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THE AMATEUR ANGLE - BROWN DEFENDS NORTHERN IRISH TITLE


The top two amateur players in the country once again contested the final of the Northern Ireland Snooker Championship.


​Played in different stages across multiple weeks, the final brought together reigning champion Jordan Brown and Number 1 ranked player Patrick Wallace - both former main tour professionals with varying degrees of experience there.​ Former Crucible Quarter-Finalist Wallace fairly recently lost in the final of the World Seniors Snooker Championship.


Hosted by the Minnesota Snooker Club in Ballymena, it was Brown who emerged a 10-5 winner.


Earlier this season Brown reached the final of the European Amateur Snooker Championship in Bulgaria where he was defeated by England's Harvey Chandler. As an additional reward, he was given a wildcard into the World Championship Qualifiers in Sheffield a few weeks ago, but narrowly lost to Hammad Miah 10-9 in the opening round.


Brown will be trying to regain his professional status at the 2018 Q-School in Burton later this month where there are 12 tour cards on offer. 



Results (from the Quarter-Finals onwards)

​P. Wallace 5-0 R. McQuillan

P. Currie 5-3 A. Wilson
C.J. Anderson 4-5 D. Lavery

J. Brown 5-1 D. McGlinchey


Semi-Finals

Wallace 6-1 Currie

​Lavery 2-6 Brown (136 and 125)


Final 

Wallace 5-10 Brown



Picture above is courtesy of Northern Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association



Article written and published by Michael Day on the 5th May 2018