POOL: ‘Granite’ makes his Mark at Munich Open

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Cue wizard Mark Gray has been setting the European pool scene alight after winning the Munich Open 10 Ball Masters.

The 40-year-old Baston potter, who is a regular performer in the Spalding and District Snooker League, topped a field of over 100 entries in Germany.

Gray, the resident professional at Bourne Snooker Centre, halved the €3,000 prize money kitty with good friend Phil Burford after beating him in the final.

Held at the BSV Playhouse Pool in Bavaria, the tournament was played in a different format. It was a race to five frames and the best of three sets.

On the way to the final “Granite” Gray picked up notable wins over Germany’s Georg Wilhelm (5-2, 5-3), top Italian potter Antonio Benvenuto (5-4, 5-4), world 9 ball champion Darryl Peach (5-2, 5-2) and Indian number one Raj Hundal (5-0, 5-4).

That left a showdown with England’s Burford in the final – and having lost the first set 5-1, he recovered to take the next two sets 5-4, 5-2.

As well as the prize money, Gray also won a €300 watch for his troubles.

Straight after the event Gray made the six-hour drive to Venice for the European Tour event in Castlebrando Castle.

He started well and beat Austria’s Manuel Kapeller 9-2, Sweden’s Christopher Koba 9-7 and Switzerland’s Jonni Fulcher 9-7 to claim a place in the last 16. But there he let an 8-4 lead slip against England player Imran Majid and lost 9-8.

Gray, who is sponsored by Bourne company Superior Landscaping, is currently ranked ninth in Europe and number one in the GB 9-Ball rankings.