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Scottish Professional Championship
Non Ranking Event

Brief History of the Scottish Professional Championship
 
Before World War two and after, Scotland’s only professional of note was Walter Donaldson who won the world title twice. He had taken on all comers for the Scottish title but after him there were no championships as there were no professionals.
 
That changed in 1979 when Eddie Sinclair joined the pro ranks and he set up a match against Chris Ross for the title in 1980. Player and promoter, Bert Demarco took up he idea and as, by 1981, six more Scots had turned professional, an eight-man knockout event was staged at Kildrum which was won by Ian Black. Sponsorship was obtained in 1982 when Sinclair regained the title at Dunfermline but the event had to proceed without backing in 1983. Murdo Maclead beat Sinclair at Glasgow University. Without financial support there was no event in 1984.
 
In 1985 the WPBSA gave backing to these national championships in the form of a subsidy of £1,000 per man and the event was revived at Edinburgh’s Marco’s Club, owned by Bert Demarco, and Macleod beat Sinclair again in the final. There were still just eight players but for the 1985/86 season, a new 16 year-old face appeared in the professional ranks. His name was Stephen Hendry and in the Scottish Professional that season he came through to win at his first attempt. He also won in 1987 and 1988 but then decided there was no competition and did not compete in 1989. John Rea won that year and made a 147 maximum break into the bargain.
 
The ending of WPBSA support in 1990 sounded the death knell for this event. It is ironic that within a year or two Scotland had not one but three top 16 players and dozens more coming through. They have become a major force in the game winning the World Cup in 1996 and the Nations Cup in 2001.

After a gap of 22 years the championship was revived in 2011 eith all the top players taking part.


Roll Of Honour             

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1980 information unavailable none Eddie Sinclair Chris Ross 11-6 n/a
1981 Cubernauld Theatre none Ian Black Matt Gibson 11-7 n/a
1982 Dunfermline Tartan Bitter/Daily Record Eddie Sinclair Ian Black 11-7 £1,000
1983 Glasgow University none Murdo MacLeod Eddie Sinclair 11-9 £2,000
1984 not held n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1985 Marco's Leisure Centre, Edinburgh none Murdo MacLeod Eddie Sinclair 11-2 n/a
1986 Marco's Leisure Centre, Edinburgh Canada Dry Stephen Hendry Matt Gibson 10-5 £4,000
1987 Steve Davis Club, Glasgow People's Cars Stephen Hendry Jim Donnelly 10-7 £4,000
1988 Marco's Leisure Centre, Edinburgh Swish Stephen Hendry Murdo MacLeod 10-4 £9,000
1989 Marco's Leisure Centre, Edinburgh none John Rea Murdo MacLeod 9-7 £2,000
2011 Lucky Break Club, Clydebank none John Higgins Anthony McGill 6-1 £3,000

Maximum Breaks
John Rea 1989 Quarter Final v. Ian Black


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