1984 Women's Grand Prix (snooker)

The 1984 Women's Grand Prix was a women's snooker competition that took place in five venues from 13 February to 2 June 1984, organised by the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association and Ladies Snooker International, and sponsored by National Express. The format was for sixteen players to take part in a knockout tournament at each of the venues. The first of the stages, at Abertillery, was televised by HTV. The results from all five events were compiled to produce an overall winner. For each knockout event, the winning player was awarded 15 points, the runner-up 12 points, third placed 10 points, fourth: 8 points, fifth: 6 points, sixth: 5 points, seventh: 2 points and eighth: 1 point. Mandy Fisher, who won two of the events and was runner-up in two others, was the overall champion, and received £5,000 in addition to her prize money from each event. She also compiled a new highest break by a woman in competition, compiling a 62 in her match against Grace Nakamura at Basingstoke. The later events attracted only small audiences, and the competition was not repeated.[1][2][3]

1984 Women's Grand Prix
Tournament information
Dates13 February – 2 June 1984
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association / Ladies Snooker International
Total prize fund£60,000
Winner's share£14,000
Final
Champion Mandy Fisher (ENG)

Prize moneyEdit

[2][4]

  • Overall winner "snowball" prize: £5,000

For each event:

  • Winner: £2,500
  • Runner-up: £1,500
  • Semi-finals: £750
  • Quarter-finals: £500
  • First round: £250
  • Highest break: £500

FinalsEdit

The winning players are shown in bold.[1][4][3][5]

Player Score Player
Abertillery Sports Centre, 13–18 February 1984
  Sue Foster (ENG) 6–1   Georgina Aplin (ENG)
In Leeds, 9–12 March 1984
  Mandy Fisher (ENG) 7–2   Maryann McConnell (CAN)
Beechdown Squash and Badminton Centre, Basingstoke, 9–14 April 1984
  Sue LeMaich (CAN) 7–5   Mandy Fisher (ENG)
Werrington Sports Centre, Peterborough
  Sue LeMaich (CAN) 7–5   Mandy Fisher (ENG)
Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham, 28 May-2 June 1984
  Mandy Fisher (ENG) 7–6   Maryann McConnell (CAN)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Clive Everton, ed. (1984). Benson and Hedges Snooker Year (First Edition). London: Virgin Books. p. 124. ISBN 0863690513.
  2. ^ a b Morrison, Ian (1987). The Hamlyn Encyclopedia of Snooker. Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing Group. pp. 42, 86–87. ISBN 978-0-60055604-6.
  3. ^ a b "Snooker girls get big break". Aberdeen Press and Journal. 4 February 1984. p. 17 – via British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Sue LeMaich wins at Peterborough". Snooker Scene. Everton's News Agency. June 1984. p. 25.
  5. ^ Jackson, Eric (7 April 1984). "Snooker's glamour girls in Basingstoke tourney". Reading Evening Post. p. 20 – via British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 18 May 2020.