Daulton Tallies First Great Southern Billiard Win
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Greenville, SC
by Skip Maloney, Inside POOL Magazine
In his eighth attempt, tour director Shannon “The Cannon” Daulton picked up his first win on his own Great Southern Billiard Tour the weekend of May 31-June 1. In so doing, he snapped a three-week winning streak by Larry “The Truth” Nevel, defeating him in the hill-hill finals. The $1,500-added event drew 34 entrants to Palace Billiards in Greenville, SC.
Earlier Sunday, Daulton sent Brad Black westward with a 9-5 victory, while Steve Moore was ending Helena Thornfeldt’s day on the winners’ side with a commanding 9-1 victory. In the hot seat match that followed, Daulton jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, before missing a 9 ball and watching Moore win five in a row. Daulton regained the lead and hung on to win 9-6.
Nevel, already on the one-loss side, faced off against Mike Laney in the quarterfinal match, defeating him 9-3, to move into the semifinal against Moore. The final two matches of the event were close from start to finish. In the semifinals, Nevel and Moore battled their way one game at a time to a 7-7 tie, at which point Moore scratched on the break. Nevel ran the rack and repeated that performance for the 9-7 win and a chance to pick up his fourth event victory in a row.
In the double-elimination finals, Daulton moved out to a slim 6-4 lead. Nevel fought back to go ahead 7-6 before Daulton surged to the hill. Nevel followed suit before Daulton closed it out.
“You kind of get your stroke back a little,” Daulton said, “and it gets you playing again.”
1st Shannon Daulton
2nd Larry Nevel
3rd Steve Moore
4th Mike Laney
5th Brad Black
7th James Bearden
9th Monica Webb