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2017 Kent Open -Jurassic Explorers course, Sidcup Family Golf - Sunday 12th November

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The Kent Mini Golf Club (KMGC) proudly invite you to join them in participating in the 12th edition of the Kent Open, hosted for the eighth time in a row at Sidcup Family Golf Centre

Everyone welcome (just be prepared to have fun!!)

Once again all players will use the lovely red Kent Open Ball and entry to the competition (payable on the day in cash) is as follows:

£15 (if you already have the KO ball)
£20 (if you don't - this includes the ball which is yours to keep forever!).

For further information watch this thread or check out the Kent Minigolf Club (KMGC) events page on Facebook

With 3 weeks to go entries are coming in nicely and you can see the latest list of entrants here

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The Kent Open Hall of Fame:

2016 – Will Donnelly
2015 – Sean Homer
2014 – Will Donnelly
2013 – Michael Smith
2012 – Seth Thomas
2011 – Seth Thomas
2010 – Sean Homer
2009 – Nick Chitty
2008 – Andy Exall
2007 – Sean Homer
2006 – Steve Vallory

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THE KENT OPEN: a 'brief' look back at the history of the event by KMGC Captain Sean Homer




Where it all began – 2006 (Strokes)

After the formation of the Kent Minigolf Club in the summer of 2006 we were proud to host our very first club Open at Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate. As a late addition to that season’s tour, we were able to squeeze the event in right at the end of the season in November (the now traditional Kent Open slot in the BMGA calendar) and 23 players graced the greens for the two round event. With the weather proving to be kind (as it has for all bar one of our Opens) it saw Steve Vallory take the victory by 1 shot beating the Kent Captain to lift the trophy and secure his place in KMGC history.




The KMGC take their first tour victory – 2007 (Strokes)

A strong field of over 30 players including all the big names on the BMGA tour battled out the 2007 title which moved to a three round event (the format that has been in place for all our Opens since). I went into the final round trailing Tim ‘Aceman’ Davies – the legend of UK minigolf – by 1 shot and after a thrilling third round, I had pulled level with Tim and the Kent Open saw its first play off to decide the title (with 4 players – Tim, Andy Exall, Ted McIver and myself involved). An ace by me at the first hole saw the KMGC win their first UK title and start a sequence of tournament wins by the club that continues to this day.




Kent dominate proceedings – 2008 (Strokes)

The third Kent Open saw Strokes hosting the event again and saw the KMGC really start to make an impact on the tour with 4 of the club finishing in the top 5 including a career best result from runner up Dave ‘Four Strings’ Forrest – one of the club founders along with Andy ‘Sarge’ Booth, Marion ‘Double Trouble’ Homer and myself – with Andy ‘Mr X’ Exall, runner up in 2007, taking the title by 2 strokes and joining the Kent Open hall of fame.




The wet Kent Open – 2009 (Strokes)

For the first time in Kent Open history, the event was blighted by dreadful weather that saw a couple of players actually fail to finish as the rain did its best to wash out the final event on the calendar in 2009. Against all odds, the event did actually reach a conclusion and for the second time in three years, the title was decided in a play off between future British Open Champion Marc ‘Chappers / aka The Force’ Chapman and Planet Hastings player Nick ‘Top Hole’ Chitty. After 4 holes, the competition was settled with Nick coming out on top and joining the growing list of Kent Open winners.




A new venue and the first double winner – 2010 (Lost Island Encounter)


After four years at Strokes, the Kent Open moved to its current home at the Lost Island adventure golf course in Sidcup. After yet another close competition, the fifth Kent Open was decided again by a play off, this time between Tony ‘TK Max’ Kelly and myself. With Tony taking a two at the first play off hole, I stepped up and aced the hole to take the title and become the first (but not the last) two time Kent Open Champion.




A new ball and a new victor – 2011 (Lost Island Encounter)

2011 saw the introduction of the first official ball of the Kent Open (a KMGC branded golf ball) as the event moved to a single ball competition – a great way to help level the playing field and also give players a memento of taking part. After a close fought battle, Seth ‘Clockwork Orange’ Thomas took the spoils for the Green Minigolf Club by one shot from the future British Open winner, Adam ‘AK47’ Kelly.




Another new ball and the second double winner – 2012 (Lost Island Encounter)

Six years of play offs and tight finishes were distant memories as the introduction of the now fabled white VTK Kent Open ball saw the Kent Open hall of fame welcome its second two time winner as Seth blew away all the competition in the biggest Kent Open to date to finish with a record breaking 9 under par, 6 shots clear of the field. A truly memorable win and the only player in the events history to successfully defend their title.




The arrival of the final Kent Open ball – 2013 (Lost Island Encounter)

2013 saw the arrival of the final version of the Kent Open ball into the competition and another strong field battle it out for the title. Once again the Kent Open proved to be an epic battle between two time winner Sean and team mate Michael ‘Hole In One Kenobi’ Smith who made history by winning the Kent Invitational Tournament and the Kent Open in the same weekend (a rare feat, only matched once in the club’s history, in 2015). The new ball had proved to be a great addition and continues to be the only ball used in the Kent Open going forward.




The youngest Kent Open winner – 2014 (Lost Island Encounter)

The KMGC did it again as the 9th Open, with record breaking numbers, finished with yet another play off. This time Michael was to lose out to a new name on the trophy, Will ‘Delaney’ Donnelly, winning his first tour event and becoming the youngest ever winner of the Kent Open in the process.




The 10th Kent Open and the first triple winner – 2015 (Lost Island Encounter)

The biggest field to date and a fitting way to celebrate the milestone of our 10th Open. Another glorious November day saw the Club Captain Sean 'Freebird' Homer take the victory and with it became the first (and currently only) three time winner of the competition with a record equalling 3 round score. A terrific day for the club and a great way to mark a special day for the KMGC.




The 11th Kent Open and another double winner – 2016 (Mr Mulligans Dino Golf)


The course underwent a complete relay with new felt, new hazards and a few tweaks to the course providing us with virtually a new course to contest the Open, our 7th year running at the complex. After a thrilling final round which saw three former champions going head to head, Will Donnelly became the third double winner of the Kent Open with former winners Andy ‘Mr X’ Exall and Sean ‘Freebird’ Homer taking the other podium places.




The 12th Kent Open – 2017 (Mr Mulligans Dino Golf)

And so we arrive at the twelfth Kent Open. Once again we have a number of previous Champions in the field along with a few first timers and also a special anniversary with the KMGC’s vice captain Scott ‘Donkey Gringo’ Lancley taking to the field for his tenth Kent Open. It promises to be a cracking event when we tee off on the 12th.


You can find photos galore along with reports and more from the history of our Open on our website (www.kentminigolfclub.co.uk) and we look forward to welcoming the players once again for what will be a great day out in Kent!


Sean.

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TK Max


Anyone thinking of going for practice on Wednesday?

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TK Max wrote:Anyone thinking of going for practice on Wednesday?
Tied up with work on Wednesday but might pop over on Thursday (haven't been since the Open last year!!).

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Kent Open Result; Adam Kelly wins the Kent Open by 1 shot from Club Captain Sean Homer with Steve Sheila Lovell taking the bronze medal.



Full results at http://bmga.co.uk/2017KO/result.htm and lots of updates and photos on our facebook page.

Full photostream online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157666260533719

It was a pretty good day for Adam - not only did he win his club's Open but also picked up the 2017 Megabowl and also the VTK Shield (the KMGC member of the year as voted by his club mates) - and apologies to Owen, the 2016 VTK Shield recipient who should've presented the Shield to Adam but the cold and excitement of the day got the better of the presentation team and we forgot!! Look out for a passing of the Shield photo opportunity next time we are all together!!! VTK! VAK! VOJ!

Kent Open Hall of Fame:

2017 - Adam Kelly
2016 – Will Donnelly
2015 – Sean Homer
2014 – Will Donnelly
2013 – Michael Smith
2012 – Seth Thomas
2011 – Seth Thomas
2010 – Sean Homer
2009 – Nick Chitty
2008 – Andy Exall
2007 – Sean Homer
2006 – Steve Vallory

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A 'quick' recap on the weekend.

Well it's been another fantastic season ending event for all of us at the KMGC. Our Open has always been a great event and this year continued that trend. Two days of top class minigolf saw three new names on our club hall of fame - Dave, Derek and Adam (the KIT, the GKIT and the KO).

I'd like to thank Mark, Hannah, Kelly and all the team at Mr Mulligans for their ongoing support and hospitality to the KMGC (now 8 years in a row) and we look forward to returning again in 2018.

Thanks also to all the players who took part - a record turnout again for us which is hugely satisfying and your support is really appreciated.

Big thanks as always to Marion and Scott for running the show over the weekend - you make everything so much easier and have always been terrific help in all our events.

And of course, a huge thanks to all of the mighty KMGC who took part over the weekend - Shelley, Anthony, Ryan, Helen, James, Owen, Ed, Marion, Matty, Chloe, Matt, John, Paul, Scott, Andy, Tony, Dave and Adam - a fine bunch indeed and makes all the hard work worthwhile!!

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