Q School Entry Deadline Extended
The deadline for entering 2017 Q School has been extended, giving more players the chance to chase their snooker dreams.
The new and final deadline is Tuesday April 18 at 12pm. This will be the last chance to enter for amateurs as well as current tour players who have been unable to regain a tour card for 2017/18.
Q School, which has an entry fee of £600, will start on May 9th at the Guild Hall in Preston. There will be two tournaments, and each of the eight semi-finalists in those two events will earn a new two-year tour card. The next-best four players on the Q School ranking list will also receive a tour card, bringing the total to 12.
Those players will have the chance to compete on snooker’s global circuit in 2017/18 and 2018/19, competing in tournaments across the world for millions of pounds of prize money.
Even players who don’t earn a tour card could gain entry into certain world ranking events as ‘top-ups’ if they have finished high enough on the Q School ranking list.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: ''Sport is about opportunity for all, regardless of nationality or gender, which is why we introduced Q School in 2011, to give as many people as possible the chance to chase their dreams and become a professional snooker player. Over the past six years it has proved the best and fairest way to allow players to qualify for the World Snooker Tour. And with 12 places up for grabs on the tour, if you have the ability and the belief, then your chances are good. The event will be played in excellent conditions at the fabulous Preston Guild Hall so there are no excuses. The best will rise to the top.''
''And the Q School ranking list means you don't have to gain a tour card to have the chance to play in ranking tournaments. For example Andy Hicks finished high up on the list to gain entry into most ranking events this season and he recently reached the semi-finals of the Shoot Out. Our tour is growing year by year. Within the past seven years, overall prize money has increased from £3.5 million to £10 million. And there is much more to come as we grow our sport across the planet. It's such an exciting time for snooker - for fans and players alike. If you want to be a part of it, this is your chance. So get your entry in for Q School today!''