I was alerted earlier this week, by the mini golf community that the latest Crazy Golf Championship was to feature on Sky Sports at 10pm on Wednesday 7th November, straight after the tennis. I pursuaded my husband to tune into the tennis after the end of the football match knowing that Transworld Sport was to feature the World Crazy Golf Championship from last weekend in October in Hastings.
I finally tuned in over breakfast yesterday morning and the best sport (or craziest!) was obviously left to the last! The coverage was great and featured a lengthy interview with Michael Smith (Kent Minigolf Club), this years winner.
Michael Smith is now a two-time World Crazy Golf Champion and is Great Britain’s number one ranked player. He is the only player in Minigolf history to win the World Crazy Golf Championship, BMGA British International Open and BMGA British Championship, with victories in each of the three majors in the 2012 season. Since his British Minigolf Association Tour debut in 2010 Michael has won 19 BMGA Tour Titles and made four appearances for the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team.
James Rutherford (Cambrideshire Minigolf Club) came 2nd with Olivia Prokopova from the Czech Republic 3rd. Adam Kelly finished 4th with Sean Homer 5th (both from the Kent Minigolf Club).
Watching Olivia’s coach punch the air as she putted during the streaming of Transworld Sport was interesting viewing, as at just 18 she is a professional mini golfer playing in competitions all over the world, having played the sport for many years.
Former Women’s Crazy Golf World Champion, Ruth Burke won the the Aces champion prize with a total of 16 aces. I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth some months back at the Oswestry Games and she is a well deserved champion of the Aces prize.
This coverage through Sky Sports may have well whet the appetite of some mini golfers that play for fun to join in next year!
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