Kelly’s championship win for second time
Linton’s Adam Kelly was the winner of this year’s British Minigolf Championships for the second time at Wroxham, in Norfolk.
The 20-year-old came out on top in the two-day event at Wroxham Barns Adventure Golf Course earlier this month to lift his third major title.
After seven rounds of outstanding minigolf, the second-year psychology student at Lincoln University took the title by one stroke and, as well as the championship title, also won the British Men’s Championship.
Kelly was pushed all the way across the weekend by UK number one Michael Smith and his fellow Kent Minigolf Club team-mate Sean Homer, with all three players tied for the lead after five rounds.
After shooting a 29 in the sixth round, Kelly went into the final round five shots clear of his rivals, but in a tense and thrilling final 18 holes, the gap was cut and the title went right to the wire.
Kelly finished on 33 under par for the competition to lift the trophy, beating former British champion Smith by one shot and Homer by two.
Speaking to the British Minigolf Association after his success, Kelly said: “What a weekend! Thank you for the comments and support from everyone at Kent Minigolf Club. I never would have believed after the first three rounds that I’d have the trophy tonight.
“That was an unbelievably tiring and stressful final round, so for those of you who were there and saw it I apologise for the lack of excitement at the end!
“I genuinely didn’t have any energy left to be excited, I was just so relieved it was over.”
Tony Kelly, 54, finished fourth out of the field of 24 players and added: “Adam has been crazy about minigolf since he was about two years old. As a young child, he always wanted to find a crazy golf course on seaside holidays and he used to build courses in the back garden.
“A few years ago, we entered a tournament together as a bit of fun and soon got hooked. Now we are both due to represent Great Britain in the International Championships this summer and Adam is a two-time British champion!”
n The World Crazy Golf Championships take place at Hastings next month and features a total prize fund of £4,500.
The winner will take home £1,000 while the novice champion will pick up £500.
For further details on how to enter visit www.minigolf.org.uk