Q-School Event 1 – The graduates

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.


One thought on “Q-School Event 1 – The graduates

  1. Hey! There’s no way Arnie Ursenbacher would be that slow…

    The match was between Ashley Hugill and Lukas Kleckers, and they continued the slow, negative style of play that they had adopted throughout. I’m not a fan of AST, but in one match Hugill’s was over 40s. Frankly, they got what they deserved. After investing all that effort, Lukas had no energy for the final match. Every amateur who plays in weekend tournaments will know that energy is a factor with all those matches back-to-back. The Kleckers-O’Neill match started at almost exactly the same time as the last of three other ‘finals’ finished.

    In contrast, David Lilley said in his interview that he was ‘determined to go for it, be positive’. The correct approach. He won his matches 4-1 and 4-0, with a century in each. Also with a positive approach, Xu Si came from 0-2 down (against a close friend from CBSA days) with breaks of 52, 69, 76 and 137, the tournament highest. He’s actually still only 21, having been born on the same day as Zhou Yuelong.

    Also credit to Soheil Vahedi, who is a much better player than he has shown in his two years as a professional. His match with Paul Davison featured 7 breaks of 50+. Soheil has spent much of his time coaching the Iranian youth team, and assisting his friend Hossein Vafaei. It is suitable that his generosity has been rewarded with some success for himself.

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