Houston, “We Made US Snooker History”…Igor Knocks in Top 146

Proud as balls…Igor celebrates a bit of history in Houston: Screenshot from World Seniors Website

It wasn’t so much “Houston, we have a problem,” it was more, “Houston, we made history”, as the World Seniors Snooker Championship qualifiers qualifier 6 rolled into the Texan town at the weekend.

At least 32 players competed for the chance to play the Snooker’s Legends such as Jimmy White et al at an iconic venue to be confirmed later on in 2019.

It was the Brazilian Igor Figueiredo who triumphed in America, and it was indeed he who made history with an incredible 146 break – a first for America! Smiling Igor was as proud as punch for a double taste of sweet success.

The 41-year-old who has been somewhat a regular on the professional circuit, reaching bests in the last 16 of ranking events such as the Welsh Open and Gibraltar.

Igor will join five other successful qualifiers who will compete for a top prize of £25,000 later in the year and a spot in the World Championship qualifiers. These lucky five include:

  • Welshman Rhydian Richards
  • Englishman Stuart Watson
  • From the Netherlands, Joris Maas
  • Irishman Leo Fernandez
  • And from Hong Kong, Au Chi-Wai

The World Seniors events are for players over forty and not currently playing on the World Snooker main tour and they get to compete on the main venues at legendary venues against legendary players such as 7 times World Champion Stephen Hendry or the 1985 World champion Dennis Taylor. The hashtag #DaretoDream is exactly that. If you think you have what it takes, and fit the requirements, then check out World Seniors website or Snooker Legends for more details.

Watch the 146, below…

Chris Gaynor

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