Once the China Open is done, we will know for sure who is doing what over the next few weeks.
First up is the World Championship qualifiers at Ponds Forge where 18 amateurs:-
will take up the invite to compete against the non-qualifying pros.
Then it’s the EBSA play offs featuring the top 8 in the Order of Merit. The Order of Merit was over just 2 events, the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany and the Gibraltar Open – in Gibraltar of course.
See the Order of Merit results here courtesy of Kin Dsa
This year the EBSA play offs will be done in just one day, and two tour cards will be offered to the finalists.
Next up is the big one. THE big one. The World Championships. For some this will be a battle to earn enough ranking points to stay on the tour, but for one it will be the holy grail – World Champion!
And then for others it will mean being cast into the hell of Q School in May to be challenged by some very good amateurs and others who just happen to have a spare £600 and fancy a game of snooker. Two events leading to 12 tour cards and for those who just miss out, maybe a chance to be offered places on tour events where not all 128 pros enter.
All in all, a very busy time. Not just in these major events, but up and down the country league titles are won and lost, individual champions crowned, some will hang up their cues, others will be just starting out on their snooker career. It’s also the time, believe it or not, that various organisations are busily planning next season.
Amateur snooker is alive and kicking!