THE AMATEUR ANGLE - ICE COOL HELGASON RETAINS TITLE
Former Crucible qualifier Kristján Helgason once again won the Icelandic National Snooker Championship following a resounding 9-1 victory over Guðni Pálsson in the final on Saturday evening at the Billardbarinn Club in Reykjavik.
Helgason went 8-0 up in the title match, and although his opponent averted the whitewash by claiming the ninth, the outcome was decided in the next frame.
During last year's event he made a 147 in his Last 16 match and went on to win the final 9-0.
European Amateur Champion in 1998, Helgason spent eight years on the professional main tour and reached a career high ranking of 66. His highest profile moment was going through five rounds of qualifying to become the first player from his country to appear on Snooker's biggest stage in 2000. He was eliminated there by Stephen Lee 10-3 in the First Round.
Recently he reached the Semi-Finals of the inaugural World Snooker Federation Championship in Malta and was rewarded with a place in World Championship qualifying at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. After leading 3-0, he lost 10-6 to Lee Walker.
Helgason will be attempting to re-qualify for the professional circuit later this month at Q-School in Burton, England, where there will be 12 tour cards on offer for the Semi-Finalists of the three events.
Picture above is courtesy of Andy Chubb / World Snooker Federation
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 6th May 2018