As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to wrap up the biggest UK Tour so far and announce our winners…
Many congratulations to Kevin Jones who takes the 2019 title by a huge 500 point margin after an outstanding year, winning in West Yorkshire and Liverpool and collecting over 100 points in each of Newcastle, Cambridge and London – not to mention the 2019 UK Champions League title. Runner up Gaz Owen and third-place Radu Ciortan didn’t win Tour events this year but scored consistently well throughout the year. The remainder of the leaderboard is packed with great performances too. The top thirteen all qualified for the Tour Winners’ Invitational either automatically or as an overall high-scorer:
- Kevin Jones (2226; West Yorks, Liverpool winner)
- Gaz Owen (1720)
- Radu Ciortan (1714; St Albans finalist)
- Tim Cross (1551; UK Open winner)
- Sean Casey (1430)
- Saul Brody (1328; Manchester winner)
- Stuart Mann (1285; Bristol winner)
- Jon Barnes (1110; BMAB winner)
- Alastair Woods (1036; Newcastle winner)
- Nick Sandqvist (983; Cambridge winner)
- Steve Bibby (930)
- Brian Lever (848)
- Sean Jones (845; London finalist)
There are also automatic TWI places for Paul Christmas (15th; won Blackpool), Sean Clennell (23rd; won Worcester) and David Brown (24th; won Brighton). You can find full standings here.
The Intermediate Tour was a very hard-fought affair with a lot of players still able to make it to the Invitational even at the last tournament; I had set out to draw up a list of possible permutations on the train home from BMAB and found after an hour I’d barely scratched the surface. Mike Shewry had led the tour by a large margin after the UK Open, and at that point our eventual winner still had a score of 0… but a finalist spot in Newcastle, a good score in Bristol and a handful more in Worcester were enough to put Adrian Farthing at the top at the end of the season. Tiberiu Bostan had been in contention as UK Open semi-finalist, and grabbed second place by reaching the final in Worcester.
- Adrian Farthing (866)
- Tiberiu Bostan (847; Worcester int. finalist)
- Mike Shewry (820; UK Open int. winner)
- Alexander Polden (784)
- David Sanders (743; Worcester int winner)
- Mark Radley (627)
- Beata Kiss (560; UK Open int. winner)
- Anna Price (527)
- Steve Lee (492)
- Peter Hodson (490)
- John Horton (472)
- Rosalie Johnson (471)
- CJ Uttley (411)
- Richard Halvorsen (400)
- John McNeill (399)
The final automatic TWI place went to David Phillips (17th; Bristol int. finalist). Only five automatic places were taken up in the end, as both finalists in London and Brighton, and one in Bristol, weren’t UKBGF members. You have to be in it to win it! Again, you can find full standings here.
The top 3 in each Tour will receive personalised engraved glass paperweights to mark their achievement.
356 people were part of the UK Tour and 178 people in the Intermediate Tour – it’s awesome to see so many turning out for events around the country. Have a very happy new year, and and we look forward to seeing even more of you in 2020!