YORK-BORN pool star Donna Smith retained her Scottish Open title for the second year running.

Smith, who represents Scotland at an international level through her mother's nationality, was born in York.

After defeating Jacqueline Louth in last year's final, Smith has celebrated a second title after a 6-5 victory over Karen Mowat.

The triumph sees Mowat qualify for Scotland National Ladies tournament for next year, after also lifting the Scottish Ladies Tour last month.

Smith's Scottish Ladies Tour win came in a 4-2 victory over Val Finnie, which took place at the Bullseye in Greenock.

Smith expressed her joy at winning the trophy, telling the Press: “I’m super happy to defend the open title, I’ve got a spot next year to go play in the women’s tournament at a Scottish event.

"I’m super happy. It’s my second major title, it’s taken hours and hours of practice whilst playing in local leagues, spare time on the weekends too going and practicing.

"It’s taken hours of practice and annoying the wife most weekends!

"I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it just goes to show all of the hard work that I have put in and that everything I’ve done over the last 18 months has been worth it.

"To win the title and secure that spot, at the Scotland National Ladies for next year, it’s everything and more really."