Morgan claims first title for 25 years

A SNOOKER player from Salisbury has claimed his first title since serving in the Royal Air Force more than 25 years ago.

Phil Morgan collected the Masters trophy for being the highest ranked of the 13 players aged 55 or over on the Cuestars South of England Seniors (40+) Tour.

Stephen Hills (Northfleet) was runner-up for the second year running. Herman Desmier (Wimborne) and Andrew Darken (Feltham) were joint third. Last season’s champion David Stewart (Odiham) was fifth.

RAF Wattisham in East Anglia was the location of Morgan’s previous success.

Morgan reached four quarter-finals during the eight-leg season that took in venues in Bournemouth, Fareham, Swindon (twice), Marchwood, Chandler’s Ford, Salisbury and Waterlooville.

“My intention, each time I turned up, was to win one game,” he said. “Anything else was a bonus.

“But I was keen to win (the Masters title).”

Morgan has been playing the game for 37 years and has a high break of 72.

He was presented with his trophy at the Cuestars Seniors Championship at The Crucible Sports & Social Club, Newbury, the day before his 56th birthday.

Picture by Tim Dunkley

Phil Morgan, front right with son Alex, at the Cuestars Seniors Championship

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)