The final set of scores have been entered from the Worcester Christmas Turkey tournament, and while the result may not be a surprise, we can announce that Steve Bibby is officially Tour Champion 2017.
Steve’s lead in the Tour was unassailable after Manchester in November, and only the minor places were up for grabs in Worcester. Steve has had a fantastic year as UK Open champion, runner up in the West Yorkshire Open and finalist in Manchester, as well as picking up very useful scores in Blackpool and Liverpool – his consolation runner-up position from this weekend didn’t even register in his five best scores. Steve also has the unique record of competing in all twelve Tour events.
Wayne Felton and Tariq Siddiqi deserve a mention having been strong contenders throughout the year, but at the last minute the hotly on-form Peter Bennet jumped in with an outright win in Worcester to snatch third place from Tariq. Many congratulations to all our leaders and thankyou for making it a very exciting series. You can see the full standings here.
Sixty-two players played five or more events and 399 played at least one. We’re delighted with the level of support and hope to have even more next year. There will be one tweak to the rules; consolations will be scored less highly in 2018, with a consolation winner equating to a main semi-finalist rather than a losing finalist.
The UK Intermediate Tour 2018
The Intermediate Tour works very similarly to the main Tour. There is one important differences, though – there are four events on the Tour which have specific Intermediate divisions:
- London Open
- UK Open, at Coombe Abbey
- Bristol Open
- Worcester Christmas Turkey
which don’t count towards the main Tour. To make up your five scores overall, you need to use two scores from these intermediate competitions; the remaining three can be from either more of these, or the eight single-division tournaments. They will be scored as if they had 64 entrants, regardless of actual numbers, so these four are the best places to try scoring intermediate points.
Players will be allowed to self-identify as intermediate players, although tournament directors will have discretion to exclude players who are clearly of significantly higher standard than that expected in the lower division. If you’re in any doubt, do get in touch and we can give you a definitive answer. If it’s popular, we hope to expand the number of intermediate events for subsequent years.