BEN Harrison, winner of the 2014 English Amateur Championship (pictured), and Billy Castle, the 2015 English Amateur Championship runner-up, were both knocked out of Q School by former professionals just three wins short of gaining two-year Main Tour cards.
The past and present Cuestars members, who were guests of honour at the 2013 and 2014 finals days, paid £600 each to compete in the two World Snooker tournaments at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.
Semi-finalists in both events join the pro-circuit.
Harrison lost in the fourth round of the first tournament to Alex Davies, a former professional from Essex.
Castle lost in the fourth round of the second tournament to Jordan Brown, a former professional from Northern Ireland.
SELECTED RESULTS (CUESTARS MEMBERS IN BOLD)
FIRST ROUND: Billy Castle 4-2 David Maslov, Reece King 0-4 Brian Cini, Ben Harrison 4-0 Brad Chappell.
SECOND ROUND: Castle 3-4 Jason Weston, Ben Tanner 1-4 Brandon Sargeant, Mike Finn 3-4 Kuldesh Johal, Harrison 4-1 Joshua Baddeley.
THIRD ROUND: Harrison 4-0 Jeff Jacobs.
FOURTH ROUND: Harrison 0-4 Alex Davies.
FIRST ROUND: Ben Harrison 3-4 Lee Page, Brad Chappell 1-4 James McGouran, Mike Finn 0-4 David Singh, Billy Castle 4-0 Peter Delaney, Reece King 0-4 Thomas Barton.
SECOND ROUND: Ben Tanner 2-4 Brett Miller, Castle 4-0 Chris Kilcoyne.
THIRD ROUND: Castle 4-3 Sam Craigie.
FOURTH ROUND: Castle 2-4 Jordan Brown.
Report by Tim Dunkley.