A TEENAGE snooker player from Fareham is hoping to see his name up in lights after securing a sponsorship deal with a mobile disco and karaoke firm.
BAF Entertainment’s backing will keep on track James Budd’s bid to compete nationally.
Budd (pictured) made an impressive debut on the English Association of Snooker & Billiards (EASB) Regional Junior Tour South at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club last month and finished third in his six-man group. Only frames difference denied him qualification for the knockout.
Over the rest of the season, he faces trips to Gloucester, Cambridge, Brighton and Swindon. And a short walk to Fareham.
Promotion from the feeder circuit would see the 17-year-old join the top-48 under-21s in the country on the Premier Junior Tour (PJT).
Budd said he wants to be “competing against top players” on the PJT and in Pro-Ams.
BAF Entertainment will cover entry fees to EASB events, the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour, the Fareham Business League and pay for his practice time at Fareham Snooker Centre and Stoke Snooker Club, Gosport.
The Fareham based company, run by Budd’s dad Ian Rowlands, caters for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, proms, school discos, children’s parties and other special occasions across the whole of Hampshire. Prices start at £100.00. See www.baf-entertainment.co.uk for more information.
Picture by Tim Dunkley.