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The second edition Mark Allen Classic; a very popular Pro-Am event raising funds for charity, will take place between the 25th-27th May at the 147 Snooker Club in Antrim. 

Last year's inaugural staging saw local amateur Jordan Brown defeat Fergal O'Brien 5-1 in the final to claim the title. As well as the players taking home some very decent money, the tournament generated an incredible £9665 for the Northern Ireland Children's Cancer Clinic in Belfast. 

Masters champion Allen was behind the exciting concept of bringing a world class Pro-Am competition to his home nation, whilst also having fun for a worthy cause. The 2018 version is set to be even bigger and better with a £3,500 top prize and a total of 80 entrants, which features a host of well-known professional figures.  

Alongside Allen himself, stellar names such as four-times World Champion John Higgins, former UK and Masters Champion Matthew Stevens and three-time ranking winner Ricky Walden have signed up. 

The other top tier stars involved are O'Brien, Michael Georgiou, Gerard Greene, Tom Ford, Rod Lawler, Joe Swail, Andrew Higginson, Peter Lines, Kurt Maflin, Matt Selt and Jimmy Robertson. 

Reigning champion Brown will be back to defend, he is one of the leading lights in the amateur contingent which also contains former professionals Patrick Wallace and Michael Judge. Amateurs will receive between 7 to 84 points per frame against their professional counterparts, depending on their ability.

The tournament has again kindly received support and sponsorship from McLean's Bookmakers and McDonalds.

The draw was completed on Facebook live last week – to see how the Preliminary and First Round draws panned out, please visit the Mark Allen Classic Pro-Am 2018 group on Facebook

Congratulations to Mark and his team for getting this going – it is a great tournament on a number of levels! 


Picture above is courtesy of the Mark Allen Classic 


Article written and published by Michael Day on the 13th March 2018