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Brief History 
The Strachan Open was a one-off ranking event held in March 1992 and sponsored by the well known billiard table cloth company. It carried a slightly lower points tariff and a considerably lower prize fund than the main ranking events and as such was boycotted by several of the top players.
 
The final stages were played at the Thornbury Leisure Centre near Bristol. Peter Ebdon made a maximum in the qualifying rounds but it was Thailand’s James Wattana who achieved his first ranking win with a victory over John Parrott in the final.
 
The event was not repeated but the following season, in an effort to encourage some of the hundreds of new professionals who had joined the tour, the WPBSA experimented with several so-called minor ranking events. These were open to all the pros but carried a much lower ranking points tariff, some ten per cent of that applicable to most of the other tournaments. The already established Benson and Hedges Championship was one of the four events concerned and the others were three legs of the Strachan Challenge. Although there was no restriction as to who could enter, most of the top 16 did not bother. They were played out at snooker clubs, the first and the third at Aldershot and the second in Sheffield. The experiment was not repeated although there were two further Challenge events the following season which did not carry any ranking status.



Strachan Open           

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1991/92 Thornbury Leisure Centre Strachan James Wattana John Parrott 9-5 £12,500

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Qualifying Rounds
Peter Ebdon 1991/92 Prelim. Qual Rd 1 v Wayne Martin


Strachan Challenge  Minor Ranking events in 1992/3.WPBSA Non-Ranking events in 1993/4
Season Venue Event Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1992/93 Jimmy White Snooker Lodge, Aldershot Strachan Challenge 1st Leg Joe Swail Stefan Mazrocis 9-4 £3,000
1992/93 Radion Plaxa Club, Sheffield Strachan Challenge 2nd Leg Troy Shaw Nigel Bond 9-4 £3,000
1992/93 Jimmy White Snooker Lodge, Aldershot Strachan Challenge 3rd Leg Tony Drago Ken Doherty 9-7 £3,000
1993/94 Jimmy White Snooker Lodge, Aldershot Strachan Challenge 1st Leg Anthony Hamilton Andy Hicks 9-4 £5,000
1993/94 Willie Thorne Snooker Centre, Leicester Strachan Challenge 2nd Leg Anthony Hamilton Paul Davies 9-4 £5,000

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