The deadline for entering this year’s Q-School is on the horizon with April 6th looming large for all aspiring amateurs.
Once again there will be two events whereby eight players will have the opportunity to secure a two-year Main Tour card.
The entry fee is £600, which might seem like quite a lot at the time, but would be pittance in comparison to what could potentially be earned when turned professional.
2016’s Q-School runs from May 11th to the 22nd at Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton.
This is the first time that the competition doesn’t clash with Ireland’s National Championship so there’s a great chance for a lot of the Irish amateurs to have a crack at the big time without any moral obligation to the domestic scene.
In previous Q-Schools, David Morris has regained his professional ticket while the likes of Leo Fernandez, Joe Delaney and John Sutton have reached the final round.
Of course, even this can prove lucrative as by placing high on the Order of Merit there is more chance of being invited to compete in Main Tour events – as World Snooker often needs to make up the numbers following withdrawals and lack of entries.
One such beneficiary this season has been Adam Duffy, who by finishing third in the Order of Merit has gained entry into every ranking event of the campaign, including at the UK Championship where he caused an upset by beating two-time champion Ding Junhui.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Opportunity for all is an integral part of sport and that’s why we launched Q-School back in 2011. Since then we’ve seen hundreds of players competing for a coveted place on our tour. Each year only the best eight make it. So it’s time to ask yourself the question: will you be one of those in 2016? Have you got the talent, the determination and the temperament to get through the field and earn professional status? If the answer is yes, get your name down now for Q-school.
“There has never been a better time to be a snooker player. Next season we are adding several brand new ranking events to the calendar, so the schedule will be busier than ever, and the level of prize money higher than ever. There will be no resting on our laurels and the tour will continue to grow. So the players who take the opportunities open to them will truly be living the dream.
“Over the past five years, Q-School has proved the best and fairest way for players to qualify for the tour. It is played in fantastic conditions at an excellent venue in Burton so there are no excuses. The best will rise to the top. Now is the time to get on board. Get your name down for Q-School because it could change your life.”
Players can enter by registering at https://www.wsplayers.com/ and following the instructions.