Ross Muir triumphed in the EBSA European Amateur Snooker Championship on Saturday with a 5-1 defeat of Michael Collumb.
In an all-Scottish final in Malta, Muir asserted his control with breaks of 55 and 88 to lead 2-0 after the early exchanges.
Collumb got on the scoreboard in the third frame but it was to be his only contribution in what turned out to be a one-sided title decider.
Muir took the following three frames for a resounding success that will see him receive a two-year professional card to compete on the World Snooker Tour.
The 27 year-old had reached the knockout phase of the European Amateur Snooker Championship by finishing on top of his group with four round-robin wins out of four.
Victories against Umut Dikme, George Pragnall, and Heikki Niva then helped him through to the quarter-finals of the prestigious international tournament.
In the last eight, Muir compiled a break of 118 and held off a spirited late fight back from Shachar Ruberg to prevail in a decider before subsequently overcoming two-time champion Robin Hull in the last four.
The Edinburgh potter had previously come close this term to securing a return to the pro circuit for the first time since 2019 when he finished second on the Q Tour rankings.
For Collumb, the loss will be tough to take considering his difficult run to the final that included wins against Ashley Carty, Brendan O’Donoghue, and Ross Bulman.
In the European Under-21 Amateur Snooker Championship last week, Scotland’s Liam Graham beat Iulian Boiko 5-2 at the Dolmen Hotel in St. Paul’s Bay.
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