Snooker greats swap baize for fairway in Sheffield

Dennis taylor, Stephen Hendry and play snooker golf in the Peace Gardens.
Dennis taylor, Stephen Hendry and play snooker golf in the Peace Gardens.
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IS it snolf or is it gooker?

Snooker superstars lined up to play a new game in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens yesterday – a cross between golf and snooker.

The 72-metre square snooker table/golfing-green was tested out by greats of the game including Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor and Ken Doherty.

They used a golf club to pot coloured balls into giant pockets as fans looked on.

The game was the brainchild of Sheffield Council events manager Kevin Cheetham and staged to mark the end of this year’s World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.

Kevin said: “We wanted to promote the World Snooker Championships and it gave the BBC something to film. A lot of the snooker players are big golfers and I thought it would be a bit of fun.

“They used a club to pot balls into six pockets but we had eight reds rather than 15.

“Unfortunately it was absolutely freezing but the players enjoyed it.”