Plymouth’s Darren McVicar finally realised his previously untapped potential by winning the Hilton Gatwick Amateur Open in fine style, beating Wales Simon Ward 6-3 in the final.
The victory certainly capped off an impressive weekend for McVicar who also reached the last 16 of the Main event, dispatching Phil Harrison en route with a merciless display of power finishes. His performance in that match was a sign of things to come as he waltzed through to the final of the Amateur event with his open, attacking style of play, taking out dish after dish, leaving his opponents shell shocked in their chairs. McVicar, who is already committed to the IPA Tour for 2013, must surely be looking to win one of the ‘majors’ next year after a performance of this magnitude.
Ward himself was in fine form, whitewashing Zak Shepherd and Tour 1 double winner Giuseppe D’Imperio in consecutive rounds, before finally losing out to the relentless McVicar.
Mr Consistency in the Amateur events Dan Davy, again fell just short of the winning line, losing out in the semis, but it was enough to secure his place as the top Amateur of 2012, with an amazing haul of 46 points, fending off early pace setter D’Imperio and the fast finishing Ward. Davy, after reaching 2 finals and 2 semi finals in five events, must surely be considering mixing it with the elite in 2013 after this series of performances.
As has been the case in the Open events, the 5 titles have been shared around 5 different winners, again emphasising the calibre of talented amateur players the IPA Tour is blessed with, and we can all look forward to 2013 which promises more surprises but most importantly, the highest standard of 8 ball pool imaginable at both amateur and professional levels.
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