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Report from the International Minigolf Friendly between Kosovo and Croatia

Eight Players from the National Teams of Kosovo and Croatia met in contest in Prishtina

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April two of the newest members of the international minigolf family met in an international minigolf friendly competition as the Kosovo Minigolf Federation welcomed the Croatian National Minigolf Team to the 18-hole Prishtina Pro Mini Golf course.


At the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. From Left-to-right Burim Maraj, Chief Cabinet Minister; Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann, WMF President; Arton Krasniqi, Officer of Kosovo Minigolf Federation; Lavdim Zylfiu, General Secretary of Kosovo Minigolf Federation and Director of the event organization; and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of Kosovo Mr. Memli Krasniqi


The two-day competition saw eight players compete over six rounds - a total of 108-holes. There were four competitors from each country and the contest was won by Burim Nokshiqi of Kosovo with a total of 351, which included the lowest score of the weekend having shot a 53 in round one. Nokshiqi’s score was just one-shot ahead of his team mate Arton Krasniqi who finished as runner-up. Liridon Mehmeti of Kosovo was third with a score of 367. The highest placed Croatian player was Zrinislav Babic who finished in fifth place on a total of 393. Each of the holes on the 18-hole course is based upon famous Golf holes from around the world and the layout has a Par of 64.

The international friendly match between Kosovo and Croatia was also an opportunity for the WMF and the two associations to meet with the Kosovan Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport and the President of the National Olympic Committee of Kosovo.

The weekend saw a very high level of hospitality and friendly competition and there are many prospects for developing the sport of minigolf in the Balkan area. Plans are being put in place to organise education programmes for players, referees and officials and coaching projects for schools and junior players.

WMF President Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann attended the event and said “Since Kosovo and Croatia joined the WMF in August 2011 I have been very impressed with the work they have been doing, how engaged they have been and their keenness to develop minigolf in their countries. I was very pleased to meet with officials of both the Kosovan and Croatian federations, and Mr. Krasniqi, Kosovan Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport and Mr. Hasani of the Kosovo Olympic Committee. The discussions were very promising for future development and I am pleased that the WMF has received full support from the Kosovan officials.”


Players from the Kosovan & Croatian National Teams with Lavdim Zylfiu, General Secretary of Kosovo Minigolf Federation & Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann, WMF President at the Prishtina Pro Mini Golf course


He added “The friendly match was very well organised by Lavdim Zylfiu of the Kosovo Minigolf Federation and Prishtina Pro Mini Golf through his excellent networking with the Croatian team and its president Mislav Bjažić. It is great to see that the Croatian Federation is also building up a club and competition structure in Croatia as the base for further development. With the success of the weekend’s competition I look forward to the growth of minigolf in the area and the organisation of a Balkan Minigolf Championship in the future."

Lavdim Zylfiu, General Secretary of the Kosovo Minigolf Federation said “I was very pleased to be able to organise the friendly minigolf match with the Croatian National Team and it was an honour to host the event in the presence of Dr. Zimmermann of the WMF and a great opportunity for him to meet with members of the Kosovan Government and Olympic committee on his visit to our country. The competition was played on the very challenging Prishtina Pro Mini Golf course, the match saw lots of good scoring and the event was also shown on RTK morning TV broadcasts to viewers in Kosovo.”

Full Results of the International Minigolf Friendly Match between Kosovo vs. Croatia

 

 

 

Day 1

Day 1

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

 

 

 

Rank

Player Name

Team

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Rd. 4

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Sum

Avg.

1

Burim NOKSHIQI

KOSOVA

53

61

57

59

60

61

351

58.50

2

Arton KRASNIQI

KOSOVA

61

58

61

56

60

56

352

58.67

3

Liridon MEHMETI

KOSOVA

59

56

62

68

62

60

367

61.17

4

Riad
ARIFI

KOSOVA

63

65

68

64

61

61

382

63.67

5

Zrinislav BABIC

CROATIA

62

73

66

66

66

60

393

65.50

6

Georgij SREBREN

CROATIA

77

64

71

68

74

68

422

70.33

7

Mislav BJAZIC

CROATIA

70

67

68

73

78

76

432

72.00

8

Mladen PREMUZIC

CROATIA

66

69

82

69

75

74

435

72.50

Both Kosovo and Croatia are full members of the World Minigolf Sport Federation and were officially accepted in August 2011. The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) represents 44 full member associations and more than 36,000 registered players worldwide.

Later this year the Kosovo Minigolf Federation will be hosting the first-ever Kosovo Open minigolf tournament in Prishtina. The two-day international competition will be taking place at Prishtina Pro Mini Golf on the 27th and 28th July.



Evgeny Kaplun
WMF Media Manager



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