Chris preparares for the 2017 IPA World Championships

Local pool player Chris Patrick has told the Wolds Weekly that he is looking to put Driffield on the map as he makes final preparations for the 2017 IPA World Championships which take place later this month.

Chris has enjoyed a successful period on the baize since winning the North Wolds Pool League’s individual tournament last winter, a competition named in memory of Steve Round-ing, one of his dad’s closest friends.

Since then, he has travelled all over northern Britain where in the last six weeks he has man-aged to accrue around £14,000 in prize money all of which is funded by sponsorship.

“I won the Driffield Individuals tournament in the winter, which was in memory of Steve Rounding who was a lovely man, one of my dad’s best friends and the only reason I started playing pool,” explained Chris.

“So, I thought from that victory, why not try and get Driffield on the map and really put the town out there and challenge people from all over the country.

“From then on, I’ve been travelling all over the north, playing players from Sunderland, Newcastle and Hartlepool as well as Scotland internationals.

“Over the last six weeks, I’ve managed to obtain just short of £14,000 winnings in prize money.“

“All of my games are streamed worldwide and I know a lot of people from Driffield have been watching on the internet and the support has just been incredible which I am so grateful for.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to have gained sponsorship through Driffield company Alfred Bekker Ltd and I can’t thank Carla Bekker enough for all her help, it’s very appreciated.”

Having previously competed in the 2015 World Championships, Chris is now looking forward to this year’s event which takes place at the Bradford Hotel, Bradford from Tuesday 31st January until Sunday 5th February with the draw being made on Saturday 21st January, and victory is on the agenda as he looks to fulfil a promise he made to his late grandad.

“In 2015, I was the first East Yorkshireman to reach a World Championship final which was so, so close for me as I promised my grandad before he died that I would be world champion one day,” said Chris.

“This year I will be doing all I can to make him proud at the 2017 World Championships later this month which has a prize fund of £40,000.

“My dream is to represent Driffield in China and turn professional out there. It’s something I will be working extremely hard towards.”

Anyone who is looking to follow Chris’ progress at the World Championships as well as in his other games can do so by following him on Twitter @ChrisPatrick147 or on Instagram @ChrisPat147.

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