The Q-school event 1 concluded yesterday and the four graduates are known:
- Xu Si (22) who turned pro in 2017, requalifies immediately after finishing last season out of the top 64.
- David Lilley (43) has never been a pro before. But he has played a lot all season, on the WSS tour, on the Challenge tour and as a top-up.
- Soheil Vahedi (30), who turned pro in 2017, also requalifies immediately for the main tour after finishing his second season out of the top 64. Soheil is well appreciated on the tour. He’s a coach as well as a player and always ready to support younger ones.
- Jamie O’Neil (32), has been a pro for four seasons: 2007-2009 and 2012-2014. in between he played in PTCS. He’s probably the moost unexpected of the four graduates.
It’s a shame that none of the three youngsters, who have never been pros – Wang ZePeng, Ross Bulman and Sean Maddockx – managed to qualify, but they placed themselves well at the top of the order of merit.
Finally, there was a record broken yesterday: the last 16 match between Ashley Hugill (*) and Lukas Kleckers lasted nearly six hours and was decided on a respotted black in the deciding frame. Frankly … six hours is ridiculous for a best of seven.
(*) thanks Lewis for correcting me.