Brown Wins Again, Yang makes a strong debut, and a special guest pays a visit!!!
As the holidays approach, the field for the December tournament was lower than others but the excitement was top notch. Charlie Brown, who appears to be returning to form, and in good time as the BC open is just a couple months away, battled his way to the finals. Brown had a tough competitor in Michael Murphy, who seems to always been there in the latter stages of the tournaments, but in the fourth frame we all were treated to a wonderful 89 break by Charlie to win the tourney. Everyone in the audience was holding their breath as a century was close but unfortunately it didn’t materialize but a 3-1 victory for Brown nonetheless. Wayne Chan had a strong outing as he placed 3rd to scoop up some loot and land on the podium.
Turning to the novice side, we had high drama in the final with newcomer Bill Yang taking on Victor Crisp. Victor was able to grab a 2-1 advantage and was on the verge winning another tournament until Bill shut the door and took the fourth frame to setup a amazing decider. Yang had a 49-28 lead with the brown, blue, pink and black left on the table. Crisp steady himself and began potting the brown, the blue, and in goes a tricky pink. Sizing up the black, Victor knew the pot wasn’t on, so he elected to play safe. Unfortunately, Victor’s safety was a bit strong and left Yang with a easy black to take the victory. Well done players as both really enjoyed the match as Crisp said after the match, “that was one of the craziest matches I have ever been involved in.” With Victor’s young age we are sure they will be more in his future.
In addition, the man of snooker in Canada, the former number one player in the world and 1980 world champion Cliff Thorburn took in the action. Cliff has been coaching a player out here on the west coast, so he was watching his pupil battling it out in the tournament. In addition he took in the action of the tournament and catching up with old friends. We hope you had a great time Cliff as we enjoyed you showing us some snooker tips and recalling some of your great stories of when you were going to though the ranks over in England.
Congratulations to the winners and all of you that came out and supported the tournament.
Big thanks as always to Jonathan Sun and his great staff at Top 147 that help us make these tournaments a success. In addition thanks to Rob Johnson and the gang at AAA labs that helps us out so much with poster design that helps get the word out. Also thanks to Gary Wallace, who refereed the final between Charlie Brown and Michael Murphy. As well thanks to all of you that provided feedback to help our snooker community grow, and to make our events fair and fun for all.
The next tournament will be on Jan. 25-26, 2020, and the registration is open for that event. The deadline to pay and register for that event is Jan. 21, 2020 at 11pm. Looking forward to seeing you out there.
BC Open February 21-23, 2020, poster coming soon.
Thanks again and we wish you all a very happy holiday season, and all the best to you to break in the new year!!!