THE next three weeks could change Mike Finn’s life.
Mike plays his first Q School match tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton-on-Trent.
If the 32-year-old from Eastleigh reaches the semi-finals in any of the three events he receives a two-year tour card for the professional circuit.
His Q School entry fee of £1,000 was his prize for winning the Cuestars South of England Championship Tour. Last season Billy Castle won the Championship Tour, progressed through Q School and has just finished the first of his two seasons rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.
Everyone at Cuestars wishes Mike the best of luck.
The Mighty Finn needs to win six best-of-seven-frame matches in the first event or five in any of the other two. Players not reaching the semis are ranked in an order of merit by total frames won. The top-64 will then be invited to compete on the new Challenge Tour, a feeder circuit for the Main Tour.
Father-of-one Mike is one of 183 players chasing their dream in Burton.
He faces ex-professional Kristján Helgason, the only Icelandic player to have appeared at the Crucible, at 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday) in the first round of the first event.
If he is unsuccessful in that one, he meets the winner of Andy Milliard (Kendal) and Leo Fernandez (Ireland) next Tuesday (May 22) at 2pm
And in the third event, he plays the winner of Callum Lloyd (Wales) and Mihai Vladu (Romania) at 9am on Monday, May 28.
Picture by Kevin Legg (the oldest one on record, taken in April 2007)
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