THE AMATEUR ANGLE - PATRICK POCKETS SCOTTISH PRIZE
12 years on from claiming the title for the first time, Fraser Patrick is once again the Scottish National Snooker Champion.
Played in stages, Scottish ranked Number 1 Patrick came through the early rounds to reach the Quarters and Semi-Finals which were held at the Q-Club in Glasgow. There he eliminated Dylan Gault 5-2 and Michael Collumb 6-1 to book a berth in the final.
The Locarno Club in Edinburgh played host to the National Finals Weekend where other categories were also completed. Patrick defeated defending champion Ross Vallance 7-4 to take the trophy, £600 and an amateur wildcard spot at next season's World Snooker Scottish Open.
32-year-old Patrick will be hoping he is part of that tournament as a professional, as he has entered this month's Q-School in Burton in an attempt to reclaim his top tier status. A tour card holder for five seasons, he was relegated from the circuit at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
He will be joined in Burton by fellow countrymen Marc Davis, Dylan Craig, William Thomson, Keith Keldie and Collumb.
Elsewhere during the Scottish Snooker Finals Weekend, Liam Graham won the Under 16 Championship, Dean Young won the Under 21 Championship and Michael Philbin won the Masters Championship.
Next up in Scotland is the annual PMK Pro-Am at the Minnesota Fats Club in Glasgow. This year's edition again features several professionals including former World Champion Graeme Dott and two-time ranking event winner Anthony McGill.
2018 Scottish National Snooker Championship (Results from the Quarter-Finals onwards)
Fraser Patrick (63, 57, 51) 5-2 (51) Dylan Gault
Michael Collumb (131) 5-4 Dean Young
William Thomson 4-5 (87) Richy McDonald
Ross Vallance w/o Gary Thomson
Patrick 6-1 Collumb
Vallance (81, 74, 54) 6-3 McDonald
Patrick 7-4 Vallance
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 1st May 2018