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A new direction for the UK Pool Tour

November 5, 2018 in Competitions

The UK Pool Tour has long been regarded as the pinnacle of tours in terms of organisation and settings but a consistent grievance for some players is the rising cost of hotel fees and the additional cost incurred in those hotels for food and drink. Well, this year the tour is attempting to remedy this by playing 4 of the 5 tours in top class club venues around the country in an effort to provide freedom of choice to all participants. For those who would still like to book accommodation this will still be possible and suitable, quality locations will be sought in close proximity to the venues. For others who would rather travel to and from the event, this is now an option. In addition, the cost of refreshments in the venues is likely to be a fraction of that within the hotels. All in all, this should provide maximum flexibility to all our members whilst still providing the high quality of organisation and conditions that is to be expected on the tour. All events will be played on the usual top-class Supreme pool tables, pre-checked by our table technician, and the same administration team will be present to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The tour Grand Final will be played at the Park Inn by Radisson, Telford, and this is the only event where hotel fees will be compulsory. For players local to the venues this could result in a considerable saving over the year!

The new format and start times will result in a need to cap numbers entering the tour so if you’re thinking of joining then now is the time to get your name in as only a limited number of places are available. For anyone who wants more information, or for those already signed up who want further details, please contact the tournament director, George Harwood, via email on gharwood.pool@gmail.com or on 01706 642770.

The dates for the tours are as follows:

TOUR ONE: CLUB 147, LEICESTER – 2ND/3RD FEBRUARY*

TOUR TWO: TBC – 20TH/21ST APRIL (EASTER WEEKEND)*

TOUR THREE: CLUB 147, LEICESTER – 14TH/16TH JUNE*

TOUR FOUR: TBC – 31ST AUGUST/1ST SEPTEMBER*

TOUR FIVE: PARK INN, TELFORD – 18TH-20TH OCTOBER

*The dates for tours 1 to 4 allow for a start time early Saturday morning. It may be that the tour starts at 7pm on the Friday at each event, dependent upon numbers.

James takes back the Premier League title

November 1, 2018 in Competitions

Congratulations to Sharon James who showed her class and consistency throughout the season to take the 2018 Ladies Premier League.

James, who previously won the title back in 2016, got off to a flying start, winning 8 out of her first 9 games with the only loss being in a deciding frame against Dawn Wright. Surprisingly this was one of only 4 wins for Wright who must have been delighted that one of those was against someone of James’ class. James continued to build on this impressive start and when it came to the last tour of the season her position at the top had already been sealed. Whilst James had 2017 Champion Amy Beauchamp and Leanne Cragg hot on her heels, neither could catch James as the best they could hope for was a tie on points and James was guaranteed the win based on head to head against the two.

Leary edges a tense Premier League

October 30, 2018 in Competitions

 

The 2018 Premier League couldn’t have been closer with 3 of the players finishing tied at the top on 14 points with only frame difference to separate them! It was Dylan Leary who edged it in the end, ahead of Adam Davis and Josh Kane, and rightly so as he put on an emphatic display of pool in his final three matches to beat former Premier League winner Adam Davis 8-3, Rob Wharne 8-5 and then recorded a resounding 8-2 victory over Phil Harrison. Such convincing wins not only racked up the points but, importantly this year, the frames, especially with one of the wins coming against his closest rival Davis who ended up in second place.

Leary’s victory has secured his position in next year’s Premier League and also saw him pick up £1400 over the four tours as the unique format of the Premier League enables a player to pick up £200 for each victory, paid out in cash on the weekend.

The high standard in the league kept it ultra-competitive and resulted in a tight top 8 spacing that saw only 4 points difference between 1st and 8th. In fact, even Lee Kendall, who finished in 12th place, picked up £700. After having had a tremendous season on the tour itself, many would have been surprised to find Kendall bottom of the Premier League, but such is the standard.

Next year will see a new batch of players compete to see who is the number one player on the tour but, for now, the Premier League title is in the well-deserved hands of Dylan Leary!

Can Sutton match Cousins?

October 13, 2018 in Competitions

2018 UKPT Event 5 - Telford

Normally the focus at the 5th, and final, tour of the season is all about where people end up in the rankings, specifically for the Premier League placings and who can top each list. On this occasion, however, all eyes are on Karl Sutton. The Norwich cueist has produced some fantastic performances in the past two tours and has been nigh on unstoppable as he's picked both tour titles, a challenge title and a challenge semi-final, narrowly losing out 5-4 to Eddie Barker. The question now is, can Karl Sutton match Tom Cousins' amazing achievement of the 2017 season and pick up 3 tour wins on the bounce? When Cousins managed this last year, it seemed a feat that no one else would manage to emulate, but Sutton is on the cusp of doing so and who would back against him as he is clearly still in devastating form, recently adding the National Amateur title to his collection and defeating the likes of Giuseppe D'Imperio and Shaun Chipperfield along the way.

The Ladies Premier League sees Sharon James sitting comfortably at the top and the first-place position guaranteed. James only has 1 game left to go, as opposed to 3 for her closest rivals, Leanne Cragg and Amy Beauchamp. Should James lose her remaining game and either Beauchamp or Cragg win all 3, which only one can do as they're playing each other, then they would finish tied on points. James, however, beat both players earlier in the season and as such would win on head-to-head. Congratulations, therefore, go to James on reclaiming the Premier League title that she previously held back in 2016!

Congratulations also go to Dylan Leary for topping the Men's Premier League. Leary was joint on points with Davis and Kane but topped it by virtue of a better frame difference, aided by resounding wins of 8-3 and 8-2 against Davis and Harrison, respectively, at the fourth tour. Topping the table in such an elite field is an amazing achievement and all credit goes to Leary who has worked hard to do so, but the Premier League is not yet over. The final tour sees the top 8 players from the Premier League, Leary, Davis, Kane, Whitworth, D'Imperio, Cousins, Harrison and Brierley, do battle for a £5000 prize fund, so all is yet to play for. The remaining four, Wharne, Flack, Ward and Kendall, drop out and instead attempt to ply their skills in the Challenge event. The draw for the first match in the Premier League Knockout is a follows:

GROUP A

DYLAN LEARY vs PHIL HARRISON
GIUSEPPE D'IMPERIO vs TOM COUSINS

GROUP B

ADAM DAVIS vs MATT BRIERLEY
JOSH KANE vs DARRELL WHITWORTH

 

The tour itself sees a number of people battling for the coveted top 10 spots as these guarantee entry to the Premier League for 2019. The top 4 of Sutton, Kendall, Harrison and Flack, seem fairly safe, but for the rest it's anyone's guess who will end up making the cut. The likes of Tom Cousins and Giuseppe D'Imperio, seemingly ever-present in the Premier League, will need to produce their A-games as they currently languish in joint 18th place. Darrell Whitworth currently sits in 11th position and will be looking to add to his tally to keep his place in the Premier League after fairing so well in it in his first season, finishing in 4th. Tour 1 finalist David Stock will be looking to put in a performance at the last event to match that at the first to book his place in the top 10 as he has struggled to pick up any points to add to his tour 1 haul. He currently sits in 12th place, one ahead of Matt Brierley, by virtue of two merit points, who will be looking to make it three years on the bounce in the Premier League. All it takes is one good run at the last event to catapult someone into the top 10, due to rankings based on a single year, as such it could easily be someone currently ranked in the 30s who manages to book their place; it's certainly all to play for at the final tour!

As always, the tour is open for all to come and watch and play starts at 1pm on Friday 19th October at the Park Inn Hotel in Telford. Streaming will begin at 9am on Saturday 20th October and the link will be available on this site and Facebook.

The draw for both the tour and the challenge can be found below:

2018 Tour 5 Draw

2018 Challenge 5 Draw

Fancy free entry to the UKPT?

September 8, 2018 in Competitions

Fancy free entry to the UKPT?

 

Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The UK Pool Tour is recognised as the place where the best players in the country pit their wits against each other and play out for a prize fund that has consistently paid out well above the level it generates from the players.  The prize money for 2018 will be in excess of £100,000 and as always, any winnings will be available to collect on the weekend.

If you want to be part of the best pool tour around and test your skills against some of the best players in the world then don't delay, get your entry in now as places are strictly limited.

 

FREE ENTRY PROMOTION*

For all NEW players to the tour, an offer is being extended to try it out for free at the last tour of the season in Telford on 19th-21st October. In order to be eligible for this deal, you must be a new player that signs up for the 2019 season and pay the first two deposits (£170 in total) before the end of September. When you send in your entry form and appropriate deposit, please mark it as EARLY BIRD PAYMENT to ensure that you're entered into tour 5. Please be aware that the usual hotel fees apply.

*Free entry is only applicable to 2018 UKPT5 for new players that have paid the applicable deposit. Remaining tour fees then apply with the next deposit due early January 2019. Hotel fees apply.

 

It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2019 tour of which around 120 will be from the existing members of the tour. This will give 40+ new entrants the opportunity to enter next years’ UK Pool Tour.

All details of the tour are, including an application form, can be found by clicking here. We are now accepting entries from suitable new entrants; please include the initial £50 deposit.

The tour consists of 5 weekends of pool played out at fantastic hotels across the UK. At each weekend there are at least two tournaments on offer. There is the tour itself, which is one of the most coveted titles in the pool world. Here you will be competing against the very best of players from around the UK and beyond. In addition to this there is the Challenge Event. This is only available to non-Premier League players and therefore levels the playing field a little.

For those who do exceptionally well there is the chance to play in the Premier League. This is where the elite do battle for a share of a substantial prize fund.

In addition to the 5 weekend event tours you will be able to enter into the World Qualifiers held at Tour Two, where the last 16 player go forward to the 2017 World Championship Finals.

All UK Tour Members can also enter directly into the World Masters (subject to entry fee), which has a prize fund of £18,000. This event is held during the World Championships.

The Ladies Premier League has been a great success and will be continued in the 2019 season.

If you require any further details please ring me on 07734-307135.

Tournament Director, George Harwood.

>>> UK Pool Tour Booking Form 2019 <<<

Not so challenging for Thompson

September 4, 2018 in Competitions

2018 UKPT Challenge 4 - Daventry

 

The Challenge event is generally considered extremely tough to do consistently well in due to its shorter format compared to the tour and the high quality of opponent that you inevitably meet. Shane Thompson is currently single handedly debunking this myth by making the latter stages of all four Challenge events so far this season, such is the quality of the man! Thompson started with a last 16 placing in event 1, before making the final of event 2, he swiftly followed this up with a quarter final placing at event 3 and has now surpassed all of those by taking the title at event 4!

Thompson, a current England International and previous Challenge event winner on two occasions, is well known for his money match exploits, having taken on all comers for big stakes at his home venue of Spenny's Sports Bar in Bridgwater, but he is clearly intent on establishing himself on the tournament scene and with consistent results like this is clearly on course to do so. His run to the final pitted him against some tough opponents, a 5-0 win over tour 3 finalist Sam Bircher and 5-4 win against former England player Neil Davey being two of the highlights, but his toughest game came in the final against London’s Eddie Barker.

Barker, who was this years World Championship semi-finalist, had an equally tough run to the final which involved taking out back-to-back tour winner Karl Sutton in the semi-final. Sutton was on course to make history by becoming the first player to win the double-double, both the tour and the challenge on back to back events. His dream was to come to an end in the semis as Barker showed his class and composure to take the victory in a deciding frame. This set up a high standard final between two players who were both Premier League players in 2017. Thompson was to come out on top in a deciding frame and put himself second in the Challenge rankings, narrowly behind Karl Sutton, both of whom are a clear distance ahead of the crowd, so the top spot will be theirs to battle for at the final Challenge event of 2018 at Telford in October.

 

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL SHANE THOMPSON [6] EDDIE BARKER [5]
SEMIS Neil Davey [5-4] Karl Sutton [5-4]
QUARTERS Sam Bircher [5-0] Steve Singh [5-1]
LAST 16 Greg Gamlin [5-2] Lakesh Badhan [5-2]
LAST 32 Gurvinder Gill [5-3] Dale Greenwood [5-2]
LAST 64 Mark Ash [5-0] Chris Day [5-1]
LAST 128 Andrew Day [4-0] Richard John [4-1]

 

Sutton does the double!

September 3, 2018 in Competitions

2018 UKPT Event 4 - Daventry

Karl Sutton waited many years for his first tour win, but he didn’t need to do so for his second as he put on another majestic performance this weekend, picking up the title at the fourth tour in Daventry.

Sutton started his pursuit, as chance would have it, against the same first round opponent as tour 3, Royton’s John Maugham. Sutton put on a great potting display in this match, taking out some fantastic finishes and taking the match 7-1. He then faced former tour winner, Ian Duffy, someone who presents a tough task to any player. Sutton showed the form he’s in at the moment by taking this match 7-0! Howitt, Clack and Davis followed with no one managing to get close to Sutton. This set up a fantastic semi final against Shaun Storry. It was Storry’s first time in a tour semi final but the cueist from Ipswich is no newcomer to pressure situations, having taken titles in multiple cue sports disciplines. He was also coming off the back of an impressive win against former World Master’s champion Josh Kane in the previous round, so this was sure to be close. Storry didn’t hit top gear in the early frames and Sutton was able to punish some mistakes and take a 6-3 lead. Storry was not ready to give up the fight though and pulled out some great finishes to level the match at 6-6. Sutton’s dream of a double was starting to disappear as Storry was clearing up for a 7-6 lead, but an unexpected missed black provided an opening for Karl and two clearances later he took the match and set up his second final appearance.

On the other half of the draw, Lee Kendal was making short work of the majority of his opponents. Kendall has been in imperious form this season, taking the title at the first tour in Blackpool and following this up with a semi-final appearance in tour 2. Only Ross Smith in the last 32 was able to push Kendall all the way with Kendall just edging the match 7-6. He met Wigan’s Kris Hampson in the semi-final who had come back from 6-3 down to win 7-6 against the ultra-consistent Ben Flack, no mean feat. Hampson, however, could not stop Kendall from making his second final of the season, thus setting up a great match between England’s longest serving Captain in Kendall and arguably their most in form player in Sutton.

The final proved to be a tale of two halves with Kendall playing some faultless pool to take a 5-1 lead. You would be forgiven for writing Sutton off with such a mammoth task at hand but with the form he’s in he simply needs the smallest of opportunities to establish himself in the match. When the opportunity presented itself for a clearance from the break in the seventh frame, he took it and never looked back, reeling off 7 frames on the bounce to take the match 8-5 and win his second consecutive title. The question now, can Sutton take the title at the last tour of the season and equal Tom Cousins’ amazing achievement of the 2017 season of 3 consecutive tour wins? Make sure you’re watching on October 20th to find out!

 

TOUR RESULTS

FINAL KARL SUTTON [8] LEE KENDALL [5]
SEMIS Shaun Storry [8-6] Kris Hampson [8-3]
QUARTERS Adam Davis [7-4] Mike Howe [7-1]
LAST 16 Carl Clack [7-2] Avtar Singh [7-3]
LAST 32 Lee Howitt [7-4] Ross Smith [7-6]
LAST 64 Ian Duffy [7-0] Andrew Riley [7-3]
LAST 128 John Maugham [7-1] Josh Corkett [7-3]

 

2018 Tour 4 Final – Karl Sutton vs Lee Kendall

2019 Entry Form

August 20, 2018 in Competitions

Join the 2019 UK Pool Tour

 

Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The UK Pool Tour is recognised as the place where the best players in the country pit their wits against each other and play out for a prize fund that has consistently paid out well above the level it generates from the players.  The prize money for 2018 will be in excess of £100,000 and as always, any winnings will be available to collect on the weekend.

If you want to be part of the best pool tour around and test your skills against some of the best players in the world then don't delay, get your entry in now as places are strictly limited.

It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2019 tour of which around 120 will be from the existing members of the tour. This will give 40+ new entrants the opportunity to enter next years’ UK Pool Tour.

All details of the tour are, including an application form, can be found by clicking here. We are now accepting entries from suitable new entrants; please include the initial £50 deposit.

The tour consists of 5 weekends of pool played out at fantastic hotels across the UK. At each weekend there are at least two tournaments on offer. There is the tour itself, which is one of the most coveted titles in the pool world. Here you will be competing against the very best of players from around the UK and beyond. In addition to this there is the Challenge Event. This is only available to non-Premier League players and therefore levels the playing field a little.

For those who do exceptionally well there is the chance to play in the Premier League. This is where the elite do battle for a share of a substantial prize fund.

In addition to the 5 weekend event tours you will be able to enter into the World Qualifiers held at Tour Two, where the last 16 player go forward to the 2017 World Championship Finals.

All UK Tour Members can also enter directly into the World Masters (subject to entry fee), which has a prize fund of £18,000. This event is held during the World Championships.

The Ladies Premier League has been a great success and will be continued in the 2019 season.

If you require any further details please ring me on 07734-307135.

Tournament Director, George Harwood.

>>> UK Pool Tour Booking Form 2019 <<<

All to play for at tour 4

August 6, 2018 in Competitions

2018 UKPT Event 4 - Daventry

The 2018 season has only two events remaining and those looking to make the Premier League places for 2019 need to ensure they put in a shift at the fourth event of the season in order to keep racking up the points! There are three notable Premier League players on the fringes of the required ranking, namely Tom Cousins, Adam Davis and Giuseppe D’Imperio. These are three of the games top players and it would surely be a huge disappointment for them to miss out on what has become a regular feature for them. The fourth event provides an opportunity for them to kick on in the rankings but there will be plenty of other top players around them who will be vying for their first taste of the Premier League such as tour 1 finalist David Stock, tour 3 finalist Sam Bircher and the up and coming Shaun Storry to name but a few. Top 10 in the final rankings cements your place for next year and a good run at tour 4 could easily boost those a little further off the pace into contention such as current Premier League player Matt Brierley, Ireland’s Dylan Leary or England’s Shane Thompson who are all still in with a shout.

Karl Sutton will no doubt be looking to follow up his last tour double success with another good run here and as fate would have it he has drawn the same first round opponent as he had at tour 3, Oldham’s John Maugham. Maugham is a very capable player who got few chances in the last match but will be looking to set the record straight this time around. The draw will be available online shortly but a few first round matches to look out for are Gurvinder Gill vs Eddie Barker, both players had a good run in the Worlds with Gill making the last 16 and Barker losing out to Hill in the semis. Rob Wharne vs Gaz Royds is sure to be a tough battle with both being seasoned players and Pat Ward vs Shane Thompson sees a current Premier League player taking on last year’s Premier League.

The Ladies Premier League sees a top of the table clash with this years World Championship finalist Sharon James taking on current Premier League Champion Amy Beauchamp. Should James take the win then she will surely be on course to take the title as well, but should Beauchamp triumph then the league is wide open and that makes for a very interesting game.

As always, the tour is open for all to come and watch and play starts at 1pm on Friday 31st August at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel. Streaming will begin at 9am on Saturday 1st September and the link will be available on this site and Facebook.

 

Sutton doubles down at tour 3!

June 18, 2018 in Competitions

2018 UKPT Event 3 - Birmingham

It was all about Karl Sutton on the third tour as the England player showed he’s clearly been putting the hours in ready for the forthcoming World Championships by not only taking the tour title but the challenge title as well! Sutton was in imperious form this weekend despatching of some of the game’s best players en route to what was, surprising as it may be for a player of his clear ability, his first ever UK Tour final. After numerous efforts Sutton must have been feeling like this moment would never come so when the opportunity presented itself he seized it with both hands by taking an astonishing 7-0 lead in the final. Sam Bircher, who had played some excellent pool to beat the likes of previous tour winner Ian Duffy and a World Championship seeded player, Neil Davey, to reach his first tour final, would no doubt have been sat in his chair ruing a couple of early missed chances and when Sutton faltered in the eight frame he was ready to take it and make the beginnings of a comeback. Bircher managed to take the next 3 before an unfortunate in-off on a very good break left Sutton with a finish that you would generally expect him to take but under the pressure of winning your first ever tour title would have felt like a mountain to climb. Having previously won a European singles title and numerous World titles with England, Sutton is clearly one to handle the pressure and he took out the finish in a calm and controlled manner to take the third tour of the 2018 season.

Sutton would have been forgiven for going out celebrating and forsaking his place in the last 32 of the challenge event on the following Sunday but he is clearly not one for resting on his laurels and instead set out to achieve a feat that only Phil Harrison before him, at tour 3 of 2014, has previously achieved, to win both the tour and the challenge event on the same weekend. Sutton was again in fantastic form and met Gurvinder Gill in the final with an opportunity to equal a master of the game. Gill had taken out some big names on his way to the final including Jack Pople and Josh Corkett, and was clearly in fine form, but meeting the previous night’s tour winner was a step too far on this occasion and Sutton ran out a convincing 6-2 victor to take the £1000 winner’s prize on top of his £2400 winner’s prize from the tour to make it a very profitable weekend and, most importantly no doubt for Sutton, achieve something that very few in the game will ever come close to, becoming a double champion!

 

TOUR RESULTS

FINAL

KARL SUTTON [8]

SAM BIRCHER [3]

SEMIS

Phil Harrison [8-6]

Neil Davey [8-6]

QUARTERS

Lee Howitt [7-6]

Mark Billingsley [7-3]

LAST 16

Darrell Whitworth [7-4]

Ian Duffy [7-3]

LAST 32

Gerry Canning [7-4]

Phil Marriott [7-2]

LAST 64

Steve Smart [7-5]

Steve Singh [7-3]

LAST 128

John Maugham [7-2]

John Lloyd [7-2]

 

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL

KARL SUTTON [6]

GURVINDER GILL [2]

SEMIS

Craig Wilson [5-2]

David Rothall [5-3]

QUARTERS

Shane Thompson [5-2]

Josh Corkett [5-3]

LAST 16

Josh Patel [5-3]

Jack Pople [5-3]

LAST 32

Daniel Garwood [5-0]

Carl Jones [5-2]

LAST 64

Avtar Singh [5-2]

Charles-Yves Le Pavec [5-1]

LAST 128

Jane Mitchell [4-0]

Phil Marriott [4-2]

 

2018 Tour 2 Final – Phil Harrison vs Ben Flack