|12 Teams competing at Youth
Nations Cup 2009
The Youth Nations Cup 2009 (YNC) was
played on the 28th to 31st May in the small German town of Waldshut on the
banks of the Rhein River, near to the Swiss border.
The tournament was
hosted by local club Minigolffreunde Waldshut 74 e.V. and was played on the old
concrete course built in the 1960's, which been refurbished, and the newer
12 teams from eight countries competed. Germany
had three teams, Austria and Switzerland two teams each, and Sweden, Finland,
Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy sending one team each.
ceremony was held on Thursday evening at the courses. Some not so long speeches
were held by the president of the local minigolf club, Victor Kern, the vice
president of regional federation of Baden, Wolfgang Schumacher, the WMF Sport
Director and president of the German federation Dr. Gerhard Zimmerman as well
as the WMF Youth Officer Pasi Aho. After that all participants had some snacks
The local organising team operated the
tournament on the highest possible level. The atmosphere at the courses was
really cosy - a small kiosk with summer cafe offered good meals, snacks,
ice-cream and drinks. Sitting at the cafe spectators could easily follow some
of the first and last concrete lanes. The organisers also made a special fenced
area for the spectators in the middle of the concrete course. Spectators could
also follow the game behind the fence which surrounds both courses. The public
swimming pool is located nearby the courses and using the official
accreditation cards players, coaches and officials had free entry to the pool.
This will also be the case at the Youth European Championships in August.
Before the tournament it was decided to use Swedish electronic
score-keeping system using iPods connected with Bangolf Arena software but on
Friday some unforeseen technical problems with the Wi-Fi router appeared and
the system did not work. Organisers and technicians tried to solve this problem
but without success. Until Saturday morning the problem with the electronic
score-keeping system was not solved and the competition started by using
ordinary paper score cards. The organisers worked hard to make the iPods work
but unfortunately without success. On Saturday the complete tournament
programme (3 double rounds) were played nearly in time - with just a slight
delay. At the same time the participants of the WMF referee education were
doing some field work, which got the interest of many teams. All players'
concentration and preparation times were measured on two lanes, one on concrete
and one on eternit. It is planned that the teams will get access to their own
team data afterwards.
There was a mass start on Sunday morning. All
players started to play at the same time on different lanes. This saved some
very valuable time for the finals and semi-finals. The very tough and exciting
two rounds decided which eight teams would take part in the
In the semis a very exciting match was played between Sweden
and Germany-3 where Sweden succeeded to enter the final only one point ahead
German team. In the other semi-final Germany-1 won against Austria-2. In the
finals Germany-1 won the gold medals, Sweden got silver and Austria-2 received
the bronze. All in all the YNC 2009 was more exciting than usually with many
tight situations in the groups and good matches in the play-offs.
awards ceremony took place on the courses. The best boy and girl youth players
were awarded, as well as the best teams. The closing ceremony was held at the
local shooting club restaurant in Waldshut. The winning teams were awarded by
winner cups and diplomas.
The organisers of the 2010 Youth World
Championships in Sochi, Russia were also in Waldshut to obtain valuable
experience for the organization of such level competitions. At the closing
ceremony the head of Dagomys Olympiysky Minigolf Club Mr Evgeny Kaplun
presented video material about the Sochi minigolf course, city and offered
accommodation and spread this DVD to all countries. Mr Kaplun kindly invited
all players and coaches to visit Sochi in the autumn to participate in the
Sochi Open tournament. The interest in Sochi seemed to be very high and the
response mainly positive.
Before Sochi 2010 it is however time to visit
Waldshut again in August for the 2009 YEC. We look forward to seeing all
minigolf fans in August to cheer for their own heroes, or just to follow top
youth minigolf in beautiful surroundings in Waldshut.
Kirss & Pasi Aho
WMF Youth Committee