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Welsh Professional Championship
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Brief History of the Welsh Professional Championship
 
The first Welsh Professional Championship was held as long ago as the 1920s when J.S. Nicholls beat W. Davies but it was another 50 years before there was another contest. In 1977, the only two Welsh professionals at the time, Ray Reardon and Doug Mountjoy, met in Caerphilly with Reardon winning 12-8. Even though the event was sponsored, by William Hill, it was not a success and it was not until 1980 that an official championship was established and by now, Cliff Wilson and Terry Griffiths had doubled the number of entries. H.P.Bulmer provided sponsorship through their Woodpecker brand and the event was staged at Ebbw Vale. Mountjoy beat Reardon in the final and these two were to alternate as champions until 1984 when Bulmers transferred the sponsorship to their Strongbow brand.
 
It was all change in 1985. A new venue, Abertillery, new sponsors, BCE, and there was a new champion in the shape of Terry Griffiths who won again at the same venue in 1986. The event moved to the Newport Centre in 1987 where Mountjoy won again. After three years of different sponsors, there followed three years under the Senator Windows banner. Griffiths won a third title and Mountjoy a fifth before a new name, Darren Morgan was added to the roll of honour in 1990.
 
Despite the withdrawal of the WPBSA support for such events after 1989, the Welsh, unlike the other home countries, had the backing from sponsors to enable them to continue. Regal were the new sponsors in 1991 when Darren Morgan successfully defended his title. However that was to prove to be the end of the story. Regal switched their sponsorship to a new Welsh Open ranking event at the same venue and there has not been a Welsh Professional Championship since.

Roll Of Honour             

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1977 Caerphilly Williams Hill Ray Reardon Doug Mountjoy 12-8 £1,500
1980 Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre Woodpecker Doug Mountjoy Ray Reardon 9-6 £2,250
1981 Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre Woodpecker Ray Reardon Cliff Wilson 9-6 £3,000
1982 Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre Woodpecker Doug Mountjoy Terry Griffiths 9-8 £5,000
1983 Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre Woodpecker Ray Reardon Doug Mountjoy 9-1 £6,000
1984 Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre Strongbow Doug Mountjoy Cliff Wilson 9-3 £6,500
1985 Abertillery Leisure Centre BCE Terry Griffiths Doug Mountjoy 9-4 £6,000
1986 Abertillery Leisure Centre Zetters Terry Griffiths Doug Mountjoy 9-3 £5,000
1987 Newport Centre Matchroom Doug Mountjoy Steve Newbury 9-7 £8,000
1988 Newport Centre Senator Windows Terry Griffiths Wayne Jones 9-3 £9,000
1989 Newport Centre Senator Windows Doug Mountjoy Terry Griffiths 9-6 £10,500
1990 Newport Centre Senator Windows Darren Morgan Doug Mountjoy 9-7 £10,500
1991 Newport Centre Regal Darren Morgan Mark Bennett 9-3 £11,000


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