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Report from the Minigolf Nations Cup international tournaments in Germany - 13 June 2014

German success in Minigolf Nations Cup competitions

The European Minigolf Sport Federation (EMF) recently organised two Nations Cup international minigolf tournaments in Germany, with the EMF Nations Cup in Neutraubling and the EMF Seniors Nations Cup in Murnau, Bayern.

Both tournaments are traditional events played prior to the season’s major internationals. This year the European Minigolf Championships will be contested on the same courses in August.

Both tournaments were played on the Concrete and Miniaturegolf type of courses, each consisting of 18-holes.

EMF Nations Cup

Thirty eight players from seven countries competed in the EMF Nations Cup for elite players in a twelve-round tournament held at the Neutraubling course in Regensburg/Neutraubling.

The Gold and Silver medals went to the German teams, with Switzerland winning the Bronze medal.

Players from Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden also competed in the event.

Achim Braungart Zink, Nations Cup Champion in the Germany I team said “We were well prepared for this tournament because of five days of practice. All our players knew the courses from the National Championships in 2011 and that was our advantage. But we know that it will be much harder to win at the European Championships in August.”

Harald Erlbruch, the best male individual player said “It was a very good and competitive performance that was rewarded with the first two places for the German teams and a good preparation for the European Championships.”

Bianca Zodrow, the best female individual player said “We were guests on a very cultivated course with a great organisation and played a tournament with quite good results. I felt very good during this week because of our great team spirit. We got a lot of experience of the courses that we can work with during the next weeks and months. So it was a successful rehearsal for the European Championships.”

There were some great low scoring rounds scored during the Nations Cup, with Michel Rhyn (SUI) scoring two rounds of 23 (-13) on Concrete minigolf, with Harald Erlbruch (GER) also scoring a 23 in his last round.

On the Miniaturegolf surface Walter Erlbruch (GER) scored a near perfect round with a 19 (-17). Karel Molnar (CZE) played two rounds of 20 (-16).

Full results of the EMF Nations Cup for general class players can be found at http://www.minigolf-neutraubling.de/results/nc2014/result.htm

EMF Seniors Nations Cup

Fifty four players from ten countries competed in the EMF Seniors Nations Cup played at the MGC Murnau course.

Germany secured all three podium places in the twelve-round tournament. Germany III was first, Germany II was second, with Germany I in third-place.

Players from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland were also in action at the event.

Uwe Tusch, Trainer of the German Seniors players, said "The three German teams were not the pre-tournament favourites, with Swiss and Austrian players living geographically closer to the course than most of the German players. The Czech team was also another to watch out for. But what the German teams brought this weekend was outstanding and the first three places were there at the end. The German delegation cannot be rested after this triumph, because the other teams are not sitting still and will bring better players with them at the European Championship in August. We are looking forward to a very exciting championship in August here in Murnau, because everybody begins from zero."

During the Seniors Nations Cup there were some excellent rounds played, with Dirk Czerwek (GER) and Roger Anderegg (SUI) scoring near perfect rounds on the Miniaturegolf course with 19(-17).

Full results of the EMF Seniors Nations Cup can be found at http://ba.minigolfsport.de/turnier1046s/result.htm

The 2014 international minigolf season will also see European, Asian and World Minigolf Championships contested in Germany, Iran and Finland.

The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) is the umbrella organisation of Minigolf sports association's worldwide and continental associations in Asia, Europe and America. There are four Minigolf systems recognised by the WMF – Concrete, Miniaturegolf, Feltgolf and Minigolf Open Standard (MOS).

For further information on the WMF and international Minigolf competitions please visit http://www.minigolfsport.com/

Details of the European Minigolf Sport Federation can be found at http://www.minigolf-europe.org/

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