Video: country’s top minigolfers tackle Worthing course

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BRITISH number one Michael Smith regained his British Masters minigolf crown at Splash Point as the country’s top minigolfers descended upon Worthing on Sunday.

The event, the British Minigolf Association British Masters, is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the professional minigolf circuit and was being held at the course, in Denton Gardens, for the third year running.

Winners at the Masters minigolf at Splash Point with mayor Bob Smytherman SUS-140416-100633001

Winners at the Masters minigolf at Splash Point with mayor Bob Smytherman SUS-140416-100633001

Scores of 31, 32, 34 and 38 over the 18 hole layout were recorded by the champion, who said he worked hard after losing his crown in last year’s event.

He said: “It feels fantastic to win the Masters for a second time, particularly as I played to such a high level in the opening three rounds.

“I analysed what I did wrong last year, trained hard, and made some tweaks to my game plan so I could come back stronger this year. A fast start also helped.”

Worthing and Adur was well represented in the tournament, with Sompting’s Steve Lovell finishing sixth, out of a total of 30 players.

Worthing’s Paul Preston, taking part in his first minigolf event, finished an impressive 11th.

Herald reporter Oli Poole languished in 26th place, one place behind another Worthing entrant, Steve Ragless.

Mr Lovell said: “I’m completely buzzing and have been told I have I might be as high as 18th in the new overall rankings, after just one year of competition and only scoring ranking points in the last six months.”

During the event, competitors also took part in a hole in one charity challenge – attempting to score an ace on one of the course’s toughest holes, with the proceeds going to a collective pot, built up over the course of the BMGA season.

See how they got on in the video above.

Cover picture courtesy of Marian Homer.

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