Good Luck to WEBSF member, Andy Symons (Tavistock) who plays in the quarter finals of the EBSA Playoffs on 18th April 2018. This selection is in recognition for his achievements as an amateur at the Paul Hunter Classic (round 6) and Gibraltar Open (round 4).
These matches will be played at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield at the same time the World Championship Qualifiers are being played.
The format is the best of 7 frame knock-out with the two finalists securing professional tour cards for a minimum of the next two seasons.
Harvey said “I can’t believe it!” So here’s a reminder Harvey.
Nine consecutive matches undefeated, 43 frames won to only 10 frames lost against players from; Scotland, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Poland, Croatia and Northern Ireland. A total of 135 players from all over Europe played in this prestigious event and Harvey Chandler is the last man standing, proudly wearing the three lions on his waistcoat.
Harvey has confirmed that this title wins him a place on the Pro-Tour.
The WEBSF Management Team and Members congratulate you on your achievement and wish you every success in the future…..come back and see us when you’ve crack the big one!
Harvey Chandler has been selected to represent England in the European Championships in Bulgaria with a chance to turn professional and get selected to enter the 2018 World Championship. Well done Harvey, enjoy the experience and the best of luck from all at the WEBSF.
Having played snooker from the age of 13 years reaching a reasonable standard as an amateur, Harvey Chandler from Raunds, Northamptonshire, decided that he did not want to live the rest of his life wondering whether he might have made a career as a professional snooker player. Since the World Championships in April Harvey has increased his commitment to practice and entered a few pro-am tournaments around the country with a high percentage of success. During these tournaments he has taken the notable scalps of two very experienced players; Mark King, currently ranked 21, once reach 11th and Barry Pinches who reached 18th. Both players having played more than 20 years as professionals. Harvey’s strength is his break building prowess which has seen him achieve numerous competitive century breaks, including maximum 147’s.
In August Harvey travelled to Furth, Germany to play in the Paul Hunter Classic. A professional ranking tournament. In this event amateurs had the opportunity to pre-qualify to meet the professionals in the main stages. Harvey won through three qualifying matches to reach the last 128 players. Where in his first match he was pitted against a very promising Chinese player, Li Yaun whom he beat 4-2 to claim a last 64 spot. This round was to see the end of his excellent run of wins, in this his first ranking event outing.
This excellent achievement earns Harvey a place among the professional tour players. He is now positioned 123rd in the one-year world rankings. Harvey remains an amateur therefore he can only enter ranking events by invitation from the World Snooker organisation….which he is hoping will land on his door step soon. This is an important step up from which to launch his attempt at breaking into the play-offs at the end of the season for a place on the main tour and become a professional.
Harvey said “It was the best experience of my snooker career so far, to have my name called out by the Master of Ceremonies as I was walking out in front of hundreds of cheering German fans was a real buzz. I was very nervous to start with but after a few shots I rose to the challenge and I loved every second, it felt like ‘home’ out there. I was asked to signed my autograph by the German fans after my match against Li Yuan, it was surreal. I would like to thank my sponsor and manager, Colin Mitchell also Jamie Wright and the staff at Rushden Windmill Club and Suny Singh at Dunstable Snooker Centre for their ongoing support and my brilliant friends and family.”
Harvey’s next ranking event is early next year in Gibraltar, The Gibraltar Open. Until then he will be seeking out top players to practise with as often as possible whilst also travelling around the country playing in as many pro-amateur tournaments as he can.
In August Andy Symons surpassed all expectations after reaching the last 32 of the Paul Hunter Classic, a professional tournament held in Germany. Symons won through three amateur qualifying rounds, wining all his matches 4-0, to qualify for round 1 of the professional stage. He then continued his good form by defeating two professionals; Christopher Keogan, ranked 59 (4-1) and David Grace, ranked 24 (4-0) before eventually losing to professional Gary Wilson, ranked 35, 4-1 in the last 32. A significant achievement given this was his first attempt at playing in a professional tournament. Well done Andy!
Good luck to all these players that have, at some time played in our tournaments. It would be good to see you at one of our events this coming season, so we can introduce you as Under 21 IBSF Snooker Champion….
Congratulations to Billy Castle who is now in his first season as a Professional. One of the aims of the WEBSF is to recognize excellence and achievement of its members, to this end the WEBSF awards Billy WEBSF Life Membership.
This season has been remarkable for Billy; topping the Cuestars rankings; qualifying for the professional tour from Q-School and adding the English Amateur Championship title to his many achievements.
Billy is a product of Cuestars, a grassroots snooker organisation, run by John Hunter across the South of England.
We wish Billy every success with his career as a Snooker Professional.