FAREHAM potter James Budd took time out from celebrating victory in the Stoke Snooker Club Open to pay tribute to beaten finalist Mark Lloyd. The 17-year-old wrapped up the 3-1 win at the Gosport club with a 27 clearance.
“Mark is a good break builder,” said Budd. “He’s very talented for his age.”
Indeed. Lloyd, 13, was forced to give his older opponent a seven-point start in the handicapped event that attracted an 18-strong field.
In the first round, Budd, receiving six, defeated Mike Hart 3-1. After a three-hour wait, he conceded 26 to Chris Roebuck and won 3-2. And he beat Joe Kitchen, who received 18, 3-0.
Earlier this month, Budd posted a personal best 85 break en route to winning the Secretary’s Shield, the under-30 event run by the Gosport & Fareham Snooker League. He accounted for Lloyd in the final.
The pair also compete on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour where Lloyd is the rankings leader with seven of the eight legs played.
Now in his second season on the tour, fourth-placed Budd, hoping to make a first final in the last leg in Salisbury on May 5, is looking forward to promotion to the Gold Tour next season.
He said: “I’ll be up against very, very strong opponents so I will need to put loads of time into practice.”
Picture by Dave Randall: Stoke SC owner Dave Norman (left) and James Budd.