Germany’s Umut Dikme produced a fine performance to claim the Q Tour Event 3 trophy on home soil on Sunday.
The 23 year-old secured a maiden title on the amateur feeder circuit with a 5-1 victory over Hamim Hussain in the final in Heilbronn.
Dikme compiled breaks of 59 and 53 as he established a commanding 4-0 lead to take control of the contest.
Hussain managed to avoid the whitewash by winning the fifth frame, but Dikme duly wrapped up the glory in style with a superb 105 century contribution.
Earlier in the three-day event, Dikme earned triumphs over Ian Martin, Artemijs Žižins, and Chang Yu Kiu to reach the last four.
It was in the semi-finals where he conjured arguably his best victory of them all as he outlasted veteran former professional Peter Lines with a 4-2 scoreline.
By claiming the £3,000 main prize, Dikme moves to third in the Q Tour rankings list for the 2023/24 snooker season.
The top-ranked player following the conclusion of the seven counting events will receive a two-year card to compete on the professional main tour.
Q Tour Event 1 winner Liam Davies is the current points leader, with Q Tour Event 2 champion Michael Holt closely behind in second place.
An additional three spots on the World Snooker Tour will be up for grabs via a subsequent play-off event.
Changes to the Q Tour for the 2023/24 season mean that the play-off tournament will be expanded to include the usual 16 players from the order of merit but also a further eight from new regional events staged around the world.
Vinnie Calabrese won one of those regional events last week with his success at the Bob Hawke AC Memorial Australian Snooker Open Championship.
The next tournament on the UK/Europe Q Tour calendar is in Walsall next month from November 10th to 12th.
Q Tour Event 3
Harvery Chandler 4-1 Barry Pinches
Hamim Hussain 4-3 Michael Holt
Umut Dikme 4-2 Chang Yu Kiu
Peter Lines 4-1 Peter Devlin
Hamim Hussain 4-0 Harvey Chandler
Umut Dikme 4-2 Peter Lines
Umut Dikme 5-1 Hamim Hussain
Featured photo credit: WPBSA