Gary Owen (snooker player)
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|Died||1995 (aged 65)|
Southport, Queensland, Australia
|Highest ranking||10 (1976/77)|
|Highest||118: 1971 Australian Professional Championship|
|Best ranking finish||Quarter-final (1975 World Championship)|
Owen was the inaugural British Under-16 champion in 1944 and reached the final of the prestigious English Amateur Championship six years later. He then gave up competitive play for a number of years, returning only in the early 1960s.
In 1963 he matched the achievement of his brother Marcus, winning the English Amateur Championship. This qualified him to compete for England at the inaugural World Amateur Championship in Calcutta that year. He won all his matches in a round-robin format and took the title. He became world amateur champion for a second time in 1966, beating future world professional champion John Spencer who was the runner-up.
In 1968 Owen, Spencer and Ray Reardon become the first players in a generation to turn professional. His best performance as a professional came in 1969 when he reached the final of the reconstituted World Professional Snooker Championship, losing to old rival Spencer by 37 frames to 24. A semi-finalist in 1970, he was defeated in the last eight in 1973 and 1975. In 1970 Owen defeated Ray Reardon 6–4 in the final of the Stratford Professional.
Owen emigrated to Australia, taking a job as the resident professional at a snooker club in Sydney, and was runner-up to Eddie Charlton in the 1972 and 1973 Australian Professional championships. After gaining Australian citizenship, he represented his new country at the Snooker World Cup in 1979.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking||No ranking system||10||13|
|World Championship||Non-Ranking Event||2R||QF||1R||A||A|
|Stratford Professional||Not Held||W||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Park Drive 2000 (Spring)||Not Held||RR||A||Tournament Not Held|
|World Championship||F||SF||RR||A||QF||Ranking Event|
|World Matchplay Championship||Tournament Not Held||QF||NH|
|Australian Professional Championship||A||A||A||SF||F||F||QF||A||SF||LQ|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
Non-ranking finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|World Championship (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1968||Willie Smith Trophy||John Dunning||Round-robin|
|Runner-up||1.||1969||World Snooker Championship||John Spencer||27–46|
|Winner||2.||1970||Stratford Professional||Ray Reardon||6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||1972||Australian Professional Championship||Eddie Charlton||10–19|
|Runner-up||3.||1973||Australian Professional Championship (2)||Eddie Charlton||10–31|
Amateur finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final/
|Runner-up||1.||1950||English Amateur Championship||Alf Nolan||5–6|
|Winner||1.||1963||English Amateur Championship||Ron Gross||11–3|
|Winner||2.||1963||World Amateur Championship||Frank Harris (Runner-up)||–[n 1]|
|Winner||3.||1966||World Amateur Championship (2)||John Spencer (Runner-up)||–[n 1]|
- Title decided alone on group stage
- "Obituary: Gary Owen". The Independent. 4 July 1995. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- "Career-total Statistics for Gary Owen - Professional". CueTracker. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- Everton, Clive (1985). Guinness Snooker: The Records. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 124–125. ISBN 0851124488.
- "Obituary: Gary Owen MBE". Snooker Scene. No. August 1995. Everton's News Agency. p. 10.
- Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987-88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 296–297. ISBN 0356146901.
- Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987-88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 251–253. ISBN 0356146901.
- "Owen defeats title holder". Sport Argus. 5 September 1970. p. 11.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
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