World Crazy Golf Championships

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World Crazy Golf Championships
Crazy Golf, sea front, Hastings - geograph.org.uk - 1051057.jpg
Crazy Golf, sea front, Hastings
Highest governing bodythe British Minigolf Association (BMGA)
First played2003
Characteristics
ContactNo
TypeGolf, Precision sport
EquipmentGolf club, Golf ball, Crazy golf course

The World Crazy Golf Championships (WCGC) have been held every year since 2003 at the Adventure Golf Complex on Crazy Golf Course on the seafront of Hastings, East Sussex.[1] Individuals compete for the prestigious trophy with players from all over the world [2] including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal and the United States.[3][4] However, during its 16-year history (to 2018) only six different players have managed to lift the coveted trophy.

Rules and History of the WCGC[edit]

The World Crazy Golf Championships is open to everyone with no age restriction.[5] There are also categories for women, juniors and novices each having their own dedicated trophies. The World Championship Crazy Golf courses at Hastings Adventure Golf on the town's seafront contain many hazards and obstacles over the 18-holes including a water wheel,a windmill, an obelisk, lighthouse, ramps, bends, twists and bunkers.[4] The World Crazy Golf Championships is a miniature golf tournament which has its own unique playing rules, such as every player using the same type of ball,[1] thus able to have a world championship competition of its own.[6] Up to 102 competitors (in 2005) play six qualifying rounds, four on the Saturday and two on Sunday, with just the lowest scoring 18 players making the cut to participate in the final round. Since 2010, the championship has been played on one course, the crazy golf, an Arnold Palmer type course with obstacles. Prior to this, it was played on two different 18 hole courses, the crazy golf and the former mini golf course. The winner also receives £1000 in prize money, and a further £2000 is distributed to the placed players.[2] In 2013 Czech teenager Olivia Prokopová became the first female winner and also the youngest ever champion at the age of 18.[7] The World Crazy Golf Championships part of the tour of the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) which is the governing body for minigolf sport, including crazy golf.[4] The final is played on Sunday afternoon, in front of enthusiastic spectators, in 2007 the mayor of Hastings watched the final and then presented the prizes and trophies to the winning players.[4]

WCGC Results 2003 to 2020[edit]

Event Year Entrants Winner Score 2nd Score 3rd Score 4th Score 5th Score Ref
18th WCGC 2020 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? -
17th WCGC 2019 110 England Marc Chapman 235 England Adam Kelly 237 England Michael Smith 243 England Martin Greenhead 248 England Steve Lovell 251 [8][9]
16th WCGC 2018 96 England Marc Chapman 226 England Adam Kelly 227 England Michael Smith 228 Portugal Nuno Cunha 229 England Ed Pope 230 [10]
15th WCGC 2017 58 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 235 England Steve Lovell 240 England Will Donnelly 241 England Chris Harding 241 England Adam Kelly 242 [11][12]
14th WCGC 2016 71 England Michael Smith 233 England Sean Homer 237 England Mark Wood 238 GermanyThomas Giebenhein 238 England Derek Bentall 239 [13]
13th WCGC 2015 75 England Michael Smith 221 Finland Pasi Aho 234 England Chris Harding 235 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 236 England Marc Chapman 237 [14]
12th WCGC 2014 62 England Chris Harding 229 Portugal Nuno Cunha 236 England Adam Kelly 238 England Marc Chapman 238 Finland Pasi Aho 238 [15]
11th WCGC 2013 78 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 250 England Sean Homer 271 Finland Pasi Aho 273 England Marc Chapman 275 England Michael Smith 275 [16]
10th WCGC 2012 53 England Michael Smith 245 England James Rutherford 251 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 253 England Adam Kelly 255 England Sean Homer 256 [17]
9th WCGC 2011 74 England Michael Smith 230 England Andy Exall 230 England James Rutherford 230 England Adam Kelly (jr) 231 England Tony Kelly 231 [18]
8th WCGC 2010 54 England Chris Harding 222 England Peter Emmerson 223 England Michael Smith 226 England Marc Chapman 231 Finland Pasi Aho 233 [19]
7th WCGC 2009 83 England Keith Kellard 247 England Peter Emmerson 252 Finland John Mittler 253 Wales Tim Davies 254 England Sean Homer 254 [20]
6th WCGC 2008 68 Wales Tim Davies 250 England Chris Harding 252 England Andy Exall 254 Finland Pasi Aho 255 England Jo Williamson 256 [21]
5th WCGC 2007 77 England Chris Harding 248 England Andy Exall 257 England Brad Shepherd 258 England Bill Bullin 261 England Ruth Bullin 262 [22]
4th WCGC 2006 87 Wales Tim Davies 253 England Andy Exall 256 England Brad Shepherd 260 England John Moore 261 Finland Pasi Aho 261 [23][24]
3rd WCGC 2005 102 Wales Tim Davies 258 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 260 Finland Pasi Aho 261 England Philip Exall 262 England Jon Angel 262 [23][24]
2nd WCGC 2004 49 Wales Tim Davies 238 Scotland John McIver 251 England Peter Emmerson 270 England Keith Kellard 270 England Brad Shepherd 278 [23][24]
1st WCGC 2003 25 Wales Tim Davies 272 Scotland John McIver 278 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 279 England Michael Webb 283 Czech Republic Katerina Kulhankova 286 [23][24]

WCGC Roll of Honour - Champions 2003 to 2019[edit]

Wins Winner Years won
5 Wales Tim Davies 2003 · 2004 · 2005 · 2006 · 2008
4 England Michael Smith 2011 · 2012 · 2015 · 2016
3 England Chris Harding 2007 · 2010 · 2014
2 Czech Republic Olivia Prokopová 2013 · 2017
2 England Marc Chapman 2018 · 2019
1 England Keith Kellard 2009

WCGC Video History[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "I competed in the World Crazy Golf Championships". Telegraph. 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Keith Kellard wins Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships 2009". minigolf.org.uk. 2009.
  3. ^ "Olivia Prokopová wins the World Crazy Golf Championships at Hastings seafront 2013". minigolf.org.uk. 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Minigolf Report – England's Michael Smith wins the 2012 Castle Golf World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings, England". sportcal.com. 2012.
  5. ^ "James Trubridge crazy golf feature". BBC. 2007.
  6. ^ "Legends fall at the World Crazy Golf Championships 2007". minigolfnews.com. 2007.
  7. ^ "World Crazy Golf Championship's first female winner of miniature golf, Hastings". The Guardian. 2013.
  8. ^ "2019 WORLD CRAZY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS". hastingsadventuregolf.com. 2019.
  9. ^ "How's your mini golf? The World Crazy Golf Championships are happening". lonelyplanet.com. February 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "2018 World Crazy Golf Championships". hastingsadventuregolf.com. 2018.
  11. ^ "World Crazy Golf Championship 2017 Result". minigolf.org.uk. 2017.
  12. ^ "WCGC Result 2017". BGMA. 2017.
  13. ^ "WCGC Result 2016". BGMA. 2016.
  14. ^ "WCGC Result 2015". BGMA. 2015.
  15. ^ "WCGC Result 2014". BGMA. 2014.
  16. ^ "WCGC Result 2013". BGMA. 2013.
  17. ^ "WCGC Result 2012". BGMA. 2012.
  18. ^ "WCGC Result 2011". BGMA. 2011.
  19. ^ "WCGC Result 2010". BGMA. 2010.
  20. ^ "WCGC Result 2009". BGMA. 2009.
  21. ^ "World Crazy Golf Championship 2008". worldcrazygolf.co.uk. 2008.
  22. ^ "World Crazy Golf Championship 2007". worldcrazygolf.co.uk. 2007.
  23. ^ a b c d "BMGA Newsletter (October 2007)" (PDF). BMGA. 2007.
  24. ^ a b c d "British Minigolf Newsletter October 2007" (PDF). British Minigolf Association (BGMA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2018. .