Pendley Comes Back to nab Carolina Classic Amateur Billiard Title
By Joshua Johnson, Inside POOL Magazine
Sixty three players started the tournament on Saturday with hopes of going home with the $1000 first place prize here at Karl’s Korner in Cayce, SC. After everything was said and done on Sunday, young Adam Pendley of Marion, NC had potted the final 9-ball of the tournament, defeating the reigning king of the throne on the Great Southern Billiard Tour’s amateur circuit, Scott Lewis. Tournaments here at Karl’s Korner are always exciting, and this was no exception.
Many of the south’s more well known amateur status players showed up to participate, with such heavy hitters as Jason “J-Byrd” Brown, Derek “Chew” Leonard, Brian Bagwell, Greg Dix, Jared McGee, Jason Heyward, Lewis and Pendley all wanting to prove why they should be crowned champion. As the tournament wore on, more and more favorites fell by the wayside. First was Derek Leonard, being eliminated in his first match on Sunday. Next was Brian Bagwell being sent to the rail. Eventually though, the cream rose to the top.
Lewis and McGee were set to play for the hot seat, while Pendley and Dix were playing in the one-loss bracket. McGee had just finished a strong set against Pendley, sending him to the left side of the brackets by a score of 8-2, when he met up with Lewis. Lewis jumped out to a quick lead of 7-2 when Jared began gaining his momentum back. The score was 7-5 and McGee scratched on the 7-ball to hand Lewis the hotseat.
While this was transpiring, Dix and Pendley were involved in a war. Neither Dix nor Pendley had been able to gain more than a one rack advantage over the other, and so, with the score knotted at 7-7, Adam stepped to the table to break. A dry break gave the table back to Dix, who proceeded to pocket the 1 and 2 balls, however a miss on the 3 allowed Pendley to the table again. He calmly cleaned the rest of the balls out to advance. Dix, who took home $200 for his 4th place finish, took home an additional $500 for winning the ring game which ended early Sunday morning, edging out Dave Cook.
In the Semi-Finals, Pendley was pitted against Jared McGee once again. This time however, the tables were turned as Pendley took advantage of 4 scratches on the break by McGee to run out an 8-3 victor. McGee took home $350 for 3rd place. This left the finals and another rematch for Pendley. With a mind for redemption, and the $500 difference between 1st and 2nd, Pendley made short work of Lewis in the first set of the true double elimination format 8-2. The second set would prove to me much of the same, as Pendley played near flawless 9-Ball to defeat Lewis in the 2nd set and seal his first victory on the Great Southern Billiard Tour amateur circuit.
1st – Adam Pendley $1000
2nd – Scott Lewis 500
3rd – Jared McGee 350
4th – Greg Dix 200
5-6th – Mike Patton 150
7-8th – John Sanders 75
9-12th -Bud Coats 50
13-16th – Brian Bagwell Free Entry
With all the thrills of the main event taking place, a 2nd chance tournament was being run as well, with 16 players entering. After the dust settled, TJ Peeples had defeated Roger Jeffcoat in the finals and claimed the $160 first place prize.
All of this great pool action would not have been possible without the support of the host room, Karl’s Korner, and its owner, Jeff Murrah. The hospitality and atmosphere provided only added to the outstanding tournament which took place. As always, enough can never be said about the tours sponsors. The Great Southern Billiard Tour would like to thank Nick Varner Cues & Cases, Delta-13 Rack, Masters Chalk, Tiger Products, Inside POOL, AZ Billiards, Professor Q-Ball, and Billiards Digest. The GSBT will be taking a break for the holidays, but will be back in action on January 10-11th at Diamond Billiard Club in Chattanooga, TN for a $1500 added amateur event.