Gloucester Bound

So for the final time this season and in all likelihood for some time to come, we head to Gloucester for the UKPTC4 event, which heralds the start of a run in the calendar which sees only one ‘snooker free’ day before the end of the UK Championship in December…

  • Click here to view the results and draw for UKPTC4 (snookerorg)
  • Click here to view the Order of Play

Following victories for Stephen Maguire, Martin Gould and Rod Lawler at the previous three UKPTC events this season, the tour returns to the South West Snooker Academy this week for the fourth and final such event to be staged at the venue this season.

Indeed it looks like it will be the final professional event to be staged at the facility for some time (see Paul Mount’s previous statement here), so hopefully it will be one to remember as the players look to fine tune their game ahead of the rapidly approaching UK Championship.

I will blog in more depth about the Academy and my thoughts on that subject after the tournament, but for the next three days will be at the venue and focusing on what should be a frantic, at times probably chaotic and exciting few days.

With so many players involved in these PTC events, with varying levels of form, motivation and other unknown factors that may be affecting their games, I rarely tend to study the drawsheets in any great detail and this week is no different.

As both a fan and my blogger, I tend to enjoy the hectic nature of the first couple of days and spend the time taking photos or watching the players who excite me the most, before only turning to the thought of who might win the event on the morning of the last 16. In many ways, I suspect this reflects the thought-process of many of the players themselves, minus the photos part anyway.

One theme to keep an eye on though will be the progress of the amateurs, with the top eight on the Order of Merit effectively guaranteed a place on the main tour for next season. Every win therefore could have significant implications for those players and as with just three more PTC events after this one (all in Europe), time is running out to accumulate crucial wins.

For those attending, I shall be there from Monday afternoon and look forward to seeing you at the venue. Let’s hope that the Academy can sign off in style.