Brendan O’Donoghue won the first event of the Irish senior ranking campaign after a closely fought 4-3 victory over Robert Murphy on Sunday.
The New Institute club player emerged victorious with his first title since the outset of last season as he claimed The Barracks Classic at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow.
O’Donoghue had reached the final the hard way after victories over national champion TJ Dowling in the quarter-finals before a 4-0 drubbing of Michael Judge in the last four.
Murphy also had a strong weekend, backing up early defeats of David Hogan and Jason Devaney with a semi-final 4-2 success over John Farrell.
Young Ross Bulman, champion in the first Euro Under-18 qualifier last week, impressed too as the teenager reached the quarter-finals following triumphs over Charlie Sweeney and Greg Casey – before eventually coming up short against the experienced Judge.
National Championship runner-up Jonathan Williams suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Philip O’Connor in the first round.
The Monaghan man will return later in the week, though, with his Sniper’s Snippets feature outlining more of the weekend’s action and what further to expect this upcoming term.
Meanwhile, Colm Gilcreest won the Masters event after a 3-1 win over John Torpey.