Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County in the U. S. state of California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is described as Mediterranean, the city has been promoted as the "American Riviera"; as of 2014, the city had an estimated population of 91,196, up from 88,410 in 2010, making it the second most populous city in the county after Santa Maria. The contiguous urban area, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch and others, has an approximate population of 220,000; the population of the entire county in 2010 was 423,895. In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, technology, health care, agriculture and local government. In 2004, the service sector accounted for 35% of local employment.
Education in particular is well represented, with four institutions of higher learning on the south coast. The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, Santa Barbara Aviation provides jet charter aircraft and train service is provided by Amtrak the Pacific Surfliner which runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo). U. S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area with Los Angeles to the southeast and San Francisco to the northwest. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas. Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located 20 miles offshore. Evidence of human habitation of the area begins at least 13,000 years ago. Evidence for a Paleoindian presence includes a fluted Clovis-like point found in the 1980s along the western Santa Barbara County coast, as well as the remains of Arlington Springs Man, found on Santa Rosa Island in the 1960s. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Chumash lived on the south coast of Santa Barbara County at the time of the first European explorations.
Five Chumash villages flourished in the area. The present-day area of Santa Barbara City College was the village of Mispu. Portuguese explorer João Cabrilho, sailing for the Kingdom of Spain, sailed through what is now called the Santa Barbara Channel in 1542, anchoring in the area. In 1602, Spanish maritime explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno gave the name "Santa Barbara" to the channel and to one of the Channel Islands. A land expedition led by Gaspar de Portolà visited around 1769, Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi, who accompanied the expedition, named a large native town "Laguna de la Concepcion". Cabrillo's earlier name, however, is the one; the first permanent European residents were Spanish missionaries and soldiers under Felipe de Neve, who came in 1782 to build the Presidio. They were sent both to fortify the region against expansion by other powers such as England and Russia, to convert the natives to Christianity. Many of the Spaniards brought their families with them, those formed the nucleus of the small town – at first just a cluster of adobes – that surrounded the Presidio of Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786. It was the tenth of the California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans, it was dedicated by Padre Fermín Lasuén, who succeeded Padre Junipero Serra as the second president and founder of the California Franciscan Mission Chain. The Mission fathers began the slow work of converting the native Chumash to Christianity, building a village for them on the Mission grounds; the Chumash laborers built a connection between the canyon creek and the Santa Barbara Mission water system through the use of a dam and an aqueduct. During the following decades, many of the natives died of diseases such as smallpox, against which they had no natural immunity; the most dramatic event of the Spanish period was the powerful 1812 earthquake, tsunami, with an estimated magnitude of 7.1, which destroyed the Mission as well as the rest of the town. The Mission was rebuilt by 1820 after the earthquake. Following the earthquake, the Mission fathers chose to rebuild in a grander manner, it is this construction that survives to the present day, the best-preserved of the California Missions, still functioning as an active church by the Franciscans.
After the Mexican government secularized the missions in the 1830s, the baptismal and burial records of other missions were transferred to Santa Barbara, now found in the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library. C-SPAN has produced a program on the mission archive-library; the Spanish period ended in 1822 with the end of the Mexican War of Independence, which terminated 300 years of colonial rule. The flag of Mexico went up the flagpole at the Presidio, but only for 24 years. Santa Barbara street names reflect this time period as well; the names de le Guerra and Carrillo come from citizens of the town of this time. They were instrumental in building up the town, so they were honored by having streets after them. After the forced secularization of the Missions in 1833
2007 Mosconi Cup
The 2007 Mosconi Cup, the 14th edition of the annual nine-ball pool competition between teams representing Europe and the United States, took place 13–16 December 2007 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Team Europe won the Cup for the first time since 2002, by defeating Team America 11–8; this was the first time Team Europe won the title in the United States. Official website
West Jefferson, Ohio
West Jefferson is a village in Madison County, United States. The population was 4,222 at the 2010 census. Located along U. S. Route 40, the village has a close relationship with the surrounding township, which include various out-of-corporation-limit neighborhoods; the village has a "Commerce Park" at its western edge which include Target and Amazon Distribution Centers, a Krazy Glue factory, Jefferson Industries. West Jefferson was called New Hampton, under the latter name was platted c. 1831. A post office called West Jefferson has been in operation since 1833. West Jefferson is located at 39°56′36″N 83°16′33″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.87 square miles, of which 4.85 square miles is land and 0.02 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 4,222 people, 1,617 households, 1,149 families residing in the village; the population density was 870.5 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,709 housing units at an average density of 352.4 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the village was 97.6% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population. There were 1,617 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 28.9% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age in the village was 38.5 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the village was 48.9% male and 51.1% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,331 people, 1,631 households, 1,180 families residing in the village; the population density was 1,306.0 people per square mile. There were 1,704 housing units at an average density of 513.8 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the village was 99.01% White, 0.02% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population. There were 1,631 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.6% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07. In the village, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males. The median income for a household in the village was $41,949, the median income for a family was $50,046.
Males had a median income of $36,073 versus $26,734 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,425. About 6.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over. West Jefferson is served by the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library. In 2005, the library loaned more than 81,000 items to its 9,500 cardholders. Total holdings are over 57,000 volumes with over 60 periodical subscriptions; the Library has a large collection of VHS tapes. Norwood Elementary is located in West Jefferson, about ten miles west of Columbus. Annual enrollment is just over 600 students. There are 37 certified teachers, 10 support staff, one administrator at Norwood Elementary; the original Norwood Elementary was a K -- 5 building housing about 300 students. In 1996, the building changed to serve pre-K to 2nd grades. A new facility opened in the fall of 2006 as the only pre-K–grade-5 building in the district; the present building has three sections of pre-K and four sections each of grades K–5.
The new facility provides for a separate cafetorium and large media center. Norwood Elementary itself does not participate in sports, but the WJYAA, a non-profit volunteer organization, offers sports such as: baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, dodgeball, lacrosse and volleyball. Fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Madison County Math Bee and the Madison County Spelling Bee as well as Student Council. Jefferson Middle School is located 15 miles west of Columbus in the village of West Jefferson; the middle school serves grades 6–8 with an average enrollment of 100 students per grade level. Students receive a comprehensive education which includes the core subjects as well as courses in art, choir, 6th, 7th, 8th grade band, general music, consumer education. Memorial Middle School has 26 certified educators, 4 support staff, one administrator; the middle school used to be located at 177 S. Frey Ave. and was a combination of the original high school building, built in 1911 and an addition, built in 1952.
The current Middle School is located at 2 Roughrider Dr and is part of the HS/MS Co
Pool (cue sports)
Pool is a classification of cue sports played on a table with six pockets along the rails, into which balls are deposited. Each specific pool game has its own name; the generic term pocket billiards is sometimes used, favored by some pool-industry bodies, but is technically a broader classification, including games such as snooker, Russian pyramid, kaisa, which are not referred to as pool games. There are hybrid games combining aspects of both pool and carom billiards, such as American four-ball billiards, bottle pool, cowboy pool, English billiards; the etymology of "pool" is uncertain. The Oxford English Dictionary speculates that "pool" and other games with collective stakes is derived from the French poule, in which the poule is the collected prize; the oldest use of the word "pool" to describe a billiards-like game was made in 1797 in a Virginia newspaper. The OED defines it as "any of various types of billiards for two or more players" but goes on to note that the first specific meaning of "a game in which each player uses a cue ball of a distinctive colour to pocket the balls of the other player in a certain order, the winner taking all the stakes submitted at the start of the contest" is now obsolete, its other specific definitions are all for games that originate in the United States.
In the United States, although the original "pool" game, skittle pool, was played on a pocketless carom billiards table, the term stuck to all new games of pocket billiards as the sport gained in popularity, so outside the cue sports industry, which has long favored the more formal term pocket billiards, the common name for the sport has remained pool. The OxfordDictionaries.com definition no longer provides the obsolete meaning found in the print edition, refers only to the typical game "using two sets of seven coloured and numbered balls... with one black ball and a white cue ball" on a table with pockets. With the exception of one-pocket, games called "pool" today are descended from two English games imported to the United States at the beginning of the 19th century; the first was English billiards which became American four-ball billiards the same game but with an extra red object ball to increase scoring opportunities. It was the most popular billiards game in the mid-19th century until dethroned by the carom game straight rail.
American four-ball tournaments tried switching to carom tables in the 1870s but this did not save it from being doomed to obscurity, the last professional tournament was held in 1876. Cowboy pool is a surviving member of this group of games; the second and more influential game was pyramid pool. In the late 1830s, a variant called. Both games were supplanted by the immediate forerunner of straight pool. New games introduced at the turn of the 20th century include Kelly eight-ball; the distinctive appearance of pool balls with their many colors and division between solid and striped balls came about by 1889. Prior to this, object balls differentiated only by numbers. English pyramid pool and life pool players were the first to adopt balls with different colors; the stripes were the last addition. Pool is played on a six pocket table. Modern pool tables range in size from 3.5 feet by 7 feet, to 4.5 feet by 9 feet. The balls range from 2.25 inches in diameter to 2.375 inches in diameter. Under the WPA/BCA equipment specifications, the weight may be from 5.5 to 6 oz. with a diameter of 2.25 in.
Plus or minus 0.005 in.. Modern coin-operated pool tables use one of three methods to distinguish and return the cue ball to the front of the table while the numbered balls return to an inaccessible receptacle until paid for again: the cue ball is larger and heavier than the other balls, or denser and heavier, or has a magnetic core. Modern cue sticks are 58.5 inches long for pool while cues prior to 1980 were designed for straight pool and had an average length of 57.5 inches. By comparison, carom billiards cues are shorter with larger tips, snooker cues longer with smaller tips. In the United States, the most played game is eight-ball; the goal of eight-ball, played with a full rack of fifteen balls and the cue ball, is to claim a suit, pocket all of them legally pocket the 8 ball, while denying one's opponent opportunities to do the same with their suit, without sinking the 8 ball early by accident. In the United Kingdom the game is played in pubs, it is competitively played in leagues on both sides of the Atlantic.
The most prestigious tournaments including the World Open are sponsored and sanctioned by the International Pool Tour. Rules vary from place to place. Pool halls in North America are settling upon the World Pool-Billiard Association International Standardized Rules, but tavern eight-ball played on smaller, coin-operated tables and in a "winner keeps the table" manner, can differ even between two venues in the same city. The growth of local and national amateur leagues may alleviate this confusi
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships
The U. S. Open 9-Ball Championships is an annual professional pool tournament that began in 1976 at Q-Master Billiards in Norfolk, although previous versions of a "U. S. Open Nine-ball Tournament" had been held at the Jack n Jill Club in Arlington, V. A. as early as 1970. Though it is staged in the United States and is labeled the "U. S. Open", male professional pool players from around the world are eligible to compete in this event in the Men's Division; the Women's U. S. Open is a separate event, unaffiliated with the Men's U. S. Open. Instead, the Women's U. S. Open is associated with the Women's Professional Billiard Association; the Men's U. S. Open is one of the most sought-after titles in pool generally, it is referred to as the Cuetec Cues U. S. Open, for sponsorship purposes. Shane Van Boening of United States is the current two-time defending champion of the Men's Division. Mika Immonen of Finland is the 2009 Men's Division title-holder. Immonen is the 2008 Men's Division title-holder of the US$250,000 33rd Annual U.
S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Immonen claimed the 13–7 victory, pocketed the first-place prize of $40,000 on October 26, 2008 against Filipino runner-up Ronato Alcano, who settled for $20,000, it marked Immonen's second consecutive U. S. Open 9-Ball Champion title, making him, at the time, the winningest non-U. S. Competitor. Featured matches are recorded and broadcast by Accu-Stats Video Productions on a designated table at the Chesapeake Conference Center with commentary provided by various pool veterans and industry members. Traditionally, winners of the U. S. Open are given a green blazer in recognition for this championship title and are awarded free entry fees to all future U. S. Open tournaments. In its first edition in 1976, the U. S. Open was contested by just 16 players. Over the years, the number of participants increased, reaching its current level of 256 players. Today the larger Men's Division is a restrictive male-only event, though it is otherwise a true "open" tournament, in that the only requirement is the payment of the entry fee, $1000 in 2015.
The total purse for the tournament at that time was $200,000, where the winner was awarded $40,000. Barry Behrman is the tournament promoter of the Men's Division, has been since its inception; the tournament's original venue was Q-Master Billiards pool room, located in Norfolk, which hosted the event, other than one year, until 1988. From 1997 to 2011, the U. S. Open Men's Division was held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Virginia. Q-Masters is still involved in the tournament. Unlike the Men's Division, the U. S. Open for women is not a true "open" event; each female player must qualify through the WPBA, the professional women's billiards tour based in the United States, in order to compete in this annual event. The Women's Division tournament is held in different locations each year. Behrman died on April 23, 2016; the U. S. Open 9-Ball Championships and Q-Master Billiards are now in the loving hands of his children, Brady Behrman and Shannon Paschall; the 2016 U. S. Open 9-Ball Championships was produced by Patrick Fleming of Accu-Stats.
Shane Van Boening beat Chang Jung Lin by a score of 13-9, tying Earl Strickland's record of 5 wins in only 10 attempts, an incredible percentage of success. The tournament format is double-elimination until two players remain. Most professional pool "double-elimination" events, are not true double-elimination formats, where the player who reaches the finals from the loser's side has to defeat the winner's side player twice for the title. At the U. S. Open, matches are played in races with the winner breaking. However, the final match, as is customary with most professional nine-ball tournaments today, is one extended race. At the U. S. Open, the extended race in the finals is 13 games. Earl Strickland and Shane Van Boening, both of the U. S. share the record for winning the Men's U. S. Open the most times: five. Strickland in 1984, 1987, 1993, 1997, 2000. Van Boening in 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016. Shane Van Boening holds the record for the most consecutive wins: three. Shane Van Boening is the winner of the largest first-place prize offered at the event, $50,000, on October 20, 2007.
Van Boening remained undefeated in the field of 233 players, beating Ronato Alcano 13–10 in the final. The oldest pool player to win the Men's Division to date is Mike Lebrón of Puerto Rico, 54 years old at the time of his victory; the youngest is Mike Sigel of the U. S. aged 21. US Open official website Video of a 2005 US Open match between Mika Immonen. 2008 US Open tournament bracket 2008 US Open image gallery
China the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering 9,600,000 square kilometers, it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. China emerged as one of the world's earliest civilizations, in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain. For millennia, China's political system was based on hereditary monarchies, or dynasties, beginning with the semi-legendary Xia dynasty in 21st century BCE. Since China has expanded, re-unified numerous times. In the 3rd century BCE, the Qin established the first Chinese empire; the succeeding Han dynasty, which ruled from 206 BC until 220 AD, saw some of the most advanced technology at that time, including papermaking and the compass, along with agricultural and medical improvements.
The invention of gunpowder and movable type in the Tang dynasty and Northern Song completed the Four Great Inventions. Tang culture spread in Asia, as the new Silk Route brought traders to as far as Mesopotamia and Horn of Africa. Dynastic rule ended in 1912 with the Xinhai Revolution; the Chinese Civil War resulted in a division of territory in 1949, when the Communist Party of China established the People's Republic of China, a unitary one-party sovereign state on Mainland China, while the Kuomintang-led government retreated to the island of Taiwan. The political status of Taiwan remains disputed. Since the introduction of economic reforms in 1978, China's economy has been one of the world's fastest-growing with annual growth rates above 6 percent. According to the World Bank, China's GDP grew from $150 billion in 1978 to $12.24 trillion by 2017. Since 2010, China has been the world's second-largest economy by nominal GDP and since 2014, the largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity.
China is the world's largest exporter and second-largest importer of goods. China is a recognized nuclear weapons state and has the world's largest standing army and second-largest defense budget; the PRC is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council as it replaced the ROC in 1971, as well as an active global partner of ASEAN Plus mechanism. China is a leading member of numerous formal and informal multilateral organizations, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, WTO, APEC, BRICS, the BCIM, the G20. In recent times, scholars have argued that it will soon be a world superpower, rivaling the United States; the word "China" has been used in English since the 16th century. It is not a word used by the Chinese themselves, it has been traced through Portuguese and Persian back to the Sanskrit word Cīna, used in ancient India."China" appears in Richard Eden's 1555 translation of the 1516 journal of the Portuguese explorer Duarte Barbosa. Barbosa's usage was derived from Persian Chīn, in turn derived from Sanskrit Cīna.
Cīna was first used including the Mahābhārata and the Laws of Manu. In 1655, Martino Martini suggested that the word China is derived from the name of the Qin dynasty. Although this derivation is still given in various sources, it is complicated by the fact that the Sanskrit word appears in pre-Qin literature; the word may have referred to a state such as Yelang. The meaning transferred to China as a whole; the origin of the Sanskrit word is still a matter of debate, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The official name of the modern state is the "People's Republic of China"; the shorter form is "China" Zhōngguó, from zhōng and guó, a term which developed under the Western Zhou dynasty in reference to its royal demesne. It was applied to the area around Luoyi during the Eastern Zhou and to China's Central Plain before being used as an occasional synonym for the state under the Qing, it was used as a cultural concept to distinguish the Huaxia people from perceived "barbarians". The name Zhongguo is translated as "Middle Kingdom" in English.
Archaeological evidence suggests that early hominids inhabited China between 2.24 million and 250,000 years ago. The hominid fossils of Peking Man, a Homo erectus who used fire, were discovered in a cave at Zhoukoudian near Beijing; the fossilized teeth of Homo sapiens have been discovered in Fuyan Cave in Hunan. Chinese proto-writing existed in Jiahu around 7000 BCE, Damaidi around 6000 BCE, Dadiwan from 5800–5400 BCE, Banpo dating from the 5th millennium BCE; some scholars have suggested. According to Chinese tradition, the first dynasty was the Xia, which emerged around 2100 BCE; the dynasty was considered mythical by historians until scientific excavations found early Bronze Age sites at Erlitou, Henan in 1959. It remains unclear whether these sites are the remains of the Xia dynasty or of another culture from the same period; the succeeding Shang dynasty is the earliest to be confirmed by contemporary records. The Shang ruled the plain of the Yellow River in eastern China from the 17th to the 11th century BCE.
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Daniel Wells (snooker player)
Daniel Wells is a Welsh professional snooker player, from Neath. He has twice come through Qualifying School to play on the professional snooker tour. Wells reached the semifinal of a ranking tournament for the first time at the 2018 Scottish Open, despite leading 4–0, 5–2 over Mark Allen he lost 6–5, he was awarded the inaugural Paul Hunter Scholarship. This gave him the chance to practise in the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield, alongside professional players, such as Peter Ebdon and Ding Junhui, he first qualified for the Main Tour for the 2008/2009 season by finishing ranked fifth on the International Open Series rankings. He had consistent results on his first spell on the main tour, winning his first qualifying match in most events, apart from defeat in the first qualifying round to Stefan Mazrocis in the Grand Prix; this was followed by a run to the penultimate qualifying round of the Bahrain Championship where he lost to veteran John Parrott 3–5. An impressive run to the last 16 of the Masters Qualifying tournament included a 5–4 win over Crucible quarter-finalist Liang Wenbo.
He followed this with a defeat to Li Hang in the first qualifying round of UK Championship 3–9. However, at the World Championship, Wells needed a good run of results to ensure his place on the tour for the following season. A sequence of 10–9 wins over Li Hang, Ian Preece and Marcus Campbell took him to the final qualifying round where he lost 9–10 to Barry Hawkins in the final qualifying match. In his 4 qualifying matches, he played the maximum 76 frames, his ranking rose to No. 70 as a result of his exploits that season. Wells started the new season with a win over fellow Welshman Ian Preece 5–3 in the Shanghai Masters before losing to Joe Delaney in the next round by the same scoreline. In the UK Championship, he narrowly lost 8–9 to fellow Welshman Michael White. In his home championship, the Welsh Open, Wells narrowly lost in the first qualifying round to James Wattana 4–5. Another first qualifying round defeat in the China Open meant that Wells was again in danger of losing his place on the tour.
Wells failed to repeat his exploits of the previous season in the World Championship as he lost 7–10 to former world No. 12 David Gray in the first qualifying round. This meant. Despite not being on the main tour during the 2010/2011 season Wells entered many of the PTC and EPTC events, managed to record some impressive wins finishing 29th on the Order of Merit, he regained a place on the main tour for 2011/2012 by finishing top of the Welsh rankings. Wells won the European Snooker Championships and the European Team Championships; as an unranked player on the tour Wells would need to win four qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the ranking events. However, he only managed to win three matches during the season, including going without a single victory in the 11 of 12 Players Tour Championship events that he played, he finished the season without a ranking and had to enter Q School in an attempt to earn a place on the tour for the 2012/2013 season. In May, Wells won five matches at the second Q School event concluding with a 4–3 win over Michael Wasley to earn a place on the tour for the next two seasons.
Wells did not win two consecutive matches in qualifying for any of the ranking events in the 2012/2013 season, therefore did not reach the main draw for any tournaments. He played in all ten Players Tour Championship events this season, with his best results being two last 64 defeats, to be placed 101st on the PTC Order of Merit, his season ended when he was beaten 7–10 by Aditya Mehta in the first round of World Championship Qualifying which saw him finish ranked world number 87. Wells lost in the qualifying rounds of the first five ranking events in the 2013/2014 season, but received automatic entry into the UK Championship as all 128 players began the tournament in the first round, it was here that Wells won the first match at a main venue for the first time in his career by defeating Alfie Burden 6–4, but he lost 6–3 to Joe Perry. The only event Wells qualified for this season was the German Masters, with an impressive 5–1 victory over Nigel Bond, before he was eliminated in the first round 5–1 by Gary Wilson.
After Wells was beaten 10–7 by Kurt Maflin in the second round of World Championship qualifying he was ranked world number 100 meaning he could no longer reach the top 64 and was relegated from the tour. He played in Q School in an attempt to regain his place and came closest to doing so in the second event when he lost in the last 16 to Ashley Carty. Wells was back to being an amateur player for the 2014/2015 season, but still considered himself as a professional as he was playing for his living, he faced Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round of the UK Championship and, despite his opponent playing with a broken ankle, Wells was beaten 6–2. He lost 4–2 to Gerard Greene in the first round of the Welsh Open. Wells qualified for his first China Open by defeating Robbie Williams 5–3 and lost the last three frames in the first round against Graeme Dott to be eliminated 5–3. At Event 1 of Q School he eliminated Alexander Ursenbacher 4–1 in the final round to earn a two-year tour card starting with the 2015/2016 season.
Wells played in his first International Championship by beating Rory McLeod 6–1 and advanced through a wildcard round in China, before losing 6–4 to Lee Walker in the first round. He won three matches to reach the last 16 of the Bulgarian Open where he was eliminated 4–0 by Mike Dunn, he would finish 39th on the European Order of Merit. Wells saw off Rod Lawler 6–4 at the UK Championship, despite abandoning his car due to traffic and running to the venue before the match, he lost 6–3 to Ali Carter in the second round. Wells reached the same stage of the Welsh Open by beating And