The WMF’s First Female Head Ref is on her way to Croatia

Good morning to all you fans of minigolf out there! Well my cases are packed, the housesitter is here, and I’m waiting for the taxi….what better time than to interview the Head Ref, it’s Tuula Mörck!

Tuula

How long have you been involved in minigolf?

I started to play 1983 or 1984 for a small club in Sweden, Braås BGK. I have been referee for more than 20 years in Sweden. My first international competition as referee was Nations cup in Stockholm 2011.

How do you feel about being the first female Head Ref in minigolfing history?

It is an honour to be head referee for the World championship. I do not care so much about gender. The most important thing is do a good job.

What qualities does a Head ref need to be successful?

This is hard to say. I think you need to be a good team leader and also a good listener.

What are you most looking forward to in Croatia?

To meet a lot of new and old friends from all over the world.

What has been the highlight of your minigolfing career so far?

When I won the Swedish Championships 2011 in general class and also my 23 round on felt in Elitserien in Sundsvall some years ago.

There are a lot of nations competing in the tournaments, who should we be looking out for?

The best nations I think will be Sweden and Germany, but I hope some of the new nations will take the fight and give them a real match both as team and individual players.

Thank you Tuula, have a great WAGM and Championships.

So there we have it, The World Minigolf Sport Federation is ready for the tournaments, and welcomes all players, spectators and arm chair specialists to follow, comment, like and share all of our adventures – whether you’re watching the results as they come in, or catching up via the social media platforms!

It’s going to be a great adventure, see you soon!!!

 

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The winner of the very first WAGM speaks to us…

Hello, good evening and hi there! Some of our competitors have already arrived in Croatia and we’re seeing videos and images of the fantastic WAGM course, whilst others will be setting off very soon.

So why not sit back and enjoy an interview with the winner of the very first WAGM – Martin Stöckle.

Hi Martin, thanks for catching up with me as you prep for your trip to Zaton.Please share your memories from the first WAGM in Hastings.

The first WAGM in 2011 was quite special for me, as it was the first time I played an event for Germany even it was unofficial that time.

What got you playing minigolf initially?  

I played several times on holidays on eternit. One day I saw a concrete course first time when I was 9 and saw that people have lots of balls, not only one. It started fascinating me more and I started to play in a club.

How have you been training for the tournament?

We will be practising from Wednesday on and will check balls and lanes.

What are your personal goals for the tournament?

Winning all titles, even my season was not good this year!

What have been you biggest achievements in minigolf?

Winning the title with the German team in 2012 Euro Championship. German champion 2014 and all the WAGM titles!!

Have you ever been given a coaching tip that really improved your game? If so what was it?

To be honest. I can’t remember anything most relevant at the moment. The most important thing is to always look forward, not back!

What are you looking forward to the most?

For the moment, winning the WAGM is priority one. After this I need to practice more to make 2018 a perfect performance with the team and in personally in the Bundesliga.

Would you like to share a non minigolfing fun fact about yourself?

Some years ago I created the Stöckle Move, because of my high dancing qualities 😉 but this is history.

(Perhaps Martin will break this move out whilst we’re in Croatia?!!)

Apart from yourself – Who do you think will be the competitors to watch?

I don’t know all the players but guess Austria, Sweden and Germany will compete for the title.

Thank you for your time Martin, have a great tournament!

Here’s Martin in Hastings England…

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Photo – Marion Homer

Well, thanks again for dropping in, not long to go now and it will be busy busy busy!

See you around!