Billy Joe Castle
|Billy Joe Castle|
|birthday||14th July 1992 (age 28)|
|Prize money||(as of August 31, 2020)|
|Highest break||114 ( China Championship 2018 , Q)|
|Century Breaks||(as of August 31, 2020)|
|Main tour successes|
|Ranking tournament victories||-|
|Minor tournament victories||-|
|Highest WRL place||87 ( August – September 2018 )|
|114 (as of August 17, 2020)|
Billy Castle is originally from the coastal town of Marchwood on Southampton Water . At the age of 11 he started in the successful youth division of the Chandlers Ford Snooker Club in neighboring Eastleigh . At the age of 14 he won his first local tournament in Gosport . In the following years he developed into one of the best players in the south of England, he won several amateur titles and was also selected for the team of the English Association. In 2011 he took part in the Players Tour Championship , a series of professional tournaments open to amateurs. In both tournaments held in Gloucester , he reached the main round, but then had no chance against the professional players. The following year he reached the quarter-finals at the World Amateur Championship . However, he did not make a serious attempt to become a professional snooker.
This only changed in 2015 when he became the southern English champion and was in the final of the English championship . In the same year he applied to the Q School for a ticket for the Snooker Main Tour and at least reached the group quarter- finals in the second tournament . For the first time, he got one of the remaining free starting places in the qualification for a professional tournament, the Australian Goldfields Open 2015, via the overall Q-School ranking . The following year Castle won the West England Open Championship and the South of England Championship Tour . This title win included free participation in the Q School 2017. In the second attempt, he managed to qualify for the Main Tour there at the age of 24. In the first tournament he defeated Zhang Yong in the semifinals of his group and Paul Davison in the final . Both opponents had previously been active as professionals. For Castle the victory meant the right to start the professional tournaments of the following two seasons.
Before turning pro, Castle reached the final of the English Amateur Championship for the second time in June 2017 , this time winning the title with a 10-8 win over David Lilley.
In his first professional season 2017/18 , the Englishman remained without a frame gain in the first qualifying round, but was more successful in the second round at the beginning of August 2017 and qualified for the European Masters with a 4-3 win over Jimmy White .
Billy Castle is a landscaper and has a wife and two children. He moved to Reading in the 2010s and has been training in Berkshire ever since . His younger cousin Shane Castle is also a successful snooker player and Q-School participant.
- Winner of the 2017
English Amateur Championship
- Winner of the South English Amateur Championship 2015, 2017
- Winner of the 2016 South of England Championship Tour
- Profile of Billy Joe Castle on CueTracker (as of October 11, 2018)
- Billy Castle: Professional Snooker Player , Cuestars, 2017, accessed August 5, 2017
- Southampton snooker star's professional dream comes true , Simon Carter, Southern Daily Echo, May 23, 2017
- October 2016 - Billy Castle , West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation, 2016
- Castle turns on snooker style , Tim Dunkley, Southern Daily Echo, February 9, 2013
- Castle two matches from English Amateur title , Tim Dunkley, Cuestars, April 13, 2017
- Pro dream a step closer for Castle , John Hunter, Cuestars, October 17, 2016
- Tournament statistics at Snooker.org (English)
|SURNAME||Castle, Billy Joe|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||English snooker player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 14, 1992|