After qualifying from Q School at the first attempt in order to maintain his professional status, Sam’s start to the new season did not go so well.
Can he find the form that took him to 43 in the professional rankings and a narrow defeat against the World number one Mark Selby in the last 16 of the World Championship in 2013. Follow Sam’s progress on his website
The 2017/18 season is one Sam will want to forget. Having slid down the rankings Sam found himself with the unenviable tasks of having to compete in Q School in an attempt to get back on the tour. Q School requires a significant effort in order to qualify even for ‘established’ players. Having to win six, best of seven matches means you cannot afford to take anyone lightly as the result can be brutal.
With no time to feel sorry for himself Sam ‘swallowed his pride’, got back on the baize and after a close opening match against James Silverwood, came through to qualify.
With 2017/18 season now behind him, time to rebuild and climb back up the rankings where he belongs. Well done Sam!!
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!