Wroxham Barns is new home of ‘golf’

It is renowned for its craft studios and shops, but Wroxham Barns is now putting itself on the map as a sporting venue - for minigolf.

In the British Minigolf Association's (BMGA) three-round English open today Oxford's Michael Smith won with a score of 90, setting a new course record with his final round of 28.

Robert Witton from Norwich was best novice and Adam Kelly from Cambridge won the Wroxham Barns trophy for best East Anglian golfer for the third year running.

Twenty-eight golfers competed for the 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.

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

Mr 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.'

Ian Russell, director of Wroxham Barns, said: 'It has been a pleasure to welcome the BMGA back. 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.'

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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.'