Monday, 6 June 2011

Wroxham Barns - Oxford Golfer wins Minigolf English Open

Oxford golfer, Michael Smith, won the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) English open at Wroxham Barns on Sunday, June 5 with a score of 90 after three rounds, setting a new course record with his final round of 28. Robert Witton from Norwich was best novice and Adam Kelly from Cambride won the Wroxham Barns trophy for best East Anglian Golfer for the third year running.

Twenty-eight golfers competed for the English Open title, travelling to Norfolk from Oxford, Hastings, Birmingham, Northampton, Canterbury, Guildford, Luton and North Wales. It is the second time that Wroxham Barns has hosted the tournament.

Michael Smith pulled the first pint of ‘19th Hole’ to celebrate his victory. This new draft beer has been brewed at Uncle Stuart’s Brewery, Wroxham Barns to mark the English Open and the opening of the new bar at the brewery.

Michael Smith said: “All the golfers really like coming to Wroxham Barns. It is a very challenging course with unique holes, unlike anywhere else in the UK. I was delighted to break the course record and also lend a hand with launching Stuart Evans new ‘19th Hole’ beer.”

Ian Russell, Director Wroxham Barns said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome the BMGA back to Wroxham Barns. Congratulations to Michael Smith on breaking the course record. We are delighted that we have such a popular championship standard 18-hole minigolf golf course and can now match that with a top class bar where golfers can relax after play. We wish the GB team luck in next weekend’s Nations Cup and look forward to hosting future tournaments.”

The English Open was the last tournament before the Great Britain Minigolf team heads to Stockholm next weekend for the Nations Cup. Seven members of the GB team took part in the Wroxham Barns tournament.

Sean Homer BMGA Chairman said: “We have had a superb tournament at Wroxham Barns. I would like to thank Ian Russell and the team for their hospitality and support. I am sure that lots of minigolfers will head to Uncle Stuart’s Brewery’s new bar for a pint of ‘19th Hole’ after their round.”

Wroxham Barns is open daily 10am-5pm, tel 01603 783762,

Photograph: Michael Smith (left) with Stuart Evans, Uncle Stuart's Brewery and the first pints of '19th Hole'.