The Q School of snooker is already underway with a batch of amateurs chasing a place on the illustrious World Snooker Tour. Over the next five weeks there will be three events in the UK and two in Asia and Oceania to determine which fresh faces will be given the opportunity of a lifetime to join the circuit with players such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby.
Here is everything you need to know about Q School 2022.
What is it?
It is basically a tournament that gives amateur players the chance to battle it out for a place on the World Snooker Tour, which has the potential to be life-changing for these budding prospects. There are three events spread over the next three weeks in the UK at Sheffield’s Pond Forge International Sports Centre, with the first concluding this Saturday.
Twelve two-year tour cards are up for grabs in the three UK events, with the four players who reach the semi-finals of each event being the recipients. Those who are unsuccessful have to settle for their amateur status for another year, which only intensifies the pressure of these events.
All players are entered into the three tournaments, but if they reach the semis then they have already won their card and don’t play in the following events.
Those dates will be followed by two events in Asia and Oceania which will be held at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club in Thailand’s capital. For these events, four cards are up for grabs while eight places are on offer for the 2022-23 WPBSA Q Tour, which is a high-quality amateur circuit opening another pathway onto the WST.
The competitors vary from youngsters chasing their dreams, to players who have recently dropped out of the Tour, as well as veterans coming back for one last crack at achieving pro status.
📍 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
🎟 £5 for the day and no need to book in advance.
🗓 16 May - 3 June, 2022
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When is each event?
Event 1: 16 May-21 May
Event 2: 22 May-27 May
Event 3: 28 May-2 June
Asia and Oceania
Event 1: 1 June-7 June
Event 2: 9 June-15 June
How to follow?
Who has made it to Round 5 of the first event?
We are at the penultimate stage of event one in Sheffield and these players are just two matches away from being added to the pro circuit. The matches take place at 8pm on Friday evening.
(a)* - amateur
Rod Lawler (a) v Lukas Kleckers
Harvey Chandler (a) v Brandon Sargeant (a)
Rory McLeod v Zhao Jianbo
Fergal O’Brien v Ross Muir (a)
Luke Simmonds (a) v Aaron Hill
Daniel Womersley (a) v Andy Lee/Ian Martin (a)
Akani Songsermsawad/Michael Gergiou (a) v Florian Nussle (a)
Leo Fernandez (a)/Lewis Ullah (a) v Soheil Vahedi (a)/Bai Langning (a)