Gary Owen (snooker player)

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Gary Owen
Tumble, Wales
Died1995 (aged 65)[1]
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Sport country Australia
Highest ranking10 (1976/77)
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (x1)

Gary Owen (born 1929 in Tumble, Carmarthenshire, Wales; died 1995 in Brisbane, Australia) was an Welsh–born Australian snooker player.


Owen was the inaugural British Under-16 champion in 1944[2] 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.[3]

In 1963 he matched the achievement of his brother Marcus, winning the English Amateur Championship.[2] 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.[4]

In 1968 Owen, Spencer and Ray Reardon become the first players in a generation to turn professional.[3] 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[1] by 37 frames to 24. A semi-finalist in 1970, he was defeated in the last eight in 1973 and 1975.[5] In 1970 Owen defeated Ray Reardon 6–4 in the final of the Stratford Professional.[6]

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.[3]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1968/
Ranking[7] No ranking system 10 13
Ranking tournaments
World Championship Non-Ranking Event 2R QF 1R A A
Non-ranking tournaments
Stratford Professional Not Held W A A Tournament Not Held
Park Drive 2000 (Spring) Not Held RR A Tournament Not Held
Pot Black QF RR SF A A A A A A A
World Championship F SF RR A QF Ranking Event
World Masters Tournament Not Held RR Not Held
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

Career finals[edit]

Non-ranking finals: 5 (2 titles)[edit]

World Championship (0–1)
Other (2–2)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1968 Willie Smith Trophy England John Dunning Round-robin
Runner-up 1. 1969 World Snooker Championship England John Spencer 27–46
Winner 2. 1970 Stratford Professional Wales Ray Reardon 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1972 Australian Professional Championship Australia Eddie Charlton 10–19
Runner-up 3. 1973 Australian Professional Championship (2) Australia Eddie Charlton 10–31

Amateur finals: 4 (3 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final/
Runner-up 1. 1950 English Amateur Championship England Alf Nolan 5–6
Winner 1. 1963 English Amateur Championship England Ron Gross 11–3
Winner 2. 1963 World Amateur Championship Australia Frank Harris (Runner-up) [n 1]
Winner 3. 1966 World Amateur Championship (2) England John Spencer (Runner-up) [n 1]


  1. ^ a b Title decided alone on group stage


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Gary Owen". The Independent. 4 July 1995. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Everton, Clive (1985). Guinness Snooker: The Records. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 124–125. ISBN 0851124488.
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary: Gary Owen MBE". Snooker Scene. No. August 1995. Everton's News Agency. p. 10.
  4. ^ Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987-88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 296–297. ISBN 0356146901.
  5. ^ Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987-88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 251–253. ISBN 0356146901.
  6. ^ "Owen defeats title holder". Sport Argus. 5 September 1970. p. 11.
  7. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.