Only the second player to pass Level 9

HE’S only the second current Cuestars member to have passed Level 9 of the coaching programme.

Silver Tour player Connor Benzey (pictured), who won the 2015 Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour Championship play-off, breezed through at his first attempt with a score of 22.

It came on Day 5 of the 2015 Christmas Cup at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.

The 13-year-old from Eastleigh, who passed Level 8 only last week, leads the rankings by 21 points from ten-year-old Oliver Sykes.

The other player on Level 10 is 21-year-old Brad Chappell, from Poole, who won the Gold Tour rankings last season.

The Christmas Cup for under-18s runs every day, 11am-3pm, this week up to and including New Year’s Day at a cost of £6 a day. It consists of various activities – such as the Cuestars Coaching Programme, billiards, cricket and handicapped snooker – overseen by World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley. The final day will be snooker all day. Similar competitions run on every weekday during every school holiday.

Report and picture by Tim Dunkley.