Reflecting on our first ever amateur event in 2017, we have decided to make some significant changes to the 2018 event, giving the ‘Amateur Series’ a unique identity of its own.
We want to extend its appeal to the less skillful players and actively reduce the number of strong teams entering.
Round Robin stages will now consist of 9 frames, 3 sets of 3 frames, in a fixed order of play, that sees each player playing each opponent once in a match. Knockout stages will be best of 9 frames. This format is more conducive of a 3-player event, and reduces timing pressure in the arena, allowing novice players longer at the table.
Following the popularity of the doubles flyer we held in 2017, we’ve decided to change the side events. There will no longer be Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles. Instead, we will have an ‘Open Doubles Trophy‘ and a ‘Open Singles Trophy‘, that is open to all registered players that attend the Amateur weekend.
We are moving the Junior Singles event to this weekend, to be held on Sat 9th June. We are also trailing a small Special Needs event for the first time, truly making the ‘Golden 8 Ball Festival of Pool’, accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or skill level.
To discourage the better teams from entering, we’ve tightened up the team entry criteria by allowing only one male ‘County A’ player per team. This also includes any players that are County A standard but no longer play County. We would like to encourage more County B and County C players to participate in this event. Professional and International players, past and present, are not allowed to enter. Ladies can be granted an exception to the rule, depending on their ability.
Teams can enter both weekend events, providing they fall within the new team entry criteria.
Players to arrive Thursday 6th June from 10am (practice and flyers available) and commence play at 8.45am on Friday 7th June. Tournament finishes approx. 3pm on Sunday 9th.
Guaranteed prize fund is £10,000 and team entry fee is still just £75, with no deposit to pay!