Oz to Host First World Women's Ranking Event
Australian Women's Open 2018
Australia to Host First World Women's Ranking Event
World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) are today delighted to jointly announce that a World Women's Snooker Tour event will be staged in Australia for the first time ever later this year.
The Australian Women's Open Snooker Championship status has been significantly upgraded by being rewarded as the inaugural Australian World Women's Snooker Ranking Event, which will take place from 25-28 October at the Mt Pritchard District and Community Club and known as "Mounties" in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The tournament will become the third event of the upcoming season will be open to women from around the globe. The event will carry full ranking status, ensuring that it will immediately become a highly sought-after title on the tour.
"Mounties" is a community club offering full facilities such as four eateries, licensed bars, ten full size snooker tables and much more.
The tournament will be sponsored by Mounties and will carry a total prize fund of AUD$8500.00, with AUD$8000 to be won in the main event, including a top prize of AUD$3000 for the Champion.
A further AUD$500 is allocated for the Challenge Cup event for players who do not qualify for the knockout rounds of the main competition.
Australia has a strong history on the women's tour, with Lesley McIllrath one of just two non-UK winners of the World Women's Snooker Championship (alongside Ng On Yee) following her title triumph back in 1980. In more recent years Jessica Woods has also enjoyed success both at home and abroad, recently winning her fifth national women's championship, winning 21 out of 24 frames that she played and was relentless in the final.
Mandy Fisher, WLBS President said: "It has always been an ambition of mine to see a World Women's Snooker Tour event take place in Australia and therefore I could not be happier with today's announcement. This is an important milestone in our history as we continue our global expansion as a body and I would like to thank Frank Dewens, President, Australian Billiards & Snooker Council and World Snooker Federation Treasurer Mike Peachey who have both contributed significantly to helping make this prestigious new event happen."
Frank Dewens said: "It is indeed a great pleasure in opening up our Women's Australian Open Snooker Championship to the world. We are looking forward to seeing the best women players in the world competing against Australia's best"
Further information, including full entry details will be released in due course.
For more information about the Mounties visit their website, www.mounties.com.au