The Mount Olympus of crazy golf
Well, what a feast of entertainment we enjoyed on Saturday 7 July. The Crazy Golf Pro Championships on Selfridges rooftop was undoubtedly one of the most eccentric and enthralling events we have ever taken part in. Organised by Bompas & Parr and us here at UrbanCrazy, a field of 30 players made up of BMGA minigolf legends and wildcards competed to become the champion of this quirky minigolf tournament.
It may have been a cold and moist July evening, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors! Sam Bompas (one half of the ever-so-popular Bompas & Parr duo that devised the course) gave a rousing pre-tournament address to all the players, describing the course as the “Mount Olympus” of crazy golf. And after Sam’s introduction, acting as the tournament official/MC for the day, I explained the two-round stroke play format and started the proceedings.
The competition couldn’t have got off to a more exciting start. After round one it was Alan ‘Stormin’ Norman who had shot to the top of the leaderboard with a new course record score of 12. That’s 9-under par based on the local scoring system! Close behind was London Minigolf Club captain Brad ‘The Fist’ Shepherd on 13. Nick ‘I Haven’t Played In Ages’ Sandqvist and Chris ‘Who’ Harding both managed very impressive first round scores of 14, with pre-tournament favourite Michael ‘Hole In One Kenobi’ Smith a further shot back on 15.
A tense final round followed and the lead changed hands several times before three players emerged as contenders for the title. Norman, Sandqvist and Smith all ended tied on a total score of 28, and so in true BMGA tradition it went to a sudden-death shootout for the podium places. The rest of the field and some spectators stayed on to watch the nerve-wracking play-off; each player scoring par on the first two holes. Norman’s run came to an end at the 3rd , so it was down to the final two to fight it out on the 4th (Tower Bridge) hole. Those who didn’t know why ‘Hole In One Kenobi’ was so nicknamed were surely enlightened as he employed his light-sabre, nay putter, to sink an ace on that hole. That perfectly executed shot earned him the title, a magnum of champagne, £100 prize money and a trophy almost as big as the Death Star itself.
For his second place Nick took home £50 and a “Jelly with Bompas & Parr” book and Alan Norman received £30 and a “Cocktails with Bompas & Parr” book. UrbanCrazy’s Richard Linden scraped through ahead of Danny Angel to claim the £25 novice prize which he nobly donated to Coeliac Disease (Emily Gottfried’s designated charity) and St Mungo’s. And had there been prizes for the best costumes, Trevor and Martin Robertson would have won for their impressions of Groucho Marx and Russ Abbot’s C.U Jimmy.
We would like to personally thank hosts Beth Adams and Sam Bompas for being so accommodating and inspirational on the day. A big thank you also goes to all the BMGA members who made the trip to central London (some of whom had travelled from as far as Birmingham and Newcastle) and to the rain dancers who took a well-deserved break for just those two hours!
Credits: Photography courtesy of www.benangel.com