|Posted by SnookerInfo on May 23, 2019 at 11:55 AM|
Q School is an annual event where amateurs get the chance to qualify for the main tour. There are three events, which run back to back and the four winners of each quarter in each event win a two-year tour card to play as a professional on the circuit. This year there is also four places available to the 'best four' players who didn't qualify over the course of the three events.
In this blog, I will be posting the four players who qualified from the first event.
Born: 19th October, 1975 (43 years old)
4-1 v Barry Lee
4-1 v Stephen Kershaw
4-2 v Adam Duffy
4-0 v Rodion Judin
4-1 v Si Jiahui
4-0 v Sean Maddocks
Widely regarded as the best amateur snooker player, David has had lots of success as an amateur. He won the Amateur European Championship in 1995 and then went on to win the English Amateur Championship in 1997 and 1999 before winning it for a third time in 2004.
In 2016, David attempted to qualify for the main tour via Q School but lost in the final round to Chen Zhe. Later that year, He played in the Indian Open and had some noticable victories, Beating Tian Pengfei, Mike Dunn, Mark Williams and Robert Milkins before losing in the Quarter Finals against Shaun Murphy.
In 2018, David again entered Q School and although failing to qualify for the tour he finished number one on the Order of Merit allowing him to take part in most events throughout the season. His best runs came in the International Championship and the Scottish Open reaching the Last 32 in both events.
Born: 24th January, 1998 (21 years old)
4-0 v James Burrett
4-1 v Allan Taylor
4-2 v Heikki Niva
4-0 v Qingtian Yang
4-1 v Michael Wild
4-2 v Wang ZePeng
Xu Si first qualified for the tour in 2017 through winning the 2016 IBSF World Under-21 Championship defeating Alexander Ursenbacher in the final. He struggled at first to adapt to life as a professional losing his first three matches. His first win came against Michael Georgiou in the 2017 Indian Open, A strong run to the semi finals followed beating high profile players such as Ricky Walden and David Gilbert on the way. His run ended when he lost to John Higgins 4-2.
Xu Si struggled to recapture that form losing in the first round of many tournaments and ended up losing his tour card just last month. He entered Q School and will now enjoy an immediate return to the tour.
Born: 15th March, 1989 (30 years old)
4-2 v Chris Totten
4-2 v Tyler Rees
4-0 v Lee Daegyu
4-2 v Billy Joe Castle
4-3 v Paul S Davison
4-2 v Ross Bulman
Soheil Vahedi almost qualified for the main tour in 2009 at the age of 20 losing 9-8 in the final of the World Amateur Under-21 Championships to Noppon Saengkham. Seven years later he won the World Amateur Championship beating Andrew Pagett 8-1 in the final to qualify for the tour for the first time.
Soheil lost in the first round of many tournaments during his first season as a professional before reaching the Last 32 of the Gibraltar Open before losing in a deciding frame against Jack Lisowski. He has since reached the Last 32 again at the 2019 Indian Open but didn't do enough to stay on the tour and so had to re-qualify through Q School this year.
Born: 19th August, 1986 (32 years old)
4-3 v Kuldesh Johal
4-1 v Chen Zhe
4-3 Andreas Ploner
4-1 v Lin Shuai
4-1 v Lukas Kleckers
Jamie O'Neill started playing on the Challenge tour in 2003 and won the European Under-19 Championship in the same year. Three years later he won the English Open Championship beating Jeff Cundy 8-3 in the final.
He first qualified for the tour in 2007 having finished 6th in the International Open Series Order of Merit. He failed to qualify for any tournaments and lost his place at the end of that season. He returned in 2010/11 but again lost his tour card after just one season.
This isn't the first time he's been successful at Q School as he qualified in 2012. During his two year spell on tour, Jamie achieved his best ranking finish reaching the Last 16 of the 2014 China Open. He beat Alan McManus, Kyren Wilson and Fergal O'Brien before losing 5-3 against Mark King. The following month he again lost his tour card and remained an amateur for five years up until now.
Congratulations to the four players who won their tour cards today. Q School Event 2 starts tomorrow.