1976 Women's World Open (snooker)

The 1976 Women's World Open was a women's snooker tournament that took place in Middlesbrough in 1976. Vera Selby won the final 4–0 against Muriel Hazeldene.

Embassy Women's World Open
Tournament information
Dates7–9 April 1976 (1976-04-07 – 1976-04-09)[1]
VenueMiddlesbrough Town Hall
CountryUnited Kingdom
OrganisationWomen's Billiards Association
FormatSingle elimination
Total prize fund£1030[1]
Winner's share£500 (plus a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch worth £500)[2][1]
ChampionEngland Vera Selby[3]
Runner-upEngland Muriel Hazeldene

Background and Tournament summaryEdit

The tournament was sponsored by Embassy and run together with the men's 1976 World Snooker Championship.[4]

The top seed, was Joyce Gardner, the only professional player.[2] Gardner had been three times runner-up in the Women's Professional Snooker Championship from 1934 to 1937; and seven times Women's Professional Billiards Champion from 1930 to 1938. She lost in her first match to eventual runner-up Muriel Hazeldene.

The Second seed was Vera Selby, who had won the UK national amateur snooker title for the previous four seasons, and had held the corresponding billiards title since 1970.[2][4]

Other competitors included the past amateur champions Maureen Baynton and Rosemary De Lasso (née Davies), who both came out of retirement; Marion Westaway from Australia; and two players from Canada, 16-year-old Canadian champion Natalie Stelmach, and Sheila King.[1]

Selby lost only one frame on the way to winning the title.


Players listed in bold indicate match winner.

Last 16
Best of 5 frames
Best of 5 frames
Best of 5 frames
Best of 7 frames
  Joyce Gardner1
  Muriel Hazeldene3
  Muriel Hazeldene3
  Lettie Haywood 2
  Lettie Haywood 3
  Natalie Stelmach1
  Muriel Hazeldene3
  Maureen Baynton0
  Rosemary De Lasso1
  Marion Westaway 3
  Marion Westaway0
  Maureen Baynton3
  Maureen Baynton3
  Hilary Reid1
  Muriel Hazeldene0
  Vera Selby4
  Ann Johnson 3
  Gloria Ruane 0
  Ann Johnson 3
  May Smith0
  May Smith3
  Anne Jones1
  Ann Johnson1
  Vera Selby3
  Ray Craven 3
  Sheila King0
  Ray Craven 0
  Vera Selby3
  Vera Selby3
  Lorraine Jackson 0


  1. ^ a b c d Everton, Clive (6 April 1976). "Women Take Cue". The Guardian. p. 27 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Guardian and The Observer. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Davison, John (5 April 1976). "Vera Must Fight To Win This Title". Evening Chronicle. p. 17 – via The British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ World Champions Archived 18 August 2019 at the Wayback Machine Women's World Snooker. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b Everton, Clive (1985). Guinness Snooker – The Records. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 154–156. ISBN 0851124488.