Moore Fights Back to Take Virginia State Billiards Championship
Virginia State 9-Ball Championship / Richmond, VA
by Skip Maloney
Eric Moore fought back from a defeat by Brandon Shuff among the winners’ side final four to return the favor and defeat Shuff in the finals of the Virginia State 9-Ball Championship the weekend of July 26-27. The U.S. Open qualifier event, sponsored by Inside Pool Magazine, drew a full field of 64 entrants to The Playing Field in Richmond.
As Shuff was busy dispatching Moore 9-6 to the one-loss side of the bracket the first time they met, David Alley was sending Greg Ferguson over with a 9-2 victory. Shuff then sent Alley to the semifinals with a 9-5 win that put left him in the hot seat.
On the one-loss side, Mike Glenn and Chris Adams closed out matches against David Hunt and Chris Futrell by sinking the 9-ball on their final respective breaks. Alan Duty and Cary Dunn, in the meantime, were dropping David White and Ray Jon Carmona into ninth place. Glenn and Adams advanced to pick up Moore and Ferguson from the winners’ side, with Glenn and Moore advancing to the quarterfinals with identical 9-2 scores. Moore dropped Glenn 9-7 and faced David Alley in the semifinals. In another tight match, Moored concluded Alley’s tournament run 9-6 and moved against the player who’d defeated him earlier in the day.
Momentum in the early going of the final was with Shuff as he jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Moore battled to take the next two, Shuff won the next, and Moore came back to make it 6-5. They fought back and forth to an 8-8 tie that was broken when Moore won the final three games.
1st Eric Moore
2nd Brandon Shuff
3rd David Alley
4th Mike Glenn
5th Greg Ferguson
7th Cary Dunn
9th Ray Jon Carmona