Player Focus – Shelley Cooper

We’re back with another Player Focus. This time, a player who has a magnificent season last year, Shelley Cooper

Name: Shelley Cooper

Age: 38

Club: Thanet Silverbacks

What’s your Favourite Minigolf moment? I have a few favourite moments, one of them is finishing in the top 10 of a tournament, this had been 1 of my goals for some time. Its an amazing feeling when you achieve one of your goals.
Another is winning the womens category for 2019, such a fantastic feeling!
Also being in a matchplay final against Scott Lancley who introduced me to the BMGA! Like I said so many favourite moments 😀

What’s your favourite Minigolf course and why? The Crazy course at Hastings. I really love the Arnold Palmer style courses and I have done from when I started playing minigolf. I find it a really fun and enjoyable course to play on.

How did you first get involved in the world of competitive Minigolf? I was playing the Strokes course in Margate for the first time back in April 2017 whilst on a short break in Kent. Whilst I was there i saw Scott playing. I got chatting to him and he then invited me to the next event which I attended and i have been hooked ever since.

Which event are you most looking forward to this year, and what are your hopes for 2020? I really love the World Crazy Championship because it’s on a course that i really like. The number of players is usually high too which is great as it creates a minigolf buzz that I love.
My hopes for this year is to finish in the top 5 of a tournament and anything higher than that would be a bonus.

Who is your favourite player to play against? There are several people I love to play against in a round…Martin Greenhead, Marion Hartley, Steve Lovell to name just a few. All 3 are very supportive during a round which I find helps me whilst playing.

Without choosing any big golf players, which famous person do you think would be the best Minigolfer? I don’t know if they would be a great mini golfer but I’d love to see Gordon Ramsay have a go…no particular reason other than I am a huge fan of his 😀

If Minigolf had walk on music, what would your song be? I’m going to go with Alicia Keys Girl on Fire

Tell us three things about your life outside of Minigolf:
Firstly, I love photography. This is a recent hobby of mine so still learning but I love taking my camera out when I can. I particularly like taking photos of nature.
Secondly, I love food. I love eating out when I can and trying new food. My favourite meal is a roast dinner…i could eat one every day.
Thirdly, I love going on nature walks around nature reserves or parks etc

And finally, tell us your favourite (clean) joke: I am so awful with jokes…the simpler the better haha one of my favourites is:

My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our
local pet shop and they were £70! Stuff this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web

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