WPBSA announces Qualifiers for the Cazoo UK Champioship

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Judd Trump won the 2021 CAZOO CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS. Picture Source: https://wpbsa.com/

The qualifiers of this season’s Cazoo UK Championship have been announced by the WPBSA and World Snooker Tour (WST). Further information about the elite amateur players were made public after they qualified through recognised WPBSA qualification pathways.

The tournament will see the top 16 seeded player through to the last 32 stages. The last 16 will be held at the York Barbican Center York, United Kingdom from the 12th to 20th November, 2022.

The remaining players will compete through qualification for the remaining 16 slots at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre at Sheffied, United Kingdom from the 5th to 10th of November, 2022. The 16 players that will qualify will join the 16 seeded players to compete at the York Barbican Center.

World Snooker website reported that for the first time the field will include up to 16* players to have earned their places through new pathway opportunities for elite performers through activities staged and coordinated by the WPBSA Group.

*This number is subject to the total number of professional entries received. Should all 130 current professionals enter, there will be 14 places awarded to the WPBSA.

Confirmed Players:

WPBSA Q Tour

Champions from the world’s premier secondary tour to the World Snooker Tour so far this season:

    Ross Muir – WPBSA Q Tour – Event 1 winner

    Martin O’Donnell – WPBSA Q Tour – Event 2 winner

    TBC – WPBSA Q Tour – Event 3 winner (to be held 14-16 October)

WSF Championships 2022

Runners-up from the world’s largest international amateur tournaments, champions having already earned two-year tour cards:

    Lee Stephens – 2022 WSF Championship runner-up

    Jake Crofts – 2022 WSF Junior Championship runner-up

EPSB Open Series

Leading player from the EPSB Open Series, open to professionals and amateurs from around the world:

Ryan Davies – EPSB Open Series number one 2021/22, winner of nine events

Highest performing juniors from the UK

    Lewis Ullah – EPSB Under-21 Premier Development Tour 2021/22 no.1

    Callum Beresford – EPSB English Under-21 champion 2021/22

    Liam Graham – Scottish Under-21 champion 2022, number four in 2021/23 main tour rankings

    Amaan Iqbal – Next highest national ranked junior in 2021/22 main tour rankings

    Liam Davies – Welsh Snooker Under-21, Under-18 and Under-16 champion 2022, Welsh Amateur Snooker Championship 2022 runner-up

    Bradley Ferguson – Welsh Snooker Under-21 Championship runner-up 2022

    Robbie McGuigan – Northern Ireland Amateur Snooker Championship winner 2022 and Northern Ireland Under-21 Championship winner 2022

    Joel Connolly – NIBSA Under-21 rankings number two

Should there be up to two additional places in the draw after these players and the current professional players have entered, these will be allocated to the WPBSA Q Tour ranking list following Event 3.

Should the Q Tour 3 event be won by a player already qualified, this place will be awarded to the next highest ranked player on the Q Tour rankings following that event.

Any remaining places in the draw will be taken from the 2022 WST Q School Order of Merit.

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