Olinger and Stone Roll Into First
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour / Fairfield, OH
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour rolled into Fairfield, OH, for its March 1-2 stop, where Ryan Stone and Alex Olinger took top honors in the open and amateur divisions, respectively. Michael’s Billiards hosted the event, which brought a total of 81 participants.
Local favorite Stone, who is from Dayton, and began playing pool at the age of 9, is only 21 years old. He has won two Viking Cue 9-Ball amateur events, and this win makes his first open division win. Stone made his way through the top half of the bracket undefeated, sending to the left side of the chart Chase Timmer 9-5, Cody Myers 9-4, Travis Stamper 9-8, Frank Ruby 9-1, Mark Slye Jr. 9-6, Joe Brown 9-3, and then Ruby again 9-5 to take the win.
Ruby drew a bye in round one and then defeated Ron Scalzitti 9-7 and Kelly Cottongin 9-4 before being sent to the one-loss side by Stone 9-1. He made his way back to the finals after defeating Steven Dillion 7-3, Bill Lott 9-2, Shannon Murphy 9-4, Stamper 9-7, and Brown 9-7 before facing Stone in the finals.
1st Ryan Stone
2nd Frank Ruby
3rd Joe Brown
4th Travis Stamper
5th Shannon Murphy
Mark Slye Jr.
7th Bill Lott
Olinger, another local favorite, made his trek to the finals undefeated through the bottom half of the brackets, besting John Riddell 7-6, Dave Woods 7-5, Johnny Ferreri 7-4, Charlie Hans 7-5, Tony McCray 7-5, and in set one of the finals he defeated Charlie Hans again 7-1 to take first place.
Second place was won by Hans, who also began in the bottom half of the bracket by defeating Chris Hutchinson 7-5, Tim Wainscott 7-5, and Ed Hancock 7-6 before being sent to the one-loss side by Olinger 7-5. There he defeated Lucas Hawkins 5-1, Gary Romine 5-2, and McCray 5-4 before facing Olinger in the finals.
1st Alex Olinger
2nd Charlie Hans
3rd Tony McCray
4th Gary Romine
5th Johnny Ferrier