Deuel records first World Snooker Q School victory
filed on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. 08:30 PT/USA
Corey Deuel has recorded his first ever World Snooker Q School victory as the American secured his place in round two of Event 1 of this year's Q School at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, England, which runs from May 11-22.
This is the third successive year that Deuel has attempted to try and qualify as a professional member of the World Snooker Tour, and he will be delighted to have won his first match after coming so close last year.
Deuel faced the German player Robin Otto and although no significant runs were recorded by either player, the match did go down to a tense final deciding frame despite the former United States National Snooker Champion forging into an initial 3-0 advantage in this race to four tie.
In Event 1 of last year's Q School, Deuel let slip a 3-1 lead resulting in a 4-3 loss to England's Jamie Barrett, and when Otto responded to level the match at 3-3 he must have had that defeat from such a strong position on his mind.
38-year-old Deuel is though an highly experienced competitor, albeit in professional pool, and he managed to use that experience to his advantage to comfortably secure the final frame for an excellent 4-3 victory.
After the match Deuel commented on his Facebook page: "Had him 3-0 then I missed a green to win the frame... he comes back making lots of long tough shots [for] 3-3. [A] long safety battle at the end. Hats off to him for never giving up! Talented player. Glad to be on to the next one."
Deuel can now look forward to a round two tie against Poland's Adam Stefanów, with the match getting underway May 12 at 4:30pm local UK time (8:30am PT in the United States).
SnookerUSA.com will follow Deuel's progress closely and report on his results.