WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPION Shaun Murphy was among the competitors at the Doncaster Open Pro-Am on Wednesday, which saw Daniel Gaunt warm up for the PGA EuroPro Tour event in style.
Murphy, who won the world title at the Crucible last month and is also a six-handicap golfer, showed his talents among the 46 teams at the Pro-Am.
His snooker hero Steve Davis was also involved in the event, playing alongside Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter and PGA EuroPro Tour Chairman Barry Hearn.
But the excitement of Murphy’s appearance was matched by a sensational round of 64 from Australian Daniel Gaunt, who was the leading professional on show at Owston Hall.
Gaunt has twice missed out on victory on the final day this season, but will hope to continue this form to pick up his first winner’s cheque of the year – with £12,000 on offer to the Doncaster Open champion.
Five players – Andrew Willey, Daniel Greenwood, Craig Goodfellow, Jamie Donaldson and Simon Robinson – were two strokes behind Gaunt on Wednesday, while Stephen Pullan and Robert McGuirk shot 67.
John Wade, who has already won two events on this year’s PGA EuroPro Tour, was among four players to score -4 in the Pro-Am.
“The Pro-Am has given everyone a taste of what will follow in the Doncaster Open, and we are looking forward to an exceptional week of golf,” said Hearn (pictured left, between Martin Winter and Shaun Murphy).
“The weather has been fantastic and the course is in great shape, so we’ll see the best players come to the fore over the next three days.”
He added: “It was a pleasure to see Shaun play with us.
“He is an ambitious young man who, through hard work and dedication, has already reached the pinnacle of his chosen sport.
“He is an example all the players on the PGA EuroPro Tour can follow in their careers as they strive to make it onto the world stage.”