Kentucky State 9-Ball Championships / Campbellsville, KY
by Skip Maloney
Mike Patton earned first place at the Kentucky State 9-Ball Championships, held the weekend of March 7-8. The $500-added event offered a total purse of $1,570 and drew 40 Kentucky residents to Rack and Cue in Campbellsville, KY.
As Patton was battling Duke Laha, Rob Gonote was sending Bob Whittaker west 9-6. Patton gained the hot seat with a 9-8 win over Gonote.
On the one-loss side, Robert Frost and Russ Edwards were waiting for Laha and Whittaker. Frost had shut out Allen McDonald to face Laha and then dealt Laha a donut to reach the quarterfinals. Edwards joined him after a 7-3 win over John Brumley and a 7-5 victory over Whittaker. Edwards then dropped Frost into fourth place and met a determined Gonote in the semifinals.
Gonote earned his right to a rematch versus Patton with a 7-3 win over Edwards but met an equally determined Patton in what he hoped would be a two-set final match. Patton took command of the opening set early and finished it 9-3 to take top honors.
1st Mike Patton $610
2nd Rob Gonote $380
3rd Russ Edwards $280
4th Robert Frost $140
5th Duke Laha $80
7th Allen McDonald
9th Derek Alexander