Darren Morgan Scoops Another Amateur Title in 2022…

Darren Morgan Scoops Another Amateur Title in 2022…

FORMER PROFESSIONAL No 8 Darren Morgan has won more amateur crowns in the last five years than he has had hot dinners. 

The 56-year-old Welshman has now just scooped the 2022 Welsh Amateur Championship – an event that’s been going since 1928 and a string of talent from the green lands of Wales, a hotbed for snooker in the UK, have won the event going on to lift the World professional titles, such as Terry Griffiths, Ray Reardon, and Doug Mountjoy.

Morgan is now a four-time winner of the prestigious amateur event – winning the first back in 1987.

He reached a World professional ranking event final twice in his pro career spanning from 1988 – 2006.

The final phase of the championship was held this past weekend at the Vetz Club in Pontycymner. Winner of the 1996 Irish Masters, Morgan crafted breaks of 56, 59 and 79 as he ended the hopes of Tyler Rees 6-3 in the last four.

His opponent in the final was the emerging 16-year-old Liam Davies who has enjoyed a fantastic season that has seen him reach the semi-finals of the WSF Junior Open and recently win the European Under-18 Championship in Albania.

He was also the youngest player to win a match at the World Championships in early April at 15.

Liam Davies is the best young prospect currently storming the snooker scene in Wales…

The current Welsh under-18 and 21 champion – who would end up with the highest break of the tournament for a 127 total clearance he compiled during phase two–made this final for the first time after a 6-1 win over Ben Fortey during which he registered runs of 52 and 72.

A few weeks ago, Morgan had scooped the European Seniors in Albania, and he quipped on Facebook back then…

You never know if you’re ever going to win again, there are no guarantees. You’re only as good as your last game, so I am trying to enjoy these special moments these days more than ever before. Got to be fair though, my twitching on the shot is turning me into one hell of a dancer lol.

Morgan proved to be too strong for the teenager in the final as he ran out a comfortable victor across the two sessions, making contributions of 56, 73, and 103.

It is the fourth time that Morgan has triumphed in the event after victories in 1987, 2015, and 2019. It ends a memorable few weeks for him having claimed a 12th EBSA European senior title last month.





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