The ‘Pro-Am’ Series Weekend
Pro-Am Weekend – 13th to 17th June 2018
Following the popularity of opening a day earlier in 2017, we are continuing to give players the option to book 4 nights and arrive on Wednesday 13th June – this extra night’s stay will cost £35 for half board, or £30 for B&B, per person. Arena will be opening from 11am on the Wednesday for practice and flyers.
A slight change has been made to the format of the Pro-Am event, reducing frames played in the Gold and Silver knockout stages to 12. This is to reduce the timing pressures in the arena and help improve tournament flow. The Junior Singles event is being moved to the Amateur weekend, otherwise everything else is staying the same, keeping it as the original weekend, with Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles & Mixed Doubles.
To support the growth of Ladies pool, we are allowing ‘lady spectators’ to enter any of the Ladies events with a spectator’s wristband. These are only £20. Entry fees for the Ladies events will still apply. This will allow women who don’t want to participate in the team event to come and join the Ladies side events at a more affordable rate.
We are making a significant investment in tournament software that has been designed purposely for the Golden 8 Ball, to help improve the running of the tournament and communication to players. Phase 1 of this software will see results and schedules being displayed throughout the weekend on a dedicated website and also projection screens in the arena. Results will be continuously updated, as soon as completed team match sheets are passed to the Top Table. We successfully trailed an element of this software at the 2017 event and intend to make it fully operational for the 2018 weekend. This is an ongoing investment that should see improvements made to the IT element of the G8B each year.