Challenge Tour 2019/2020

The Challenge Tour 2019/2020 will be a series of snooker tournaments that take place during the 2019/2020 season. It is a second-tier tour for players not on the main World Snooker Tour.[1] The top player in the final rankings will earn a two-year card to the World Snooker Tour for 2020/2021. The next eight players in the rankings will then go into a play-off event, with the winner of that event to receive the second Tour Card.[2]

Challenge Tour 2019/2020
Details
Duration31 August 2019 – 29 March 2019
Tournaments11
2018/19
2020/21 →

Ashley Hugill guaranteed his place in the World Snooker Tour after his victory in the 2020 World Snooker Federation Open.[3] Lukas Kleckers guaranteed his place in the top and earned his two-year card to the World Snooker Tour after the last challenge event.[4]

FormatEdit

Each event had a maximum field of 64. The leading 56 players in the 2019 Q School Order of Merit, excluding the 16 who qualified for the main tour, as well as eight wildcards are eligible to play. If there are less than 64 entries, players outside the top-56 in the Q School Order of Merit could enter.[1]

All matches are over five frames. The winner of each event receives prize money of £2,000 out of a total of £10,000. The runner-up receives £1,000, semi-finalists £700, quarter-finalists £500, last-16 losers £200 and last-32 losers £125.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Date Country Tournament Venue City Field Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
31 Aug 1 Sep   GER Event 1 Ballroom Nürnberg Nuremberg 67   Ka Wai Cheung   Oliver Brown 3–1 [6]
21 Sep 22 Sep   ENG Event 2 The Crucible Sports & Social Club Newbury 64   Jake Nicholson   Andrew Pagett 3–1 [7]
5 Oct 6 Oct   ENG Event 3 Northern Snooker Centre Leeds 64   Andrew Pagett   Robbie McGuigan 3–0 [8]
19 Oct 20 Oct   BEL Event 4 The Trickshot Bruges 58   Ashley Hugill   Aaron Hill 3–1 [9]
16 Nov 17 Nov   HUN Event 6 Hungary Snooker Academy Budapest 62   Oliver Brown   Ashley Hugill 3–1 [10]
14 Dec 15 Dec   BEL Event 7 De Maxx Pelt 42   Dean Young   Andrew Pagett 3–1 [11]
18 Jan 19 Jan   ENG Event 8 Tamworth Sports Bar Tamworth 60   Lukas Kleckers   Tyler Rees 3–1 [12]
15 Feb 16 Feb   WAL Event 9 Terry Griffiths Matchroom Llanelli 52   Ashley Hugill   Sydney Wilson 3–1
28 Feb 29 Feb[13]   ENG Event 5 The Winchester Leicester 64   Allan Taylor   Michael Collumb 3–1 [14]
1 Mar 2 Mar   ENG Event 10 The Winchester Leicester 61   Adam Duffy   Kuldesh Johal 3–1 [15]
28 Mar 29 Mar   ENG Tour Playoffs Pot Black Clacton-on-Sea 8

Source: [16]

Eligible playersEdit

The leading 56 players in the 2019 Q School Order of Merit, excluding the 16 who qualified for the main tour, are automatically eligible to play:[1][17]

RankingsEdit

The leaders in the rankings were:

Rank Player Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Event 5 Event 6 Event 7 Event 8 Event 9 Event 10 Total (£)
1   Ashley Hugill 125 125 500 2,000 125 1,000 700 0 2,000 125 6,700
2   Lukas Kleckers 200 125 500 700 700 700 500 2,000 0 500 5,925
3   Andrew Pagett 500 1,000 2,000 125 200 200 1,000 125 125 125 5,400
4   Dean Young 200 0 0 700 125 125 2,000 200 200 700 4,250
5   Adam Duffy - 500 125 200 0 500 125 500 0 2,000 3,950
6   Oliver Brown 1,000 - - 0 0 2,000 0 0 125 125 3,250
7   Allan Taylor - 700 125 - 2,000 - - 200 - 200 3,225
8   Patrick Whelan 700 0 125 500 125 200 200 700 125 500 3,175
9   Rory McLeod 125 500 0 500 700 500 125 500 200 - 3,150
10   Ka Wai Cheung 2,000 - 200 0 - 200 500 0 200 0 3,100
11   Jake Nicholson - 2,000 0 0 0 500 125 125 125 0 2,875
12   Tyler Rees 200 0 - - 125 - - 1,000 700 500 2,525
13   Michael Collumb 0 200 125 0 1,000 700 - 200 200 0 2,425
14   Robbie McGuigan 125 500 125 1,000 0 0 125 0 500 0 2,375
15   Zak Surety 500 125 700 125 500 - - 125 0 0 2,075
16   George Pragnell 0 0 700 0 125 200 125 700 0 200 2,050
17   Sanderson Lam 0 200 500 200 200 500 0 200 0 125 1,925
18   Aaron Hill 500 125 1,000 125 0 0 125 - - - 1,875
19   Paul Davison 0 0 125 500 0 125 200 200 500 200 1,850
20   Daniel Womersley 125 125 500 200 125 0 125 125 200 125 1,650

Source: [18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Challenge Tour 2019/20". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Challenge Tour Revision". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Hugill Wins WSF Open To Secure Main Tour Return". World Snooker. 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Klekers Regains Tour Place". World Snooker. 3 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Challenge Tour Prize Money". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Cheung the Champ at Challenge Tour One". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Nicholson wins the shining Challenge Two trophy". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Pagett Shows Northern Soul To Win Challenge Three". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Hugill Best In Bruges". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 20 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Brown Strikes Gold In Budapest". World Snooker. 17 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Young Blood: Dean Wins Challenge Seven". World Snooker. 15 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Klekers King At Challenge Tour Eight". World Snooker. 19 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Challenge Tour Five Postponed". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Taylor Made For The Challenge". World Snooker. 1 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Duffy Wins Challenge Tour Ten". World Snooker. 3 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Challenge Tour Calendar". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Q School Order of Merit". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Challenge Tour Rankings".