Some details about the tournament on Saturday.
This is somewhere between the F1 championship and the SOR. For each of the four rounds, last place will score 2 points, second last 4 points and so on. The winner of each round will receive 1 bonus point.
If two or more positions are tied then the combined points will be added up and then divided by the number of players that are tied. For example, in a 10 person competition if places 9 and 10 are tied, 2 points for tenth and 4 points for ninth are added together then divided by 2, making 3 points each. The exception is if there is a tie for 1st place in the round in which case a play-off will decide who wins the round.
There are 4 different rounds, each testing different minigolf skills with specific rules for each round. Players will score points as outlined above. After 4 rounds, the player with the most points is the winner.
ROUND 1 – STRIKE THE ACE
Round 1 is all about repeating aces. Whether it is in practice or competition, most of us have had fun seeing how many aces in a row we can get at a certain hole. Here is the chance to do it under pressure.
The rules are simple. Players will hit their first shot at a hole as normal. If the shot misses, the player picks the ball up and scores a 0. If the player aces the hole then they play the hole again in the same manner. In other words, you keep playing the hole until you miss the ace. A little bit like ten-pin bowling. The number of aces you get in a row at a hole is the score that is written on the scorecard.
There are three exceptions – hole 14, hole 16 and hole 18. On these holes a player can score 3 aces in a row but no more.
At the end of the round, the number of aces is added up. Whoever scores the most aces is the winner.
ROUND 2 – A LUCKY PAIR
This is almost like a normal round of minigolf. But with 2 differences.
Each player is permitted to use only 2 balls for the round.
Each player can choose to play the course on either ‘easy’ or ‘hard’ settings. Those who choose to play on ‘easy’ will have 5 strokes added to their total.
The lowest score wins the round.
ROUND 3 – FIFTY/FIFTY
In this round, each player must choose 9 holes to play. Sounds simple but there is a twist.
Here is the Stroke Index from The Green Open. SI 1 was the most difficult. SI 18 was the easiest.
Hole 1 – 14
Hole 2 – 6
Hole 3 – 4
Hole 4 – 7
Hole 5 – 11
Hole 6 – 1
Hole 7 – 3
Hole 8 – 12
Hole 9 – 2
Hole 10 – 15
Hole 11 – 10
Hole 12 – 9
Hole 13 – 5
Hole 14 – 16
Hole 15 – 8
Hole 16 – 17
Hole 17 – 13
Hole 18 – 18
Each player must play:
3 holes with a stroke index between 1-6
3 holes with a stroke index between 7-12
3 holes with a stroke index between 13-18
Every score on a hole is multiplied by it’s stroke index. So if you score a 2 on hole 6 you will score a 2 and if you score a 4 on hole 4 then you will score 28 for that hole.
The 9 scores for each player are added together and the lowest score wins the round.
ROUND 4 – THE ULTIMATE TEST
This is one surprise I’ll leave for the day itself.
There will be some small prizes for the winner of each individual round. There are medals for the top 3 and a trophy for the champion.
As originally planned, entry fee will be £5 with all money raised going to Children In Need.
2:00 Round 1 begins.
Hopefully we’ll finish by about 5pm and then we can play some ‘normal’ rounds afterwards.
If you could please confirm whether you can make it on the forum or by a PM, that would be very helpful for knowing numbers and preparing scorecards.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I’d just like to thank you all for an incredible year last year. It is so much fun playing with you all. I can’t believe how many new friends I’ve made and I’m really excited about what we can all achieve this season, especially from April onwards.
See you Saturday. All the best.