Newly married, Andy Neck from Newton Abbot takes the first Gold Series event of the season.
This first in a series of six events, was sponsored by Totally Reward. The event was played out at Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester where facilities continue to improve despite clubs facing difficult financial challenges. Select Gold Series Snooker to see all the results.
After a great season of WEBSF tournament wins Haydon Pinhey has extended his lead at the top of the WEBSF prize money list and in doing so has raised the bar yet again for the most prize money won in a single season. Other players that have improved their position this season include; Dan Legassick, up to fourth place; Mitch Grinsted, up to fifth and Dale Branton, up to seventh place. An even bigger climber is Eddie Manning who moved up twenty places to eighth position in only his second WEBSF season. Andy Symons and Steve Brookshaw have also prospered and have joined the £1000 plus club.
The total amount of prize money made available by the WEBSF since September 2014 is £43,834. 95% of the entry fees taken has been awarded as prize money. The WEBSF Management Team have achieved this high return through dedicated volunteers (Tournament Directors, Helpers, Referee’s) and the generosity of sponsors. This season we thank the following sponsors: M.J.H. Paving Ltd., Galaxy Centre, Torquay, Jesters, and 147 Snooker Club, Swindon, The Plaza Snooker & Pool Club, Plymouth and Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester. All clubs have provided their facilities free of charge!
Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth is the 2016 overall WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Snooker Tour Champion. After great efforts from Eddie Manning and Andy Symons, Haydon was declared champion. This win was one of the closest on record and had to go to count-back when Eddie won the final event. Both players finished on 252 points. However, Haydon took the title by virtue of winning two events to Eddie’s one. Counting back through, just one frame would have reversed the result…..a valiant effort by the break building machine Eddie Manning. Eddiecould yet square the circle if both players get through to the final of the Gold Masters in May. This is where the top 16 ranked players from the tour are invited to compete in a knock-out tournament for £1320 prize money. The event is sponsored by MJH Paving Ltd. and hosted by The Galaxy Centre, Torquay. Select Gold Waistcoat to see the results for the tour.