GOLD WAISTCOAT TOUR- 2016/17
Gold Waistcoat Tour - Event 3
(Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester)
Pinhey is Top Q in Gloucester
Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth ended a short period of indifferent form with a fine display of break building on his way to winning the latest event in the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation Gold Waistcoat snooker tour, at the Top Q Club, Gloucester. In the final Pinhey beat Mark Turner from Bridgewater, helped with a frame and match winning 85 break. This win takes Pinhey into second place in the rankings, just 10 points behind leader Eddie Manning from Newquay and saw Turner up 12 places into 1oth place. The biggest rise in the rankings came from Ben Pike (Honiton) dramatically turn around his fortunes, after winning just a single frame in event 2, Pike reached the last 16 in this event to move up 14 places into 23rd place. Pinhey’s route to the final saw him come second in the group stages to Pike, he then edged out Dale Branton (Plymouth) in the last 16 followed by a convincing win against Ben Fortey, Hereford in the quarters and a clear win over Andy Symons (Tavistock) in the semi-final. Turner, who is fairly new to WEBSF tournaments, qualified in second place in his group, beat Wes Peters, Torquay in the last 16, Martin Pitcher, Plymouth in the quarters and just pipped Lee from Torquay in the semi-final. There were five centuries posted on the day; Lee 102, Mitch Grinsted (Plymouth) 104, Andy Symons 109 and Pinhey with two clearances, a 100 and a superb 128 to take the high break prize.
Spokesman for the WEBSF said, "Eddie Manning is holding top spot in the overall rankings at the half-way mark, as good a player that he has proved to be, there are several others just off the pace ready to take his place should he falter. For me the notable performances of the day were; Haydon Pinheys 128 clearance, Mark Turner’s solid run to the final and Ben Pike’s turn-around, after only winning one frame in his maiden Gold event earlier in the season, he qualified for the knock out stage at his second attempt.” Any player interested in entering WEBSF events or potential volunteers willing to get involved with the work of the WEBSF they should contact Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995 or visit www.websfsnooker.com or WEBSF Facebook. Thanks to Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester who sponsored this event.
Report by Steve Canniford