Australian under-21 snooker champion Kurt Brown on his way to winning the Wide Bay Snooker Championship.
Australian under-21 snooker champion Kurt Brown on his way to winning the Wide Bay Snooker Championship. Craig Warhurst

Brown in hot form

EIGHTEEN-year-old snooker star Kurt Brown came to Gympie and conquered at the weekend.

The young gun was tipped to be a standout in the Wide Bay Snooker Championship - and he didn't disappoint.

Brown won the final against Chee Yap four frames to nil.

Yap said Brown was in unbelievable form.

"He was too good for me. He didn't miss anything."

In fact Brown didn't lose a frame all weekend and he carried that form into the final.

Brown's near-perfect final performance included some incredible breaks. In the first frame he had a break of 89.

To achieve the break, Brown potted 20 consecutive shots, basically blocking Yap from any chance of winning.

In the second frame Brown had a break of 58 and in the third he followed up with a break of 79.

Brown has been playing snooker for half his life.

He started playing pool at home with his father when he was nine before being coached in snooker by Bob Turpin at the Redlands RSL Club.

The Australian under-21 champion said he enjoyed snooker and had just returned from his third under-21 world titles in Canada.

There, he finished in the top 16. He said these days, if players wanted to do well at snooker they had to start young.

Gympie Snooker Club spokesman Cliff Hanson said it was great weekend and Brown deserved the title.

"He is a very special player," Hanson said.

Gympie Times


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