Donaldson Downs O’Donoghue For Euro Crown

Congratulations to 18-year-old Scott Donaldson who this week defeated Ireland’s Brendan O’Donoghue 7-3 to capture the 2012 European Championship in Latvia. In doing so, the talented young Scot becomes the 99th and final player to earn a main tour card for 2012/13…

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One of four players to progress from his round-robin group of five players for the loss of just one frame, Scott’s serene progress through the event continued in the knock-out stages with further comfortable wins against Bernharð Bernharðsson, David Vaitzman and Antonis Poullos to reach the quarter-finals, where he was to receive a sterner test from Belgian Kevin van Hove, coming through a 5-3 winner.

The only man in the semi-finals not to have recent experience of competing on the main tour, Scott made light of that fact to defeat Ireland’s Rodney Goggins 6-2, before the seeing off Brendan O’Donoghue 7-3 to capture the title and a professional place for the next two seasons.

While I have not yet seen Donaldson in action, he is a player who I have heard a number of promising reports about in recent times and it is good to see another promising young Scot on the circuit, joining the likes of Anthony McGill and Michael Leslie in that category.

It is somewhat unfortunate that due to the scheduling of the event, Scott has missed out on the opportunity to compete in the qualifiers for the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open tournaments, which have now already been staged. I hope that come the end of the 2013/14 season, these points do not prove to be decisive as to whether Scott is able to remain on the tour…