England comes top at crazy golf contest

Prize winners at the 2012 'Castle Golf' World Crazy Golf Championships. Photo by Marion Homer/KMGC
Prize winners at the 2012 'Castle Golf' World Crazy Golf Championships. Photo by Marion Homer/KMGC
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MICHAEL Smith defended his title to become two-time ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Champion.

The tenth annual international competition took place at the seafront Adventure Golf last weekend (October 27 and 28).

Fifty-three players from six countries competed in the two-day event that was won by England’s Michael Smith.

He said: “I’m delighted to have won the 2012 World Crazy Golf Championship. I played very well throughout the tournament and it is a wonderful feeling to have beaten so many great players on such a challenging course. The cold and windy weather made things very difficult, especially when combined with the changes to the course. The fact that only two players went under par shows just how tricky it was.”

Players competed over six qualifying rounds on the 18-hole course before a cut was made and the top 18 players went on to contest the final round.

Michael Smith, a member of the Kent Minigolf Club, won the tournament finishing six-shots clear of runner-up James Rutherford. Rutherford, Captain of the Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club, was last year’s bronze medallist. In third-place was the Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova.

Also in the prize money placings were Adam Kelly, Sean Homer and Peter Emmerson.

Other winners at the tournament were the Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova who retained her title as the ‘Castle Golf’ Ladies World Crazy Golf Champion.

Former Women’s World Crazy Golf Champion Ruth Burke from St Leonards was the runner-up with Oxford’s Brenda Smith in third-place. Caroline Benfield was fourth in the Ladies event in her tournament debut. Olivia Prokopova also won the World Crazy Golf Junior Championship. Stephen Langford won the World Crazy Golf Championship Novice Category prize and finished in 31st place overall. England’s Ruth Burke won the Aces Championship for scoring the most holes-in-one at the event for the second year in a row, with 16.