Grossman Hangs on in Marathon Billiard Final
J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour / Gainesville, FL
by Skip Maloney
Early birds were chirping in Florida when Dave Grossman sunk the final three balls in the J. Pechauer Southeast Tour billiard stop on the weekend of May 10-11. Grossman bested Tommy Kennedy in a double-elimination final that featured two hill-hill games and lasted until 3:30 a.m. Monday morning. The $1,000-added event drew 44 entrants to The Art of Billiards in Gainesville, FL.
Grossman and Kennedy had their first meeting in the hot seat match, where an in-house electric panel shut down and the lights went out, forcing a delay that contributed to the subsequent early morning finals. When play resumed, Grossman completed a 9-6 win, sending Kennedy to the west side of the bracket.
Bob Moore and Chris Walls faced each other in the quarterfinal match. In a back-and-forth contest that went hill-hill, Walls advanced to face Kennedy in the semifinals. Walls jumped out to an early 6-3 lead, but Kennedy fought back to tie it at 6. The match worked its way to Walls’ second consecutive hill-hill contest, but it was Kennedy advancing to the finals for a second crack at Grossman.
It looked as though Grossman was going to make it a single set in the finals. He was on the hill and up by 4 when Kennedy rallied to win the next five games and force a second match. The back-and-forth struggle that ensued saw the two tied at 5 and 6 apiece before Grossman won two in a row to reach the hill first, but Kennedy caught up with him to make it double-hill. The two jockeyed for position through seven balls until Grossman took advantage of an open position to sink the final three.