CALLUM WHITE held his nerve under enormous pressure to sink a re-spotted black and claim a first tournament win on the Cuestars snooker circuit.
The 16-year-old, from Havant, edged leg-one winner Shane Kearns 2-1 in the final of the second event on the South of England under-21 bronze tour.
‘I wanted it so bad,’ said White, a runner-up twice before.
After taking the first frame on the black in the Attic Life-sponsored event at Salisbury Snooker Club, he was out-gunned in the next by his opponent from Swindon.
White then overhauled Kearns’ lead in the decider but the rankings leader potted the black to tie the frame and force a re-spot.
Following a tense safety exchange, the left-hander made no mistake when left with a virtually straight two-foot pot into the green pocket.
‘It did go right in the middle,’ said White.
‘It was nice to win and hopefully I can get another one.
‘The final could have gone either way. In the second frame, he destroyed me.’
White – who is based at Copnor SC, Portsmouth, and has started a painting and decorating course at Highbury College – topped his round-robin group and defeated Riley Ellis (Wootton Bassett) 2-0 in the last-four.
Meanwhile, national under-18 snooker champion Mark Lloyd made it two wins out of two on the Cuestars South of England under-21 gold tour.
The 16-year-old, from Gosport, edged first-time finalist Steven Hughes 2-0 to collect £100 prize money.
Wearing a fetching purple glove on his bridge hand to combat the sticky conditions, Lloyd took the first frame on the brown and the second on the pink.
Earlier, he qualified in second place from his round-robin group – after losing to 13-year-old Mickey Joyce (Basingstoke) – and beat Ronnie Blake (London) 2-1 and Anthony Rice (Fordingbridge) 2-0 in the knockout.
‘I started off OK and then it went bad and then it picked up,’ said Lloyd, who is based at Stoke Snooker Club in his home town and is studying business at Fareham College.
‘But I’ve been there many times before.
‘I’ve been going through a little bit of a bad patch but you’ve just got to battle your way through.’
English Under-14 Championship runner-up Jamie Wilson won the plate competition during the second legs of the Cuestars South of England under-21 gold, silver and bronze tours at Salisbury Snooker Club.
The 12-year-old gold-tour player, who is based at the newly-opened Waterlooville Sports Bar, defeated Arnie Petty, from Fordingbridge, in the final of the event.
The third leg of 10, sponsored by Tamar Independent Financial Advisers, is at Jesters Snooker Club, in Swindon, on Sunday, October 30.