Newman Nabs Great Southern Billiards Event

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.

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.

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.

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.

View the Great Southern Billiard Tournament Brackets for Rockhill, SC

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.

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