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The Pontins Open events were a series of pro–am snooker tournaments which ran from 1974 until 2011.[1]

Pontins Open
Tournament information
VenuePontins
LocationPrestatyn
CountryWales
Established1974
FormatPro–am event
Final year2011

HistoryEdit

From the early 1970s, top professionals had supplemented their income entertaining and coaching holiday makers on the holiday camp circuit and at Pontin's in particular. That organisation organised several Snooker Festivals at which ordinary members of the public could join with top amateurs and the best professionals in open tournaments.

The first of these events was held in 1974 and eight top professionals were invited to take part in the Pontins Professional (which ended in 2000) while many others joined them in the Open event where up to 1000 hopefuls would set out with the chance to meet one of their idols in the later rounds. The most important of these festivals was the Pontins Spring Open held at Prestatyn, Wales. A similar Open event, the Pontins Autumn Open was held later in the year and attracted almost as many top names as the spring event.

The professionals had to concede up to 25 points per frame to the amateurs (this figure varied over the years) and this format meant that many of the star names fell to good amateurs. In the earlier years nearly all the top players took part but as the number of tour events increased very few entered in later years.

The Autumn Open ended in 2009 and the Spring Open ended in 2011 and the festival in later years also hosted the final Challenge Tour event where players battle for places on the main tour in the following season.

A later event which began in 2006, the Pontins World Series consisted of six qualifying events, open to amateurs and main tour professionals and was played in the summer and autumn. Points were awarded for each event with the best five results counting towards a merit table. The leading 64 players qualified to play in the series final. This tournament ran for four editions ending in 2009.[1]

FinalsEdit

Pontins Spring OpenEdit

[1]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
1974   Doug Mountjoy   John Spencer 7–4 1973/74
1975   Ray Reardon   John Virgo 7–1 1974/75
1976   Doug Mountjoy   Lance Pibworth 7–1 1975/76
1977   Alex Higgins   Terry Griffiths 7–4 1976/77
1978   Steve Davis   Tony Meo 7–6 1977/78
1979   Steve Davis   Jimmy White 7–3 1978/79
1980   Willie Thorne   Cliff Wilson 7–3 1979/80
1981   John Hargreaves   Cliff Wilson 7–2 1980/81
1982   John Parrott   Ray Reardon 7–4 1981/82
1983   Terry Griffiths   Ray Reardon 7–3 1982/83
1984   Neal Foulds   Doug Mountjoy 7–4 1983/84
1985   Jim Chambers   John Parrott 7–6 1984/85
1986   John Parrott   Tony Putnam 7–6 1985/86
1987   Stefan Mazrocis   Barry Pinches 7–2 1986/87
1988   Ken Doherty   Colin Morton 7–5 1987/88
1989   Peter Ebdon   Ken Doherty 7–4 1988/89
1990   Tony Rampello   Paul Davies 7–3 1989/90
1991   Mike Hallett   Wayne Brown 7–5 1990/91
1992   Declan Hughes   Steve James 7–2 1991/92
1993   Mike Hallett   Steve James 7–6 1992/93
1994   Wayne Brown   Graeme Dott 7–3 1993/94
1995   Mark Williams   Peter Ebdon 7–4 1994/95
1996   Ken Doherty   Darren Morgan 7–3 1995/96
1997   Ken Doherty   Paul Bunyard 7–6 1996/97
1998   James McGouran   Neal Foulds 7–0 1997/98
1999   John Gallagher   Luke Simmonds 7–4 1998/99
2000   Ian Preece   Scott MacKenzie 7–4 1999/00
2001   Luke Simmonds   Brian Morgan 7–5 2000/01
2002   Paul Sweeny   Scott MacKenzie 4–3 2001/02
2003   Judd Trump   Mike Hallett 4–2 2002/03
2004   Stuart Bingham   Wayne Cooper 5–3 2003/04
2005   Jamie Cope   Mike Finn 5–0 2004/05
2006   Stuart Bingham   Tom Harris 5–2 2005/06
2007   Leo Fernandez   Daniel Wells 5–2 2006/07
2008   David Grace   Nigel Bond 5–1 2007/08
2009   Stuart Bingham   Matthew Couch 5–1 2008/09
2010   Nigel Bond   Stephen Craigie 5–2 2009/10
2011   Leo Fernandez   Sydney Wilson 5–1 2010/11

Pontins Autumn OpenEdit

[1]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
1981   Bill Oliver   Ian Williamson 7–5 1981/82
1982   Steve Duggan   Kevin Lowndes 7–3 1982/83
1983   Roger Bales   Gary Filtness 7–0 1983/84
1984   Barry West   Gary Hancock 7–3 1984/85
1985   Gary Bray   Mark Johnston-Allen 7–5 1985/86
1986   Tony Wilson   Craig Edwards 5–4 1986/87
1987   Nick Terry   Mark Johnston-Allen 5–4 1987/88
1988   Jason Ferguson   Jonathan Birch 5–2 1988/89
1989   Jonathan Birch   Drew Henry 5–4 1989/90
1990   Anthony Hamilton   Joe Swail 5–1 1990/91
1991   Drew Henry   John Read 5–2 1991/92
1992   Nick Walker   Anthony Harris 5–3 1992/93
1993   Peter Lines   Andrew Hannah 5–1 1993/94
1994   John Read   Craig Edwards 5–2 1994/95
1995   Graeme Dott   Stephen Lee 5–1 1995/96
1996   Matthew Couch   Gary Ponting 5–4 1996/97
1997   James McGouran   Matthew Couch 5–3 1997/98
1998   Matthew Couch   Brian Salmon 5–1 1998/99
1999   Craig Butler   Matthew Farrant 5–4 1999/00
2000   Kuldesh Johal   Colin Morton 5–3 2000/01
2001   Sean O'Neill   Rodney Goggins 5–1 2001/02
2002   Tim English   Brendan O'Donoghue 5–4 2002/03
2003   Mark King   Craig Butler 5–4 2003/04
2004   Stuart Bingham   Mark Davis 4–2 2004/05
2005   Joe Swail   Dave Harold 5–3 2005/06
2006   Ryan Day   Jamie Cope 5–2 2006/07
2007   Jamie Cope   Lee Page 5–0 2007/08
2008   Craig Steadman   Leo Fernandez 5–0 2008/09
2009   Michael Georgiou   David Donovan 5–2 2009/10
2010   Rob James   Michael Holt 5–4 2010/11

Pontins World SeriesEdit

[1]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
2006   Ken Doherty   Ricky Walden 4–2 2006/07
2007   Joe Perry   Ricky Walden 4–2 2007/08
2008   Jamie Cope   Craig Steadman 4–1 2008/09
2009   Stuart Bingham   Ken Doherty 3–1 2009/10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Brief History of the Pontins Open and Professional". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2018.