Goldfields Open announce snooker qualifiers

VICTORIA'S Johl Younger and Western Australia's Matthew Bolton have won a chance to play in the qualifying rounds of the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open in Bendigo. 

Younger will be aiming to make it past the Wildcard Round after being defeated by Cao Yupeng 5-2 at the Goldfields Open, two years ago. 

While for Bolton, the prestigious event will be the first time he would have competed at an international tournament. 

It is an opportunity for both players to compete against some of the best snooker players in the world.  

Belgian teen Luca Brecel has also been added to the field of snooker stars to comepete in Bendigo, following the qualifying rounds which were held earlier this month in Gloucester in England. 

The 17-year-old created history last year, when he became the youngest player to compete in the final stages of the world championships.

Brecel went on to reach the quarter finals of the UK championships. 

Former world champion Peter Ebdon will also join the field after winning his way through the qualifiers. 

In the opening round of the tournament world snooker number three, Neil Robertson will be playing against the winner of the wildcard round between Bolton and world number 32 Andrew Higginson of the United Kingdom.

Robertson will be aiming to win the Goldfields trophy after being defeated in the in the final against China's Marco Fu last year. 

The players competing at the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open will be vying for $500,000 in prize money. 

It is the richest Australasian snooker event outside of China. 

The tournament will be held at the Bendigo Stadium.

It begins on June 30 and finishes on July 6. 

Tickets for the tournament can be purchased by calling the Stadium on 5440 6214 or by visiting its website www.bendigostadium.com.au 

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