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Michael Smith, 2011 World Crazy Golf Championship winner

Michael Smith, 2011 World Crazy Golf Championship winner

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ONCE again players from across the globe will be going head to head to be crowned ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Champion.

The competition is to take place at the seafront Adventure Golf over the course of this weekend (October 27 and 28).

Players from seven countries including Great Britain, the USA, Finland and Germany, will take part in the 10th annual ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championship to be contested at the 18-hole course.

The reigning champion, Michael Smith from Oxford, will be attempting to defend his title.

He is Great Britain’s number one ranked player, the current BMGA British Open champion, BMGA British Champion and winner of 18 British Minigolf Association Tour titles since his debut in 2010.

He said: “There are a few changes this year in terms of a new ball being introduced and alterations to the course itself. One thing that hasn’t changed is that it will be a fantastic tournament that will be brilliant to play in and to watch.

“Hopefully we’ll get some decent weather conditions, especially for the players who are travelling long distances from overseas.”

The overseas challenge will be led by reigning ‘Castle Golf’ Women’s World Crazy Golf Champion Olivia Prokopova who recently won the USPMGA Crocodile Rocks Masters National ProMiniGolf Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Among the home nation’s challengers will be the 2009 World Crazy Golf Champion Keith Kellard from Bishop’s Stortford.

The tournament carries a £3,000 prize fund, and all players will compete in six qualifying rounds before a cut is made and the top 18 players play a final round under Crazy Crazy Golf Rules where all balls are in play at the same time.

The Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf on the town’s seafront contains many obstacles and hazards including the classic Windmill, a waterwheel, an obelisk, lighthouse, ramps and bunkers.

David Hartley, Hastings Adventure Golf manager, said: “We love this weekend. Although this is a serious tournament with a £3,000 prize fund we have managed to keep the event light-hearted with some characters playing in quirky costumes and a general atmosphere of sportsmanship and fun.”

Spectators are welcome, and live results will be available online. View players’ scores online is www.bmga.co.uk/2012WCGC/result.htm.