June 23, 1982 |
|Professional||2003/2004, 2006–2010, 2016–|
|Highest ranking||55 (2008/2009)|
|Highest break||139 (2008 Shanghai Masters)|
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2009 Welsh Open)|
Ian Preece (born 23 June 1982) is a Welsh professional snooker player, from the city of Newport, Wales. He appeared in main tour after much success as a junior including becoming the youngest winner of the World Amateur Championship in 1999. He kept this record until December 2011, when Hossein Vafaei became the World Amateur Championship at the age of 17 years and 81 days.
Until 2009 his best runs were to the last 48 of tournaments, which he has achieved in the 2007 Welsh Open, 2007 China Open, 2007 UK Championship, and 2008 Shanghai Masters. He managed to reach the last 32 of an event for the first time at the 2009 Welsh Open with victories over Peter Lines, Andrew Higginson and Stuart Bingham but was beaten 0–5 by Stephen Maguire. However the remainder of the 2008/2009 season was poor and saw him in danger of dropping off the main tour, however he was awarded a wildcard from World Snooker which enabled him to compete on the tour for the 2009/2010 season. However, he was unable to keep his place and so has slipped off the main tour.
After six years out of the professional game, Preece reached the last 16 at Q-School Event One in 2016, losing 2–4 to Chen Zhe, and the same stage at Event Two, where he was defeated 4–1 by John Astley. However, these performances were sufficient for him to finish third on the Q-School Order of Merit, and he thus earned a two-year card to compete again on the main tour.
- EBSA European Under-19 Championship, 1998
- IBSF World Amateur Championship, 1999
- Ian Preece at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
- Profile on Global Snooker
- Profile on Pro Snooker Blog
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