SURREY cueist Paul Bunyard pocketed £150 in prize money after a winning debut on the Cuestars Seniors (40+) Tour
The 44-year-old from Ash didn’t drop a frame in the knockout stage of the opening leg at Fareham Snooker Club.
Bunyard, who finished runner-up in his round-robin group, defeated Carl Davies 2-0 in the final.
The Dranfields-sponsored tournament attracted a 32-strong field.
All eight round-robin groups had an undefeated winner. Justin Eggins (Chichester), Davies (Bournemouth), Paul Davis (Wareham), Darren Johnson (Petersfield), Jason Pusser (Bournemouth), Neil Jefferis (East Malling, Kent), Phil Butler (Bournemouth) and Paul Morrison (Ashford) progressed to the last-16 knockout with three wins from three.
Lun Lee (Orpington) compiled the day’s highest break of 87 in the second frame of his 2-1 semi-final defeat by Davies.
Eggins, whose only previous last-four appearance was also in Fareham last year, was denied a first final by Bunyard.
Organisers thanked the staff and management at Fareham SC for looking after everyone so well – as per usual.
Woking Snooker Centre hosts the second leg of nine on Sunday, October 22.
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Lun Lee: 87, 48.
Paul Davis: 80, 52.
Paul Bunyard: 79, 61, 43.
Paul Ganley: 70.
Steve Wheatland: 58.
Sanjay Meghani: 56, 50.
Jason Pusser: 55, 41.
Carl Davies: 51.
Justin Eggins: 47, 46.
Luke Spiller: 47.
Darren Johnson: 47.
Ian Finch: 44.
Neil Jefferis: 41.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP POSITIONS
GROUP A: 1st, Justin Eggins (Chichester City Club); 2nd, Sanjay Meghani (Shots, Watford); 3rd, Graham Leech (Crucible, Newbury); 4th, Ian Finch (Park Gate RBL).
GROUP B: 1st, Carl Davies (St James Institute, Bournemouth); 2nd, Luke Spiller (St James Institute, Bournemouth); 3rd, Paul Bailey (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Gareth Samuel (Lytchett & Upton RBL).
GROUP C: 1st, Paul Davis (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Paul Ganley (Rhodrons Club, Chessington); 3rd, Steve Read (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Mark Greer (Woking SC).
GROUP D: 1st, Darren Johnson (Petersfield Bowls & Snooker Club); 2nd, Lun Lee (Orpington); 3rd, Dennis Tristram (Shots, Watford); 4th, Stephen Hills (Northfleet Traders Club, Gravesend).
GROUP E: 1st, Jason Pusser (St James Institute, Bournemouth); 2nd, Martin Wallace (Crucible, Newbury); 3rd, Steve Wheatland (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Peter Ebbins (Greenbaize, Bournemouth).
GROUP F: 1st, Neil Jefferis (The Ightham Club); 2nd, Paul Bunyard (Woking SC); 3rd, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Paul Grove (Woking SC).
GROUP G: 1st, Phil Butler (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Alex Greenham (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 3rd, Shaun Haymen (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Chris Davies.
GROUP H: 1st, Paul Morrison (West Byfleet Social Club); 2nd, David Moritz (Shots, Watford); 3rd, Kevin Morris (Woking SC); 4th, Kevin Palmer (Frames, Coulsdon).
LAST-16 (10 points): Eggins 2-0 Spiller, Greenham 2-0 Morrison, Bunyard 2-0 Pusser, Ganley 2-0 Johnson, Lee 2-0 Davis, Wallace 2-1 Jefferis, Moritz 2-0 Butler, Carl Davies 2-1 Meghani.
QUARTER-FINALS (12 pts, £10): Eggins 2-0 Greenham, Bunyard 2-0 Ganley, Lee 2-1 Wallace, Carl Davies 2-1 Moritz.
SEMI-FINALS (15 pts, £30): Bunyard 2-0 Eggins, Carl Davies 2-1 Lee.
FINAL (25/18 pts, £150/£70): Bunyard 2-0 Carl.
By Tim Dunkley and Chris Wyatt