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Alan Morris
10-03-2005, 01:55 PM
LAI WINS SECOND AMERICAN TITLE

GEORGE Lai has recaptured the United States National Snooker Championship title with a solid 4-2 victory over defending champion Kenny Kwok in the final at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel, California.

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<font color="blue">George Lai (right) accepts the United States National Snooker Championship trophy from the United States Snooker Association's newly elected executive director, Alan Morris.</font color>

Lai first tasted national snooker success in 1997, and his consistent break-building form throughout this year's event helped him to regain the title despite losing heavily to Kwok in their match during the group phase.

It was imperative that Lai made a good start in the final after suffering that crushing group loss, and he comprehensively secured the first frame 64 points to 18 though Kwok hit back immediately in the next frame to level matters at one frame each.

Lai again nudged ahead after taking the third frame, but just could not shake off last year’s champion as he claimed the fourth frame helped by a break of 33.

However, Kwok, a former Asian Snooker Championship runner-up, was clearly struggling and found it hard to capture some of the fine form that eased him into the final. Too many missed balls enabled Lai to easily win the fifth frame 81 points to 13 to again go ahead at three frames to two.

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<font color="blue">George Lai (left) and Kenny Kwok prepare to do battle for the 2005 United States National Snooker Championship title.</font color>

Kwok now had to somehow increase his momentum in the sixth frame, but again failed to capitalize on the chances he was presented by Lai. After moving into a 41 points to 10 lead, Lai fired in a very cool and calm break of 56 to clear the table and claim the title again that he last won eight years ago.

Lai and Kwok have insured their places on the main United States national team at next year's IBSF World Team Snooker Championships to be staged at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California, from August 17 - 26.

The United States Snooker Association would like to thank the Embassy Billiards Club for their help and support in staging the Championship, in providing top quality snooker facilities to play on as well as adding prize money. The association would also like to extend their many thanks to the Belgian based company Saluc, who provided the Aramith Tournament Champion Pro-Cup snooker balls for this year's Championship.

QUARTERFINALS (Best of 5 frames)

Kenny Kwok (1) 3 - 1 Orwin Ham
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Kwok's score first):
1st. 38 – 62 2nd. 70(52) – 16 3rd. 52 – 53 4th. 71 – 28

Truman Wu (4) 3 - 1 David Chartier
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Wu's score first):
1st. 51(32) – 18 2nd. 49 – 60 3rd. 55 – 43 4th. 52 – 39

Andrew Barlow (3) 3 - 2 Ajeya Prabhakar
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Barlow's score first):
1st. 50 – 42 2nd. 55(35) – 12 3rd. 14 – 66(36) 4th. 46 – 50 5th. 43 – 23

Raymond Fung (2) 1 - 3 George Lai
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Fung's score first):
1st. 34 – 75 2nd. 22 – 67(40) 3rd. 59 – 32 4th. 52 – 55


SEMIFINALS (Best of 7 frames)

Kenny Kwok (1) 4 - 0 Truman Wu (4)
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Kwok's score first):
1st. 65 – 48 2nd. 56 – 19 3rd. 69 – 12 4th. 83 – 16

Andrew Barlow (3) 0 - 4 George Lai
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Barlow's score first):
1st. 1 – 85 2nd. 26 – 62 3rd. 47 – 69 4th. 14 – 66(35)

FINAL (Best of 7 frames)

Kenny Kwok (1) 2 - 4 George Lai
Frame scores and 30+ breaks in brackets (Kwok's score first):
1st. 18 – 64 2nd. 52 – 24 3rd. 24 – 63 4th. 64(33) – 37 5th. 13 – 81 6th. 10 – 97(56)