Name: Scott Donaldson
DOB: 19th March 1994
Turned Pro: 2012
Highest Ranking: 88th (2012)
Highest Break: 123 (2012)
Career Highlights: 2012 Shanghai Masters last 64, 2012 ET1 last 32, 2012 EBSA European Champion, Former Scottish Under 16, 19 & 21 champion
Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s brightest young stars for a number of years, Scott Donaldson has amateur titles to his name including becoming the Scottish national champion at under-16, under-19 and under-21 level.
Scott’s first attempt to turn professional in 2011/12 came at the European Under-21 Championship, where he reached the semi-finals, only to be denied by 14-year-old prodigy Shane Castle, a 5-3 winner.
Scott during his professional debut at the 2012 UKPTC1 event
At the end of the campaign, Scott entered the Q School and in the third of three events, came agonisingly close to securing a place on the main tour, losing out in the final round to former pro Jamie O’Neill.
It was however to prove third time lucky for Scott as he defeated Ireland’s Brendan O’Donoghue 7-3 to become the 2012 EBSA European Champion and become the final man to book his ticket on the professional circuit for the following season.
Having turned pro, Scott was to make an immediate impression on the main tour as he won his first match against Liam Highfield at the UKPTC1 event, before reaching the third qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters qualifiers with victories against Chinese duo Chen Zhe and Yu Delu.
Scott came close to recording an impressive victory at the UK Championship qualifiers as he led Luca Brecel 5-3 in his opening round match, only to see his opponent win back-to-back centuries on his way to a comeback victory and eventually, a run to the quarter-finals.
In 2013, Scott was to continue to gain experience, though was unable to win a further match, ending his debut season with a 10-6 defeat against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh at the opening round of the World Championship.