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Results of the first ever WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Tournament

Germany win team and individual honours in inaugural event

The WMF World Adventure Golf Masters was held at the brand new Pirate-themed Adventure Golf course in Hastings, England on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May. The event was the first-ever World Minigolf Sport Federation tournament played in the UK.

The winning national team from Germany

The two-day, seven-round tournament saw 30 players from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Kosovo, Finland and Sweden compete for the overall WMF World Adventure Golf Masters title.

Germany’s Martin Stöckle won the overall tournament with a score of 207(-45). Sebastian Kube, Germany, was runner-up, with Great Britain’s Michael Smith the bronze medallist.

In the team contest Germany won gold, with victory over Great Britain 1 and Great Britain 2.

The World Adventure Golf Masters tournament was organised by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and the British Minigolf Association (BMGA). The competition saw inaugural WMF World Adventure Golf Masters champions crowned in a team contest, and the individual categories for men, seniors, women and juniors.
  • Overall WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Champion – Martin Stöckle, Germany
  • WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Team Champions – Germany (Martin Stöckle, Sebastian Kube, Thomas Giebenhain and Oleg Klassen)
  • WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Male Category Winner – Martin Stöckle, Germany
  • WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Seniors Category Winner – Chris Harding, Great Britain
  • WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Female Category Winner – Emily Gottfried, Great Britain
  • WMF World Adventure Golf Masters Junior Winner – Seth Thomas, Great Britain

The new course record at the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Golf course changed hands several times during the event with players from Great Britain, Finland, Germany and Kosovo all claiming the record. Three players scored 30 in round one (John Mittler, Marc Chapman, Seth Thomas), two players shot 28 in round two (Sebastian Kube, Michael Smith), while round four saw a 27 (Arben Alija), followed by a 25 (Martin Stöckle). However, by the end of the tournament it was Germany’s Oleg Klassen who claimed the current course record with a score of 24(-12). This is also the lowest scoring round of minigolf ever played in a tournament in the UK.

Individual winner Martin Stöckle/Germany

WMF Sport Director Dr. Gerhard Zimmerman said “The improvement of minigolf sport in the UK during the last few years is highly appreciated. So it was absolutely the right decision to give this World Adventure Golf Masters to the BMGA and the task of organising the event at the seafront in Hastings. The competition showed us a great performance from a wide range of top players on a really selective Adventure Golf course. All participants agreed and found it very worthwhile in supporting the WMF in future promoting the Adventure Golf tour in 2012 with three events at three locations all around the world. After the very successful competition in Hastings the BMGA could be one of the candidates for an event in 2012 as well.”

Sean Homer, BMGA chairman and tournament organiser, said “It was a great honour for the BMGA to organise and host the first ever WMF international tournament to be held in the UK. Adventure Golf is hugely popular in Great Britain and it was fitting that the first ever WMF World Adventure Golf Masters took place at Hastings, one of the great venues for minigolf in Britain. The competition was played with terrific spirit across the duration of the event and it was great to see players from Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Kosovo playing in the tournament alongside players from across Great Britain. We saw some outstanding minigolf throughout the competition and Martin Stöckle proved to be a very worthy winner of the event with seven superb rounds in the individual event. The WMF World Adventure Golf Masters was a fantastic advert for the game and the quality and professionalism on show by all players was great to see. Overall, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time in Hastings and we look forward to welcoming the players back again in the future”.

David Hartley of host venue, Hastings Adventure Golf, said “It was a privilege to host the first ever WMF World Minigolf Masters and the standard of play was superb. The course is new and we never quite envisaged that a score of 24 would be possible ever, let alone in the first professional event. However, congratulations to all involved on a sportsmanlike, highly entertaining tournament.”

The WMF is the umbrella organisation of minigolf sports association's worldwide and continental associations in Asia, Europe and America. The WMF is a member of the SportAccord, the General Association of International Sports Federations. The WMF organises biannual world championships for youth and elite players, as well as biannual Continental Championships in Europe, Asia and the USA. There are four minigolf systems recognised by the WMF; Concrete (Beton), Miniaturegolf (Eternit), Feltgolf (Swedish Felt) and Minigolf Open Standard (MOS).

In the latest World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Rankings 31 countries are listed, with the top three places held by Sweden, Germany and Switzerland.

The WMF is in the planning stages for a new tour with three events on Adventure Golf courses to be introduced in 2012.

Results of the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters can be found at http://www.bmga.co.uk/results/2011/wagm11/result.htm#c21

For further details about the WMF and worldwide Minigolf Sport please email sportdirector@minigolfsport.com, or visit http://www.minigolfsport.com

For further details about the BMGA and UK Minigolf and Crazy Golf please email mail@minigolf.org.uk, or visit http://www.minigolf.org.uk

Richard Gottfried
Gottfried /WMF Media Committee

Photos provided by BMGA

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