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

Team Putterfingers.com compete at Sussex Wasps Open!

Mini golf tournament
Striding in purposefully … only to stride out again 5 hours later a little older and wiser

Last week we blogged about having formed a pro team and entering tournaments on the mini golf calendar. True to our word, our six team members herded into a minibus last Sunday and descended on Peterborough for the Putterfingers.com Sussex Wasps Open 2021. We were honoured to be attending an event that bore our name and were made to feel most welcome by event organiser Steve Lovell and all the other players.

It was a warmish if overcast day at Dobbies Garden Centre, the course was interesting and varied, the company was good, and all was well with the world. The Putterfingers.com team found the other more experienced players very helpful – not only because they went first to show us the best line to take on each hole, but also thanks to their kindness in explaining one or two obscure rules and giving us tips on stance and shot technique. We felt welcomed by our fellow mini golfers and enjoyed the camaraderie of four rounds with other like-minded people on a Sunday in Cambridgeshire.

See the official results on the BMGA website. As expected our scores were poor because we were novices and this was our first ever competitive mini golf event. We were a million miles or more accurately, ten or twelve shots per round away from your Popes, Lovells and Kukielkas at the top of the scoreboard. As those top players slugged it out for a place in the top three, we slogged it out at the bottom to avoid coming last (That honour went to Sam. It’s all right. He only cried a little bit).

Mini golf BMGA tournament Peterborough
Tension mounts at the play-off for fourth place

The scores really didn’t matter, though. The main takeaway from this, our first mini golf tournament, was a feeling of gratitude to Steve Lovell and Sussex Wasps for organising the event and being so nice about it. It was also great to meet so many avid mini golfers and watch and listen as we learned the ropes. Our toes are now firmly dipped into the world of competitive mini golf and we are hungry for more!

The prize for winning at the Lucky Last Hole (a £50 Putterfingers.com voucher) went to Rhiannon Davison from the Welsh Minigolf Club and she got a giant presentation cheque for her win!

Prize cheque for mini golf tournament winner

Special thanks go to mini golf supremos Richard and Emily Gottfried for treating us to a pre-tournament Zoom call filled with tips and tricks, an introduction to mini golf lore and customs, some sound advice for the mini golf course and much goodwill and encouragement. Thank you Richard and Emily!

Mini golf balls
Richard Gottfried explaining different types of mini golf ball to the Putterfingers team. The halo of mini golf wisdom is clearly visible above his head.

Next weekend Team Putterfingers.com face the World Crazies at Hastings! What could possibly go wrong?

Meanwhile, for all your mini golf equipment, gifts and fun, visit Putterfingers.com!

Minigolf Tournaments Calendar 2021

Minigolf tournaments 2021
Putterfingers Managing Director Richard competing at the British Open in 2008

Minigolf tournaments can be nail-bitingly good to watch. When the leaders are separated by a single point going into the final few holes, it’s as dramatic a situation as the back nine at Augusta on the final day of The Masters. Players take the game extremely seriously, and have everything to play for in terms of the lasting glory of a tournament win. Cash prizes are far more modest than in ‘big golf’, but that’s not the point.

Top-level minigolf has its own traditions and folklore. In the USA they play at North Myrtle Beach every year for the right to wear the coveted green windbreaker – a nod to golf’s famous green jacket. And at the British Minigolf Masters, played just off the A20 Sidcup bypass, the winner gets a tweed jacket bought at a charity shop in Southend.

The minigolf world has a healthy level of self-mockery that is far more endearing than the millionaire tantrum-throwers of professional golf.

The skill levels are off the scale at the top of minigolf. Leading up to tournaments, practice regimes can be as intense as those of PGA players. The only difference is that when the tournament is over, Minigolf players generally have to go back to their day jobs.

The home of major British minigolf tournaments
The hallowed turf of Hastings Adventure Golf, where dreams are made and broken

Fancy seeing some of the top minigolf players in action, or even have a go yourself? We’ve got details of UK tournaments coming up in 2021. These are correct at the time of writing and we expect that many will go ahead, but check the BMGA website nearer the time to make sure.

May 2021

Midlands Open

29th May

Four Ashes Golf Centre, Dorridge

Event info

June 2021

Cardiff Open

26th June

Tee Rex Adventure Golf, Cardiff

Event info

July 2021

Worthing Open

10th July

Splash Point Mini Golf, Worthing

More info nearer the time

August 2021

Cambridgeshire and Essex Open

7th August

Dunton Hills Golf Course, Brentwood

More info nearer the time

BMGA Matchplay Doubles

8th August

Dunton Hills Golf Course, Brentwood

More info nearer the time

Sussex Wasps Open

29th August

Peterborough Minigolf

Event info

September 2021

World Crazy Golf Championships

10th-12th September

Hastings Adventure Golf

Event info

BMGA British Open

25th-26th September

Hastings Adventure Golf

Event info

October 2021

BMGA Club Championships

3rd October

Aces Minigolf, Gloucester

More info nearer the time

BMGA British Championships

16th-17th October

Strokes Adventure Golf, Margate

More info nearer the time

British Adventure Golf Masters

31st October

Mr Mulligan’s, Sidcup

More info nearer the time

November 2021

Cornwall Open

21st November

Woodland Adventure Golf, Saltash

More info nearer the time

All information thanks to the British Minigolf Association on the 23rd of April, 2021. Keep checking their events page for updates as the year progresses.

Need a putter or some minigolf practice gear for the garden? We stock everything you need. See the Putterfingers website

2016 Minigolf Tournaments Calendar

Below you’ll find details of minigolf tournaments around England and Wales along with links to the wonderful venues hosting each one. Why not pop along to one and have a go? Or do a golfathon for charity, playing at some or all of them? The closing date for the English Open is the 26th of February so hurry up if you fancy trying your hand at it. There will be some very serious players there, some of whom are BMGA Tour Pros, so you probably won’t win it! But there’s nothing wrong with having a go. You can pay cash on the day (£25 for a non-BMGA Tour Pro) but they do need your application form to book you a place.

From the beaches of Hastings to the Norfolk Broads via the Midlands and Cardiff, this island is buzzing with minigolf action in 2016. See below for full details.

Here’s a throwback to 2008 when Team Putterfingers went down to Brighton to play in the British Open.

minigolf, crazy golf, BMGA,
Putterfingers Managing Director Richard Standen putting for glory and missing at the British Open 2008

 

2016 Tournaments

Date Title Venue City
28.02.2016 English Open 2016 The Lost City Adventure Golf Nottingham
06.03.2016 Planet Hastings Crazy Golf Open 2016 Hastings (All Courses) Hastings
20.03.2016 Midlands Open 2016 Four Ashes Golf Centre Dorridge
10.04.2016 British Masters 2016 Splash Point Mini golf Worthing
24.04.2016 British Club Championship 2016 Strokes Adventure Golf Margate
07.05.2016 – 08.05.2016 British Championships 2016 Wroxham Barns Hoveton
11.06.2016 – 12.06.2016 World Crazy Golf Championship 2016 Hastings Seafront Hastings
16.07.2016 Cambridgeshire & Essex Open 2016 Dunton Hills Brentwood
17.07.2016 British Doubles Championship 2016 Dunton Hills Brentwood
17.09.2016 – 18.09.2016 British Open 2016 Hastings Seafront Pirate Golf Hastings
16.10.2016 Welsh Open 2016 Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff
13.11.2016 Kent Open 2016 Lost Island Encounter Adventure Golf Course Chislehurst
04.12.2016 Star City Open 2016 Adventure Island Mini Golf (Star City) Birmingham