Bennett Battles Back to Take Bar Table Championships

Bennett Battles Back to Take Bar Table Championships
Bar Table Championships / Lexington, SC

by Skip Maloney

Keith Bennet took down the title at Grady's Bar Table Championships in Lexington, SC.

Keith Bennet took down the title at Grady"s Bar Table Championships in Lexington, SC.

In the first independent Bar Table Championships hosted by Grady’s in Lexington, SC, Keith Bennett struggled back through the one-loss side of the bracket to defeat Brian White in the finals and capture top honors. The 24 entrants who showed up to compete in the $1,000-added event were a pleasant surprise to the Mathews, who attributed what was to them a “larger turnout than they’ve been seeing in recent tournaments” to the drop in gasoline prices.

Among the winners’ side final four, White defeated Jerry Shelly to move into the hot seat match against Paul Smith, who’d sent Josh Roberts west 11-9. White sent Smith to the semifinals 11-9.

Bennett, in the meantime, was busy on the one-loss side, where, from among the final eight, he defeated Davids Steelman and Cook to face Roberts. Kevin Brown had defeated Greg Dix in a double-hill battle and Dannie Stewart 11-5 for the right to meet Shelly. It was Bennett and Brown advancing to the quarterfinals, won by Bennett 11-5. Bennett dropped Smith into third place and turned to face White.

The two battled back and forth throughout the finals race to 13, and it was knotted at 11 when White reached the hill first. He scratched on the subsequent break, and the match advanced to hill-hill. Bennett then finished his successful struggle from the one-loss side to win the final game, capturing the first-place prize.

1st Keith Bennett $750
2nd Brian White $500
3rd Paul Smith $250
4th Kevin Brown $180
5/6th Josh Roberts $50
5/6th Jerry Shelly
7/8th David Cook
7/8th Dannie Stewart
9/12th Bob Opsahl
9/12th David Steelman
9/12th Greg Dix
9/12th Derek Fowler

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