Roberts Romps in Great Southern Billiard Tour

Roberts Romps in Great Southern Billiard Tour
Great Southern Billiard Tour / Sumter, SC

by Skip Maloney

Great Southern Billiard Tour

Great Southern Billiard Tour

Josh Roberts romped through a field of 32 players at the Great Southern Billiard Tour stop the weekend of July 26-27. He defeated Michael Newsome twice; once in the hot seat match and again in the single-set finals to take first place in the $1,500-added event at Stroker’s Billiards.

Earlier Sunday, Newsome, who’d sent both Shannon Daulton and Larry Nevel west in earlier matches that went to double-hill, faced Jeremy Melber among the winners’ side final four, as Roberts faced B.J. Hucks. Roberts and Newsome advanced to meet each other in the hot seat match, won by Roberts 9-3.

On the one-loss side, Hucks and Melber would eventually face each other in the quarterfinals, having dropped Boyd Bouknight and Larry Nevel into a tie for fifth place. Melber went on to win the quarterfinal match 9-6 and then face Newsome in the semifinals. Newsome dropped Melber 9-3 and moved back for a second crack at Roberts.

Roberts, playing in what used to be his home room before shifting to Grady’s in Columbia, SC, lost little time in jumping out to a lead in the first, and as it turned out, only set of the true double-elimination finals. He defeated Newsome by the same 9-3 score he’d recorded in the hot seat match and claimed the first-place prize.

In a $250-added second chance tournament that drew 16 entrants, it was Roger Jesscoat defeating Zeek Gomez 9-7 in the final match.

1st Josh Roberts
2nd Michael Newsome
3rd Jeremy Melber
4th B.J. Hucks
5th Larry Nevel
Boyd Bouknight
7th Christy Norris
Greg Dix
9th Zeek Gomez
Phil Irick
Casey Stone
Brian Timmons

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