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Ray Edmonds (born 25 April 1936 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire) is a former English professional player of English billiards and snooker. He twice won the World Amateur Snooker title, and won the World Professional Billiards Championship in 1985.

Ray Edmonds
Born (1936-04-25) 25 April 1936 (age 83)
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Sport country England
Professional1978–1997
Highest ranking28 (1980–1982)
Career winnings£61,664
Highest break121:
1985 British Open
Century breaks7
Best ranking finishLast 16 (1988 Grand Prix)

Playing careerEdit

Edmonds first played snooker as an amateur, winning the World Amateur crown twice in the early 1970s.[1] After turning professional he reached the World Snooker Championship on four occasions in 1980, 1981, 1985 and 1986, on each occasion losing in the first round.[2]

In 1985, Ray won the World Professional Billiards Championship. This gives him the unique distinction of being the only player to have won this title as well as two World Amateur titles at snooker.

Edmonds was less successful as a professional, but became World Professional Billiards Champion in 1985.[3]

Post-retirementEdit

Edmonds set up the Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre in Grimsby in December 1983.[1] He has worked also a snooker commentator with both ITV[1] and the BBC,[3] before retiring in 2004.[1] He now resides in Spain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d About Us - Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre
  2. ^ For 1980 performance: "World Championship 1980". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. For 1981 performance: "World Championship 1981". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. For 1985 performance: "World Championship 1985". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. For 1986 performance: "World Championship 1986". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b Jack Karnehm - Obituaries | Independent