I suppose it was inevitable, and sensible, that the amateur rounds were cancelled. It wouldn’t have been seen as fitting for hundreds of amateurs to descend on a UK venue still to be announced, for a weekend of snooker! Even as far back as last year the event was played behind closed doors.
The event runs from March 1 to 7 and it is the last event in the BetVictor European Series, with the player who tops the final Order of Merit to earn a £150,000 bonus.
No doubt there will be top-ups taken from the Q School Order of Merit but wildcards haven’t been announced as yet.
Traditionally there would be 4 or so rounds where over 100 amateurs fought it out for a chance to take on the pros. There was no prize money on offer unless they did beat a pro. But more than that, it used to be one of the EBSA qualifying events where a tour card was on offer.
Things have changed since the World Snooker Federation began and IBSF lost their qualifying places. The route to the main tour is now somewhat different – but that’s another story!
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