Pinegar Tells “The Truth” on Great Southern Billiard Tour
Great Southern Billiard Tour / LaGrange, GA
by Skp Maloney
Jonathan “Hennessee from Tennessee” Pinegar went undefeated on the Great Southern Billiard Tour stop the weekend of July 19-20. He did so at the expense of frequent tour winner Larry “The Truth” Nevel, besting him in the hot seat match and in the finals by identical 9-4 scores. The $3,500-added event drew 48 entrants to Chalk It Up in La Grange, GA.
It was the second time this year that the two had met in the finals of a GSBT event. In Knoxville, in May, Pinegar had fought back to the finals from the one-loss side only to be defeated in a hill-hill battle. This time, the two were among the winners’ side final four on Sunday morning. Pinegar sent Randy Vaughn west with a 9-5 victory, as Nevel was sending Billy Peay over 9-3. In the hot seat match that followed, it was Nevel who was forced to the one-loss side to battle in a semifinal match, as Pinegar waited for his return.
On the one-loss side, Randy Jordon, Josh Roberts, and Tony Stone defeated Billy Holmes, Eddie Little, and Jeff Jordon, respectively, by identical 9-3 scores, as Jason Heyward finished Sparky Ferrell’s tournament with a 9-2 victory. Roberts and Heyward dropped Randy Jordon and Stone into a seventh-place tie before ending up themselves in fifth place when they ran into Vaughn and Peay, over from the winners’side. Peay defeated Vaughn in the quarterfinals 9-5 and then fell to Nevel 9-4 in the semifinal match.
In the true double-elimination finals that followed, Pinegar jumped out to an early 4-0 lead that he never relinquished. Nevel fought back, but every step he took was matched by two or more from Pinegar, who ran out racks at every opportunity that was presented to him and made it a single-set win.
1st Jonathan Pinegar
2nd Larry Nevel
3rd Billy Peay
4th Randy Vaughn
5th Josh Roberts
7th Randy Jordon
9th Billy Holmes