Yesterday saw the conclusion of the Q-school 2019.
Congratulations to the four Event 3 graduates:
Andy Hickx, Barry Pinches, Alex Borg and Alexander Ursenbacher.
All of them have been professional before and three out of four are over forty. They earned their place, so it’s big well done to them, but it’s not the kind of outcome I like to see with the future of the game in mind.
Congratulations to the four who graduated through the Order of Merit:
Si Jiahui, Lei Peifan, Peter Lines and Billy Joe Castle
Two new names – Si Jiahui and Lei Peifan, both teenagers – and two returning pros, Peter LInes and Billy Joe Castle.
Lei Peifan 16, is the youngest player of on the tour, Jimmy White, 57, is the oldest.
There are (only) 10 teenagers on the tour, 8 of them from China. Jackson Page (Wales) and Riley Parsons (England) are the only “exceptions”.
There are 35 players over 40 on the tour, 3 of them over 50. One of those players, David Lilley is a pro for the first time. Marco Fu (Hong Kong) and James Wattana (Thailand) are the only Asian players in this bracket.
There are 23 players from China on the Main Tour. There are only 18 players on the tour who are 22 or less, 13 of them are from China. The oldest chinese players are 36 – Mei Xiwen and Chen Feilong – and only four others are in their 30th – Liang Wenbo (32), Ding Junhui (32), Tian Pengfei (31) and Xiao Guodong (30).
There is no woman on the tour, despite it to be open to both genders. On Yee Ng is the one who got the best results in the Q-School and she isn’t even in the top 56 that would guarantee her the right to play on the Challenge tour.
The youngest player in the Q-School 2019 was Iulian Boiko (13!) from Ukraine. He did well enough to secure his spot on the Challenge Tour. Wether he will be able to play in it, remains to be seen … obviously he’s still a schoolboy. He also became the youngest player to score a competitive century in a professional event.