As well as the various ranking battles involving the professional players, also to be resolved this weekend was the race between the amateurs for places in the EBSA Order of Merit, with the top 16 progressing to a play-off event later in the season to contest two main tour places.
Click below for a look at who I think the qualifiers will be, as well as a reminder of how the Order of Merit will operate this season…
- Click here to view my previous post summarising how the EBSA Order of Merit will operate this season
- Click here to view the official explanation at World Snooker
What is it?
As detailed within the player’s pack for each of the six European Tour events staged this season:
“EBSA have been allocated 2 two year Main Tour places for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons.
A separate EBSA Order of Merit for amateur players will be compiled from points earned across the six Euro Tour; the full details may be found on our website.
The Top 16 players on the EBSA Order of Merit at the end of the six Euro Tour events will qualify for the end of season EBSA Play Offs where they will compete for the 2 tour places.
For the avoidance of doubt, there will be no separate EBSA event held at the Euro Tour events.”
How does it Work?
So how will this Order of Merit be compiled? As those of you who click the list will have seen, World Snooker have explained the system as follows:
- World Snooker will produce an Order of Merit to be compiled of points from all 6 European Tour Events
- 10 Points will be allocated for each match won in relation to both matches in pre-qualifying stages and Main Event stages.
- Where a Player is seeded through to a later round of qualifying and they win their first ‘seeded match’ they will receive not only the 10 points for that match but also the 10 points per round for each of the rounds that they were seeded through.
- Where a Player is seeded through to a later round of qualifying, and they lose their first ‘seeded match’ they will be allocated 0 points for that match and 0 points for the round(s) that they were seeded through.
For example – looking at the list below you can see that Mitchell Travis earned 40 points at the ET3 event. There however, he was seeded through the first round, before winning three matches and losing to Jimmy Robertson in his fourth. He therefore gains 10 points for each victory, in addition to 10 points for the round that he was seeded through, giving him the 40.
Subject to final approval from World Snooker, I currently make the qualifiers to be the following players.
The top 16 qualify, but with Sean O’Sullivan having already earned a main tour card through the Asian Order of Merit, I would expect his spot in this event to go to the 17th placed man on this list.
On the basis that this is calculated in a similar way to the main European list, eg with the most recent results taken into account first, this will be Marc Davis, who made it to the last 64 with his win against Elliot Slessor this week. That is to be confirmed however.
|14||Jamie Rhys Clarke
|17||Marc J Davis