1980 Women's World Open (snooker)

The 1980 Women's World Open was a women's snooker tournament that took place in May 1980 at Warners Sinah Warren Holiday Camp, Hayling Island, organised by the Women's Billiards Association and sponsored by Guinness. It is recognised as the 1980 edition of the World Women's Snooker Championship first held in 1976. Lesley McIlrath defeated Agnes Davies 4–2 in the final to win the title, receiving £700 prize money as champion. Davies received £350 as runner-up.[1][2][3]

1980 Women's World Open
Tournament information
DatesMay 1980
VenueWarners Sinah Warren Holiday Camp
CityHayling Island
Organisation(s)Women's Billiards Association
FormatSingle elimination
Winner's share£700
Champion Lesley McIlrath (AUS)
Runner-up Agnes Davies (WAL)

This was the first championship to be held since the inaugural event in 1976, and attracted 46 entrants. Defending champion Vera Selby was beaten 2–3 in the quarter-finals by Ann Johnson.[2] Davies, who had won the Women's Professional Snooker Championship in 1949,[4] reached the final by beating Natalie Stelmach 3–0 in the semi-final.[2] McIlrath was the only world women's snooker championship winner from outside the United Kingdom until 2015.[1]

Main DrawEdit


Best of 5 frames
Best of 5 frames
Best of 7 frames
  Vera Selby 2
  Ann Johnson 3
  Ann Johnson 1
  Lesley McIlrath 3
  Lesley McIlrath 3
  Maryann McConnell 1
  Lesley McIlrath 4
  Agnes Davies 2
  Agnes Davies 3
  Fran Lovis 2
  Agnes Davies 3
  Natalie Stelmach 0
  Natalie Stelmach 3
  Sue Foster 2


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  2. ^ a b c d Everton, Clive (1985). Guinness Snooker: The Records. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0851124488.
  3. ^ Morrison, Ian (1987). The Hamlyn Encyclopedia of Snooker. Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing Group. p. 42. ISBN 0600556042.
  4. ^ Everton, Clive (1 March 2011). "Agnes Davies obituary". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2020.