Jim Wych

Jim Wych (born 11 January 1955 in Calgary)[2][3] is a Canadian sports announcer and former professional snooker and pocket billiards player. He turned professional in 1979[2] and reached the quarter-final of the 1980 World Snooker Championship in his debut year,[3] a "first" for any overseas player[citation needed] and reached the world championship quarter-final stage again in 1992.[4] Wych also reached the quarter-finals of two other ranking tournaments, the 1986 British Open and the 1989 European Open. He reached the final of the men's doubles at the 1991 World Masters, playing with Brady Gollan.[5]

Jim Wych
Born (1955-01-11) January 11, 1955 (age 65)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sport country Canada
Professional1979–1997
Highest ranking17 (1980–1982)
Career winnings£151,778[1]
Highest break136 (1993 European Open)[1]
Century breaks12[1]
Best ranking finishQuarter-final x4

A two-time Canadian snooker champion, in 1979[6] and 1999,[7][8] Jim retired from professional snooker in 1997 and now works mainly as a television pool and snooker commentator, including for Sky Sports, where he started working in the early 1990s.[5]

Wych was ranked in the top 64 players each year for 15 consecutive seasons, from 1980/1981 to 1994/1995. His highest career ranking was 17, in the snooker world ranking lists for 1980/1981 and 1981/1982.[5]

Career finalsEdit

Professional finals: 3Edit

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Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Season
Runner-up 1. 1980 Canadian Professional Championship   Cliff Thorburn 6–9 1979–80
Runner-up 2. 1986 Canadian Professional Championship   Cliff Thorburn 2–6 1986–87
Runner-up 3. 1988 Canadian Professional Championship   Alain Robidoux 4–8 1988–89

Amateur finals: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1979 Canadian Amateur Championship   Bob Paquette 10–7
Winner 2. 1999 Canadian Amateur Championship   Tom Finstad 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c http://cuetracker.net/Players/Jim-Wych/Career-Total-Statistics
  2. ^ a b Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987–88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 198–199. ISBN 0356146901.
  3. ^ a b Morrison, Ian (1988). Hamlyn Who's Who in Snooker. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 0600557138.
  4. ^ Kobylecky, John (2019). The Complete International Directory of Snooker Players – 1927 to 2018. Kobyhadrian Books. pp. 267–268. ISBN 978-0993143311.
  5. ^ a b c Yates, Phil. "Past masters: Jim Wych". Snooker Scene. No. May 2010. Everton's News Agency. p. 19.
  6. ^ "Jim Wych knock off champion". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  7. ^ "CBSA Past Champions". cbsa.ca. Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2010-04-20. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Canadian Amateur Snooker Champions". cbsa.ca. snookerline.com. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Canadian Professional Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2017.