Pro-Am Snooker - 2016 Singapore Snooker Open
19th-23rd December 2016 (Main Event) / Lagoon Billiard Room, Toa Payoh, Singapore
KEATTIKUN RECOVERS TO CLAIM TITLE
Boonyarit Keattikun ousted fellow Thai Professional Noppon Saengkham 5-4 in the Final to become the 2016 Singapore Snooker Open Champion.
The event saw a number of amateur hopefuls mix it up with invited Asian top tier players who are currently having time off due to the Pro circuit's New Year break. At the start of the month there was local qualifying to determine who would join the four day main stages.
As well as the mentioned finalists, other well known names included Thor Chuan Leong (Malaysia), former World Ladies Champion Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) and defending champion Marvin Lim (from the host nation). Former World 9 Ball Pool Youth Champion Aloysius Yapp from Singapore was there too, as well as youngsters from China.
After being comfortable for the opening rounds, both Keattikun and Saengkham had to endure close finishes from the Quarter-Finals onwards.
The best of 9 Final began with a brace of very entertaining frames. Noppon made a break of 65 before watching his opponent countering on a run of 54. However, Boonyarit was unlucky when attempting to dislodge the pink, which eventually led to his downfall at the conclusion.
Saengkham doubled his lead in similar circumstances; although this time it was he who made an 80 clearance after his rival had earlier constructed a 56. 2-0 then became 3-0.
Needing to respond quickly, Keattikun not only got on the board with the frame before the mid session interval, but the Left-Handed 21 year old completely turned things around with four on the spin to go one away from victory.
He had a couple of opportunities in Frame 8, but an effort of 43 from Saengkham stopped his rot and forced a decider.
A bit of a scrappy start ensued for the ninth frame, but it was Keattikun who managed to construct a 70 break which ultimately sealed him the win.
The winner banked $4,000 (roughly £2,250) for his efforts, whilst the Runner-Up was consoled with $2,572 (around £1,450) which was made up partly of his bonus for making the highest break of the competition with 136.
Both Keattikun and Saengkham are previous World Under 21's Champions in 2015 and 2009 respectively.
2016 Singapore Snooker Open
Results - from the Quarter-Finals onwards - losers each received $350
Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) 1-4 Noppon Saengkham (Thailand)
Thor Chuan Leong (Malaysia) 4-2 Marvin Lim (Singapore)
Aloysius Yapp (Singapore) 3-4 Moo Keen Hoo (Malaysia)
Mohd Reza Hassan (Malaysia) 3-4 Boonyarit Keattikun (Thailand)
Semi-Finals - losers each received $750
Saengkham 4-3 Thor
Moo 2-4 Keattikun
Final - Winner received $4,000 / Runner-Up $2,000
Saengkham 4-5 Keattikun
Saengkham made the highest break with 136 - he gets $300 for HB and an additional $272 ($2 per point)
For more information, and the full results, please visit the Cuesports Singapore website here or their Facebook page here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 23rd December 2016