Aberdeen snooker player Kenny MacPherson has picked up his first singles title in over a decade.
The 45-year old, who has been a fan of the sport since the age of eight, triumphed against top local players to leave with the 2018 Moray Open.
And despite having a relaxed approach towards competitive events, MacPherson admitted he was apprehensive ahead of the tournament.
The victory was his first since picking up a handicap singles title in the Granite City a decade ago.
Kenny said: “Two stand-out performers from Aberdeen were playing, who have different future ambitions with the sport compared to me. They see themselves going on to play at much higher levels but I just do it for fun.
“Both Barry Smith and Marc Davis are really consistent and were the favourites to win, so the outcome has come as a shock to me because I didn’t go there with any intentions of winning.
“I just wanted to have a good day out, but Saturday was obviously my day in the sun.”
The event was held at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club and the New Club in Elgin.
MacPherson had a great start, defeating last year’s winner Simon Bremner 2-0 in the first round, followed by a 3-1 win against Moray team captain and tournament organiser, Adam MacLeod. The wins allowed him to take on fellow Aberdeen and Oldmachar team-mate Barry Smith in the final match, where he achieved a 3-1 victory.
He added: “I think my secret to success is to not put too much pressure on myself. I love the game so I just try to enjoy it as much as I can.
“And what definitely helped was that I had to go up against one player after the other continuously – like a conveyer belt.
“There wasn’t time to sit down and lose focus.”
The player’s love of the game started at a young age, and has led to him forming part of the Oldmachar British Legion snooker team and winning several events.
He has now set his sights on continuing his winning streak throughout the remainder of the season and preparing to take on English Champions Merseyside alongside his Aberdeen A team-mates next year.
MacPherson said: “Something big coming up for the whole team is travelling to Liverpool in April for our match against Merseyside, who have a lot of professional players.
“But we’re aiming to go and represent Aberdeen in the best way possible and give it a good shot.
“I’m also looking forward to the rest of the snooker season and going back to Elgin next year to defend the title.”