THE inaugural Golden Cue Open Snooker Tournament could become a tournament with one of the highest prize money to be given out in the Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association.
Last week, Export Freight Services (EFS) announced they will contribute $4000 towards the tournament and the winner will walk away with $500.
The runner-up of the tournament will win $250 while semi-finalists and quarterfinalists will receive $100 and $50 respectively.
This the first time EFS is supporting snooker and company director John Chen said they were constantly looking for ways to assist the growth of minor sports in the country.
He said EFS would sponsor the tournament for the next five years.
"Snooker is considered a minor sport in the country and we want to help them be recognised," Chen said.
"Everyone is concentrating on the bigger sports and minor sports in the country are being neglected," he said.
Director of SDBSA Riffat Bhatti said the tournament would be for a good cause as part of the sponsorship would be given to charity.
"We will donate $1000 from the sponsorship amount to St Christophers Home in Nakasi," Bhatti said.
"Not only that but part of the entry fees from the tournament will be donated as well," he said.
"This will be the third charity tournament SDBSA has organised after the tournament for the Fiji Cancer Society last year and the tournament for the flood donations earlier this year."
The Golden Cue Open Snooker tournament will be played on September 1 and 2 at the Fiji Club, Merchants Club, United Club and Defence Club.