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Meet the stars of the Crazy Golf World Cup

The eyes of the world - at least the world of crazy golf fans - are on Hastings this weekend for the fifth international World Adventure Golf Masters.

Germany won last year but plenty of other countries are getting into the swing of this unique tournament, as Andy Dickenson reports.

He speaks to Great Britain captain Sean Homer, Sweden's Peter Eisenschmidt, Pasi Aho, director of the World Mini Golf Sport Federation, Germany's Melanie Hammerschmidt and current champion Oleg Klassen, as well as Dr Surha Yeodikar of India.

Golf club burglars jailed after series of raids

Daniel Lloyd, 43 Credit: National Crime Agency

Two burglars have been jailed for a nationwide series of raids on golf clubs, including two in Kent. Daniel Lloyd, 43, and Joe McCaughey, 26, received five and three years respectively after at least 36 separate burglaries in 17 counties, including raids in Faversham and Sheerness.

The pair came to the attention of the National Crime Agency following an investigation into a corrupt criminal defence lawyer who was sentenced last year for perverting the course of justice. Lloyd was one of the lawyer’s close associates and was arrested at the time.

Joe McCaughey Credit: National Crime Agency


Man charged over Crazy Golf burglary

A man's been charged and a boy cautioned for two burglaries at the Crazy Gold Kiosk in Pelham Place, Hastings.

They were arrested along with two other people, a man and woman, who were later released without charge.

The arrests follow a burglaries at the Crazy Golf Kiosk on 17th November and 22nd November when a number of boxes of confectionary and soft drinks were stolen. Police, alerted by the alarm, made arrests nearby.

Steven Blunden, 23, from Halton Place, Hastings, has been charged with two counts of burglary and production of a controlled drug after cannabis plants were found at his home. He has been released on bail. A 15-year-old boy was given a caution for the two offences.

Justin Rose on par for Boston

Justin Rose, from Hants, hits out during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Credit: AP Photo/Stew Milne

Justin Rose was among the biggest climbers of the day, his eight-under 63 lifting the US Open champion 52 places to nine under overall.

Rose was flawless on the course, carding four birdies on the way out and as many on the back nine.

The Englishman was soon joined by co-overnight leader Phil Mickelson, who was one under for the day after three holes.

Rose relishes achieving 'childhood dream'

Justin Rose Credit: PA

Hampshire golfer Justin Rose admitted he had realised a childhood dream after claiming his first major title with a dramatic victory in the US Open.

"It feels fantastic, absolutely amazing," said Rose, who finished fourth in the Open as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998.

"Going forward it gives me a lot of confidence. I don't know if it takes pressure off, but it's a moment where you can look back and think childhood dreams have come true."

Tony Jacklin was the last Englishman to win the US Open in 1970 - 10 years before Rose was born.

"I don't know what to say, I'm thrilled. I just kept telling myself that (making bogeys) is what everyone is doing. You saw me look to the heavens with it being Father's Day - I was just trying to remember my dad," he added.

"My coach Sean Foley sent me a text this morning which said 'Go out there and be the man that your dad taught you to be and that your kids can look up to'."

With a one-shot lead playing the last, Rose hit a perfect drive down the fairway with his ball coming to rest just yards from the plaque which commemorates Ben Hogan's one-iron to the final hole of the 1950 US Open.

"I saw my ball in the fairway and I thought 'this is my moment'," Rose said.

"I have seen that Ben Hogan photograph a million times and suddenly it was me with an iron into the fairway and two putts to win the US Open. It was not quite two putts in the end but I was just glad it worked out. I hit a great four iron shot so I feel like I did Hogan justice."

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