Viking Cue 9_Ball Tour / Athens, GA
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Amateur Advanced and Amateur Tour blew into Athens, GA, the weekend of February 28-March 1, to the host room, Lucky Dawg’s Billiards. The $2,500-added event drew in 111 entries, with Stoney Stone and Tim Heath walking away the big winners.
The amateur-advanced division was filled with action, and the semifinals and finals had the rail packed as Justin Hall battled David Trest for a shot at Stoney Stone in the finals. Stone had gone undefeated through the top half of the brackets. Hall defeated Trest 7-3 and then bested Stone 9-4 in the first set of the double-elimination format. But Stone came back to form in the second set and won the hill-hill bout to claim the title.
The $1,000-added amateur division hosted 42 players March 1. Heath worked his way through the bottom half of the bracket before winning the event over David Rice in the first set of the finals.
Saturday night was capped off with a mini marathon tournament featuring the Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour’s new marathon format. The event hosted eight players and was won by Jeff Hooks, who scored 24 out of a possible 27 to win the $400 winner-takes-all prize money.
1st Stoney Stone $1,500
2nd Justin Hall $950
3rd David Trest $600
4th Eddie Little $450
5th Todd Drake $235
7th Jeff Hooks $125
9th Horace Godwin $80