Three players from China have emerged from the first Q-School event with a two-year professional card for the Main Tour.
Cao Yupeng secured his immediate return to the circuit after dropping outside the top 64 in the world rankings last season.
Cao reached the last 16 of the World Championship in 2012 but struggled to find form last season as he plummeted down the rankings list.
The 25 year-old is joined by compatriot Chen Zhe, who by qualifying has now successfully contested Q-School for a second time after previously joining the Main Tour via the same avenue in 2012.
The duo is accompanied by another Chinese in Fang Xiongman, who will join the pro ranks for the first time after a 4-3 victory over Daniel Womersley.
The fourth qualifier from Event One will also be a rookie, as England’s Christopher Keogan sealed his spot with a 4-0 triumph over Scotland’s Marc Davis – not to be mistaken with current pro Mark Davis.
Marc Davis, Womersley, and the other two losers in the final round of qualifying, Englishmen Joe Roberts and David Lilley, are all in a strong position to secure one of the four professional places available via the Q-School Order of Merit.
Of course, with the second Q-School tournament to begin tomorrow, they’ll be hoping to go one better than their performance in this event to avoid any doubt of their promotion to the professional scene.
Ireland’s Greg Casey reached the last 32 before being knocked out by former Snookerbacker Classic champion Antony Parsons, while Jason Devaney, Daniel O’Regan and Aaron Tobin exited at the previous hurdle.
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