All eyes turn to Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton upon Trent on Wednesday for the start of Q School 2016.
The 12 Q School qualifiers will each be given two-year tickets to play on the World Snooker Tour 2016/17, playing against the world’s best players for millions of pounds of prize money.
There are in fact two tournaments. The first runs from 11 to 16 May and the second starts on 17 May and runs to 22 May. Entry to Q School is open to any amateur snooker player from anywhere in the world, male or female and £600 will gain entry to both tournaments.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “I was delighted to see record entries for Q School this year with players coming from as far afield as China, India, Israel, Pakistan and the USA. It shows how many players there are on the amateur scene who want to earn a place on the professional tour. The opportunities for players on the pro circuit have never been better than they are now, as our sport grows around the world and the number of events and level of prize money goes up year after year.
“Our decision to increase the number of tour cards available to 12 is a tremendous incentive for all 182 players to practise as hard as they can and be ready for the challenge, because every match will count and there is a huge potential reward.”
This year sees a return to 12 two-year tickets to the main pro tour but in a slightly different way. For the first three years of Q School there were three tournaments with the four semi finalists from each earning pro tickets. For the following two years the events were reduced to two, meaning only 8 tickets on offer. This year there are 8 tickets for the semi finalists and also tickets for the next best four from the order of merit. The order of merit is then used to select players for ranking tournaments where the draws are not filled by tour players.
Draws for each event are available here courtesy of snooker.org but anyone qualifying from event 1 will not play in event 2.
If you fancy watching some high quality snooker, entry is free and there is no need to book.