Hastings Adventure Golf played host to five separate television news crews, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4 at the weekend as the eyes of the world were focussed on the town for the World Crazy Golf Championships.
Marc Chapman was crowned World Crazy Golf Champion for the second year running. The championships saw the largest number of competitors in the competition’s 17 year history taking part.
Marc took the world title plus the £1,000 first prize after competing in a two-day mini golf marathon. His score was 235, 17 under par over the seven rounds, beating the runner up, Adam Kelly, by two shots.
This is the tenth time the 33-year-old from Canterbury has entered the tournament and it’s his second world title. After clinching the title a clearly emotional Marc said: “I’m really pleased to win it again. I’m beginning to think I must be pretty good at this. To come through all of this for the second year running, I think I must have some talent for it!”
Also for the second year running Adam Kelly, from Kent, took runner-up prize of £750 and Michael Smith, former World Champion, was placed third and awarded £500.
Adam Kelly took runner-up spot and Michael Smith was third.
Playing along side the seasoned crazy golf professionals was a separate novice category with a dedicated prize fund of £1,500.
The novice title, £500 and a winner’s cup went to former Big Brother contestant, Oxford University maths genius, Andrew Edmonds. His score over the four rounds was 160, 16 over par. The runner-up Tom Foote, scored 165 to take home £300, while third place, with a score of 166, went to Canadian, Andrew Newton who won £200.
Andrew said: “It was a really fun day. The atmosphere at the course was fantastic and I am so pleased to have won the amateur title. A local pub even filled my winner’s cup with free beer to celebrate!”
The inaugural junior champion was also crowned on Friday 7 June. Nine-year-old, Cameron Fincher, from Maidstone scored 25 in the one round 12 hole competition, securing first place and a winner’s cup.
Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Congratulations to all our winners. Marc ‘the force’ Chapman continues his reign as World Champion for 2019. A special mention to all the children who took part in the inaugural Junior World Crazy Golf Championships this year – they were fantastic and seemed to really enjoy the moment. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable event.”
Entries are now open for the 2020 Championships at http://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/
Some of the youngsters who took part in the inaugural junior championship.