Ulrich and Cook Capture First Place
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour / Lexington, SC
by InsidePOOL Staff
Grady’s, a new billiards parlor in Lexington, SC, kicked off their opening by hosting the Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour September 22-23. An enormous 80-player field of billiard players came out for the $2,000-added event, with Atlanta resident Louis Ulrich taking top honors.
Notching wins over Marcus Goins 9-4, Grady Mathews 9-7, Monroe Jones 9-5, Sam Brannon 9-4, Rodney Holland 9-2 before meeting up with Southeast terror Steve Moore in the hot seat match. Ulrich came out the 9-7 victor in their match and waited for his next opponent.
Mike Gulyassy met Ulrich in the finals, having disposed of opponents Doc Tripp 9-1, Rex Alred 9-4 and Scott Rabon 9-4 before losing to Moore 9-1. From there he recouped, winning over Jim Jennings before his rematch with Moore, which he won double-hill. However, Gulyassy’s run was ended by Ulrich, who handily defeated him 9-6 in the final match.
In the tour’s amateur division, Dave Cook took first place over the 29-player field. Cook scored victories over Rick Ratliff 5-1, Dwayne Mortiz 5-0, Rory Dover 5-1, Mike Basha 5-2, and Matt Reed 5-2. Before hi loss to Cook, Reed notched wins over Chris Zayas 5-2, DJ Czech 5-2, Billy7 Mozingo 5-1, and Joe Kelly Jr. 5-3. After his loss to Cook, Reed came back to the semifinal match, where he bested Jose Farias Jr. hill-hill, at which point he advanced to the finals against Cook. However, Cook was prepared, and he sent Reed packing with a 5-1 final score.
Jose Farias Jr.
Joe Kelly Jr.