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Guest Speaker John Parrott MBE .... What a night it promises to be at Pontardawe Golf Club

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 17:54
 
 
 
 

 

Guest Speaker John Parrott MBE .... What a night it promises to be at Pontardawe Golf Club

Friday February 16th 7.00pm for 7.30pm start 

Black Tie or Lounge Suit ... £25 per head ... 3 Course Dinner

Phone Conrad Dyment Jones on 07595740117 to book .. All are welcome.


 

 

 

John has had quite an illustrious career as you'll see below and I'm sure it will be great listening to him talking about his life.

Until the age of 12 John was a keen bowls player but then discovered snooker and has been a keen player ever since. John lost in the final of the English Under-16s Championship in 1980 and won the Points Junior Championship in 1981. He was Pontins Open Champion in 1982,Junior Pot Black champion in 1982 and turned professional the following year after winning a record 14 tournaments in his last year as an amateur player.

John won the World Snooker Championship in 1991 defeating Jimmy White in the final. He repeated his win over White to add the UK Championship title later that year, and is one of only five players to win both championships in the same calendar year. He spent three successive seasons at number 2 in the world rankings, and having compiled 221 centuries is one of several players to have compiled more than 200 competitive centuries during his career.

John turned professional in 1983 and he made his televised debut as a professional during the 1984 Classic in which he played Alex Higgins in the last 16 of the competition, he caused a stir when he won the match 5–2. He then beat Tony Knowles in the next round before losing to Steve Davies in the semi-finals. By then, bookmakers had him tipped to be the World Snooker Champion within five years (it took him seven years).

John also boasts 14 consecutive seasons in the top 16 of the snooker world rankings, eleven of them in the top 6.

Overall, John has won a total of nine world ranking events , which is eleventh on the all-time list. Also, his 1991 triumphs in the World Championship and UK Championship make him one of only five players to win both of snooker's two most prominent ranking titles in the same year.

John is the only player to have recorded a "whitewash" in the World Championship final stages, he beat Eddie Charlton 10–0 in the first round in 1992.

After the 2010/2010 season John announced he was to retire from the professional game. He told the Daily Mail.

"If I'm off the tour, it’s fairly certain that I'll retire. I certainly won't be playing any lower down, If I lose my card, that's me gone. I still have the utmost respect for the game. I've just lost in the World Championship and I'm not going to spit the dummy out. But I don't enjoy the hours of practice anymore"

John is a studio expert on snooker for BBC Sport, often partnered with Steve Davies and also does much of their tutorial and playing guidance. He was one of the team captains on A question of sport, alongside footballer and pundit Alley McCoist from 1996 to 2002.

He is also a strong follower of Horse racing and was part of the presenting team for the BBC's horse racing coverage.

John is a supporter of Everton which should entice our own Swansea City supporters a to ask a few topical questions .In 1996 John was honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. In 2011 it was announced that John was to be the Honorary Patron of the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA)

"Don't miss this great event, it promises to be a night to remember"

Friday February 16th 7.00pm for 7.30pm start ...

Black Tie or Lounge Suit ...

£25 per head ... 3 Course Dinner ...

Phone Conrad Dyment Jones on 07595740117 to book .. All are welcome

 

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