Bernie Mikkelsen

Bernie Mikkelsen (born 11 April 1950) is a Canadian former professional snooker player.[1]

Bernie Mikkelsen
Born(1950-04-11)11 April 1950
Sport country Canada
Professional1979–1989
Highest ranking37

CareerEdit

Mikkelsen recorded a 9-8 victory over John Pulman to reach the semi-finals of the 1976 Canadian Open where he lost 1-9 to Alex Higgins.[2] At the 1976 World Amateur Snooker Championship, representing Canada, Mikkelsen recovered from 0-3 behind against Bert Demarco to win 4-3,[3] but with only three wins in eight matches in the qualifying round-robin group, he did not progress to the later stages.[4] In 1977 he became the first Canadian player to make a maximum break in competition.[5]

Mikkelsen turned professional in 1979,[6] and played only at the World Snooker Championship in his first three seasons.[1] He lost in the first qualifying round each time; 7-9 to Roy Amdor in 1980, 4-9 to Jimmy White in 1981, and 6–9 to Colin Roscoe in 1982.[1] After not competing during the 1982–83 snooker season, Mikkelsen reached the third qualifying round of the 1984 World Snooker Championship with wins over Paul Medati and Frank Jonik before being eliminated 3–10 by Willie Thorne.[1] In a qualifying match for the 1985 World Snooker Championship, Mikkelsen compiled a break of 132, but lost 9–10 to Malcolm Bradley.[7]

Reaching the last 48 of the 1984 World Championship was to be the furthest that Mikkelsen progressed in a major tournament as a professional.[8] His highest snooker world ranking was 37.[1] He lost his professional status after withdrawing from a play-off match against the then-amateur James Wattana in 1989.[9]

In 1996, Mikkelsen won the Canadian Open Nine-ball pool championship by defeating Paul Potier 15–14 in the final.[10]

Career highlightsEdit

Sport Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Nine-ball pool Winner 1996 Canadian Open Nine-ball Championship Paul Potier 15–14 [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 715. ISBN 978-0954854904.
  2. ^ Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 146. ISBN 978-0954854904.
  3. ^ "Mikkelsen recovers". The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, British Columbia. 22 October 1976. p. 36.
  4. ^ Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987–88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. p. 299. ISBN 0356146901.
  5. ^ Marsh, James H. (1999). The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Canadian Encyclopedia. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-7710-2099-5. Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  6. ^ Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987–88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 125–126. ISBN 0356146901.
  7. ^ "Medati edges home in snooker marathon". Reading Evening Post. 2 April 1985. p. 16.
  8. ^ "Bernie Mikkelsen". snookerdatabase.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 June 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Stepping up – James Wattana". The Times. London. 31 March 1989.
  10. ^ a b "CBSA Past Champions". Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2010.