A TEENAGER from Gosport received a just reward for having the confidence in his own ability to compete on a regional snooker circuit.
Brett Wallace picked up his first winner’s trophy in only his fourth event on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour.
The 16-year-old, who made his debut in February in Havant, beat rankings runner-up Charlie Pringle 2-1 in the final of the tenth and last leg at Salisbury Snooker Club.
“I’m happy with my first win,” said Wallace. “It’s been a very long day.”
And explaining his decision to step up from club competitions, he added: “I was aware of (Cuestars) but didn’t really have the confidence to play.
“But as I’ve improved recently, I felt like I may as well just play and see what happens.”
Wallace finished fourth in the seven-man round-robin group and qualified for the knockout by winning a third-frame decider against 12-year-old Bowen Zhu (Chandlers Ford).
He then defeated rankings champion Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford) 2-1 in the last-four of the event sponsored by Attic Life.
Known for his attacking style, Wallace, who is based at Fareham Snooker Club, admitted there was even the “rare sight” of a safety game in the final.
Pringle (Chandler’s Ford) reached his seventh final in ten outings this season by overcoming Kaine Petty (Fordingbridge) 2-0 in the second semi.
The top-16 ranked players will be invited to the championship play-off on finals day on Sunday, May 14, at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon. World number 34 Mark Davis will present the trophies and play exhibition frames against all the champions.
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Charlie Pringle: 43, 41.
Ryan Hughes: 34, 30.
Brett Wallace: 34.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Charlie Pringle (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC); 4th, Brett Wallace (Fareham SC); 5th, Bowen Zhu (Chandler’s Ford SC); 6th, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 7th, Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC).
SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Pringle 2 Petty 0, Wallace 2 Hughes 1.
FINAL (25/18 points): Wallace 2 Pringle 1.
Picture by Tim Dunkley.
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)