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The Strachan Open was a professional snooker tournament held between 1992 and 1994. It had varying ranking status during its history.

Strachan Open
Tournament information
VenueWillie Thorne Snooker Centre
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatNon-ranking event
Final year1994
Final champion(s)England Anthony Hamilton


The tournament was first held in 1992, and was a ranking tournament. It was sponsored by billiard cloth company Strachan. The event was boycotted by several top players due to lower points tariff and prize money. The final stages were played at the Thornbury Leisure Centre in Thornbury.[1] Peter Ebdon made his first official maximum break in the qualifying rounds against Wayne Martin.[2]

The following season to encourage the new professional, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association created four so-called minor ranking events. These tournaments were open to every professional, but earned only one-tenth of the ranking points of most other ranking tournaments. Three of the four minor ranking events were Strachan Challenges. The fourth was the Benson & Hedges Championship. Most of the top sixteen players did not bother to enter. The Strachan Challenges continued for one more season with two events, but they did not carry ranking points.[1]



Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
Strachan Open (ranking)
1992   James Wattana   John Parrott 9–5 1991/92
Strachan Challenge (minor-ranking)
1992 — Event 1   Joe Swail   Stefan Mazrocis 9–4 1992/93
1993 — Event 2   Troy Shaw   Nigel Bond 9–4
1993 — Event 3   Tony Drago   Ken Doherty 9–7
Strachan Challenge (non-ranking)
1994 — Event 1   Anthony Hamilton   Andy Hicks 9–4 1993/94
1994 — Event 2   Anthony Hamilton   Paul Davies 9–4


  1. ^ a b c "Strachan Open, Strachan Challenges". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2010.