WORLD crazy golf champions and dedicated mini golfers took to Worthing seafront on Sunday, battling to become masters champion – one of the biggest events of the mini-golf season.
The Splash Point mini-golf course in Denton Gardens was playing host to its second British Mini Golf Association event, since opening in 2010.
Playing for the coveted masters jacket, trophy and £50 cash prize, the course proved a stern test for the 28 entrants.
With par for the course set at 36 strokes, it was 26-year-old Michael Smith, of Kent Mini Golf Club, who won over four rounds, with seven under par.
Holder of the World Crazy Golf Championship and current British number one, Michael beat Cambridge’s James Rutherford (level par) to first place, with course owner Peter Emmerson (also level) finishing third after a play-off.
He said: “It feels amazing as I never thought I could win on this course, it’s a really tough test. I took up the game around two years ago because I felt there was something missing in my life and I remembered playing it on holidays so gave it a try and I’ve won maybe a dozen tournaments since.
“It’s not the putting itself that’s tough, the top players all have good putting strokes but more about mental strength and concentration.”
For Peter, the promise of being pre-tournament favourite ended disappointingly.
He said: “It’s my home course so I’m a bit disappointed not to win but I was even more disappointed to have lost the play-off, too.”
Peter bought the course with his friend, Anthony Pope, which had been unused for several years after being used as a putting green since the 1920s.
Totally re-designing the course, the pair are hoping to host more events in the future.
Anthony said: “Hopefully, we can continue to host similar events in the future and maybe even make this the permanent host of The Masters in the future.”