Hooks Catches Billiards Title
Viking Cue Tour Amateur National Championship Series / Marietta, GA
The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tour hosted its second of five $2,500-added national championship series August 16-17. Hosted by Side Pockets Billiard Club in Marietta, GA, this event attracted participants from 13 states. Out of the total of 81 players going for the gold, Jeff Hooks alone came away triumphant.
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour and Side Pockets Billiard Club joined together for the first time to provide an exciting tournament. Side Pockets Billiards Club provides an excellent atmosphere for all players and spectators alike. The event was played on 12 newly covered 9-foot tables. Side Pockets features 24 beautiful tables and a full bar and menu in a newly renovated environment.
Saturday night featured an eight-player, winner-takes-all mini event. The format was a race to 7, single elimination, and was won by Harold McAbee from Tuscaloosa, AL. Sunday featured a mini tournament of 11 players competing for another winner-takes-all prize fund. The format for that tournament was race to 5, single elimination, and was won by Matt Bulfin from Auburn, AL.
The main event, which kicked off on Saturday, drew in 64 participants and was packed with action from the start to the finish, as spectators watched Hooks and Eddie Little battle it out to see who would walk away with the first-prize winnings. Hooks defeated Little in the first set 9-7—his first ever big win on an organized tour.
1st Jeff Hooks
2nd Eddie Little
3rd Floyd Reasons
4th Jim Davis
5th Brian Tatum
7th John Salter
9th Pat Cooper