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
Wallace 6-1 Currie
Lavery 2-6 Brown (136 and 125)
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