If you are a regular customer of Billiards Boutique or receive our email newsletter or follow us on this blog and other social networks you will know that on Sunday we hosted a qualifier for the Ladbrokes UK Open Pool Championships. The qualifier was held at Snookes, Weymouth.
I have to be honest and say that is was a very disappointing turnout with only 8 entries and only 7 players actually making it on the day. This didn't detract from some good action though as 6 out of the 7 participants play for the Dorset Blackball Pool Team and the other player plays for the World Rules equivalent!
In the first round I managed to catch the bye! I even did the draw to cries of "Fix!!" Bt I can assure you it was all above board.
So the actual matches meant that England International Mark Cottingham played England Trialist Keith Taylor. Cottingham coming through easily with a 5-0 victory.
In the other matches Charlie McKinlay progressed with a 5-2 win and Jason Raybould beat Lee Todd by the same scoreline.
There was one spot available in the eventual Ladbrokes UK Open [link to Facebook page], an event that carries over £13,000 prize money, so the last four players were looking for that entry.
The semi's saw the following results:
Charlie McKinlay 5-4 Mark Cottingham
Jason Raybould 5-3 Pete Williams (I was robbed!)
The final was extended to a best of 11 frame affair and these two behemoths of Weymouth pool locked horns desparate to get into the 128 in Scotland.
It was McKinlay that came out the victor with a 6-4 win and will now represent Weymouth in the main event in September where a number of world class players will be in attendance. We will keep a watchful eye on Charlie during the tournament as he will also be flying the flag for Billiards Boutique.