Liam White and Chris Day were the latest winners on this year’s Ultimate Pool Challenger Series with respective victories in events 3 and 4 this past weekend at the Players Pool and Snooker Lounge in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
With the recent news that eight players will earn automatic promotion to next season’s Ultimate Pool Professional Series, both White and Day put themselves in very favourable positions to achieve top tier status. The eight-event Challenger Series is an amateur only circuit featuring 128 entries and in 2021 has a prize fund of over £90,000.
Home venue hero White banked a payday of £5,000 as he secured the event 3 title in front of the live FreeSports TV cameras.
White defeated Stuart McCulloch 6-3, Ian Duffy 6-2, Lee Hull 6-2, Ian Whitehorn 6-4 and Andy Cragg 6-0 in the quarter-finals to book a place under the lights in the main arena on the Sunday morning.
There, he enjoyed a dramatic 6-reds shootout victory over Dan Eaton-Lees after they finished 4-4 when the match-clock expired, before denying Gareth Higgins 6-2 in the final.
Previously in the other semi-final, Higgins managed to get the better of Scott Pope in a very entertaining tie.
A winner of the World Team Championship with England, Day finished strong to claim the event 4 accolade and receive a prize of £3,000.
Day – who performed very well during the recent Ultimate Pool Masters – dispatched Jake Cooper 6-2, Rob Adams 6-5, Ian Whitehorn 6-2, Del Redmond 6-4, Scott Pope 6-4 before ending with frames to spare when defeating Kyle Cope 6-1 in the last four and Tim Roberts 6-1 in the final.
Roberts reached the title match following a 6-5 deciding frame triumph over Ian Ali.
Due to their title successes, both White and Day qualify for the end-of-year Champion of Champions Shootout.
The next stops on this year’s Challenger Series will take place between the 22nd-24th October.
All results can be found on CueScore here.