championship & Singles Matchplay 2021 at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate. But why, you might ask, after our less-than-inspiring performance at the World Crazies in Hastings? The reason is our potential secret weapon: Jon Clarke. John’s mild-mannered exterior hides a sharp and deadly mini golf brain, and he is making progress with his putting that could pave the way for future success in the game.

Putterfingers.com's star tournament player
Jon Clarke competing at the World Crazies 2021

The mini golf world does not have talent scouts as they do in football. Rarely if ever do you see men in trench coats loitering by mini golf courses, observing players through binoculars and taking down notes. Or if you do there is always an explanation that has nothing to do with mini golf and should probably be reported to the local constabulary.

Mini golf talent scout

But if there were talent scouts in mini golf, they would all have had their optics firmly focused on a certain Jon Clarke as he made his way round the Arnold Palmer course at Hastings three weekends ago. Because here was a man who had never before wielded a putter in anger, yet was cheerfully knocking in threes, twos and ones as if he had always been doing it. The rest of the team were pootling round the tournament with 4s, 5s and 7s wearing embarrassed looks, as complete novices do. But not Jon. He had the knack.

By our calculations, if this rate of progress was to continue then Jon would reach World Champion standard by about lunchtime next Tuesday. So, with our hopes pinned on our one and only mini golf prodigy we will soon be packing our putters and boarding the Putterfingers.com van for a trip to Margate for our third tournament.

BMGA singles matchplay and British Championship tournament, Margate

BMGA British Championship & Singles Matchplay 2021 will be played at Strokes Adventure Golf. Established in 2005, Strokes is an outdoor mini golf course situated at the beautiful Westbrook Bay in Margate. With no team competition and all of us playing as individuals, we will thrust Jon into the limelight as our only real hope of a Putterfingers.com player getting past the halfway mark on the leader board.

In other news, team member David Hill is delighted to have bought a club-mounted ball picker upper. “After multiple 18-hole rounds, bending down to get your ball out of the hole plays merry hell with your back if you are of a portly disposition like myself”, said Hill. “If you are not very bendy in the middle or over 45 or just lazy, or all three of those things, then I do recommend getting one of these.” (Putterfingers stock the Golf Butler at £3.30 including VAT)

With excitement mounting over Team Putterfingers.com’s third foray into the world of major mini golf tournaments, it is gems of wisdom like Hill’s that the team need to gather as many of as they can in order to become better players.

Live results at the BMGA website

BMGA and Putterfingers Open a success as Oswestry Games

Well it was a great day at the closing ceremony of the ‘Oslympics’ at the Oswestry Games on Sunday 15th July, as one of our very own portable mini golf courses was used by the British Mini Golf Association in the ‘have a go’ activities on offer.  Our 9 hole course was also played as part of an elite player BMGA Tour event with some of GB’s finest mini golfers (including my debut on a championship layout!)

There has been great coverage of the event in the Ham and Egger files blog by Richard Gottfried and this Minigolf Report from Oswestry Games written by the British Mini Golf Association.

9 hole mini golf course used by the BMGA at Oswestry Games
Oswestry Games 9 hole mini golf layout by Putterfingers

Our Mini Golf course was laid out in the centre of the venue with 9 holes featuring a number of obstacles including bridges, loop-the-loops and labyrinths and was available for people to play as part of the event’s ‘have-a-go’ activities. Over 100 people played the testing layout during the day and many also received hints and tips from BMGA players. The best score by a member of the public was set at 20(+2) by Chris Powell. The top Pro 9-hole round score was set at 15 (-3) by John Moore and later equalled by Richard Gottfried.

Putterfingers at the Oswestry Games
The BMGA team setting up and practising on a Putterfingers modular mini golf course – Richard Gottfried, John Moore and Marc Chapman

The BMGA players who had acted as coaches to novice players and ambassadors for the sport of Minigolf also competed in the Oswestry Games and held an elite player BMGA Tour competition. The tournament took place over 36-holes on our portable mini golf course. The seven competing players in the BMGA & Putterfingers Oswestry Games Minigolf Championship saw Richard Gottfried win Oslympic Gold. The silver medallist was Newcastle’s John Moore, with Marc Chapman from Canterbury winning the bronze medal.

My best round was 27, not even close to the record set by Pro Minigolfer John Moore!  The team from BMGA kindly presented me with a gold medal, sadly for the wooden spoon position, but these mini golfers set up a tricky layout and the pressure got the better of me!

Medal ceremony at the BMGA and Putterfingers Open at Oswestry Games
Medal awarded to Shelley Barrett of Putterfingers Mini Golf by Richard Gottfried from the BMGA

Another highlight of the day was to have had the chance to have my photograph with the Olympic torch, kindly donated to the Oswestry Games by a local torch bearer for a photo opportunity.

The Olympic torch at Oswestry Games
Opportunity to hold the Olympic torch at the Oswestry Games

Richard Gottfried from the British Minigolf Association said after the event:

“Thank you to Shelley and all of the team at Putterfingers for bringing their course to the Oswestry Games community sports event. The multi-sport event was a chance for the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) to showcase the sport to a wider audience and the Putterfingers course we used for the ‘have-a-go’ sessions was ideal. Over 100 people played the course throughout the day and there were some low scores registered on the tricky layout that the BMGA players set-up. Assembly of the course was quick and easy. It was great fun setting up the course and placing the obstacles in cunning positions for new players to tackle. It was brilliant that we were able to play-test and then easily re-arrange the layout as necessary. Without the help of Shelley and all at Putterfingers we would not have been able to deliver the events at the Oswestry Games Closing Fun Day. Their course proved to be incredibly popular and a real attraction.”

If you have an event and you are looking to hire a mini golf course please do get in touch.  Our unique set up, makes our portable course a great addition to any event.

For more information on our mini golf courses please visit www.putterfingers.co.uk