1977 Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament

The 1977 Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament was the third edition of the professional invitational snooker tournament and took place in February 1977. For the second year running the tournament featured four professional players, although defending champion John Spencer did not compete this year and was replaced by Ray Reardon. The prize fund for the winner this year was £750, up from £600 the previous year.[1]

Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament
Tournament information
Dates17–18 February 1977
VenueLeopardstown Racecourse
CountryRepublic of Ireland
FormatNon-ranking event
Winner's share£750
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins (126)
ChampionNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins
Runner-upWales Ray Reardon

In a format tweak to the previous year, the four players competed in a group format, with the top two winning the most frames advancing to the final. Higgins earned £100 for the tournament high break - 126 in his group match with Taylor.[2] Reardon topped the group, with Higgins and Taylor tied for second. In a one-frame shoot-out, Higgins defeated Taylor 71-57 and advanced to the final, in which he defeated Reardon 5–3.[3]

Main drawEdit


Group stageEdit

Group playoffEdit



  1. ^ "Benson & Hedges snooker trophy 1977". Evening Herald. 16 February 1977. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b "Higgins No Match For Ice Cool Reardon". Irish Independent. 18 February 1977. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b "Higgins Blacks The Cash Side". Irish Independent. 19 February 1977. p. 9.