Following the success of the Seniors World Championship in 2017, Jason Francis is now launching full-fledged Seniors Tour, with 4 main events: the Seniors UK Championship 2017, the Seniors Irish Masters 2018, the Seniors World Championship 2018 and the Seniors Masters 2018, plus 16 qualifying events open to all amateurs aged 40 or more. Jimmy White and Ken Doherty have been allowed to enter the UK Championship and the Irish Masters, despite competing on the Main Tour as “invitational cards holders”
PRESS RELEASE – JUNE 1ST 2017
THE 2017 / 2018 WORLD SENIORS TOUR LAUNCHES WITH 4 EVENTS
Following on from the first World Seniors Championship, under the stewardship of Jason Francis at Snooker Legends, the snooker promoter has today announced the first ever World Seniors Tour in partnership with Stephen Hendry, which will once again give all over 40’s amateur players the chance to play in some of the sport’s most iconic venues.
The World Seniors Championship returns to Scunthorpe, and once again the winner will take his place at Ponds Forge in the 2018 Worlds. 4 Qualifiers battled it out with the likes of Stephen Hendry, and eventual winner Peter Lines, in March, this time 8 Amateur qualifiers will get their chance. The dates are 21st – 24th March 2018.
The UK Seniors Championship will be staged at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey. 8 Legends will battle it out with 4 qualifiers with the winner carrying off £7500. The dates are Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th October.
The iconic venue Goffs, in County Kildare, will once again stage the Irish Masters, albeit the Seniors Irish Masters. 6 legends will battle it out with 2 qualifiers from the North and South of Ireland in the pressure cooker venue. The Event runs the weekend of the 6th and 7th January 2018. 5k the winner.
The Seniors Masters will take place one week before BetFred World Championships, at the most famous venue of all, The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. 2 lucky qualifiers will get the chance to play in the one table set up at the games most hallowed venue. 6 legends will be there trying to stop one of them lifting the trophy under the lights on the 12th April.
Every Amateur player over the age of 40 will get 16 chances to get to a final event, qualifiers are being held in all 4 Home Nations as well as Southern Ireland and China. If you are 39 now but turn 40 before the first days play of the qualifier you’ve entered you are eligible too.
There is now prize money on offer for all winners of a qualifier and the launch of the official world senior’s rankings.
Plus any player who makes a ‘147’ maximum break at any of the final stage events will win a Kia Sportage KX4 car worth over £30,000. Courtesy of Victor Wood Kia (Grantham)
Launch dinners will be held the day before the first days play at all events, Golf days will be held at the UK, Worlds and Seniors Masters.
Full details of how to enter and where the qualifiers are being held can be found on the snooker legends website. www.snookerlegends.co.uk
For all media and press enquiries please contact Jason@snookerlegends.co.uk
Here is the full calendar: