Braden the Big Winner in Knoxville
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour / Knoxville, TN
The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tour rolled into Breaker’s Sports Bar & Grille in Knoxville, TN, December 12 for another $2,500-added amateurs-only event, along with several mini events for the players. The events hosted a grand total of 107 entrants for the weekend and paid out $9,420 in cash payouts to the players, with Matt Braden taking home the lion’s share for first place.
The main event saw local favorite Braden make his way through the field undefeated. He had his work cut out for him in order to take first place, having to defeat Marcus Foster 9-2, Dustin Brown 9-1, Robert Wilkerson 9-2, Eddie Little 9-5, Matt Bulfin 9-8, and Robert Frost 9-7 only to face Bulfin again in the finals, where he held his own to win in the first set of the double-elimination format 9-4.
Matt “Muttley” Bulfin, an initial favorite, fell short and took second place after his loss in the finals to Braden. This was also a repeat from the last event the Viking Tour held in Knoxville. Bulfin began his battle by defeating Jeremiah Odom 9-1, Joshua Dowell 9-7, Mike Grace 9-2, and Joel Bradshaw 9-1. Bulfin suffered a loss to Braden and had to battle his way back to the finals by ousting Mike Templeton 7-2, Scott Hafley 7-4, and Robert Frost 7-4. Once he made it to the finals Braden won the first set 9-4.
The Friday night mini tournament hosted 41 players and paid Bobby Conner Jr. $1,150 for his first-place finish, followed by Robert Green $790 for second and Eddie Little $460 for third. The winner-takes-all mini held Saturday night was won by Arlo Walsman, who earned $800, and Sunday’s second-chance tournament was won by Mark Ritter, who took home $200.
1st Matt Braden $2,000
2nd Matt Bulfin $1,290
3rd Robert Frost $800
4th Scott Hafley $550
5th Mike Templeton $300
7th Matt Reed $150
9th Brandon Canipe $100