Newman fights off Roberts to win Great Southern Billiard Tour event
By Joshua Johnson, Inside POOL
What started off with 42 players on Sunday ended with Josh Newman fending off a hard charging Josh Roberts to secure victory in Rock Hill, SC. Newman defeated Roberts 7-5 in the second set of the true double elimination format after losing the first set on the hill at 11-6. A 16 year old prodigy from Bessemer City, NC played great all weekend and was a deserved winner.
Roberts played great to get to the finals, winning 7 matches in a row, but could not muster enough energy to defeat Newman a second time. Newman defeated Jeff Abernathy 11-6 to win the hot seat match. Abernathy moved to the left side of the bracket, where he squared off against a straight shooting Roberts.
Roberts dispatched Dusty Norris 11-1 in the semifinals of the 1-loss bracket, but did not have as easy a time against Jeff. Both players displayed great shot making skills in the set, as well as some intelligent safety play. In the end, an unforced scratch at hill-hill by Abernathy on the 9-ball sent Roberts through to the finals. In addition to the main event held here at Breakers Sports Bar and Grill, a second chance tournament was held. Peter Iskander took top honors in that event, defeating Paul Mullins in the single elimination, race to 7 tournament.
The Great Southern Billiard Tour would like to thank the owner of the Breakers Sports Bar, Jeff Peele, for hosting the event as well as its sponsors: Nick Varner Cues and Cases, Tiger Products, Delta-13 Rack, Masters Chalk, Inside POOL, AZ Billiards, Professor Q-BALL, Stroke Magazine and Billiards Digest. The Great Southern Billiard Tour will be at Chalk It Up Billiards in LaGrange, GA for its next amateur event. It will be played on 7 foot Diamond bar tables.