KUCHING: The Executive 3 Sarawak Closed snooker championship is expected to be an interesting one with several top players in the fray.
Last year’s Sarawak Open champion James Giam from here, first runner-up Alvis Wong Teck Chuan from Sarikei and joint third Mark Yeo from Sibu are in the tournament from Sept 19 to 22.
Veteran Danny Wong from Sibu, who is also the organising chairman, and former state champion Tan Chin Yong from here are also going to make it a tight affair.
Danny told The Star on Tuesday that it would be a fiery contest between youth and experience.
The competition is organised by Sibu Division Billiards and Snooker Association, headed by Joe Ting and is sponsored by Executive 3 Snooker Centre with 57 players from throughout the state compe-ting.
It is open to anyone above 18, who has resided in Sarawak for the past 12 months.
Kuching are sending 15 of their top players while Bintulu are sending three, Miri and Sarikei have two each, Kapit have one while 34 players are from Sibu.
“They have the potential to rule the table and they are the stars to watch.
“On paper, their names may not ring a bell but they can create an upset and make an immediate impact at the championship,” said Danny.
Only the top 16 from Sibu will be short-listed from the preliminary rounds, which started on Monday.
They will then take on outstation players in the final round from Sept 19 to 22.
The champion gets to take home RM2,000, the first runner-up will get RM1,000 while the semi-finalists will each get RM500.
The quarter-finalists will receive RM200. The player with the highest break (70 points or above) will get an extra RM300 while the one with the century break will get one Ding Junhui cue worth about RM1,700.
The format is single knockout, best-of-five frames in the preliminary round, best-of-16 in the quarter-finals while the semi-finals and final are best-of-seven.